Prospective car buyers will at some point be exposed to radio or television commercials persuading them to consider a Honda verses Toyota or a Toyota verses Honda as their next purchase.
Considering that the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry have been the best-selling sedans in the United States since the mid-1990s, drivers cannot go wrong with either model; nonetheless, the question about which automaker will deliver the best value still remains.
If you think that the Honda verses Toyota discussion among U.S. drivers is lively, you should see the passion that this debate stirs up in Japan. There the topic can be compared to the endless discussion about Michael Jordan vs. Lebron James, Dan Marino vs. Joe Montana, or Dodgers vs. Yankees.
Auto service technicians are used to being queried about their opinions in this popular debate. At Ray Weatherspoon Automotive, our staff will always be happy to see drivers bringing their Honda and Toyota vehicles for various reasons.
First of all, many of our technicians have completed the certification courses administered by these two automakers; second, the repair and parts network available to Honda and Toyota vehicles is extensive and supportive.
Mechanics like to work on these two brands because they both feature smart engineering that is not likely to present unpleasant surprises; for example, when the check engine light of a Honda Accord or Toyota Corolla comes on, the diagnostic codes will be on point; this is something that cannot be said about all automakers.
… Long Term Quality and Reliability …
A few years ago, a couple of automotive industry researchers began evaluating data available since 1992 to develop a quality index rating based on cars returned to dealership lots as trade-ins.
The aforementioned index looks at issues such as engine malfunction, defective transmissions, mileage, and the car’s overall condition determined by mechanics who would issue pre-owned certifications for future sales.
With the above in mind, here are some interesting statistics related to the Honda Verses Toyota Debate…
* Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota, has the highest quality rating index of all vehicles sold in the U.S. The second place goes to Toyota while the fourth spot is occupied by Scion, another Toyota division.
* Honda rates eighth on the list, higher than Saab and Chevrolet and lower than Infiniti and Mercedes Benz.
* An impressive number of Toyota Camry and Honda Accord models are traded with odometer readings higher than 200,000 miles. In many cases, vehicle owners hold on to their Accord and Camry models for more than 15 years.
* American drivers do not mind spending more for Toyota and Honda models, which dominate across many categories. Some entry-level European models cost almost the same as a new Camry or Accord. Many believe they are more fun to drive in terms of performance. Yet overall, they score lower on the quality rating index.
… Known Mechanical Issues To Be Considered For The Honda Verses Toyota Debate …
Not all Honda and Toyota models are built the same. The Accord, for example, rates lower than the Civic, CR-V and the Element. If you want maximum Honda reliability, you should consider the pricey Ridgeline. In the case of Toyota, the Camry is not the best reliable performer; that would be the Avalon, the 4-Runner and the Prius.
With the above in mind, it should be noted that the two best selling cars in the U.S., the Accord and the Camry, are know to have some issues:
* Honda manual transmissions are legendary for their durability and tight performance, but the same cannot be said about the clutch. It has been known to fail in older Accord and Element models from 2003 to 2007. In terms of automatic transmissions, Honda delivers within the extended warranty period. However, owners should not be surprised if repairs are needed after a few years.
* Once the timing belt on Camry models from 2002 to 2006 starts making noise, the replacement should include the pulley and the tensioner. These components tend to thoroughly wear out after about 40,000 miles; however, this is an affordable repair.
* If you own a current generation Accord, meaning that it rolled out of the assembly line after 2012, you have very little to worry about. The transmission issues have been rectified, and this is a model that wants to be known as being more reliable than the Element, CR-V and Fit. If you stick to the recommended maintenance schedule and look after the anti-lock braking system, you will have thousands of miles of worry-free driving ahead of you.
* In the early 1970s, the Toyota Land Cruiser was one of the favorite vehicles competing in the grueling and legendary Baja 1000 off-road race in Mexico. There was an important reason for this: if the racer broke down near Cabo San Lucas, mechanics could raid the local junkyard and quickly modify parts from just about any vehicle to get the Land Cruiser back on the dusty road. The current Toyota generation is not like this; you have to stick to parts made by original equipment manufacturers if you want to keep driving around Chatham County.
To settle the Honda verses Toyota debate, the bottom line is in the statistics: both automakers deliver lots of value, but the numbers as of 2018 favor the Avalon, Prius, Civic and Ridgeline over the Camry and Accord. Nonetheless, and as previously stated, you cannot go wrong with the cars manufactured by these renowned Japanese brands.