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Honda Accord vs Toyota Camry

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  • jezzjezz Posts: 6
    We need to buy a car within the next 6-8 weeks and very unsure what car to buy. 4 cyl vs 6. My car is the Lexus rx350 which we love and keeping.
    Need help with pro and cons of 2008 Accords vs waiting a month for 09 Honda vs the camry 09. Also pricing, Many thanks
  • sparklandsparkland Posts: 108
    Much of my recommendation just comes from what I have read on this board.

    As far as mpg, get a 2007 Accord. They get 4 mpg better than the 2008 Accord.

    As far as v6 or i4- both cars are great. Some have complained about the cylinder management on the the v6. Also many have complained about the lights dimming when the alternator starts on the i4.

    The leather seats on the v6 and i4 are very uncomfortable in the Accord. The lumber support is too hard.

    The deals will be on the 2008's on either the Camry or the Accord.

    Sorry, I cannot help on the pricing.

    Just make sure you test drive in the daytime and at night. Go on the highway for an extended drive so you can feel the cylinder management on the v6.

    Brad :shades:

    Brad
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    First of all, simply drive them. The 09 Accord will be very similar to the 08, if not identical to it.

    I'd suggest driving a 4-cylinder Accord and Camry. If the power is plenty for you, then you have narrowed your decision down to two basic cars. The 4-cylinder Accord EX will be quicker than a 4-cylinder Camry, but the Camry will likely drive more like your Lexus, while the Accord is much sportier and fun to drive.

    I wouldn't write-off ANYTHING based on what me or anyone else says before driving the cars you are interested in and forming your own opinion. My definition of sporty may equal uncomfortable for one person, and too boring/not sporty enough to another person.

    Best of luck in the hunt, and keep us posted.
  • james108james108 Posts: 34
    I just got a 2009 Camry V6. For more than 1000 mi, I do not notice any problem in the tranny. I did not hear or read any post that says the problem on 2009 Camry. The price of Camry could be 3-4K less than the comparable Accord when I shopped.
  • james108james108 Posts: 34
    Same for me. I was a Honda/BMW folk 10 years ago. Now, I'm more of Toyota/Lexus type of person though I still love my BMW better than Lexus.
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    I still love my BMW better than Lexus.

    Which bmw?

    Is the accord better or the camry?
  • Hi, I need some help in deciding between the Camry and the Accord. I got pretty similar quotes for both vehicles. I was quoted $19,950 for the Camry LE, and $19,550 for the Accord LX (the Honda dealer gave us a $250 discount for being a repeat customer, as we bought a 2008 Honda Odyssey in June. This new purchase for my husband was totally unexpected as a mechanic goofed on an oil change, which blew the engine on his 2000 Toyota Camry. Their insurance totalled our car, so now we are stuck trying to find a replacement). Both cars seem like excellent vehicles, so I guess that it is just a matter of preference. I think that my husband is leaning toward the Camry, and I am leaning toward the Accord. To me, the Accord seems like a more comfortable drive, with better visability and instrumentation. Any imput, suggestions, etc. By the way, we are shopping in Memphis, TN. Thanks for your help! Dawn
  • We've been in exactly same situation last week. After going back and forth between Accord and and Camry for my wife we ended up with 09 Camry LE I4 (My wife used to drive 6 gen Accord I4 LX and loved it). After driving new Accord we didn't like at all, I can't understand why it needed to grow bigger and less fuel efficient. Did Honda marketing assume that we'll grow couple inches in width since last Accord purchase? I rented a Camry back in 2007 on a business trip and didn't like it at all. 2009 model while the same generation as 2007 drives very differently, feels very refined and we happy with the purchase so far. You should be able to buy a 09 I4 Camry LE for around $19K with all fees but before tax (there is a $500 rebate from Toyota). I've read that people in GA and CA get it for a little over $18K but this is all regional, go to the "prices paid" thread
  • dolfan1dolfan1 Posts: 216
    Is it my imagination or did Toyota "hone down" the bulbous front end of the Camry since the newest generation was introduced in 2006?
  • BMW/Honda is more fun to drive and Lexus/Toyota is more comfortable to ride. One has been like a toy and another is more like a good appliance to me. So far, my B 7 has been both fun and comfortable. Recently, we just bought a camry v6 for our daily commute. It's an excellent value for the price. I really enjoyed my Honda CRX 15 years back as well. For me, Honda Civic is better than Corola, but the Accord is not necessary better than Camry especially for the V6. The price for Accord is now too high comparing with Camry's.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Yes, Hondas have become very expensive of late - but the market is still supporting it.
  • The price difference is 2-3k for the V6. Camry is cheaper.
  • I am planning to purchase a new car and I am sort of confused either to choose camry or accord. Both have got the same features , price etc. I am looking at Accord EX Vs Camry SE. I have heard that seats in Accord are very uncomfortable, how far is it true? Is it very very uncomfortable. Also comapring the HP, its 155 for camry Vs 192 for Accord. I am planning to add in the package which includes moonroof etc in camry and inspite of that the price comes almost the same. Kindly help me in arriving at a decision.
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    Wow, you sound like me when it comes to picking a car..lol. :)

    You simply have to go and drive them both. Look at both of the seats, see what options there are to give you the best comfort. Push the engine to see which suits you, both engines are really good. After all they are both, Camry and Accord, you going to get a decent car anyway.

