Flash Drive: 2010 Toyota Camry
This 2010 review is representative of model years 2007 to 2011.
By Staff of MSN Autos
The Toyota Camry is the vanilla ice cream of cars. How so? Well, vanilla ice cream is tasty and the most popular flavor in the country. However, it's not the most exciting flavor in the freezer. Similarly, the Camry is the best-selling car in the U.S., but there is nothing exciting about it. With basic sedan styling, a comfortable ride, decent fuel economy and enough power to keep it out of trouble, it works well as a family car, with plenty of room in the rear seat as well as a spacious trunk. It's a great choice to move you from point A to point B. But if you're looking to branch out from plain, plenty of other midsize sedan choices on the market are more flavorful. –Perry Stern
There is a reason why the Camry is one of the top-selling cars in the country. It has great long-term reliability, delivers decent performance and gas efficiency, and provides an enjoyable driving experience. The new 2010 Camry we tested is no exception. Our tester came equipped with the frugal 4-cylinder engine, which delivered reasonable overall gas mileage; I achieved 28 mpg in mixed driving. And it was easy and comfortable to drive. However, the 4-cylinder engine lacked punch, especially when merging on a freeway. I wouldn't say that the Camry does anything perfectly, it just does everything well. The Camry has vanilla exterior styling, so it doesn't really stand out from competitors. The price for our test car was $30,000, which is pretty pricey considering the competition out there. –Joe Chulick
I own a Toyota Camry hybrid, and love that car in almost exactly the same way that I love my refrigerator. The refrigerator just quietly sits there and does the job I expect of it. The Toyota Camry does the same. It's not exciting. It's not sexy. It's just efficient. The nonhybrid Camry is equally efficient. It gets an indicated 19 mpg, where the hybrid gets an indicated 35 mpg in roughly the same driving. The trunk in the hybrid Camry is about half the useful size of the one in the normal Camry, but both are large enough to meet my normal family needs. I love my Camry, but I'm not "in love" with my Camry. Since the current Camry design was launched, newer competitors have come along that make my heart go pitter-pat just a little bit more: The Ford Fusion is just as useful but it is also a little bit more satisfying, and the Fusion hybrid doubly so. You won't go wrong buying a Camry. But until Toyota makes some improvements, you can now do even better. –Paul Hagger