Toyota Corolla vs Toyota Camry

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, Automotive Editor - July 2, 2018

Toyota has a long line of great vehicles, but its long-time steeds are the Camry and Corolla. Both models seem to have been around forever, and you may find yourself wondering which is the better option: upgrading to the Camry or sticking with the Corolla? We took a deep dive into both models to figure out which is the better option for the average buyer. Find out what we think below.

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What the Corolla Gets Right

With a starting price of just $19,520, the Toyota Corolla has a $5,550 price advantage over the Camry. And at this price point, the Corolla is far from stripped down as it features a standard 6.1-inch touchscreen, a USB jack, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, power windows and locks, Bluetooth, and more. With the savings it offers over the Camry, buyers can move up to the range-topping Corolla XLE or XSE and still end up cheaper than the Camry.

Having a smaller footprint – the Corolla is nine inches shorter than the Camry – it's easier to maneuver in tight areas. This makes it ideal for city drivers. And despite its smaller size, the Corolla’s rear seats have 3.4 inches of extra leg room compared to the larger Camry. On top of this, its trunk is only 1.1 cubic feet smaller than the Camry’s.

What the Camry Gets Right

The Toyota Camry boasts the latest in Toyota design language, making the Corolla look old next to it. Plus, it features a more peaceful and comfortable cabin at all speeds. Buyers who haul a lot of luggage will find the extra 1.1 cubic feet of luggage space in the Camry useful. The Camry also has a higher ceiling than the Corolla, offering premium features its smaller sibling does not, like leather upholstery, bright contrast stitching, and more.

The Camry is more powerful across the board, as its 2.5-liter four-cylinder pumps out 206 horsepower to the Corolla’s 132 hp. Move to the V6 engine, and the separation grows with this 3.5-liter pumping out 301 hp. Finally, the fuel-sipping hybrid produces 176 hp while delivering up to an EPA-estimated 51 miles per gallon city, 53 mpg highway, and 52 combined.

Can’t Go Wrong With the Corolla on a Budget

While the Toyota Corolla can’t keep pace with what the Camry has to offer, it is a great chose for those on a budget. It’s highest price is still a good bit short of the lowest-priced Camry, making it a great value.

Verdict: Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry has too much to offer for the Toyota Corolla to keep pace, plus its $5,550 price premium is well worth it. No matter what a buyer needs, the Camry offers it in one form or another. Need a hybrid? Check. Want a potent V6? Got it. Need an inexpensive four-cylinder? Got that too.

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, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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