I drove the SE version, which tries to oppose the Camry's useful, uninteresting picture with a higher-output four-cylinder, firmer suspension and also cosmetic add-ons. Personally, I was amazed by how little it took for the SE bundle to truly boost the base Camry's dull behavior. Actually, I prefer the SE's showing off excellent seek to numerous other midsize sedans, which as a whole is mainly a drab section. Although the SE gets by with its look, it isn't a full package due to the fact that there isn't much reward in the fun-to-drive division.
The Camry lineup starts with the base version and provides LE, SE, XLE and Crossbreed trim degrees.
2010 Toyota Camry Se
What's Altered for 2010
The Camry has continued to be a hot seller even without a couple of key affordable functions, which have been added for 2010: a basic digital stability system, six-speed automatic transmission as well as optional USB input for regulating, in addition to playing, iPods through the stereo. For an assessment of the USB assimilation, which I was not a fan of, see the video to the right. Contrast the 2010 design to the 2009 variation right here. Rivals like the 2010 Hyundai Sonata, 2010 Honda Accord, 2010 Mazda6 as well as 2010 Chevrolet Malibu have integrated several of those vital attributes for a couple of model years.
Base models have brand-new front designing, consisting of a revamped grille with chrome trim and also new, bigger fronts lights. The 2010's nose job is an enhancement from the 2009's featureless front designing. SE models get a blacked-out grille and smoked-headlight-housing treatment. The SE is good-looking than a regular Camry, thanks to enhancements like a reduced front looter, more aggressive side sills, haze lights, 17-inch five-spoke wheels and double tailpipes with a black reduced bumper.
2 new four-cylinder engines are readily available. For the very first time on a Camry, they team with a six-speed transmission to help improve fuel economic situation; a six-speed manual is typical. The SE utilizes a more effective engine compared to base, LE as well as XLE models; it makes 179 horsepower as opposed to 169 hp. The SE makes 21 even more horse power compared to the 2009 SE without hurting gas mileage. Actually, gas mileage has in fact boosted 1 mpg in city and freeway ratings. I averaged 29 mpg during a 400-mile week of mostly freeway driving. That's not far from the automatic's 32 mpg highway rating. Both four-cylinders are ranked with mileage of 22/32 mpg city/highway; the handbook is rated at 22/33 mpg.
SE, the "Flashy" Camry
The SE deserts the Camry's conventional soft, unobtrusive flight high quality with a sport suspension, leading to a trip that's remarkably tight for a Camry. It's never teeth-jarring, but there's most definitely a tight sensation that can delay standard Camry purchasers. When pressed into edges, the Camry leans and understeers, not feeling like a certain performer. Special to the SE is a 179-hp version of Toyota's 2.5-liter four-cylinder. When teamed with the new six-speed transmission, this engine made the SE a vivacious package; a 268-hp V-6 is optional. Gear adjustments were smooth during acceleration with minimal engine sound even during hefty acceleration.
A flashy Camry is sort of like the requisite "bad-boy" member of a child band. Regardless of exactly how aggressive the attempt, he's still in a young boy band. Likewise, the SE can't escape its Camry roots. Camry patriots could be drawn to the SE as a sportier choice, but for the discriminating fanatic, the 2009 Mazda6 offers a better-executed sport plan.
Inside and Freight
Below's where the Camry's comfort-focused origins are a benefit to the SE: The front and also rear seats are exceptionally comfy. There's good back support with the eight-way power-adjustable seats, and also soft seat pillows made my long drives workable, despite having the SE's tight suspension. For a sport design, the SE's pole positions do not have aggressive side reinforcing to maintain you from gliding around, but sculpting corners isn't really the Camry's strong point, so it's not a deal-breaker.
When you go with the SE you shed the folding backseat alternative; in its location is a facility pass-through. The folding seats and a half-foot of trunk area are sacrificed for a rear suspension brace that's intended to improve handling. With my very little cargo-carrying needs the big trunk appropriated sufficient without the folding backseat. Those with even more demanding cargo requirements, particularly longer products, should prevent the SE or XLE, which additionally does not consist of a folding backseat.
Attributes as well as Pricing
For $22,165, the SE includes all of the suspension, engine and also exterior attributes-- minus the spoiler, a $200 alternative. As tested, our SE listed at $27,725, not including the $750 destination charge. Choices on our test cars and truck consisted of transmission, navigation system with backup video camera, USB input, Bluetooth, JBL audio system, moonroof and also smart crucial system with push-button start.
A base Camry starts at $19,395, so the SE package is an economical means to liven it up. A base Mazda6 personifies a stylish nature, however, as well as starts at $18,450.
Safety and security
The 2010 Camry made Good ratings-- the very best rating-- in frontal and also side collision examinations by the Insurance policy Institute for Highway Security; it racked up Limited in rear protection, which is why the Camry does not capture the IIHS' Top Security Choose honor. The 2009 Honda Accord and 2010 Ford Combination gain the designation.
For a complete list of the Camry's safety attributes, see below.
The Camry has actually revealed subsiding integrity in current design years with ordinary total ratings by Consumer Reports and also a brief spell second-rate for a particular drivetrain. Currently, there typically aren't any kind of predictions for the 2010.
Noteworthy in this sector is the 2010 Ford Combination's forecasted top integrity score for front-wheel-drive 4- as well as six-cylinder versions. The Honda Accord's scores are above average for 4- and six-cylinder versions, however they're not as high as the Combination's.
Camry in the marketplace
Customers must drive both the Camry SE and various other Camry trims to see if the sport-tuned suspension is too firm for daily commutes. There are a great deal of great midsize cars out there. While the 2010 Camry steps up its video game, consumers currently have much more strong options compared to ever before.
In recent times, the competition has actually caught up with the Camry while its reliability has actually slid a bit, making the Camry more of an average choice than a class-leading midsize car.