    The dealer should not have a problem letting you take the car out, and feel the seat out. It is a matter of preference, Honda is going to have a firmer seat, firmer ride. The Camry is going to be more quiet and less firm on the road., SE is firmer though than the other camry trims. You really can't go wrong with either, but just ask which puts a bigger smile on your face, which car can you see driving, and getting comfortable in.

    Take both cars out, drive them, then I would just make a choice, they are both great cars. I don't think you'll miss any one thing if you pick either of them.
  • dolfan1dolfan1 Posts: 216
    As bvd suggested, it's important to do an extended test drive on both cars. The SE has very different handling from it's other Camry siblings (firmer suspension, etc designed for better handling). Some folks who like soft, comfortable rides have found the SE to be too rigid, I assume you've done your homework and understand the difference, hence, you may want the sporty handling. Honda's seem to seek to strike a balance between the two. Personally I think the SE is the best looking model in the Camry lineup. Let us know what you decide.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I've responded to you in one of the many place you have posted this message, but I can't find where it was, so I won't bother posting again. Just check on your previous posts and you may find it.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    My drive of an SE and LE Camry (both 2007, V6) showed that the SE is definitely firmer, but isn't any more communicative with the steering than its LE brother.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    I've asked the poster to continue here.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I saw that after posting; I just wanted them to find my other long, in-depth post. I just couldn't find it to link them. :)
  • I did a lot of research about 6 weeks and finally I picked up Camry SE 2009 for my wife. I have Honda Accord EX 2005 also. At the first I decided to buy 09 Accord EX because of I have one and I did test drive on both 09 Accord EX and 09 Camry SE 6 times on 3 dealers. Accord EX feels strong but not comfortable. Especially driver seats are totally uncomfortable. When I drove on highway about 65, 70 miles per hr the noise level is really unacceptable. Camry SE has different feeling w/ other LE model also. SE is smooth and interior is nice, sporty and quiet. I added Traction Control and other extra stuffs and JBL 6 CD player with Bluetooth and sunroof. I want Honda EX but I’m not satisfied and finally happy w/ SE.
  • keitha3keitha3 Posts: 124
    Congratulations, you did what was right. You test drove both a few times, deliberated, then made the right decision for you and your wife.
  • I heard that it has Active Noise Cancellation which is effective. It failed to eliminate the noise is it?
  • End your misery by buying a 09 Accord Sdn EXL V-6. Workmanship on Accord much, much better then any Toyota.
  • atb2atb2 Posts: 30
    I will mostly agree with that. I checked out the '08 Accord and '09 Camry (I4 auto) earlier this year before buying. Pros for the Accord are fit and finish, handling and better steering feel. Cons included overall under the hood design/layout, low speed engine vibration and the ride was too firm. Both V6's were very smooth, but that was not in the budget. I ended up buying the Camry because I "fit" in it better and the ride was more compliant.
  • atb2: I know what you mean by ride too firm. I like a firm ride. The Camry remind's me of a 98 Buick Lesabre Limited that I purchase new. The ride was cushey, and soft. When riding the Parkway the floating was very prevalent. Also, I prefer the 6cyl over a 4cyl. I recently purchase an 08 Acura TL w/navigation. It's a great car, but sporty. It's red in color which you don't see many of that color on the highway. However, I've finally realize that I'm to old for a sport car. I've got 1900 miles on the car, and I'm thinking about selling it, and buying a 09 Accord EX L Sdn V-6.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I totally agree with you - the HOnda may be better in many ways, I'm not sure, but the ride is stiff, the steering is hard, and it's cramped. I'm just much more comfy in the Camry.
  • I own an 06 Accord LX and my g/f an 04 EX V6. Neither have ever been modified, but have annoying rattles. I usually just turn the music up to cancel the rattles, but this has me wondering if the Camry has the same problems.

    I rented an 07 or 08 Malibu back in October which was really quiet even when I tried to hit the small bumps and rougher part of the pavement. I rode in a friend's 07 F150 which rode very nice and did not have any rattles.

    Maybe Honda has worked this out with the 08's+. I will have to research this. I used to be all about Honda, but may switch over (not to Chevy, sorry) if the Camry shows to have better build quality. :confuse:
  • James, it has been 7 months after you posted the transmission issue, is it still OK? any other problem with 2009 Camry V6? Thanks.
  • james108james108 Posts: 34
    Oh, I've not visited this site for a while. My Camry v6 has been running well. The squeezing sound is actually coming from the panel when the car is cold. I think I was expecting the Lexus quietness from the camry v6, but I think it's acceptable for a great car at this price level. I'm very happy so far.
  • accordguy0325accordguy0325 Posts: 169
    It comes down to that age old argument... If you're looking for a comfortable car with a sofa like ride while having the personality of Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller's day off, you buy the Camry.

    If you're wanting a car that isn't quite as cushy but actually has some driving enjoyment with better build quality, you buy the Accord.
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