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Decision times UPDATE ON PAGE 3: Accord or Camry?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by three_bags_full, Dec 19, 2007.


Given the details below, which would you choose?

  1. 2007 Honda Accord

    12 vote(s)
  2. 2007 Toyota Camry

    18 vote(s)
  3. Keep looking

    1 vote(s)
  4. Keep the 100,000 mile POS, even though Little tbf is on the way

    0 vote(s)
  1. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    I don't normally ask this kind of question, and I know we have these threads all the time, but we have a pretty tough decision to make.

    Here are the two vehicles:

    2007 Camry LE
    14,000 miles, 4 cylinder
    Leather, but nothing special that stands out
    I can get it for about $19,000

    2007 Honda Accord EXL
    2,300 miles, 6 cylinder
    Leather and all the bells and whistles you can imagine (except a navigation system).
    Can be bought for about $25,000

    Both were dealer program cars, you know, loaners and the owner's wife, etc. Personally, I like the Accord better, and Mrs. tbf has no preference. It handles better and has a few options like heated seats and a moon roof, etc. The Camry is obviously a good bet, too. It has a little more room and gets just a bit better gas mileage (a couple of MPG, I think). And it's cheaper. Hell, they sell 100 million of them each year. Its exterior is a little bland, as opposed to the Accord.

    Both are extremely safe and reliable cars. I've done the research and both earn top crash-test and reliability ratings. According to Kelly Blue Book, both are fairly priced.

    Chew me out, make fun of me, tell me to eff off. Whatever. Just help me talk through this.
  2. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Re: Decision times: Accord or Camry?

    You're expecting a little TBF. I'd get whichever one had more room for him/her myself.
  3. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Re: Decision times: Accord or Camry?

    Second that. More room, (slightly) more MPG and $6k less sells me on the Camry. Bells and whistles are tempting at this stage, but in a year the luster wears off and it becomes just car stuff.

    Incidentally, my little one is two and I'm officially tired of contorting myself and her to get to the middle child seat in our two sedans. My wife and I thought we were over the SUV era and she thinks getting a minivan is akin to waving the white flag on life, but damn those options seem tempting now.
  4. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    Re: Decision times: Accord or Camry?

    Six of one, half-dozen of the other. The good news is this is a no-lose choice.

    I would go after the Accord without question, but that's because I believe the upgrade to a six-cylinder over a four-banger is worth it alone. The easy argument against it and for the Camry, however, is that the six-cylinder isn't as friendly on mileage and other arguments have been made that the power the two extra cylinders produce don't justify the price and lower mileage.

    Both are bulletproof. On top of the extra pair of cylinders, slight edge to the Accord because of Honda's second-to-none ergonomics and their ability to hold their value better come time for your next vehicle purchase.

    Good luck regardless, and know that you're getting a solid machine either way ...


    Playthrough - I cannot emphasize the minivan enough, especially a good one like the Honda Odyssey. I have a parent that needs the space and ingress/egress ease and it has been a champ. (Well ... except the audio that needs to be replaced, but Honda is picking up the bill and better that than something more crucial and mechanical ... )
  5. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    Re: Decision times: Accord or Camry?

    i know a lotta people like toyotas, but in my experience, you never can go wrong with an accord. plus, it's a six banger. you can never have too much power.
  6. accguy

    accguy Member

    Re: Decision times: Accord or Camry?

    Go with the Accord. Looks better and the heated seats will be addicting.
  7. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    Re: Decision times: Accord or Camry?

    I voted for the Camry. I'm a Toyota lover. I've driven Accords before and I like the way the Toyotas handle and feel better.
    Plus with a little one on the way the extra $5k you'll save by getting the Camry will come in handy down the road.
  8. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Re: Decision times: Accord or Camry?

    My wife has a Camry with 103k on it. Still runs like it's brand new.

    But I'd probably go with the Accord, simply because of the extras. I'm a sucker like that.
  9. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    Re: Decision times: Accord or Camry?

    i've owned both. loved both. i'm a honda guy now, though. the accords w/bells and whistles will never, ever let you down.

    my dad has a mid-'90s camry w/ about 75,000 miles on it. the best car he's ever had, he says.

    as noted before, it's a no-lose situation. if the money difference is not an issue, i'd vote accord.
  10. budcrew08

    budcrew08 Active Member

    Re: Decision times: Accord or Camry?

    Neither. NEITHER.

    If it ever breaks, you will pay double the cost of repairs.

    Stick with an American-made vehicle.

    EDIT: If you got a little one on the way, TBF, that's another reason to get a 'bigger' car.
  11. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Re: Decision times: Accord or Camry?

    Most Camrys and Accords are made in the U.S., and the cost of repairs doesn't seem to be more (based on my friends who have them). Try again.
  12. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Re: Decision times: Accord or Camry?

    Call me when they make an American car that's worth a shit.

    And I'm pretty sure that Accords are the most popular car in America. Somone is repairing them, just not anywhere near as often as American cars.
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