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Old 02-24-2012, 08:47 PM
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Its getting close to that time again. Gas prices have me shying away from anything big, or hybrids. The new model camry is nice but its in its first production year with all the headaches that sometimes are associated with new models. The Accord is on its last model year for this model and is scheduled to have a new model out for 2013.
Would you go with the tried and true accord last model year or dive all in for the new camry? weigh in your opinions please
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:49 PM
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I doubt the new Camry will have any real issues since it's a Toyota and has been around for eons.

Last model years are reliable but are almost immediately outdated and that will effect resale.

If you don't care about resale and drive them into the ground get the Accord. If you do care about resale and plan on selling it in a few/4 years, get the Camry.

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I would go with the Camry my father bought a 2011 for his business and has put 100k on it the first year The car runs all day long doing deliveries in the city. I'm sure the 2012 will be a great car and looks much better than the 2011. I don't know much about the accord but I am sure it's a fine car. As a side note last time I got tires the guy behind me had a late 90's Camry had 375k miles he said all it ever had was routine maintenance I was pretty impressed. I was never into Toyota or anything foreign until I owned my 4runner unbelievable car. Good luck. Probly can't go wrong either way.
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imho you can't go wrong with either so buy what you like. I will say my 2010 Honda (not an Accord) isn't the be all to end all quality-wise. I think Honda has slipped a little while other builders have gotten better.

Not what you asked but I'll offer this anyway; Toyota and Honda are no longer the run-away leaders here so I'd consider all the others. I just did this dance and bought a 12 Nissan Altima due to a steal of a deal and my past experience with Nissan cars. Accord, Subaru Legacy weren't considered because I don't care for the styling. I was very impressed with the Ford Fusion and was leaning but the Treasurer wasn't game - she also poo-pooed Camrys as being stodgy. My Dad has a new Hyundai Sonata and it's a sweet car - I just didn't want to drive same car as my Dad does. All IMHO.

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You have two excellent choices- don't see how you can go wrong. As to the first model year of a Camry, I'm still driving the 1997 Camry we bought new (a first model year car) and plan to keep driving it. A buddy has the same model year Camry with 300K miles and says he plans to keep on driving it. Toyota seems to do their homework before releasing a new model.

We own both the old Camry and a 2009 Accord. Between the two, I'd rather drive the Camry on long trips and the Accord for fun. The '97 Camry is quieter and rides smoother than the '09 Accord, so very nice for long trips. The Accord is more stiffly sprung, so drives a bit more like a sports car, holds the road very well, you really feel in control on curvy roads (scarce around here). The Accord has more road noise and is harder to get in and out of, as it seems to sit lower- something to think about for elderly or handicapped passengers. Both have ample trunks, 170+ horsepower engines, smooth transmissions.

My pet gripe with the new Camry has to do with user maintenance. The oil filter is a cartridge type rather than a spin-on. That's a step backwards to the 1950's as far as I'm concerned and I don't buy the story that the cartridge "uses less resources", because what it really does is make it harder & messier to do an oil change. In both cars, oil changes are harder for the home mechanic to do than in my '97 Camry, due to position of the oil filter. At least, the Accord still uses the spin-on type filters.

If my '97 Camry died today, I'd probably buy the new Camry to replace it, because I like the quiet, smooth ride and no longer drive for sport.
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I have been a huge Toyota fan....I have posted here before that I bought my first Toyota truck in 1971.....long before many here were born. I always liked the way the trucks ran, and loved the reliability. Here I am 40 yrs later, and I have bought my 6th Toyota truck.

All that being said, if I were in the market for a sedan, I would seriously look at Ford. The Fusion has been a hit out of the box. It was designed with reliability in mind..and outscores all of the imports. It was the 2011 mid size most reliable car made.

I am not a fan of turbochargers; I see where too many add-ons can mean more crap to go wrong; but the Eco-boost motors have been well received. They give good power for their size and good mileage as well.

There were problems with the Ford sync system, but changes have been made and they are less confusing to operate...a little more user friendly.

They have a new car already in the works, the 2013....so they have incentives on the '12. $20k base prices and $199 mo. leases.

