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Expert's Rating

5.0Excellent

MPG 24 City / 34 Highway
Pros
  • Excellent reliability history
  • Exceptional fuel efficiency
  • Smooth-shifting transmission
  • Quiet well-appointed interior
  • Refined engine makes solid power
Cons
  • Seats are way too flat
, Automotive Editor -
A legitimate top-two sedan (along with the Honda Accord) in the midsize class with an unmistakable reputation for reliability, safety and fuel efficiency now featuring marked improvements in interior and exterior styling.

Introduction

The Toyota Camry has been a staple in the American auto market since the early 1980s. Toyota built its American reputation on this car and the Camry has long stood for quality, reliability, and value. Yet, the Camry has never been anything but a solid sedan. It's not a bold sports sedan and it doesn't attempt to be one. In 2012 the Camry was redesigned with several slight exterior modifications which were more transitional in nature than they were innovative and pushed the Camry towards a more boxy exterior. The 2013 model continues this trend and is more functional than stylish - but for many Toyota owners that's a larger part of the appeal.

The current Camry is powered by modest 2.5 liter inline four-cylinder engine which produces 178 horsepower and 170 foot-pounds of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with manual shifter is standard. While this engine won't wow anyone, it's reliable to a fault and 25 MPG/city and 35 MPG/hwy is more than respectable. Despite the engine specifications, this engine is a significant upgrade from past years and proves far more responsive to Camry's of old. A V6 upgrade is still available for those desiring a bit more punch in the passing lane.

The interior, long one of the faults of the Camry, is now one of its strengths. The redesigned layout generates more rear-seat space than ever before, in large part to a thin profile front seat design. Driving and riding is comfortable, and the trunk space is noticeably improved over much of the competition - one of the odd perks of a more boxy rear-end design. Upgrading to the SE trim level is worth the price for the improvement in the front seats alone - which are better supported and far more comfortable. The instruments are lain out in a two-tier arrangement which is both logical and a space saver - and something of a deviation from what the trend is.

Overall, the Camry remains a reliable, safe, and rock-solid mid-sized entry-level sedan. Drives won't be blown away by much of anything, bu the overall performance more than makes up for any lackluster driving impressions. Options and trims levels abound, allowing buyers to customize their Camry to their specifications. Whether you need a reliable commuter car, a family sedan, or something large enough to haul around five adults, the Camry will do the job well.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Toyota Camry
Starting price
$13,575

2013 Toyota Camry L

Recommended for: Mid-sized sedan drivers needing substance over style

The base Camry L is powered by a 2.5 liter inline four-cylinder engine which produces 178 horsepower and 170 foot-pounds of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with manual shifter is standard. In addition, the Camry L features: air conditioning, Toyota's BLU Logic Hands Free System, CD players with MP3 capabilities, six speaker audio system, auxiliary audio jack, six-way adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support, four-way adjustable passenger seat, split folding rear seat, cruise control, projector -beam halogen headlights, and 16-inch steel wheels.

Safety features include: Toyota's Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), traction control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, ten airbags - including driver and front passenger and seat mounted side airbags, driver and passenger whiplash lessening seats, and daytime running lights.

Options on the base Camry L are nearly non-existent.

2013 Toyota Camry
Starting price
$13,575

2013 Toyota Camry LE

Recommended for: A slightly upscale mid-sized sedan with plenty of reliability

The Camry Le is a slightly upgraded version of the base model L. It is powered by the same 2.5 liter inline four-cylinder engine and features the same safety features and base equipment, including the BLU Logic Hands Free System. In addition, the LE is equipped with: projector-beam halogen headlights with an automatic on/off feature, an upgraded audio system with a 6.1 inch display touch screen and iPod connectivity, hands free phone availability, keyless entry, and tilt and telescoping steering.

Options are limited on the LE, but a power moon roof is available, as is a driver's and passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, and rear-seat reading lamps. A secondary interior upgrade is available which bolsters the seats with backside pockets, and upgrades the driver's seat to an eight-way power seat.

2013 Toyota Camry
Starting price
$13,575

2013 Toyota Camry SE

Recommended for: Commuters and families in need a sportier sedan loaded with features

the Camry SE is based on the LE design and comes standard with the 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine and all the base features of the LE. In addition to the standard features the SE includes: integrated fog lamps, a sport grille, underbody spoiler and sport side panels, 18-inch alley wheels, noise reducing windshield, rear spoiler, dual chrome tip exhaust, Toyota's Etune and Smart Key systems, sport fabric front seats, leather trimmed sport steering wheel, and overhead console.

Options include the same upgrades on the LE (the moon roof, etc.), and an upgraded display audio system with navigation, and satellite radio. In addition, the SE features a Convenience Package which features a backup camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, Homelink transceiver, anti-theft system, and Toyota's Smark Key system (only available with moon roof and display audio upgrades). A Leather Package (which is only available if you purchase the Convenience Package) adds leather trimmed heated sport front seats.

2013 Toyota Camry
Starting price
$13,575

2013 Toyota Camry SE V6

Recommended for: Those searching for a sportier sedan loaded with features that won't break the bank

The SE V6 is based upon the SE trim level with the notable inclusion of a 3.5 liter V6 engine with 268 horsepower and 248 foot-pound of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is also standard. The standard features match the SE, and both the Convenience and Leather packages are available.

2013 Toyota Camry
Starting price
$13,575

2013 Toyota Camry XLE

Recommended for: Those wishing to customize their sedan to their exact specifications

The Camry XLE is based on the LE platform, but loaded with tons of available options. It features the same four-cylinder engine and transmission, and all the standard features of the LE. Also included is: projector-beam halogen headlights with automatic on/off, power tilt/slide moon roof, front and passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, rear-seat reading lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome tipped exhaust, dual zone climate control, keyless entry, and an upgraded wood grain interior.

Options include two packages; a Convenience package which adds backup camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, Homelink transceiver, anti-theft system, and Smart Key, and a Leather Package which upgrades the interior to leather trimmed seats. Single upgrades are limited to a display audio with navigation and Entune, and a more impressive display audio package with Entune, blind spot warning, and Safety connect, though the later requires the Leather package upgrade.

2013 Toyota Camry
Starting price
$13,575

2013 Toyota Camry XLE V6

Recommended for: Driver's wanting an entry level sedan loaded to the gills

The XLE V6 trim level features the same 3.5 liter engine and transmission as found in the SE V6 Camry. The rest of the vehicle is based around the XLE trim and includes the same standard features and options with one notable exception. The SLE V6 has an available premium HDD navigation system upgrade which includes Toyota's Entune system and an upgraded 7-inch touchscreen with split-screen capabilities. In addition, this upgrade includes a ten-speaker audio system with subwoofer and amplifier, a blind spot monitor and Safety Connect.

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