2010 Toyota Camry Review

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Base
Avg. Price: $13,929
Hybrid
Avg. Price: $17,071
LE
Avg. Price: $14,205
LE V6
Avg. Price: $15,730
SE
Avg. Price: $14,619
SE V6
Avg. Price: $16,974
XLE
Avg. Price: $16,356
XLE V6
Avg. Price: $17,010

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Based on 25 reviews

Toyota Camry Is The Best Selling Car In The World, This 2010 Car Reinforces Why. by WantaghJoe
 — I recently purchased this car, my other car is a 2004 Toyota Camry LE with the 2.4 Litre engine and 4 speed automatic transmission. There is a marked improvement with performance with this car. The sa... Read More
Sport Sedan by Carzar
 — I think this car makes a definite mark on the sport sedan segment of the market.The optional V6 really adds some excitement to the family 4-door. That matched to the heated leather seats, blue-tooth c... Read More
Get A Cool Color And Some Extra Stuff To Stand Out. by Ben
 — High gas mileage, toyota quality and reliability. Good acceleration for a 2.4L 4-cylinder DOHC engine. $20,000, I got payments down to 365 a month. The car is a lot of fun and I am definitely going to... Read More

2010 Toyota Camry Review

The Good

A refined sleeper of a top-tier engine, two competent suspensions and transmissions, and an unbeatable reputation make the 2010 Toyota Camry a great buy.

The Bad

A lack of quality control inside the 2010 Toyota Camry puts a stain on an otherwise competent offering.

The CarGurus View

Toyota is not one to sit still, especially when its customer base cries out. The 2010 Camry is a great vehicle and a good value as is, but attention will be paid to the small shortcomings its owners are encountering. A year or two may see these issues resolved.

At a Glance

As America’s best-selling passenger car for seven years running, it’d be easy to assume that no changes were necessary for the Toyota Camry in 2010. Instead, Toyota saw fit to increase power and displacement in its base engine, add an extra gear to both base transmissions, and make subtle styling changes to the front end. The four-door, front-wheel-drive, midsize Camry gets a freshly designed grille and front bumper with a larger intake, larger headlamps, and redesigned tail lamps. Additionally, all models receive new wheels or wheel covers, tying both ends together.

Drivetrain

2010 Toyota Camry

Replacing the outgoing 2.4-liter, 158-hp inline four is a 2.5-liter engine that first saw duty in the RAV4. Power increases to 169 hp for the Base, LE, and XLE trims, while the sportier SE trim gets 179 hp. Further, the five-speed transmissions have been dropped for a standard six-speed manual in the Base, LE, and SE trims, and a standard six-speed automatic in the XLE, with both transmissions available as options in all trims. This means an increase in fuel efficiency despite the power increase to 22/32 mpg for the automatic and 22/33 for the manual.

A 3.5-liter V6 that produces 268 hp and comes with a six-speed automatic that gets 19/28 mpg is available as on option in the Base, LE, XLE, and SE trims. This engine is impressively fast, with 0-60 times that land just over 6 seconds. The Hybrid trim comes with 2009’s 2.4-liter gas/electric hybrid engine, which qualifies the Camry as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV), one of only a few vehicles with that designation. EPA estimates for the Hybrid come in at 33/34, but acceleration does suffer, especially from a stop, with its CVT transmission struggling to provide enough torque until higher speeds are reached.

Ride & Handling

2010 Toyota Camry

The Camry is biased toward comfort and achieves this well, sometimes to the detriment of performance, the most glaring examples being excessive wallow at speed and lean in corners, although never to a worrisome level. The SE combats both well with its sport suspension, but with stiffer springs and larger 17-inch wheels, comfort is sacrificed slightly. Steering is a strong point of the Camry, with a pleasantly progressive feel that borders on too helpful at speed. The Hybrid’s steering is nowhere near as confidence-inspiring, lacking both the consistency and the response of the other trims by enough to drop the Hybrid below class averages.

Cabin & Comfort

2010 Toyota Camry

While the design of the Camry’s interior has seen much praise for aesthetics and action alike, the details are where it falls flat, with many complaints being heard regarding uneven seams and continual noises that seem to go beyond simple assembly toward actual mechanical operation. This is a particular shame considering the overall well-designed layout of the interior, with convenient and instinctive placement of controls, and the general upscale quality of materials.

Seats are comfortable and supportive front and rear, although the rear cushion would benefit from more length. Still, there’s plenty of room for adult seating front or back, even for five.  Some small rear visibility issues appear for the driver, although nothing unexpected.

A Sport Convenience Package on the SE will get you an automatic rearview mirror with integrated compass and a universal garage door opener, and a Sport Leather Package adds leather upholstery, heated front seats and mirrors, and a power passenger seat, although both of these packages are available only with the automatic transmission.

Safety

2010 Toyota Camry

The Camry comes with several standard safety features not usually found on base trims, like a driver’s knee airbag, traction control, and an anti-skid system. This is matched by dual front, front-side, and curtain-side airbags, antilock four-wheel disc brakes with brake assist, traction control, a tire pressure monitor, and daytime running lights. Accordingly, the Camry scored five stars on all NHTSA tests excepting rollover resistance, in which it earned four stars.

What Owners Think

While owners are pleased with the Camry’s ride and overall comfort, the assembly quality of the interior ruins the experience for far too many. The 3.5-liter V6 provides performance and efficiency with zero pomp or circumstance, although the other offerings fail to live up to their bigger brother’s example. For the price, owners are happy with the versatility of the model, offering borderline economy to borderline luxury with the negatives of neither.

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A CarGurus contributor since 2008, Michael started his career writing about cars with the SCCA - winning awards during his time as editor of Top End magazine. Since then, his journalistic travels have taken him from NY to Boston to CA, completing a cross-country tour on a restored vintage Suzuki. While his preference is for fine German automobiles - and the extra leg room they so often afford - his first automobile memories center around impromptu Mustang vs. Corvette races down the local highway, in the backseat of his father's latest acquisition.

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