Founded in 1937 and 1946, respectively, Toyota and Honda have each built a reputation for safety, reliability, and innovation, and their vehicles are popular all over the world — including right here in America. But unless you’re an expert in Japanese vehicles, it can be hard to know which car is right for your needs. That’s why we’re here: below, we’ve broken down which manufacturer has the advantage when it comes to a number of different factors.
If you’re looking for a hybrid vehicle, go for a Toyota.
Toyota is the world leader in hybrid and hybrid-electric vehicles, thanks in large part to its wildly popular Toyota Prius, one of the first hybrid vehicles to be introduced to the market. Toyota has sold more than six million Priuses, and with a variety of different models available, Toyota is the way to go when it comes to hybrid customization. However, this fall, Honda is set to introduce its first all-electric car, the Honda Clarity; if you’re an environmentally-conscious driver, the Clarity might be worth considering. The only other thing to keep in mind when purchasing a hybrid vehicle is that you have a repair shop in mind. Make sure to find a hybrid-certified repair shop like LexService, which has mechanics with the expertise to service this unique type of vehicle.
If you want a sportier drive, Honda has a slight edge.
Honda vehicles generally have faster acceleration speeds than Toyota vehicles. For example, the Honda Accord can go from 0 to 60 mph more quickly than the Toyota Camry. Anecdotally, many drivers have reported that Honda vehicles have somewhat more dexterous handling than their Toyota counterparts.
If you’re looking for reliability, Toyota is a frontrunner in the marketplace.
In a recent J.D. Power & Associates Vehicle Dependability Study, Toyota earned a five out of five rating for dependability; Honda, on the other hand, only earned three out of five stars. Of course, that’s not to say that Honda vehicles are unreliable: both Honda and Toyota cars come with 3-year/36,000-mile warranties and 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranties. Still, even the most reliable vehicles need to be regularly serviced, so it’s important to partner with a reliable service center no matter which car you choose.
If safety is your primary concern, consider a Honda.
Looking for a car for your teenager or an elderly relative? Nearly all of Honda’s vehicles scored at least a 9.3 rating on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Cars list. While many of Toyota’s vehicles earned high ratings as well, some, like the Toyota Sequoia, earned lower writers that brought down Toyota’s average score.
Ultimately, it’s hard to go wrong: while Honda and Toyota vehicles have distinct advantages, they’re also both great choices that you’re sure to be satisfied with. You’ll need a dedicated service partner to get the most out of your vehicle, though: at LexService, we offer free consultations and expert service to repair and maintain Hondas, Toyotas, Nissan, Lexus and more.