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Toyota versus Honda

Posted at Mon, Jan 4, 2021 3:30 PM

In today’s article we’ll be looking at Toyota versus Honda. With a rivalry between these two Japanese automotive manufacturers spanning over five decades, it remains ever present in today’s market. Both brands have close to unmatched, save for each other, in terms of reliability, performance, and affordability. And both have stellar Luxury options as well, with Lexus for Toyota and Acura for Honda. During their rivalry they’ve set long lasting and increasing standards in the automotive world, and it looks like they’ll continue to do so for years to come. We’ll be looking at how these two automotive titans compare, to help you make a more informed buying decision.

Both brands offer a suite of vehicles ranging from affordable sedans to top of the line pickup trucks. Toyota in particular offers 18 unique vehicles, including the aforementioned sedans and trucks, along with rugged and family-friendly SUVs as well as an impressive EIGHT hybrid options. In and of itself the diversity in Toyota’s hybrid lineup surpasses Honda’s two choices, with the Prius being a mainstay of the hybrid market especially in the United States. This gives Toyota a clear edge for those of us looking to make an Eco conscious decision with our next vehicle.

Since we’re in New England, especially Massachusetts, with our cold and slippery winters, it’s worth noting the different drivetrains available on Toyota and Honda models. Both offer Front Wheel Drive systems across their lineups, particularly with the popular Camry and Corolla for Toyota, and Accord and Civic for Honda. We’ve discussed the benefits of Front Wheel Drive in a previous article.

Between Four Wheel Drive and All Wheel Drive, Toyota takes a focus on offering driver-activated Four Wheel Drive in its trucks, the Tacoma and Tundra, as well as its SUVs, the 4Runner, Sequoia, and high end Land Cruiser. When not in Four Wheel Drive these vehicles operate in Rear Wheel Drive. Compared to Honda’s SUVs, specifically the HR-V, CR-V, and Pilot, which all offer All Wheel Drive.

In short, All Wheel Drive works with a built in computer system that sends power to each individual wheel to make adjustments to steering as necessary, either sending power to all four wheels all the time, or to all four wheels when necessary, depending on whether the system is active or passive. Four Wheel Drive operates similarly, however it’s typically driver activated, with the vehicle operating in Rear or Front Wheel Drive unless the driver engages the Four Wheel Drive system. For a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of AWD versus 4WD click here to read our article where we take a closer look at just that.

Both brands have set the standard for reliability, with both scoring above industry average in terms of predicted reliability during ownership. Toyota, while scoring above average across the board, also offers a lower cost of ownership projected over 10 years, with just $5,500 that can be expected to be spend on vehicle maintenance during this time. Compared to Honda, with which you can expect to spend $7,200 during the same period, Toyota takes a small edge over the 10 year period.

All in all, Toyota and Honda offer a wide variety of vehicles for every buyer, whether you’re looking for the best value for your dollar, or the best in luxury, both automakers deliver. For more on everything automotive make sure to check in every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with us here. Or, stop by and one of our expert sales professionals will be able to offer you the same service.

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The article above includes information collected from a variety of sources on the Toyota and Honda brands. Consumers should pursue a variety of sources both online and with their preferred automotive dealer when researching information on vehicles they are interested in purchasing. North End Motors Inc. is not to be held liable should the above information be used in any way other than for what it is intended to be, a short introduction to these automotive manufacturers.

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