• Jul 16, 2009
While the Honda Accord dominated the 1990s, it has been virtually all Toyota Camry in the new century. Yet a look back at the first six months of 2009 shows that the newer, larger Accord is continuing to gain ground on its chief rival. Camry sales have so far remained top in its segment, with 150,242 sales in the first half of the year. The Accord isn't far behind, though, as it has amassed 131,143 sales through June; only 19,199 behind Camry.

Wards Auto reports that the Accord's gains have been consistent over the past three years, as the sales gap went from 94,004 in 2006 to 80,877 in 2007 and 63,828 in 2008. With sales deeply depressed so far in 2009, though, the numbers can be a bit deceiving. Still, the Camry has seen a 37.4 for the Accord.

Toyota told Wards that one reason for the Accord's improved sales verses the Camry are increasing incentives on the full-size Honda. According to Edmunds, the Accord's April incentives increased four-fold verses the automaker's April, 2008 numbers. Even more interesting is the fact that cash on the hood has increased since April, hitting $2,183 in June. The Camry, on the other hand, had $1,538 on the hood last month; down over $400 compared to May.

[Source: Wards Automotive]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I will gladly take the Accord, it rides sportier, feels like a smaller car than it really is, and once you get inside these two cars the Accord blows away the Camry, and the Accord wins almost every comparison test with the camry. Not to mention the Accord Coupe V6 with 6 speed manny
      • 5 Years Ago
      Living in South Florida.....I can positively ascertain the reason that the Accord has caught up to the Camry. The Camry's 70 year old and higher customer segment continues to die off.....thus negatively impacting brand loyalty.

      Seriously...come down here and visit someday and look at each and every driver of a Camry or the Lexus ES.
        • 5 Years Ago
        and while you're at it, look at the population in relation to age demographics in south FLA... tell me that a reasonable person wouldn't conclude with elementary statistacal analysis, that the percentage of population over 70 years of age directly correlates to the percentage of people over said age driving a particular vehicle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Camry to Accord, "We should work together, because the Fusion is on bad mamajamma."
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'd take the ford mondeo (or dozens of euro alternatives)...anyone know how to import a car from europe?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take a Malibu over both.

      While a bit smaller than the Accord, it looks better than both cars, beats them in mileage and has nicer interiors with more interior color options.

      It is likely less expensive too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Best car would be the Mazda 6 or ford Fusion. i am not digging the accord or camry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kill me if I ever conspire to own either of these cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've got a Legacy GT, and we cross-shopped it with the lower-spec'd BMW 3 series, Audi A4, and Accord, and well, the Legacy is just better than the Mazda6...but I'd still take the Mazda over these two. I would also take a Passat over these two, though it's definitely more expensive. Hell, I'd take a Saturn Aura over these two, having driven two rentals for a combined 1,200 miles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed.

        And why what used to be a good alternative, Subaru Legacy, seems to want to copy these now, is beyond me.

        It is like bait willingly jumping into a shark tank.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm with you BigErn, I wouldn't spend my hard earned money on something that looks like a polyethylene foot tub. There are too many good rides that won't embarrass you at the family gathering.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No contest for me if was deciding between these cars. I'll take the Fusion.

      Seriously though, the Honda's just nicer than the Toyota.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "I only mentioned the Fusion because in many ways it trounces the so called leader in hybrids toyota camry in many ways. But hey, don't take my word for it."

        I won't. Every real-world comparison I've read in every car magazine has concluded the Fusion Hybrid and the Camry Hybrid get the SAME real-world mileage. And the Camry is significantly cheaper. Sold.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nobody cares about the fusion so please, please just go away, you're annoying.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh the Ford fanboys are out in force. They're even defending pathetic G6's.

        • 5 Years Ago
        the Honda is definitley nicer than the Toyota.

        But I agree, the Fusion is better than both.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I only mentioned the Fusion because in many ways it trounces the so called leader in hybrids toyota camry in many ways. But hey, don't take my word for it.

        It would be a much tougher decision between the Honda and Fusion for me. Honda may get the nod slightly in performance and perceived reliability, but I happen to like the looks of the 2010 Fusion better. I guess it comes down to personal preference. Whatever floats your boat eh?
        • 5 Years Ago
        On the Ford fanboys are out in force. They're even defending pathetic G6's.

      • 5 Years Ago
      The Honda Buttons, I mean Accord, is not half-bad, and it is a newer design than the Camry. However, I think Honda has moved the Accord into the "too large" for some category.

      On the other hand Honda doesn't really whore cars out to fleets, while Camrys are routinely seen in rental car parking lots.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As far as i am concerned, the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord are both very good family cars which not only offer relatively cheap ownership experiances but traditionally have undoubtedly been amoung the highest quality, most reliable, dependable and durable vehicles in thier class and that pretty much remains no different today.

      Here in Australia, our V6 Camry is known as the Aurion which still runs the common 3.5 V6 (2GR-FE) mated to the silky smooth 6-speed transmission. The name change came about because our local engineers were given permission to subtly alter the exterior and interior styling of the otherwise regular v6 Camry.

      Our sports derivitive is known as the Sportivo while the supercharged and heavily beefed up version is the TRD Aurion.

      Google 'Toyota Aurion' or visit Toyota Australia's website and have a look, i'm sure most of you will agree with me that the Aurion is a rather attractive car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take a V6 Accord EX-L. Not feeling the Camry's interior.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've been suprised by the Camry's low resale values lately, so it doesn't come as a suprise to me that it is losing it's once dominant popularity.

      I think this is a testiment to how stiff competition is in the auto industry right now... just about every car out right now is many times more reliable than its predicessors of just one decade ago. Compared to the early 90's, you can't buy a 'bad' product these days.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Erik, I own a Camry and a G6. If you honestly feel that way, take my G6. PLEASE.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sure you can. I recently was in a rental G6 with faulty rear door locks. There's plenty of craptastic cars out there if you know where to look.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yep I agree Luis. I just had a G6 as a rental and the suspension was already making a squeaking noise (only 12k miles). The Accord has it's share of issues such as oil burning, rear pads wearing at 15-20k miles, door regulators (2 failed in 5k miles), and sub-par MPG.

        The VW/Audi may be more fun to drive but the way it guzzles oil I wouldn't touch them.


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