Toyota Camry 2010

Toyota Camry 2010: The Toyota Camry is the very popular car in the U.S. Its track record of reliability, safety and performance has actually made it a favorite of car consumers looking for practical transportation. No longer is it a clear sector leader, though, as other midsize cars are challenging the Camry on a number of fronts, and also its strong dependability shows signs of fading.

I drove the SE variation, which tries to defy the Camry's functional, uninteresting picture with a higher-output four-cylinder, firmer suspension and also cosmetic attachments. In person, I was surprised by exactly how little it considered the SE plan to actually boost the base Camry's dull demeanor. As a matter of fact, I prefer the SE's sporting excellent planning to several other midsize cars, which as a whole is mostly a shabby segment. Although the SE gets by with its look, it isn't really a full bundle due to the fact that there isn't really much incentive in the fun-to-drive department.

The Camry lineup starts with the base version and also uses LE, SE, XLE as well as Crossbreed trim degrees.

Toyota Camry 2010

What's Altered for 2010

The Camry has actually remained a record-breaker also without a few key competitive functions, which have actually been included for 2010: a common digital stability system, six-speed automatic transmission as well as optional USB input for regulating, along with having fun, iPods through the stereo. For an assessment of the USB integration, which I was not a fan of, see the video to the right. Contrast the 2010 version to the 2009 variation right here. Competitors like the 2010 Hyundai Sonata, 2010 Honda Accord, 2010 Mazda6 and 2010 Chevrolet Malibu have included several of those key attributes for a few design years.

Base designs have new front designing, including an upgraded grille with chrome trim as well as brand-new, larger headlights. The 2010's nose job is an improvement from the 2009's forgettable front designing. SE versions obtain a blacked-out grille and also smoked-headlight-housing treatment. The SE is better-looking compared to a normal Camry, thanks to enhancements like a lower front looter, a lot more aggressive side sills, haze lights, 17-inch five-spoke wheels and also double tailpipes with a black lower bumper.

2 brand-new four-cylinder engines are readily available. For the very first time on a Camry, they team with a six-speed transmission to help enhance fuel economy; a six-speed guidebook is typical. The SE utilizes a much more powerful engine compared to base, LE and also XLE versions; it makes 179 horsepower as opposed to 169 hp. The SE makes 21 even more horse power than the 2009 SE without injuring gas mileage. Actually, gas mileage has actually enhanced 1 mpg in city and freeway scores. I balanced 29 mpg throughout a 400-mile week of primarily highway 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 "Flashy" Camry

The SE deserts the Camry's traditional soft, inconspicuous ride high quality with a sport suspension, leading to a flight that's remarkably tight for a Camry. It's by no means teeth-jarring, but there's certainly a taut feeling that could put off typical Camry purchasers. When pushed into edges, the Camry leans and also understeers, not feeling like a positive performer. Distinct 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 throughout velocity with very little engine sound even during hefty acceleration.

A sporty Camry is type of like the requisite "bad-boy" member of a kid band. Regardless of just how aggressive the effort, he's still in a kid band. Also, the SE can not leave its Camry origins. Camry patriots may be attracted to the SE as a sportier option, but for the discriminating fanatic, the 2009 Mazda6 offers a better-executed sport package.

Inside and Cargo

Right here's where the Camry's comfort-focused origins are a benefit to the SE: The front and also rear seats are incredibly comfortable. There's good back sustain with the eight-way power-adjustable seats, and also soft seat cushions made my long drives doable, despite having the SE's rigid suspension. For a sporting activity model, the SE's front seats do not have aggressive side strengthening to keep you from gliding about, but sculpting edges isn't the Camry's strong suit, so it's not a deal-breaker.

When you choose the SE you shed the folding rear seat option; in its location is a center pass-through. The folding seats as well as a half-foot of trunk space are given up for a back suspension support that's intended to enhance handling. With my minimal cargo-carrying demands the big trunk appropriated enough without the folding rear seat. Those with more requiring freight requirements, specifically longer things, ought to avoid the SE or XLE, which also doesn't consist of a folding rear seat.

Functions as well as Prices

For $22,165, the SE consists of all the suspension, engine as well as outside features-- minus the spoiler, a $200 choice. As evaluated, our SE listed at $27,725, not consisting of the $750 destination charge. Alternatives on our test automobile consisted of transmission, navigation system with backup video camera, USB input, Bluetooth, JBL audio system, moonroof and wise crucial system with push-button start.

A base Camry begins at $19,395, so the SE bundle is a low-cost means to cheer it up. A base Mazda6 embodies a sporty nature, though, as well as starts at $18,450.


The 2010 Camry made Excellent ratings-- the best rating-- in frontal and also side accident examinations by the Insurance coverage Institute for Highway Security; it racked up Low in back defense, which is why the Camry does not capture the IIHS' Top Security Choose award. The 2009 Honda Accord and 2010 Ford Combination make the classification.

For a full list of the Camry's safety functions, see here.


The Camry has shown winding down reliability in recent model years with ordinary total ratings by Consumer Records and also a quick spell second-rate for a particular drivetrain. Currently, there aren't any kind of predictions for the 2010.

Noteworthy in this sector is the 2010 Ford Blend's predicted top integrity rating for front-wheel-drive 4- and six-cylinder models. The Honda Accord's ratings are above standard for 4- and six-cylinder designs, but they're not as high as the Blend's.

Camry in the Market

Shoppers should drive both the Camry SE and also other Camry trims to see if the sport-tuned suspension is also solid for day-to-day commutes. There are a great deal of good midsize cars out there. While the 2010 Camry steps up its video game, consumers currently have much more strong alternatives than ever before.

Over the last few years, the competition has actually caught up with the Camry while its dependability has slid a little bit, making the Camry more of a typical selection than a class-leading midsize car.