Big 2023 Toyota Camry Rivals Steal Spotlight for Best Midsize Sedan
Toyota has always had popular cars, but the midsize segment competition is fierce. Even though the 2023 Toyota Camry has always remained a leading choice, some familiar sedans bumped it from the top spots this year. Check out how the 2023 Honda Accord and 2023 Kia K5 are stacked against this Toyota sedan and ultimately out-ranked it. The newest Camry remains a reliable and well-rounded choice, but it may not be ideal for those seeking sportier performance or advanced features.
How reliable is the 2023 Toyota Camry?
The 2023 Toyota Camry is pretty reliable, with a predicted reliability score of 84 from U.S. News and J.D. Power. That is relatively high, but it has been higher in previous years. Some other highlights of the Camry include its comfortable seats and easy ride. People like this Toyota sedan because it is reliable and has a lot of standard equipment. With an MSRP range of $26,220 to $36,645, it is one of the more expensive options.
However, the best midsize car for this year was the 2023 Honda Accord. It is more fuel efficient, fun to drive, and roomier than anticipated. Honda updated the interior and used premium materials, adding to the allure. The 1.5L turbo four-cylinder gets 192 hp, enough to power the Accord around town. J.D. Power gave the 2023 Accord a predicted reliability score of 81. The Accord has an MRSP range of $27,295 to $29,610 for this year.
Beyond that, the 2023 Kia K5 also had more pros than cons. The Kia is comfortable and has plenty of room for five passengers. It also has an updated infotainment system that is easy to navigate. As always, Kia added tons of standard features to the 2023 K5. J.D. Power gave the K5 a predicted reliability score of 84, matching the 2023 Toyota Camry’s reliability. Kia’s K5 is priced between $25,290 and $31,690 for 2023.
How does the 2023 Honda Accord beat the Camry?
The 2023 Toyota Camry has a lot to offer, but the Honda Accord has a slight edge in some areas. Honda’s trunk is bigger on the Accord, and the cabin is quieter than the Camry. The 2023 Honda Accord engine is that 192 horsepower four-cylinder previously mentioned. That is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive. It provides enough power for driving the Honda sedan daily and doesn’t make too much noise.
It also provides Accord owners with pretty good fuel economy. With 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, it comes in at the top of other midsize models. Honda also offers the Accord Hybrid, which gets even better fuel economy.
Toyota offers two engine options, a 203-horsepower four-cylinder, and a 301-horsepower V6. Both get automatic transmissions, but the V6 is a bit peppier when it comes down to it. The Camry’s city fuel economy comes in just under the Accord with 28 mpg but beats it with 39 mpg on the highway. That’s only with the four-cylinder and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive and the V6 come in as low as 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.
Is the Kia K5 the best midsize sedan?
The 2023 Kia K5 made some strides over the 2023 Toyota Camry and the 2022 K5, leading it to its second-place landing. Some people are big fans of the Kia brand and the standard equipment included. It also comes in just under the Camry’s total cost.
The list of standard equipment on the 2023 K5 is never-ending, with systems like Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. While the Camry has plenty of standard systems, Kia includes almost every system on the base trim level and up.
Comparatively, the case for the 2023 Toyota Camry is still pretty strong. Kia has improved its sedans and SUVs in the last few years, and the 2023 K5 is one of the better options. Similarly, the 2023 Honda Accord is a reliable and comfortable alternative. If the Camry doesn’t suit your needs for one reason or another, the Accord and K5 are happy to replace it.