Toyota
Camry
2013
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Jerimy Grafenstein
Automotive Editor - January 23, 2013

2013 Toyota Camry OVERVIEW

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.

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