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When car shoppers talk value, Toyota tends to be the first word in the conversation. However, Honda’s sensible sedans never allow the Toyota Corolla or Camry to dominate their segments without competition. Still, two Honda cars, the Accord and Civic, managed to take two categories in U.S. News’ considerations for the “Best Cars for the Money” in 2024. 

The Honda Accord and Civic took awards for the Best Cars for the Money in 2024

A 2024 Honda Accord takes a corner at speed.
2024 Honda Accord Sport-L | Honda

U.S. News awarded the Honda Accord and Civic their picks for the “Best Cars for the Money” in 2024. For starters, the Civic took the award for the best new compact car for the money. It’s hardly a surprise; the evaluators gave the Civic the same award the year prior. 

In addition to the Civic’s compact car category victory, the Honda Accord took the top spot in the midsize sedan segment. However, it isn’t a “new champion and still undefeated” situation. No, the Kia K5, the 2021-and-on replacement for the Optima, took the honors for the 2023 model year.

The evaluators took “five-year total ownership costs” into account as they chose the winners for each category. What’s more, U.S. News says it takes “real-time transaction prices” from TrueCar into account. That’s an important distinction, as the Honda duo has higher MSRPs than their closest rivals.

Make and modelStarting price
Honda Accord$28,990
Toyota Camry$27,515
Kia K5$26,745
Honda Civic$25,405
Toyota Corolla$23,145
Hyundai Elantra$22,775

For instance, the 2024 Honda Accord starts at $28,990 for the entry-level LX trim, around $1,475 more than a comparable Toyota Camry and $2,245 more than a Kia K5. The news is the same for the Civic in the compact car segment.

However, U.S. News isn’t the only evaluator to give the Honda Accord and Civic top marks; iSeeCars named the Honda duo in its top 5 “Best New Cars for the Money” rankings. Specifically, the Civic and Accord took the No. 5 and No. 4 spots, respectively. Unlike the U.S. News rankings, iSeeCars gave the Toyota Corolla the No. 2 spot in its top five.

What’s more, the Civic omitted a hybrid from its lineup, despite the competition’s insistence on hybrid fuel economy. Still, the Honda sedans took the top spots for U.S. News.

Source: U.S. News, iSeeCars, TrueCar