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One tell-tale sign of a vehicle’s popularity is how often shoppers research that model. And only two cars are among the 10 most-researched vehicles. They’re the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Unsurprisingly, they go toe-to-toe with SUVs and trucks — both cars have a long history of fuel efficiency, reliability, comfort, and affordability. 

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

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

Overview of the 2022 Toyota Camry

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

The 2022 Camry comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine getting an estimated 32 mpg combined. All-wheel drive is available with the base engine. Shoppers can also choose a 3.5-liter V6 with front-wheel drive, achieving 26 mpg combined.

The 2022 Camry has six trim levels and offers various options and packages. From the base model to high-performance options, the trims are the LE, SE, SE Nightshade, XSE, XLE, and TRD. Depending on options and packages, expect to pay between $25,845 and $36,270.

The 2022 Honda Accord at a glance

There’s a lot to love about the 2022 Honda Accord, too, with its responsive handling, comfortable ride, easy-to-use controls, and advanced 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 most-researched car 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 the CR website. But between these two 2022 models, which sedan is the better buy? It comes down to personal preference. 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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On the other hand, if a potent powertrain is crucial, you’ll find the better option in the 2022 Toyota Camry’s V6, 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 victor in pricing. Its range-topping trim is cheaper than a fully loaded 2022 Accord.

If you’ve narrowed your midsize 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 car, to determine which popular midsize sedan deserves a spot in your garage.