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Is Toyota Camry a Good Car?

It was much easier to spot a good car from a bad car in the good ole days. Would you really have to drive a Yugo to know it is a waste of money? Today, technology packages, excellent trim, and reliability are commonplace. Still, whether a car is worth the money comes down to reliability and longevity as rated by current and previous owners.


In 2013 the Toyota Camry is has two engine options, a base 2.5L four cylinder and an optional 3.5L six, both are paired with a six speed automatic transmission. The standard four cylinder offers 25/35 city/highway mpg. Those numbers put the Camry at the top of the mid-sized sedan class for fuel efficiency. You may wonder if a four cylinder engine is powerful enough for a mid-size, but current owners are saying that there is more than enough power available during acceleration.


The Camry and Corolla were garnering a few disparaging remarks in 2011-2012 for dull trim and lackluster interior styling. The 2013 model seems to be breaking out of that mold. The base model still needs some work with a few reviewers pointing out that the cloth seating is not of the quality they expected. On the upside, standard features include an auxiliary audio jack and USB port with iPod integration. If you opt for higher trim packages you can have Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, moon roof, navigation, a rear-view camera, 10-speaker JBL audio system, and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system. While the Entune system does not require a monthly fee, it does use your smartphone’s data plan to access up-to-date information.


The 2013 model has ten standard airbags and a brake override system. You can opt for blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert, and the automatic collision notification system. The Camry has traditionally performed well in safety tests conducted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety(IIHS). The 2013 model is rated as a top safety pick by the IIHS and received an overall five-star rating by the NHTSA, its top rating.

The Toyota Camry is a good car for family driving. If you are looking for a comfortable car for your work commute, you may want to look more toward the Toyota Corolla, which offers better mpg.


About the author: Jerry Coffey


Jerry Coffey is the financial expert here at A recovered "debtaholic," he now preaches frugal-living and sound money management here and at, where he is the chief contributor. He works for a major automaker.


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