2010 Toyota Camry Expert Review

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If you care as much about reducing greenhouse emissions as saving fuel, then driving a 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid is one way to appease your social conscience while still providing your family with a roomy and comfortable car. The Camry's strong resale value carries over to the hybrid version as well.

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With highway fuel economy figures nearly identical to its city numbers, those who do more highway driving may have a difficult time rationalizing the car's nearly $7,000 premium over the equally-frugal four-cylinder Camry.

What's New

The Camry Hybrid receives a modest freshening, with a new grille and wider lower air intake, new front fog lights and restyled 16-inch wheels. Inside, the Camry Hybrid receives a new meter cluster and seats made from a combination of silk protein and synthetic fiber, which Toyota claims is gentler to the skin.

Interior Features

The 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid offers a spacious and airy interior, with a commanding driving position and dashboard design that sits low and away. Seating is firm and fairly comfortable, although the passenger's-seat bottom could be angled up for better thigh support. The audio and ventilation controls are within easy reach of the driver, and many of the functions, such as fan speed and audio settings, can be operated via the steering wheel-mounted controls. The instrument cluster features legible white numerals against a black background and, in the spot normally reserved for a tachometer, the Camry Hybrid features a fuel economy indicator. There's also a small blue-banded area to indicate when the vehicle is being powered solely by the electric motor.

Exterior Features

The 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid has a low, swooping nose, large chrome grille and a bustle-style rear end. The side glass is more curvaceous than on previous-generation Camry models, enhancing the car's silhouette by creating a less slab-sided appearance. Unfortunately, the sweeping rear-window design creates a narrow trunk opening, making it difficult to insert wide or bulky items. Also adding to the car's sporty good looks are a long wheelbase and standard 16-inch wheels and tires. The Camry Hybrid's chassis features a number of crumple zones designed to absorb collision-impact forces, which in turn can help minimize damage to the passenger cabin and its occupants.

Driving Impressions

To start the 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid a remote key fob informs the push-button starter that you are indeed the car's rightful occupant. Once engaged, there is no sound of a starter motor or idling engine. Place the shift lever in drive and touch the accelerator pedal and the Camry glides forward in eerie silence. Push a bit harder on the pedal and the gasoline engine seamlessly comes online. With a combined output of 187 horsepower, the gasoline engine and electric motor provide brisk acceleration for passing and merging and, although the electrically-assisted power steering feels a bit numb, it never leaves the impression of being disconnected from the road. The Camry Hybrid's cabin is amazingly quiet and the capable suspension delivers an impressively smooth ride.

Pricing Notes

The Toyota Camry Hybrid's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts just under $27,000. Add navigation, heated leather seats and the power moonroof, and the price rises to over $32,000. The fluctuating popularity of hybrid cars sometimes makes them a hot commodity, so many dealers may be charging MSRP – or even more. Competitors to the Camry Hybrid include the the Ford Fusion Hybrid, which starts at about $1,000 more. Before you set out to buy be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price, which shows what others in your area are paying for their cars. As for resale, the Camry Hybrid is expected to retain excellent residual values, right in the range of its gasoline powered brothers, and above the values of the new Fusion Hybrid.

Notable Equipment

The Camry Hybrid is nicely equipped with such features as a CVT automatic transmission, Smart Key System with push-button starter, tire pressure monitor, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with touch controls, automatic on/off headlamps, AM/FM radio with single CD and satellite radio capability, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power driver's seat, power windows, 60/40-split folding rear seat, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, front side-impact airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags and a driver's-knee airbag.

Notable Options

Popular options for the Camry Hybrid include a power moonroof, voice-activated DVD navigation system, a 440-watt JBL audio with eight speakers, JBL Premium audio with USB Port, Bluetooth and streaming music capability and six-disc CD/MP3 capable changer, leather seating, remote start, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated outside mirrors, heated front seats, dual illuminated visor mirrors and a number of dealer and port-installed accessories, including security upgrades and exterior protection treatments.

Favorite Features

Push Button Start

With the Smart Key System, one only needs the remote key fob at hand to unlock the doors and start the vehicle with a dash-mounted push-button starter.

