The midsize sedan market is one of the most competitive segments in the automotive industry with many auto makers vying for the top position. One of the dominating players in this field is Toyota’s Camry which has developed a solid reputation with buyers for its value and dependability. If you like to be flashy, stand out and receive a lot of attention on the road then this is definitely not the car for you. However, if you are looking for a reliable car at an affordable cost then you might want to take a further look at the Camry.
This midsize car offers a smooth and comfortable ride quality which is perfect for commuting and long trips. Direct competitors in this market include the Fusion from Ford, the hyped up Sonata from Hyundai, the Chevy Malibu and Honda Accord. Four trim levels are available for the 2011 model; base, LE, SE and XLE. When it comes to the exterior design, the Camry plays on the safe side. It’s easy on the eyes but it’s not bold or eye catching by any means.
If you don’t need a ton of power than the four cylinder 2.5 Liter with 169 hp engine will probably meet your needs. However, if you like more of a kick when you push the pedal to the metal then you might want to opt for the six cylinder engine which puts out 268 hp Autel MaxiSys MS906BT. If you are looking for a more engaging and athletic ride that offers betting handling around corners and turns a bit then the Camry probably wouldn’t be a great choice as it doesn’t offer a very engaging ride and it’s geared more towards comfort.
Although it’s affordably priced, the Camry offers a large array of amenities to make your drive comfortable including a compact disc player, an adjustable steering wheel and 16″ alloy wheels. The SE model adds in a JBL audio system with a CD changer Autel MaxiDiag MD808, Bluetooth compatibility, a moonroof and additional wooden accents on the interior. The interior has been well designed with comfortable seats and a large number of amenities for the price. Cargo space is at 14.5 cubic feet which is average for its size.
Toyota designers have included a large number of safety features which consist of front and side bags, side curtain bags and knee airbags, traction control and stability control. A feature which stands out is the seatbelt which automatically adjust to the passenger’s height. The 2010 model performed quite well in crash tests garnering a total of five out of five stars from the NHTSA for front and side impact tests.
If you care more about substance than flash then the Camry would be a great choice. It’s a simple and no frills car that will last for many years and get you from point A to point B. In addition, it’s also affordable and a very well-known leader and best seller in in its class. The base cost of the Camry is around $18k, a competitive price when you consider how long the Camry brand has been around.
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