I drove the SE version, which tries to resist the Camry's sensible, unexciting image with a higher-output four-cylinder, stronger suspension and also cosmetic add-ons. Face to face, I was shocked by exactly how little it considered the SE package to really enhance the base Camry's plain disposition. In fact, I prefer the SE's showing off good want to lots of various other midsize cars, which overall is primarily a drab section. Although the SE gets by with its look, it isn't really a complete bundle since there isn't much incentive in the fun-to-drive department.
The Camry lineup starts with the base design as well as provides LE, SE, XLE as well as Hybrid trim levels.
Toyota Camry Le 2010
Exactly what's Transformed for 2010
The Camry has actually remained a record-breaker even without a few key affordable features, which have been added for 2010: a standard electronic security system, six-speed automatic transmission as well as optional USB input for regulating, in addition to having fun, iPods through the stereo. For an assessment of the USB combination, which I was not a fan of, see the video clip to the right. Compare the 2010 version to the 2009 variation here. Competitors like the 2010 Hyundai Sonata, 2010 Honda Accord, 2010 Mazda6 as well as 2010 Chevrolet Malibu have included several of those vital features for a couple of model years.
Base versions have new front styling, consisting of a redesigned grille with chrome trim as well as brand-new, bigger headlights. The 2010's nose job is an improvement from the 2009's forgettable front designing. SE versions get a blacked-out grille and smoked-headlight-housing treatment. The SE is better-looking than a routine Camry, thanks to enhancements like a reduced front looter, a lot more aggressive side sills, fog lights, 17-inch five-spoke wheels as well as double tailpipes with a black lower bumper.
Two new four-cylinder engines are available. For the first time on a Camry, they team with a six-speed automatic transmission to help enhance fuel economic climate; a six-speed guidebook is basic. The SE uses a much more powerful engine compared to base, LE and also XLE versions; it makes 179 horse power instead of 169 hp. The SE makes 21 more horse power compared to the 2009 SE without harming gas mileage. As a matter of fact, gas mileage has really boosted 1 mpg in city and also freeway ratings. I averaged 29 mpg during a 400-mile week of mostly highway driving. That's not far from the automated's 32 mpg freeway score. Both four-cylinders are ranked with gas mileage of 22/32 mpg city/highway; the handbook is ranked at 22/33 mpg.
SE, the "Flashy" Camry
The SE deserts the Camry's standard soft, inconspicuous flight quality with a sporting activity suspension, leading to a ride that's remarkably stiff for a Camry. It's never teeth-jarring, but there's definitely a taut sensation that could postpone standard Camry purchasers. When pressed right into corners, the Camry leans and understeers, not feeling like a certain performer. Distinct to the SE is a 179-hp variation of Toyota's 2.5-liter four-cylinder. When teamed with the new six-speed automatic transmission, this engine made the SE an alert bundle; a 268-hp V-6 is optional. Gear changes were smooth during velocity with very little engine sound also throughout hefty acceleration.
A flashy Camry is type of like the requisite "bad-boy" member of a boy band. No matter how aggressive the effort, he's still in a young boy band. Also, the SE can not escape its Camry roots. Camry followers may be attracted to the SE as a sportier choice, but for the differentiating fanatic, the 2009 Mazda6 offers a better-executed sport package.
Interior and also Cargo
Right here's where the Camry's comfort-focused origins are an advantage to the SE: The front as well as back seats are extremely comfy. There excels back support with the eight-way power-adjustable seats, and also soft seat paddings made my lengthy drives achievable, even with the SE's stiff suspension. For a sporting activity design, the SE's front seats don't have hostile side boosting to maintain you from sliding around, yet sculpting edges isn't really the Camry's forte, so it's not a deal-breaker.
When you go with the SE you shed the folding rear seat choice; in its location is a facility pass-through. The folding seats as well as a half-foot of trunk space are given up for a rear suspension support that's planned to improve handling. With my minimal cargo-carrying demands the large trunk was suitable enough without the folding rear seat. Those with more requiring freight needs, particularly longer products, need to prevent the SE or XLE, which likewise does not include a folding rear seat.
Attributes as well as Prices
For $22,165, the SE includes every one of the suspension, engine and also outside functions-- minus the spoiler, a $200 choice. As checked, our SE noted at $27,725, not consisting of the $750 location fee. Options on our test automobile included automatic transmission, navigation system with backup video camera, USB input, Bluetooth, JBL audio system, moonroof and wise crucial system with push-button start.
A base Camry begins at $19,395, so the SE package is an affordable method to cheer it up. A base Mazda6 personifies a stylish nature, however, and also starts at $18,450.
The 2010 Camry made Great scores-- the best rating-- in frontal as well as side collision tests by the Insurance policy Institute for Highway Safety and security; it scored Minimal in rear protection, which is why the Camry doesn't nab the IIHS' Leading Security Choose honor. The 2009 Honda Accord and 2010 Ford Fusion make the classification.
For a full checklist of the Camry's safety functions, see right here.
The Camry has actually revealed subsiding dependability in recent version years with average total rankings by Customer Records and a brief spell below average for a particular drivetrain. Currently, there aren't any forecasts for the 2010.
Noteworthy in this segment is the 2010 Ford Combination's anticipated top integrity score for front-wheel-drive 4- and also six-cylinder models. The Honda Accord's ratings are above standard for 4- and also six-cylinder designs, however they're not as high as the Fusion's.
Camry in the marketplace
Consumers ought to drive both the Camry SE as well as various other Camry trims to see if the sport-tuned suspension is as well firm for everyday commutes. There are a great deal of great midsize cars out there. While the 2010 Camry steps up its video game, consumers now have more solid choices compared to ever before.
In the last few years, the competition has actually overtaken the Camry while its integrity has actually slipped a bit, making the Camry even more of a typical option than a class-leading midsize sedan.