2018 Honda Accord vs. Its Competition

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Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry perennially duke it out for top spot among sedan shoppers.

The Camry is also new this year, and much better to drive than before, but lacks the interior and exterior finesse of the Accord.

The Sonata has a similar powertrain lineup to the Accord, but it’s not as polished and misses out on the advanced 10-speed from Honda.

Nissan offers an increasingly rare V-6 in its Altima, and is the pick if you want (almost too much) power.

The Subaru Legacy is the lone mid-size sedan with standard all-wheel drive, but lacks the verve of the Accord.

The Chevrolet Malibu offers a sharp base 1.5-liter turbo-4, similar to the Accord, but we’re not as sold on its exterior style.

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Quick Specs
The 2018 Honda Accord sedan should be at the top of any four-door shoppers’ lists—sedan or otherwise. It’s well-crafted, comfortable, and affordable.
A solid effort, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu offers plenty of compelling reasons to lure customers into showrooms.
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata receives a much-needed injection of style.
The 2018 Nissan Altima does almost nothing out of the ordinary.
The 2018 Subaru Legacy may be the best mid-size sedan that buyers largely miss. It skips performance for a good safety record and relative value—not bad things.
The 2018 Toyota Camry remains among the most competitive mid-size sedans, with a sleeker design, higher fuel economy, and carefully calibrated features and options for every buyer.
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Gas Mileage     
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Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4
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Style Name     
LX 1.5T CVT4-Door Sedan L w/1VLSE 2.4L2.5 S Sedan2.5iL Automatic (GS)
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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