The Camry continues to be the default choice among SME bosses. But, now, Nissan has a new king in town, driving them to distraction like never before. The Teana, which replaces the old Cefiro, is loaded to the hilt with style, space and specs – the most significant being its V6 engine and Italian-like luxury. It also has the advantage of being made in Japan, although this might be a moot point these days.
Still manufactured in Thailand – and still hugely popular here – is the Toyota Camry. Like a good Seiko dress watch, this car runs like clockwork and gets the job done without being flashy. Competitively priced and nicely equipped, the Camry can be considered a lesser Lexus for the HDB heartlands. It’s the oldest model in this story, having been introduced to Singapore more than two years ago. But it continues to set the pace in the mass-market executive segment.
The Honda Accord has been playing catch-up since its debut here in December last year. Physically the biggest car in this group, it clearly has the dimensions to attract and accommodate the prosperous local towkay, and also the equipment to keep him happy. At the same time, the Accord maintains Honda’s reputation for sporty driving without compromising day-to-day comfort on the road.
Can the trusty Camry prevail over its mighty rivals? Will the Accord score an emphatic victory? Or will the Teana win this battle royal? Read on to find out.