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Why Are the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry So Popular?

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If you're looking for a car -- whether it's a family car, used car, midsize car or cheap car for commuting to school or work -- someone has probably told you to consider the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. If you're browsing Autotrader for a new car, you've probably seen listings for hundreds of Accords and Camrys. And if you're just driving around, you've undoubtedly noticed many Accord and Camry models -- of all ages -- on the road. So what makes the Accord and Camry so special? Why are they so common? And why do so many people buy them? In case you've ever wondered, we have the answer.

One Word: Reliability ...

One major reason why the Camry and Accord became so popular is their impressive reliability records. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, many American cars weren't anywhere near as reliable as they are now, so the highly reliable Camry and Accord swooped in and found new customers who wanted a more dependable vehicle than they were used to.

While modern American cars -- and Korean cars from Kia and Hyundai -- are now more reliable than ever before, many Americans still remember the era when the Camry and Accord were the most reliable cars on the road. This reputation has served these two cars well, as they continue to stack up sales. They also continue to earn their reputations by remaining very durable and dependable.

... And More

It's not just reliability that has so many shoppers gravitating toward the Accord and Camry. On the contrary, these cars have a lot to offer, including reasonable pricing, roomy interiors and lots of features per dollar. It helps that Toyota and Honda have huge dealership networks, parts for both brands are easy to come by and just about any mechanic can work on an Accord or a Camry. They also have a wide range of models, including hybrid variants (Camry), hatchback versions (Accord), plug-in models (Accord), coupes (Accord) and even convertibles (the now-defunct Camry Solara).

Some Drawbacks?

Don't start thinking that the Accord and Camry are perfect. On the contrary, their enduring reputations for reliability mean that some used models are actually more expensive than rivals that may offer similar reliability, fuel economy and equipment -- cars such as the Nissan Altima, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6 and Ford Fusion. Additionally, base-level versions of the Camry and Accord are pretty low on features -- to the point where we'd rather get a midlevel Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic than an entry-level Camry or Accord.

But in general, the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have earned their reputations for reliability, value and reasonable pricing for a reason -- and that's why they remain two of America's most popular choices for a wide range of car shoppers.

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