Toyota Camry 2010

Toyota Camry 2010: The Toyota Camry is the very successful car in the U.S. Its performance history of integrity, security and also effectiveness has actually made it a fave of cars and truck shoppers seeking sensible transportation. No longer is it a clear sector leader, though, as various other midsize cars are challenging the Camry on numerous fronts, and its solid reliability reveals signs of fading.

I drove the SE variation, which attempts to defy the Camry's practical, unexciting photo with a higher-output four-cylinder, firmer suspension and cosmetic add-ons. Personally, I was amazed by just how little it took for the SE package to truly improve the base Camry's boring temperament. Actually, I favor the SE's sporting excellent looks to many various other midsize sedans, which in its entirety is primarily a dull segment. Although the SE manages with its appearance, it isn't a complete package since there isn't much benefit in the fun-to-drive department.

The Camry schedule starts with the base design and uses LE, SE, XLE and Hybrid trim levels.

Toyota Camry 2010

Exactly what's Transformed for 2010

The Camry has remained a best-seller also without a couple of essential competitive features, which have been included for 2010: a common digital security system, six-speed automatic transmission and also optional USB input for controlling, as well as playing, iPods through the stereo. For an assessment of the USB integration, which I was not a fan of, see the video clip to the right. Contrast the 2010 version to the 2009 variation right here. Opponents like the 2010 Hyundai Sonata, 2010 Honda Accord, 2010 Mazda6 and 2010 Chevrolet Malibu have actually integrated one or more of those vital attributes for a few design years.

Base models have new front styling, consisting of an upgraded grille with chrome trim and also brand-new, larger fronts lights. The 2010's rhinoplasty is an improvement from the 2009's forgettable front styling. SE versions obtain a blacked-out grille and smoked-headlight-housing treatment. The SE is better-looking than a normal Camry, thanks to enhancements like a reduced front looter, more hostile side sills, haze lights, 17-inch five-spoke wheels and also double tailpipes with a black lower bumper.

2 new four-cylinder engines are available. For the very first time on a Camry, they team with a six-speed transmission to assist enhance fuel economic situation; a six-speed manual is standard. The SE utilizes a more effective engine than base, LE and XLE versions; it makes 179 horse power rather than 169 hp. The SE makes 21 even more horsepower compared to the 2009 SE without harming gas mileage. As a matter of fact, gas mileage has in fact boosted 1 mpg in city and also highway rankings. I balanced 29 mpg throughout a 400-mile week of mainly freeway driving. That's not far from the automated's 32 mpg freeway rating. Both four-cylinders are ranked with mileage of 22/32 mpg city/highway; the guidebook is rated at 22/33 mpg.

SE, the "Stylish" Camry

The SE abandons the Camry's traditional soft, inconspicuous ride quality with a sport suspension, resulting in a ride that's surprisingly tight for a Camry. It's never teeth-jarring, however there's most definitely a tight feeling that could put off traditional Camry customers. When pushed right into corners, the Camry leans as well as understeers, not feeling like a confident entertainer. Unique to the SE is a 179-hp version of Toyota's 2.5-liter four-cylinder. When teamed with the new six-speed transmission, this engine made the SE a vivacious bundle; a 268-hp V-6 is optional. Gear modifications were smooth during acceleration with very little engine noise also throughout heavy velocity.

A flashy Camry is sort of like the requisite "bad-boy" participant of a boy band. Regardless of exactly how aggressive the attempt, he's still in a kid band. Similarly, the SE cannot leave its Camry roots. Camry patriots may be attracted to the SE as a sportier alternative, but for the differentiating enthusiast, the 2009 Mazda6 provides a better-executed sport bundle.

Inside as well as Cargo

Right here's where the Camry's comfort-focused origins are an advantage to the SE: The front as well as rear seats are extremely comfortable. There's good back sustain with the eight-way power-adjustable seats, as well as soft seat pillows made my lengthy drives workable, despite the SE's rigid suspension. For a sport model, the SE's front seats don't have hostile side bolstering to keep you from gliding around, but carving corners isn't really the Camry's strong point, so it's not a deal-breaker.

When you go with the SE you lose the folding rear seat option; in its place is a center pass-through. The folding seats and a half-foot of trunk room are given up for a back suspension brace that's meant to boost handling. With my minimal cargo-carrying demands the big trunk appropriated sufficient without the folding backseat. Those with even more requiring freight demands, especially longer items, must avoid the SE or XLE, which additionally does not consist of a folding backseat.

Functions as well as Prices

For $22,165, the SE includes all of the suspension, engine and outside features-- minus the looter, a $200 choice. As evaluated, our SE listed at $27,725, not consisting of the $750 location charge. Alternatives on our test vehicle consisted of transmission, navigating system with backup camera, USB input, Bluetooth, JBL stereo, moonroof and also wise key system with push-button begin.

A base Camry starts at $19,395, so the SE plan is a cheap way to liven it up. A base Mazda6 personifies a sporty nature, though, and starts at $18,450.

Safety and security

The 2010 Camry made Good ratings-- the best score-- in frontal and side collision tests by the Insurance policy Institute for Highway Safety and security; it racked up Limited in back defense, which is why the Camry does not catch the IIHS' Leading Security Select award. The 2009 Honda Accord and also 2010 Ford Fusion gain the classification.

For a total checklist of the Camry's security features, see right here.


The Camry has actually shown waning reliability in current design years with average total scores by Consumer Records and a quick spell poor for a certain drivetrain. Currently, there aren't any kind of forecasts for the 2010.

Noteworthy in this section is the 2010 Ford Fusion's anticipated top reliability rating for front-wheel-drive 4- as well as six-cylinder versions. The Honda Accord's scores are above standard for 4- and also six-cylinder versions, but they're not as high as the Fusion's.

Camry in the marketplace

Shoppers need to drive both the Camry SE as well as other Camry trims to see if the sport-tuned suspension is too strong for day-to-day commutes. There are a great deal of good midsize cars around. While the 2010 Camry steps up its video game, customers now have extra solid choices than ever before.

In the last few years, the competition has actually overtaken the Camry while its integrity has slipped a bit, making the Camry more of an ordinary selection compared to a class-leading midsize car.

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