Actually a lot of the new engines are interference. The newer 3MZ-FE
(Camry, Solara, Sienna) is interference and blet-driven, as is the 2UZ-FE
(Tundra). Everything else right now is a chain. I think. Someone will
probably correct me if I'm wrong.
Hard to believe, but true -- firstname.lastname@example.org typed:
Those were the two vehicles it came down to when my wife and I were
test driving for our next car back in the fall of '04. There were four
reasons we chose the Camry:
1. Quieter -- but just barely so
2 Fit -- sitting in the Camry just felt more natural to us
3. Price -- Toyota had fixed pricing; no dickering required
4. Salesman -- Arlynn Ness at Toyota of Rochester (MN) is the BEST
The overall quality, drive-ability and feel of the cars were pretty
much a dead heat. The Accord had a performance edge until we test
drove the Camry SE model with the bigger V6. Maybe next time we'll
choose an Accord . . . or a completely different car 'cause we're
keeping the Camry at least ten years . . . .
"Ladies and gentlemen take my advice.
Pull down your pants and slide on the ice."
I have driven both but older ones and not the latest models. I felt
Accord was more sportier with better suspension but a lil bit louder
inside the car. Camry on the other hand has very soft suspension but
more quiter inside. So better handling in case of Accord. Also Camry is
slightly bigger I mean the trunk. I have a 1999 Camry but my next
purchase will be Accord or something else unless Camry hybrid is just
too good to resist. Also I didnt like the look of camrys ie 2000-2006
models. But the latest 2007 camry looks a lot better. Acoord on the
other hand looks much better almost all the models....
Anyways looks are a personal preference. Good luck with the decision
because I know it can be a difficult one. Ciao!!!!
We have both in our family. My son has an '04 Camry SE 2.4 engine. I have
an '04 Accord EX with a 2.4 engine. Both engines are chain driven double
overhead cam engines. Both cars are absolutley trouble free in 2 and a
half years of driving. Performance is very close on these cars, But my son
and I both agree my Honda holds a very slight handling edge. But, it is
also a little noisier. As far as a Honda needing a valve job at 100,000
miles--- I dont think so. I think it is a matter of preference rather than
if one is better than the other. Both are excellent cars and both will last
a long time.
My wife and I just drove both, and the VW Passat as well.
The Accord looked like it was put together well. The I4 was pretty gutless
when entering the freeway, however. The suspension was stiffer than the
Camry. The stiffness contributed a bit to the noisier sensation in the
The Camry had a better ride as far as we were concerned. It was quiet and
very smooth. We didn't push the I4, but suspect it is little better than
Honda as far as guts. It did not come with the leatherette interior, as did
Honda, and that is something my wife prefers. It will cost a couple of
to get the leather option.
Both of the cars were of exceptional quality, but to our taste, the Camry
The Passat really appealed to me more than either of the above. There were
little items that appealed to us, like the temperature controlled
locking system with two security levels, as well as the trunk space and
And it came with leatherette at a good price. The turbocharged I4 was
a freaking giantkiller. Mileage up to the mid 30 mpg range, and screaming
performance when you get into the accelerator.
The on-dash MGP meter may not have been accurate but was helpful.
The only reason I wouldn't buy the Passat is that it has a reputation
of being a bit less dependable and troublefree than the ricers.
A turbocharged Camry ought to be a formidable machine.
I have had two Passats earlier...Both were purchased new. Both were
good cars and never gave a moment's trouble. However, I have heard from
owners that they have agonized under VW ownership.
Recent reports claim that the Hyundai Azera is a budget 'Lexus'. I haven't
considered a Hyundai, probably because of the low reputation that they had.
Has anyone tried out the Azera?
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