Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Toyota Camry: Any Way You Get It, You Get A Great Sedan
The Toyota Camry has long been one of the standard bearers in the midsize sedan category, and with good reason. It has a reputation for quality and dependability.
And despite trouble in recent years for Toyota, with its reliabilty ratings being tarnished, Camry has remained largely in good stead with consumers.
Toyota likes to brag about how 90 percent of Camrys bought in the past 15 years are still on the road.
And whether you choose the four-cylinder engine model, six-cylinder model or hybrid, the Camry remains a wise selection.
We recently got a chance to test each, and found that the Camry is an easy car to be fond of.
Its design is pleasant, even if it's not particularly striking.
It has 16-inch wheels standard, with higher trim levels getting 17- or 18-inchers.
The V-6 model has dual exhaust pipes, with a single pipe on the four-cylinder.
The four-cylinder engine is a 2.5 liter that makes 178 horsepower, while the V-6 is 3.5 liter and makes 268 horsepower. There's a standard six-speed automatic transmission, with the SE trim getting paddle shifters for those who choose to use them.
The hybrid's engine is a 2.5-liter four cylinder that makes 156 horsepower, but when combined with the electric motor, horsepower climbs to 200. The engine is linked to a continuously variable transmission.
Fuel economy across all Camrys is great.
The four-cylinder gets 25 mpg city, 30 highway, the six-cylinder gets 21 and 30 and the hybrid gets an astounding 43 city and 39 highway.
As a buyer, one thing to appreciate about Camrys is that you can choose a modestly trimmed version and still get a number of good features, or you can go to a higher trim level and get a nice taste of luxury.
Cruise control, power windows and doors, Bluetooth connectivity and air conditioning are standard.
But you can opt for pleasant touches such as wood-grain interior trim, leather seating and heated front seats, as well as advanced technology such as Toyota's Entune telematics system, which offers Internet radio and information searches, among other services.
Each Camry also offers a comfortable environment for drivers and passengers. Taller motorists and passengers will be very comfortable up front, but if they have to sit in the back, they shouldn't be too cramped.
Cabin noise is also minimal, and the temperature controls and audio systems enhance comfort.
The Camry has a broad pricing range, starting at around $23,000 and ranging to close to $33,000 for the highest trimmed V-6 mode or hybrid.
There's a good reason you see so many Camrys out on the roads, and if you've never owned one, go check it out and you'll see why so many buyers choose this great midsize sedan.