Buy/Drive/Burn: V6 Midsize Japanese Sedans of 2007

In contrast to the Try Very Hard Japanese sedans of the Nineties, the early and mid-2000s period was a time for Japanese manufacturers to rest upon their laurels. It was a time to save some cash, and put in a bit less effort than in the tiring decade prior.

And lucky you, today you get to pick one to buy.

All today’s sedans are equipped with V6 engines and high trim specifications, with a target price of $28,000.

Honda Accord

The Accord looks stylish for 2007 and is in its final model year before the arrival of the eighth-generation model in 2008. Available with a 2.4-liter inline-four (166 HP) or a 3.0-liter V6 (244 HP), there’s a hybrid option as well as manual and automatic transmissions. The top-tier model today is the EX-L V6, with five-speed automatic transmission and power everything for $27,995.

Nissan Maxima

The 2007 Maxima is near the end of its life as well, as the architectural-looking sixth-generation lives on through the 2008 model year before its replacement. All Maximas had the same 3.5-liter V6 engine, good for 255 horsepower. 2007 brings a facelift to the Maxima, as well as a CVT in place of prior manual and automatic transmissions. For $28,050 today’s SE trim has cloth seats, power everything else, and the unique north-south arrangement glass sunroof panel.

Toyota Camry

In 2007 the Camry is all-new, as the more upright XV40 model replaces the now dated-looking organic shapes of the XV30. Engines are either a 2.4-liter inline-four (155 HP) or the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 (268 HP). Transmissions are of five-speed auto or five-speed manual persuasions. The V6 is available across three trims: SE, LE, or XLE. Today’s pick is the XLE V6, fully equipped with leather at $28,020.

Three V6 midsize Japanese sedans, all within $100 of one another on price and all less desirable than their counterparts from a decade prior. Which one is worth a Buy?

[Images: Honda, Nissan, Toyota]

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