If you spring for the hybrid version, it shows 41/23 for mileage..
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You may want to look at this before making your decision:

http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com...-Midsize-Cars/
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The only way I would buy the fusion is if you only plan on keeping it a few years, i rode in one with about 70k miles and it felt like a Toyota withe 250k miles. Ford does not build to the same quality as Toyota my inlaws have an 08 escape and rav 4 both between 50-70k the ford is a absolute pos and the yota feels brand new give ford a couple more years and they probably won't even sell the fusion they will come up withe some other name to slap on it and change the headlights. I.e. Taurus. I wish the American car builders would truly build vehicle built to last but they don't I am not going to buy a ford because mike Rowe tells me to. You pay Moore for a Toyota or Honda because they are better vehicles period that is a fact.
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I don't think you can go wrong either way, but I really like the Honda's. I never owned one until two years ago when I got a fantastic deal on an '06 Accord, shortly thereafter I picked up a nice '97 for our daughter and one thing that really impresses me about them is that even though they are different on the outside they share many common parts underneath. P/S systems, resevoirs, brake pedal pads, and more. Unlike the American mfrs. This leads me to believe they figure out what works well and leave it the heck alone.
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The only way I would buy the fusion is if you only plan on keeping it a few years, i rode in one with about 70k miles and it felt like a Toyota withe 250k miles. Ford does not build to the same quality as Toyota my inlaws have an 08 escape and rav 4 both between 50-70k the ford is a absolute pos and the yota feels brand new give ford a couple more years and they probably won't even sell the fusion they will come up withe some other name to slap on it and change the headlights. I.e. Taurus. I wish the American car builders would truly build vehicle built to last but they don't I am not going to buy a ford because mike Rowe tells me to. You pay Moore for a Toyota or Honda because they are better vehicles period that is a fact.
I've been buying Fords only 'new' Fords since 1990 for my business and I rarely keep them over 50k since we only put about 15k a year on them. The resale on them have been good and our local dealership (use to be Bill Elliott Ford) but sold to Chestatee, always gives us first class service even with my wife and daughters cars. My wife drives a Ford Flex when we sold her Navigator and it is the best vehicle I've ever drove. I pull my boat with it 1100 round trip to Tampa and back 80 mph no problem pulling 21' Century. I've down sized now to an 18' Sea Fox so I'll be getting even better mpg on our trips now. She said she wants to keep this one for awhile and there's 44k on it now. 2009
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Have you considered the Mazda 6?

I know a few folks that have run Mazdas for many miles and were impressed with the reliability and longevity. I get the impression they are overlooked because the first two brands that come to mind are Honda and Toyota.

I have an '07 Accord and I'm very happy with it. I know they changed since then however. I have the 4 cyclinder in mine, but it puts out great power. Gets great gas mileage, is comfortable, has enough room in the back for my Sons, and has a large trunk. The only thing I didn't like about it was that it sucked in the snow. I cured that (and then some) by running Bridgestone Blizzaks in the winter. Incredible what a difference those tires make.

I also have a '94 Corolla in my driveway. My 16 yr drives that. The car has 150+ K miles on it. I think that was one of the best cars ever made. I see alot of mid-90s Toyotas (Corollas and Camrys) on the road and still in good shape. And cars take a beating in this area with all the pot holes and road salt.
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Purchased a 2004 4 cylinder accord from my brother last year-has 103K on it now and its my son's car for a couple of years but I drive it when he isnt at school.

Car handles well, a little on the loud side with road noise, but otherwise a good vehicle. Not as nice as the volvo s60 but differnt animals. So far just had to replace headlight. This car will be my 15YO in a couple of years after she buys out her brothers interest, and he will buy into 50% of my commander.
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I have an 05 Accord with the four banger that I bought new. I have 160k miles and have never had a problem with it. If I was currently looking to replace it I would look hard at the Hyundai and Kia options.
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Honda but I'm I allowed to vote.
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Accord has a somewhat sportier ride but is also a touch louder than the Camry. Flip a coin, you can't go wrong either way.
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Originally Posted by Gator56 View Post
You may want to look at this before making your decision:

http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com...-Midsize-Cars/
I would go along with that ranking.

The 2013 Fusion will be a game changer. Look for sales to improve even more.
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Honda all the way....
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Originally Posted by magua View Post
I would go along with that ranking.

The 2013 Fusion will be a game changer. Look for sales to improve even more.
It seems Ford really needs to boost fuel mileage to compete in this group.

2012 Camry 4-cyl- 25/35 mpg
2012 Fusion 4 cyl- 22/29 mpg

I'm surprised to see the difference is that large.
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Originally Posted by yarcraft91 View Post
It seems Ford really needs to boost fuel mileage to compete in this group.

2012 Camry 4-cyl- 25/35 mpg
2012 Fusion 4 cyl- 22/29 mpg

I'm surprised to see the difference is that large.
Not Eye captain.

The car you are quoting 2012 Fusion is ohhh bout 6+ years into prduction.

2012 Camry 4-cyl- 25/35 mpg is new for this year.

Now the 2013 Fusion like I said will be the game changer.

Lets see how do they say it.... touchee'

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Whichever you choose, make sure you have a net worth of a million dollars first. :-)
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