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Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Car Safety, Car Comparisons, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#9 of 91 Re: 2008 Honda Accord vs 2008 Toyota Camry vs 2008 Nissan Altima (V6 Models) [thegraduate]
Nov 19, 2007 (10:12 pm)
It's true. I voted for the Accord sedan V6 EX-L w/ Navi in Mystic Green Metallic w/ black leather interior and I am going to buy one soon.
One thing: Honda is an engineering focused car manufacturer while Toyota is marketing focused counterpart. I test drove the Camry V6 XLE and Accord V6 EX, I finally I bought the Accord because the Accord's engine/ transmission/ handling...are more sophisticated and more smoothly than the Camry.
In 1990, even with my recommendation, my wife insisted to buy a Toyota Camry '90 for her. It finally turned out to be a lemon with leaking oil issue into the spark plug tube 50K-55K miles. Then, the car only ran on 3 engines and could not climb up hills with all HP. Since then, we have only purchased Honda Accord V6 EX. Even a small cheap Civic is excellent. My '86 Civic at 120K miles ran on highway like a "dream" and its manual transmission shifted like...butter. I have felt in love with Honda top-notch engineering.
#10 of 91 Re: 2008 Honda Accord vs 2008 Toyota Camry vs 2008 Nissan Altima (V6 Models) [thegraduate]
Nov 20, 2007 (10:52 am)
Wow! I didn't know this. It seems that I'm back to the drawing board a bit. I love the bells and whistles of the Altima (V6); however, the luxury of the Camry (along with what I thought would be continued reliability/durability) caused me to lean towards the Toyota. I haven't test driven the Accord but I have sat in one - it seems to be very plastic and cheap looking/feeling. If I am going to pay upwards to $35k for a car, I am looking for something that has quality engineered into it. Thirty five thousand is my limit and I want it to last around 10 years (if possible). My Corolla is a real trooper of a car with 320,000 miles on it. I don't know if I should expect the same of another car but it would be nice.
Any further thoughts out there?!
#11 of 91 Re: 2008 Honda Accord vs 2008 Toyota Camry vs 2008 Nissan Altima (V6 Models) [norwestgal]
Nov 20, 2007 (11:01 am)
If your budget includes cars up to $35k, you may have options not previously mentioned here. I received offers for base-level 07 Acura TLs for right at $30k [base level in a TL gives you virtually everything but the navigation system]. The 08's likely are slightly more expensive -- but if you are willing to wait for a month or two, I'll bet you could step into one for $30 - 32k. In my humble opinion, there is no contest between a TL and a loaded Camry -- the TL wins!
#12 of 91 Re: 2008 Honda Accord vs 2008 Toyota Camry vs 2008 Nissan Altima (V6 Models) [norwestgal]
Nov 20, 2007 (11:30 am)
Unless you're in Canada, none of these cars cost $35K. Fully loaded Accord EXLV6/NAVI is $31K and change. Altima would run about $32K, and so would Camry. And who pays MSRP anyway?
As for interior, I can't imagine anybody picking Altima (or Camry) over the new Accord. But then, perceptions might vary.
#13 of 91 Re: 2008 Honda Accord vs 2008 Toyota Camry vs 2008 Nissan Altima (V6 Models) [norwestgal]
Nov 20, 2007 (11:39 am)
The Camry I sat in at the auto show last week had poor tactile quality and interior trim assembly. The stereo knob wiggled around in my hand as if I could just yank it off.
The Honda and Nissan were both better, in my opinion, although not up to the standards that Honda and Toyota set 15 years ago. I own a 2006 Accord 4-cyl EX and absolutely love it, but with the new Altima and Accord, I'd give the Altima a close look.
And, I second the opinion that said check out the TL. It will ride rougher than a Camry, but it will handle beautifully; it's a sporty ride (especially with the 6-speed Manual!)
Robertsmx has a TL and seems to really like it. It's a beautiful car with lots of lux for your bux.
#14 of 91 what would be the best choice ?
Dec 10, 2007 (3:25 am)
hey,i want to buy my younger brother a good used car, that doesnt eat a lot of gas and still runs fast enough for a high school kid.
so what do you recomind ?
