Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Follow up (because it was requested):

Toyota Camry:

The big brother of the Corolla, this car features the Toyota 'brand' design, although it hasn't been changed much since this generation was introduced in 2001. The current model is larger than previous models, as Toyta pushed this car to meet American tastes as it moved the model away from the Japanese market. The 2006 Camry is available in 4 different trim models with a variety of options, and has some slight styling tweaks compared to 2004 and 2005 models. Currently there are 3 different choices of engine, with 2 different V6's available in the higher end models.

Pros: VVT-i goodness, typically Japanese torquey and high-revving engine. High crash safety rating.
Cons: Most stolen car in the US (increases insurance costs.) Perennial competitor Honda Accord regarded as sportier with better handling.
Specs: $17,490-22,795; 154hp, 2.4L 4 cyl.; 190hp 3.0L V6; 210hp 3.3L V6. 24 city, 33 highway (4 cyl. numbers.)

Honda Accord:

The Accord was designed to be the sporty big brother of the Honda Civic. While the Camry markets itself as more refined that its smaller sibling, the Accord is more of a nice touring car. 2005 and 2006 saw a lot of changes, as even within the current model design of this car there have been some significant tweaks. Unlike some other cars in this segment, the Accord is offered in both a coupe and a sedan. Like the Camry, there are also a choice between the base 4 cylinder and V6 engines.

Pros: Sporty design and handling, lots of available power from the engine. 'Drive by wire' throttle system. VTEC goodness. 'K-Series' engine is proven and popular.
Cons: Base model is pretty sparse, options push prices pretty high. V6 with a 6-speed is 'top of the line' pricing.
Specs: $18,225-27,300; 166hp 2.4L 4 cyl.; 244hp 3.0L V6. 26 city, 34 highway.


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