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

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
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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  • Frank908 Frank908 on May 18, 2021

    Burn em all since they are all targeted in the recent catalytic converter theft spree going on in the country. Too much of an insurance risk all around.

  • Airfidget Airfidget on May 19, 2021

    Ahhh! I'm so sorry Toyota. Leading into the Sudden Unintended Acceleration scandal with this generation Toyota Camry, and just after the early 2000's whiplash lawsuits for car companies, these "Japanese" cars are some of the most uncomfortable, worst designs out there. This is a hard one. Buy the Accord. Even though the head restraints will keep your neck safe in a crash, you'll have long term issues with ergonomics in this funky head rest design era, and eventually you'll say screw it and turn it around 180 so it stops digging into your skull. It will drink oil in its later years, but never stop. Drive the Nissan. I'd rent the heck of this, and tool around. The CVT's were weird and overly hyped, do you remember the makeup commercial? I think they had problems later on down the road, but oh well. I want to like these Camry's, I think they looked cooler than the super conservative version that came out after the floor board mat scandal, but I can't. NHTSA was never able to prove it, but I don't think Toyota was ever able to disprove it. If I had another drive it option, I'd drive the other Nissan. But I don't know anything about Maxima's, but does this classify as mid-size? I thought Maxima was full size? Why would nissan make 2 mid sized on the same marque?

  • Theflyersfan One positive: doesn't appear to have a sunroof. So you won't need to keep paper towels in the car.But there's a serious question to ask this seller - he has less than 40,000 miles on some major engine work, and the transmission and clutch work and mods are less than 2 months old...why are you selling? That's some serious money in upgrades and repairs, knowing that the odds of getting it back at the time of sale is going to be close to nil. This applies to most cars and it needs to be broadcasted - these kinds of upgrades and mods are really just for the current owner. At the time of sale, a lot of buyers will hit pause or just won't pay for the work you've done. Something just doesn't sit well with me and this car. It could be a snowbelt beast and help save the manuals and all that, but a six year old VW with over 100,000 miles normally equals gremlins and electrical issues too numerous to list. Plus rust in New England. I like it, but I'd have to look for a crack pipe somewhere if the seller thinks he's selling at that price.
  • 2ACL I can't help feeling that baby is a gross misnomer for a vehicle which the owner's use necessitated a (manual!) transmission rebuild at 80,000 miles. An expensive lesson in diminishing returns I wouldn't recommend to anyone I know.
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  • Statikboy Those tires are the Wrong Size.