I drove the SE variation, which attempts to resist the Camry's useful, unexciting picture with a higher-output four-cylinder, firmer suspension as well as cosmetic add-ons. In person, I was shocked by how little it took for the SE package to really enhance the base Camry's boring disposition. As a matter of fact, I favor the SE's sporting good planning to numerous other midsize cars, which as a whole is mostly a shabby sector. Although the SE manages with its look, it isn't really a complete bundle because there isn't really much incentive in the fun-to-drive department.
The Camry schedule starts with the base design and also provides LE, SE, XLE and Hybrid trim degrees.
2010 Toyota Camry Le
Just what's Transformed for 2010
The Camry has continued to be a hot seller also without a few vital competitive attributes, which have been added for 2010: a typical digital stability system, six-speed automatic transmission and also optional USB input for controlling, along with playing, iPods through the stereo. For an examination of the USB integration, which I was not a fan of, see the video to the right. Compare the 2010 design to the 2009 version here. Opponents like the 2010 Hyundai Sonata, 2010 Honda Accord, 2010 Mazda6 as well as 2010 Chevrolet Malibu have actually integrated one or more of those key attributes for a couple of model years.
Base versions have new front styling, consisting of an upgraded grille with chrome trim and new, bigger fronts lights. The 2010's rhinoplasty is an improvement from the 2009's featureless front styling. SE versions obtain a blacked-out grille and smoked-headlight-housing treatment. The SE is better-looking compared to a routine Camry, thanks to enhancements like a lower front looter, more hostile side sills, haze lights, 17-inch five-spoke wheels as well as dual tailpipes with a black lower bumper.
Two brand-new four-cylinder engines are available. For the first time on a Camry, they team with a six-speed automatic transmission to help boost gas economy; a six-speed guidebook is standard. The SE utilizes an extra powerful engine than base, LE as well as XLE models; it makes 179 horsepower rather than 169 hp. The SE makes 21 more horse power than the 2009 SE without hurting gas mileage. In fact, gas mileage has really boosted 1 mpg in city as well as highway scores. I balanced 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 rated with mileage of 22/32 mpg city/highway; the manual is rated at 22/33 mpg.
SE, the "Stylish" Camry
The SE deserts the Camry's traditional soft, unobtrusive trip quality with a sporting activity suspension, leading to a trip that's remarkably rigid for a Camry. It's never teeth-jarring, but there's most definitely a tight sensation that could postpone standard Camry buyers. When pressed into edges, the Camry leans and understeers, not feeling like a certain entertainer. Unique to the SE is a 179-hp variation of Toyota's 2.5-liter four-cylinder. When teamed with the new six-speed transmission, this engine made the SE a vivacious bundle; a 268-hp V-6 is optional. Gear changes were smooth during velocity with very little engine noise also during hefty acceleration.
A sporty Camry is sort of like the requisite "bad-boy" member of a young boy band. No matter how aggressive the effort, he's still in a kid band. Likewise, the SE can't leave its Camry roots. Camry loyalists may be attracted to the SE as a sportier option, but for the differentiating enthusiast, the 2009 Mazda6 offers a better-executed sport plan.
Interior as well as Cargo
Right here's where the Camry's comfort-focused roots are an advantage to the SE: The front and also back seats are incredibly comfy. There excels back support with the eight-way power-adjustable seats, and soft seat pillows made my long drives practical, despite having the SE's stiff suspension. For a sporting activity design, the SE's pole positions don't have hostile side strengthening to maintain you from sliding about, yet sculpting corners isn't the Camry's forte, so it's not a deal-breaker.
When you choose the SE you shed the folding backseat option; in its place is a facility pass-through. The folding seats as well as a half-foot of trunk area are compromised for a back suspension support that's intended to improve handling. With my minimal cargo-carrying requirements the big trunk was suitable enough without the folding backseat. Those with even more demanding freight needs, particularly longer things, should stay clear of the SE or XLE, which likewise does not consist of a folding backseat.
Features and Pricing
For $22,165, the SE includes every one of the suspension, engine and outside functions-- minus the looter, a $200 option. As examined, our SE detailed at $27,725, not including the $750 location cost. Alternatives on our examination car consisted of transmission, navigation system with backup electronic camera, USB input, Bluetooth, JBL audio system, moonroof as well as smart essential system with push-button begin.
A base Camry starts at $19,395, so the SE package is an economical way to liven it up. A base Mazda6 embodies a stylish nature, though, and also starts at $18,450.
Safety and security
The 2010 Camry made Excellent rankings-- the most effective rating-- in frontal and also side crash examinations by the Insurance coverage Institute for Highway Safety and security; it scored Limited in back defense, which is why the Camry does not capture the IIHS' Top Safety Pick honor. The 2009 Honda Accord as well as 2010 Ford Blend make the designation.
For a total checklist of the Camry's security attributes, see here.
The Camry has actually revealed subsiding integrity in recent version years with ordinary overall ratings by Consumer Records and also a quick spell poor for a specific drivetrain. Presently, there aren't any forecasts for the 2010.
Noteworthy in this section is the 2010 Ford Fusion's predicted top integrity ranking for front-wheel-drive 4- as well as six-cylinder versions. The Honda Accord's scores are above average for 4- as well as six-cylinder versions, however they're not as high as the Blend's.
Camry on the market
Customers need to drive both the Camry SE and other Camry trims to see if the sport-tuned suspension is as well solid for day-to-day commutes. There are a lot of great midsize cars available. While the 2010 Camry steps up its video game, consumers now have more strong alternatives compared to ever before.
Recently, the competition has overtaken the Camry while its dependability has actually slid a bit, making the Camry more of an ordinary choice compared to a class-leading midsize car.