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2018 Toyota Camry

Starting Price: $24,380 | Price Yours

Above Average: Reputation, resale value, comfort, ease, standard safety

Below Average: Missing Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

Consensus: Still just as comfortable but with an added sense of style, safety and performance

 

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2018 Hyundai Sonata

Starting Price: $22,935 | Price Yours

Above Average:  Roominess, great warranty, cutting-edge infotainment, numerous engine options including a plug-in hybrid

Below Average: Somewhat numb steering feel, not much else to find fault with

Consensus: An impressively well-equipped sedan with numerous high-tech features, trims and engine options backed by one of the best warranties in the industry.

 

The Toyota Camry has been a midsize sedan favorite for three decades, earning a stellar reputation for longevity, reliability and strong resale. The Hyundai Sonata is a relative newcomer by comparison, but it is a car that has evolved quickly into a modern, feature-rich sedan with good reviews for quality, price and resale. Both cars show off a stylish exterior and upscale interior that belies their sub $25,000 starting price, and both cars take a decidedly different approach to luring in buyers. The Camry emphasizes safety, with standard Safety Sense P that includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking. The Sonata also offers these systems, but only as options on the mid and upper-level trims. The Camry offers more rear seat legroom than the Sonata, but the Hyundai turns the tables when it comes to front seat legroom. The Sonata also offers a larger trunk, a better standard warranty and high-tech must-haves such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Camry’s standard engine delivers more horsepower and better fuel economy than the Sonata, but both cars offer more powerful engine upgrades, a V6 for the Camry and a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder for the Hyundai. Both cars also offer hybrid models, but neither can be equipped with all-wheel drive.

Similarities

The Sonata and Camry offer similarly large and well-appointed cabins, good resale values and optional hybrid models

Toyota Camry Advantages

Strong reliability and resale figures, standard safety features, comfortable ride, expressive styling

Hyundai Sonata Advantages

Numerous trim and engine options, lots of standard features, impressive warranty

Final Recommendation

The Camry’s reputation for safety, reliability and good resale will no doubt tug at your logical side, but the Sonata’s impressive standard and optional equipment list, numerous engine and trim options and 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty make a compelling argument.  

  2018 Toyota Camry 2018 Hyundai Sonata
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.5-liter I4 2.4-liter I4
Horsepower 203 hp @ 6,600 rpm 185 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 184 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm 178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 8-spd Automatic, 6-spd
Fuel Economy 34 mpg (29 city/41 hwy) 29 mpg (25 city/36 hwy)
Also Available 3.5L V6, hybrid 2.0L turbo I4,1.6L turbo I4, hybrid, 7-spd AT
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 5 years or 60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 111.2 inches 110.4 inches
Overall Length 192.1 inches 191.1 inches
Width 72.4  inches 73.4 inches
Height 56.9inches 58.1 inches
Turning Diameter 37.4 feet 35.8 feet
Headroom, Front 38.3 inches 40.4 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.0 inches 38.0 inches
Legroom, Front 42.1 inches 45.5 inches
Legroom, Rear 38.0 inches 35.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.7 inches 57.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.7 inches 56.5 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 100.4 cu. ft. 106.1 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 15.1 cu. ft. 16.3 cu. ft.
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