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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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|Build & Price|
2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid$21,488 | 12,434 mi
2012 Toyota Camry$21,980 | 30,039 mi
2011 Toyota Camry$12,925 | 76,155 mi
2011 Toyota Camry$13,995 | 52,550 mi
2011 Toyota Camry$13,999 | 62,258 mi
2011 Toyota Camry$15,999 | 26,111 mi
2011 Toyota Camry$17,999 | 34,696 mi
2010 Toyota Camry$12,679 | 60,446 mi
2010 Toyota Camry$14,995 | 49,280 mi
2010 Toyota Camry$15,655 | 28,025 mi
2010 Toyota Camry$15,684 | 56,394 mi
2010 Toyota Camry$16,900 | 33,693 mi
2009 Toyota Camry$10,944 | 101,635 mi
2009 Toyota Camry$11,987 | 77,416 mi
2009 TOYOTA CAMRY$12,944 | 63,297 mi
2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid$16,900 | 59,567 mi
2008 Toyota Camry$9,375 | 104,770 mi
2008 Toyota Camry$11,795 | 106,105 mi
2008 Toyota Camry$11,888 | 89,758 mi
2007 Toyota Camry$9,526 | 126,126 mi
2007 TOYOTA CAMRY$12,495 | 96,782 mi
2006 Toyota Camry Solara$12,750 | 83,125 mi
2006 Toyota Camry Solara$17,995 | 46,152 mi
2005 Toyota Camry Solara$7,995 | 128,542 mi
2005 Toyota Camry Solara$9,783 | 98,445 mi
2004 Toyota Camry Solara$8,910 | 118,782 mi
2002 Toyota Camry Solara$4,995 | 187,000 mi
1999 Toyota Camry$5,995 | 127,213 mi
Features turbocharged engines, precision handling, and a sleek exterior, but interior design is dull.
Expansive interior, tons of trim levels and powertrain options, but ride is firm and options get expensive in a hurry
Great fuel economy and a reliable engine, though interior rear headroom is limited.
High-tech and well designed interior, though engine is often sluggish.