Only 2 Cars Are Among the 10 Most-Researched Vehicles on Consumer Reports

One tell-tale sign of a vehicle’s popularity is how often shoppers research that model online. And only two cars are among the 10 most-researched vehicles on Consumer Reports’ site. They’re the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. It’s no surprise these two sedans go toe-to-toe with SUVs and trucks — both cars have a long history of fuel efficiency, reliability, comfort, and affordability. 

These two sedans have plenty in common, with similar bodies, ride quality, gas mileage, and even performance. So, of Consumer Reports’ two most-researched cars, which sedan is better? Here’s a closer look at the 2022 Toyota Camry and 2022 Honda Accord.

Overview of the 2022 Toyota Camry

Consumer Reports cars: 2022 Toyota Camry
2022 Toyota Camry cockpit | Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

There’s no question that the Toyota Camry ranks among the best midsize sedans. The 2022 model is no exception, with its improved handling, comfortable ride, quiet cabin, and great fuel economy, Consumer Reports shares. 

The 2022 Camry comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine getting an estimated 32 mpg combined. You can also opt for all-wheel drive with this entry-level engine. There’s also a 3.5-liter V6 available with front-wheel drive, achieving a 26-mpg combined fuel economy rating.

The 2022 Camry comes in six trim levels and offers various options and packages. From the base model to high-performance trims, you can pick the LE, SE, SE Nightshade, XSE, XLE, or TRD. Depending on how you equip yours, expect to pay between $25,845 and $36,270.

The 2022 Honda Accord at a glance

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2022 Honda Accord cockpit | American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Consumer Reports reviewers say there’s a lot to love about the 2022 Honda Accord, too, with its responsive handling, comfortable ride, easy-to-use controls, and great standard safety equipment. The base model produces 192 hp with its 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. You can upgrade to the turbocharged 2.0-liter, harnessing 252 hp with a 10-speed automatic transmission and a push-button gear selector. 

The base engine earns an EPA-estimated 32 to 33 mpg combined. The turbocharged version gets a combined 26 mpg. And like the Camry, the 2022 Honda Accord offers six trim levels, each with unique upgrades and sporty extras. Choose from the LX, Sport, Sport Special Edition, EX-L, Sport 2.0T, and Touring. Expect to pay $26,520 to $38,450.

Which sedan is the better buy?

Consumer Reports says the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord are the only cars among the top 10 most-researched vehicles on CR’s website. But between these two models, especially for 2022, which sedan is the better buy? According to CR, it comes down to personal preferences. However, we’ve found a few key distinctions worth noting. 

The 2022 Toyota Camry is the better-selling model. Still, the Honda Accord offers more generous rear seating, better handling in most test drives, and a much newer infotainment system that bests the 2022 Camry’s outdated tech.

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2022 Toyota Camry (top) and 2022 Honda Accord | Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.; American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

On the other hand, if a potent powertrain is crucial, you’ll find the best fit with the 2022 Toyota Camry’s V6 engine option, and the TRD trim is an absolute boss. And though the Camry and Accord are neck-in-neck in almost all other categories, the Camry is a clear victor in pricing. Even its range-topping trim is cheaper than a fully loaded 2022 Accord.

If you’ve narrowed your new-sedan search to the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, you’re not alone. They’re the only two cars in the top 10 most-researched vehicles on Consumer Reports’ site. But consider all of each model’s options, along with what you value most in a new car, to determine which popular midsize sedan deserves a spot in your garage.

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