Toyota focuses on longevity? What does Honda focus on then? Toyota's are not as reliable as they used to be, their reputation has gone down significantly since the 2000's and it hasn't become any better. The last "good" Camry was the 2001 model, the rest have been trash since then. Maintaining a Toyota is actually more expensive than a Honda because Toyota parts cost more $$ compared to Honda parts. When it comes to reliability and longevity both Toyota and Honda are equal, I don't see one brand being more reliable than the other. They both have had their ups and downs in reliability over the years, Honda with its transmissions and Toyota with sludge issues and other things. It's really unfair to say Toyota is more reliable than Honda because that's just not true at all, they are both well known well regarded Japanese brands that have competed against each other for many years (the sole reason why Camry ever came into existence was to directly compete against the Accord). Please don't confuse Honda with some shitty american or korean car company...
I would say that @Inspire02
's words aren't groundless.
As I have said, the standard size taxis in BC, Canada are Toyota Priuses and Camrys(I4s, obviously). Even the bigger ones are Toyotas. As for Corollas, I know a lot of driving schools in BC that use them, including the one I went to. Civics were also used for driving schools, but not as much as Corollas. When industries like taxis and driving schools where mileage racks up quickly, I think it shows that Toyota cars are built for longevity. When I had to take taxis, the drivers I talked to have praised Priuses highly, and Toyota in general as well. They told me that on average, they travel 600 km(~375 miles) in them every day
. And these cars don't take breaks except for necessary maintenance; as soon as one driver's shift is over, another driver immediately takes their place. They still last for years, and some taxi drivers buy retired Toyota taxis for personal uses afterward, which they can still get a lot of uses out of.
Maintenance cost-wise, I don't see them as too different. Toyota parts may be more expensive, but Toyota cars aren't very picky on fluids. For example, the PS fluid on a Toyota car is probably just the AT fluid like most other cars out there. Not Hondas; they need a special Honda PS fluid, which is formulated differently, so if you use other PS fluid, you can potentially damage the steering system in your Honda.
BTW, don't just crap on Korean cars. Some of them are not bad. My manager has a 2000 Hyundai Accent with MT, and that car runs pretty well, according to him. He initially thought Hyundai was just a ripoff Honda(see explanation below), but he is actually impressed by the car. He is not the most serious about maintenance, either, and that car still runs without any problems.
On an off-topic note, Hyundai means modern
in Korean, and is recognized as the brand Modern
in China; Honda is named after Soichiro Honda, the founder of Honda, and is pronounced differently in Japanese, so the similarity of Hyundai and Honda is just an unfortunate coincidence in the English language.
I've had 2006, two 2008's, and a 2009 (V6 and i4) all go over 125k with NOTHING except oil changes.(only reason they're gone is due to being totaled) My 2009 V6 coupe is still nothing but oil changes every 10k miles, I'm right about 125k on it now. Original timing belt and everything.
There are so many other stuff you are ignoring, though. Transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, to name a few.
Do you drive on highways often, btw? 10k mile changes seem a little too long, unless you drive highways mostly. Follow the maintenance minder.
Then there is the timing belt. I will let you choose between a timing belt job and valves and pistons smashing against together-potentially with great forces if you are running it under load-unexpectedly, destroying your engine
(J35Zs are interference engines).
Take better care of it. 8th Gen Accord Coupes are nice cars, but just because it's a Honda doesn't mean it just needs oil changes.