#15 of 91 Re: what would be the best choice ? [eatkins]
Dec 10, 2007 (7:56 am)
I was a high school kid not long ago, and trust me, you want as little power as is safe; it keeps kids out of trouble, it saves gas, it keeps insurance costs down. I started out in a 130hp Accord with 120k miles on it, with an automatic. It was (and still is, I drive it regularly) plenty of power to merge, pass, etc... but wasn't particularly "fast." The new V6 models of these vehicles have double that horsepower, more, actually.
Any of these cars would be good in 4-cylinder form, but as a young person (I'm 20) out of the 2008 models, I'd guess the new Altima 2.5 would be the "coolest." It still runs quicker than V6 sedans of 8-10 years ago, but gets excellent fuel mileage.
Check out the Altima; if you want to give a really "cool" version of the car, check out the Accord Coupe or Altima Coupe!
#16 of 91 Re: 2008 Honda Accord vs 2008 Toyota Camry vs 2008 Nissan Altima (V6 Models) [norwestgal]
Dec 11, 2007 (8:56 pm)
Please think Twice about the 2007/2008 Toyota Camry. I have had Toyotas since 1973 (16 in all). I had a 2000 LE 4 cy and waited for the 2007 model change and purchased an XLE 4cyl in Aug 2006. Worst car on the road. Poor milage. Brake system jogs forward after stepping on the brakes. Surges during town driving. Idles too fast that you have to really keep the brakes on when setting at stop lights, etc as it will go forward up to 6/7 mph without stepping on the gas. When hitting a bump, gas pedal bounces up and down. Cruise control will not hold and if set on 67, you will be close to 75 at bottom of hill. Why doing a resume, you had better hold on because it is like being shot out of a cannon. Shotty worksmanship on the interior. Dash rattles, cap on rear of passenger seat will not stay on. Went thru arbitration and final result - "Car is operating as specified". Saw same reports on a couple other web sites where 3 or 4 people went thru arbitration with no satisfaction. Toyota is definitely not your mother's car anymore. All my 16 previous Toyotas were fantastic with no problems and great gas milage. This new computer system and transmission are the worst. Check other web sites. Thought of getting an Nissan Altima, but it does not have running lights, which I really want for safety's sake. Love the interior appearance and set up of the Camry XLE - best on the market and love the exterior. Toyota just needs to change everything under the hood!! Think twice about a 2007/2008 Camry. 6 cyl has problems too.
#17 of 91 Re: 2008 Honda Accord vs 2008 Toyota Camry vs 2008 Nissan Altima (V6 Models) [robertsmx]
Dec 11, 2007 (11:23 pm)
I agree with Robertsmx on the fabulous interior of the new Accord. It's very tough to resist not buying it. The exterior looks super nice too.
Some new owners of the Accord V6 EX EX-L said the more they look at their new Accord the more they love it.
#18 of 91 Some thoughts after 3,000 miles on new Accord
Dec 13, 2007 (5:03 am)
Mystic Green Metallic EX-L V6 No Nav:
Seems like the new EPA mileage estimates are right on the money my low has been 19MPG and high has been 29MPG. Avg 22MPG as only 700 miles have been highway.
Still love the interior look and feel to all switchgear. Center stack has been criticized for to many control switches by many but in reality once you've set things up to your liking you rarely use more than 3-4 and they are rock solid.
I liked the exterior styling when I first saw it and still do.
Road and tire noise may be an issue to some but I've never felt the need to raise my voice over a normal level while cruising 70-80 MPH. Transmission and engine are a good fit to each other and I guess others feel the Altima and Camry have better low end grunt but for my driving style the Accord hasn't left me wanting for more. VCM activity is noticeable but not objectionable.
Very impressed to date with it's ability to get me around in snow-slush-ice so far.
New England has an 8-12 inch storm coming thru today so I'll get a good feel soon as to how it can handle in a decent size storm.
All in all I'm happy with my choice and it was a choice as I did consider and drove the Altima-Camry-Taurus & Lucerne and the Accord does the family sedan with a touch of enthusiast feel just right.