The Honda and Acura Examiner Test: 2014 Honda Accord EX-L V6 vs. 2014 Camry XLE V6 and 2014 Altima SL V6

 Is there any comparison of family sedans more necessary than one between the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima? These three battle it out constantly for family sedan sales supremacy in the United States and despite increased competition from names like Sonata, Optima, Malibu, Fusion and Passat the truth of the matter stands—none of those models sell as many units.

Fortunately for us, we have had the privilege of spending a lot of time

behind the wheel of an EX-L sedan equipped with the all-new 3.5 liter 278 horsepower/253 lb. feet of torque V6 and 6-speed automatic that affords this four door sedan a class leading EPA estimated 21 city/34 highway for fuel economy. That kind of efficiency makes you question the point of buying a 4-cylinder engine in any family sedan. But we might have also been biased by this V6 engine’s bountiful thrust and intoxicatingly tuneful growl when we routinely gunned it out to redline.

Yes, we realize that most family sedans are purchased with four-cylinder engines and rumors have been circulating that in its next redesign the Camry’s V6 will get the axe—sadly the most exciting thing about that sedan. In truth, most V6 engines are being replaced by similarly powerful (but never quite as aurally pleasing) direct injected and turbocharged 4-cylinders which seem to do better on EPA fuel economy testing cycles. In the real world, we haven’t always found that to be the case. You see, a turbo 4 will only be efficient so long as you keep the motor off-boost and in

its efficiency zone otherwise you may see efficiency levels lower than a V6. So here goes, what may be the last face-off between the 6-cylinder Accord, Camry and Altima.

To read the rest of this comparison and find out who won click here!

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