We drove a $31,000 Honda Accord and a $39,000 Toyota Camry to see which one is the better family car

We drove a $31,000 Honda Accord and a $39,000 Toyota Camry to see which one is the better family car. Here's the verdict

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  • The Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord are two of the best-selling and most respected cars in the world.
  • Both the Toyota and the Honda are known for being exquisitely engineered and expertly put together with top-notch reliability.
  • The base 2018 Honda Accord starts at $23,570, and our mid-tier Sport model starts at $25,780. The top-spec Touring starts at $33,800. With fees and the optional 2.0-liter engine, the as-tested price was pushed up to $31,200.
  • The base Camry starts at $23,495, but our top-of-the-line XSE V6 opens at $34,950. With options, our test car left the showroom at $38,730.
  • The Honda Accord's sportier driving dynamics and superior infotainment edges out the Toyota Camry's more attractive styling and silky smooth V6 engine.

Toyota Camry or Honda Accord? Those names are top choices for many car buyers who are in the market for a new family sedan and it has been that way for decades.

For the better part of 30 years, the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry have been the cars of choice for American families. Though crossover SUVs have become the dominant force in the marketplace, midsize mass-market sedans like the Accord and the Camry still have a major role to play.

At the end of 2018, Toyota sold nearly 328,000 Camrys in the US alone. The Accord came in with a little more than 291,000 sold.

Both the Camry and Accord were completely redesigned for the 2018 model year, with the Honda now in its 10th generation and the Toyota in its eighth.

The newest offerings from Honda and Toyota come just in time to compete with the new sixth-generation Nissan Altima and an updated Mazda 6. There are recently revamped models from Hyundai, Kia, and Chevrolet to contend with as well.

We had the chance to experience both the Marysville, Ohio-built Honda Accord and the Georgetown, Kentucky-made Toyota Camry on the roads in and around Business Insider's headquarters in New York.

We came away impressed by both vehicles' comfort, refinement, build quality, tech offerings, and performance.

Here's a closer look at how the new Honda Accord and the new Toyota Camry match up.

First up is the Honda Accord.

We drove a $31,000 Honda Accord and a $39,000 Toyota Camry to see which one is the better family car. Here's the verdict

Benjamin Zhang/Business Insider

The base 2018 Accord LX starts at $23,570, while the top-of-the-line Touring model starts at $33,800. Our mid-grade, "San Marino Red" Sport model starts at $25,780, but fees and the optional 2.0-liter engine pushed the as-tested price up to $31,200.

In total, the Accord is available in six trim levels with three engines and three transmissions from which a buyer can select.

Aesthetically, the new Accord is not quite pretty — at least not in the traditional sense. However, it is edgy and eye-catching. I do find it sort of good-looking in an offbeat sort of way.

We drove a $31,000 Honda Accord and a $39,000 Toyota Camry to see which one is the better family car. Here's the verdict

Benjamin Zhang/Business Insider

Though the Accord's hammerhead-shark-esque front grille reminds us a bit too much of the dark days of Acura's controversial silver beak ...

We drove a $31,000 Honda Accord and a $39,000 Toyota Camry to see which one is the better family car. Here's the verdict

Benjamin Zhang/Business Insider

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