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2018 Midsize Car of the Year: Accord, Camry or Stinger?

A segment in mid-evolution By ,

Auto123.com will be crowning winners of the 2018 Auto123.com Awards for best vehicles of the year on November 22 in Toronto. We’ve already unveiled the three finalists in each of the 17 categories; today we look in more detail at the Midsize Car of the Year finalists.

Honda Accord
The new Honda Accord is waging all-out war on the Camry. Fully transformed this year, the tenth-generation 2018 Accord is sporty and more aggressive-looking. Inside, the dual-screen system mounted in the centre has been replaced by a new 8-inch touchscreen. Honda has also taken a look back with some retro-style settings buttons, which should be appreciated by many. The Accord is now available only with 4-cylinder turbo engines; the base models also have CVT transmissions, with an available 6-speed manual gearbox for the Sport version. The 2.0L turbo compensates for the acceleration offered by the old V6. More details on the Accord.

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Toyota Camry
Built on Toyota’s new global architecture, the new eight-generation Camry has been making a mighty splash. The aim was to produce a model whose performance is sportier in terms of its handling, at the same time as it delivers a more comfortable and quieter ride. The new Camry also comes with cutting-edge drive assist and commodity technologies. Offering a choice of three engines – a 3.5L V6, a 2.5L 4-cylinder and a next-generation hybrid system – allows it to gain great positioning in the category. Just about everything is new this year, even the 8-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission offered with some engine configurations. More details on the Camry.

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Kia Stinger
The new Stinger is instantly the most sophisticated car in the Kia lineup. Considered a five-door sedan, it is at once sophisticated, offering standard heated seats for example, and sporty, thanks to its coupe-style silhouette and remarkable powertrain. The base models are powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine, while the GT versions get a boost in sensations and power thanks to a 3.3L twin-turbo V6. The Stinger that will be available in Canada has all-wheel drive as standard equipment, as well as an 8-speed automatic transmission. More details on the Stinger.

Photo: Kia