I drove the SE variation, which attempts to oppose the Camry's sensible, uninteresting image with a higher-output four-cylinder, firmer suspension and also cosmetic add-ons. Personally, I was surprised by exactly how little it considered the SE bundle to really improve the base Camry's boring disposition. As a matter of fact, I favor the SE's sporting good planning to lots of various other midsize sedans, which overall is mainly a dull segment. Although the SE gets by with its appearance, it isn't really a complete package since there isn't much benefit in the fun-to-drive department.
The Camry schedule begins with the base model and also offers LE, SE, XLE and also Crossbreed trim levels.
2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid
Exactly what's Altered for 2010
The Camry has continued to be a hot seller also without a few essential competitive features, which have been added for 2010: a conventional electronic stability system, six-speed automatic transmission and optional USB input for controlling, along with playing, iPods with the stereo. For an analysis of the USB combination, which I was not a fan of, see the video clip to the right. Contrast the 2010 design to the 2009 version here. Opponents like the 2010 Hyundai Sonata, 2010 Honda Accord, 2010 Mazda6 and also 2010 Chevrolet Malibu have incorporated one or more of those vital features for a few model years.
Base versions have new front styling, consisting of a redesigned grille with chrome trim and new, larger fronts lights. The 2010's nose job is a renovation from the 2009's forgettable front designing. SE versions obtain a blacked-out grille as well as smoked-headlight-housing treatment. The SE is good-looking than a routine Camry, thanks to enhancements like a reduced front spoiler, a lot more hostile side sills, haze lights, 17-inch five-spoke wheels and twin tailpipes with a black reduced bumper.
2 new four-cylinder engines are readily available. For the first time on a Camry, they team with a six-speed automatic transmission in order to help boost fuel economy; a six-speed manual is conventional. The SE uses a much more powerful engine than base, LE and XLE versions; it makes 179 horse power as opposed to 169 hp. The SE makes 21 even more horse power than the 2009 SE without harming gas mileage. Actually, gas mileage has actually boosted 1 mpg in city and also highway ratings. I averaged 29 mpg during a 400-mile week of primarily highway driving. That's not far from the automatic's 32 mpg freeway ranking. Both four-cylinders are rated with mileage of 22/32 mpg city/highway; the guidebook is rated at 22/33 mpg.
SE, the "Stylish" Camry
The SE deserts the Camry's typical soft, unobtrusive flight high quality with a sporting activity suspension, causing a ride that's surprisingly tight for a Camry. It's by no means teeth-jarring, but there's definitely a tight sensation that can delay traditional Camry customers. When pressed right into edges, the Camry leans and understeers, not feeling like a positive performer. Special to the SE is a 179-hp version of Toyota's 2.5-liter four-cylinder. When teamed with the brand-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 acceleration with very little engine noise even throughout heavy acceleration.
A flashy Camry is kind of like the requisite "bad-boy" participant of a child band. Despite exactly how hostile the effort, he's still in a young boy band. Likewise, the SE can not escape its Camry roots. Camry loyalists might be drawn to the SE as a sportier option, but for the differentiating lover, the 2009 Mazda6 uses a better-executed sporting activity package.
Inside and also Freight
Below's where the Camry's comfort-focused origins are an advantage to the SE: The front and back seats are incredibly comfortable. There excels back support with the eight-way power-adjustable seats, and soft seat paddings made my lengthy drives achievable, even with the SE's stiff suspension. For a sporting activity version, the SE's pole positions do not have aggressive side reinforcing to maintain you from moving about, however carving corners isn't the Camry's strong suit, so it's not a deal-breaker.
When you go with the SE you shed the folding backseat choice; in its place is a center pass-through. The folding seats and also a half-foot of trunk room are given up for a back suspension brace that's meant to boost handling. With my minimal cargo-carrying needs the big trunk appropriated enough without the folding rear seat. Those with more demanding freight requirements, particularly longer products, ought to avoid the SE or XLE, which also does not include a folding rear seat.
Attributes and also Prices
For $22,165, the SE includes all of the suspension, engine and outside functions-- minus the spoiler, a $200 choice. As examined, our SE detailed at $27,725, not consisting of the $750 destination cost. Options on our examination cars and truck included transmission, navigating system with backup electronic camera, USB input, Bluetooth, JBL audio system, moonroof as well as wise vital system with push-button begin.
A base Camry starts at $19,395, so the SE package is a cheap way to liven it up. A base Mazda6 symbolizes a sporty nature, however, and also begins at $18,450.
Safety and security
The 2010 Camry earned Good scores-- the best score-- in frontal as well as side crash examinations by the Insurance policy Institute for Highway Safety; it scored Low in rear security, which is why the Camry doesn't nab the IIHS' Leading Security Choose honor. The 2009 Honda Accord and 2010 Ford Blend make the classification.
For a full checklist of the Camry's safety functions, see below.
The Camry has revealed waning reliability in current design years with ordinary total scores by Customer Records and a brief spell poor for a specific drivetrain. Presently, there aren't any type of predictions for the 2010.
Noteworthy in this section is the 2010 Ford Fusion's forecasted top dependability rating for front-wheel-drive 4- and also six-cylinder designs. The Honda Accord's ratings are above standard for four- as well as six-cylinder models, however they're not as high as the Combination's.
Camry out there
Buyers ought to drive both the Camry SE and other Camry trims to see if the sport-tuned suspension is as well strong for everyday commutes. There are a great deal of good midsize sedans around. While the 2010 Camry steps up its video game, customers now have extra solid alternatives compared to ever before.
Over the last few years, the competitors has actually overtaken the Camry while its dependability has actually slid a little bit, making the Camry even more of an ordinary option compared to a class-leading midsize car.