Steering Wheel-Mounted controls

The Camry Hybrid's redundant steering wheel-mounted functions include controls for the audio mode, volume, hands-free phone, fan speed, temperature and optional voice command.

Under the Hood

Power for the 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid comes from two sources. A 2.4-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine produces 147 horsepower, while a small electric motor generates an additional 40 horsepower. An efficient Continuously Variable Transmission, or CVT, routes power to the Camry's front wheels. The Hybrid Synergy System uses a computer to switch between the electric motor (usually used during low-speed stop-and-go driving) and the gasoline engine, which is used at speeds above 30 miles per hour. The electric motor is also brought online during full-throttle acceleration, where its powerful torque helps move the Camry with surprising speed. The motor derives its power from an onboard battery that is continually recharged via the gasoline engine as well as by energy recaptured during deceleration, a process known as regenerative braking.

2.4-liter in-line 4 with 105-kilowatt Permanent Magnetic Synchronous Electric Motor

147 horsepower @ 6000 rpm/40 horsepower @ 4500 rpm (187 horsepower combined)

138 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm/199 lb.-ft. of torque @ 0-1500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 33/34

Editors' Notes

The 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid uses the Hybrid Synergy Drive system which, like the Prius, employs a frugal four-cylinder engine teamed with a powerful electric motor. Unlike the Prius, the Camry Hybrid does not stand out in a crowd, an important difference for the eco-friendly driver who prefers to remain anonymous. In fact, about the only noticeable differences between the Camry Hybrid and its gasoline-powered equivalent are a smaller trunk (due to the placement of the battery pack), a slightly smaller fuel tank and the obvious Hybrid Synergy Drive badges.

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My car has been one of the best purchases I have ever made in my entire life.

2010 Toyota Camry

I love my Camry. It has been one of the best purchases I have made. I have had that car for about 5 years and it is still running great. The gas tank gets full with 35 dollars. Not only that, but it drives very smooth. I also love that its spacious and very comfortable. I have not had any bad experiences. I take my car everywhere I go and it still continues to take me to my destination. The trunk is also very spacious. When I travel I get to fit a good amount of items in the back without having any problem. Something that I really like about that car is the ac. When it is a very hot day I put it full blast and I never hear a complaint from the people in the back. I love fast the radio can be upgraded and can't get signal without worrying about the connections. The seatbelts can sometimes be a hassle or get jammed but it could be an easy fix. So far that has only been my complaint about that car. Even though it is not a major problem I still love the car. I would not trade it for anything else. Even though it is not a new car the insurance on it is not that bad. In fact it is a very good price for what I pay. Every time I take it for Cruze it performs a very good job with distance and miles. It goes very smooth and when I take it for a drive for example san Francisco I use less than half a tank. That is a very good amount of gas since I live to hours away from my destination. Once again I love my car and I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a good reliable car for a good decent price. I have recommended this car to one of my good friends and they have had the same experience has myself and has loved it the same as myself as well. Once again the Camry so very good option for new car.

- Alexis R

To summarize my vehicle, it's grand, comfy, spacious in the front, great trunk space, and great speakers.

2010 Toyota Camry

My vehicle is great. She's comfortable to ride in. The problems I have with it is the blind spots to my right side and the two large columns on either side of the windshield. I can't see pedestrians very well. So back to comfort, the seats I have are fabric and very comfy. I've ridden in this car on 3 hour drives before with no issues. It has a lumbar support that can be adjusted as a bonus. The stereo is sweet. The bass isn't too heavy through the speakers. Trunk space is awesome on this model. The driver and passenger seats have a lot of legroom. Backseat passengers couldn't really say the same, but that's the same with most four-door cars. My aux port broke a while ago, so I've been using this plug-in that transmits a signal to the radio, and I connect my phone via Bluetooth, and that's solved that problem. I highly recommend looking for a car that doesn't have any obstructions on either side of the windshield, so you can see pedestrians better.

- Rosheen M

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The Toyota Camry that I own has superb space and comfort. The leather interior gives it a luxury feel. And the truck space is my absolute favorite for the bulky stroller I carry around for my 6 month old. I have had no problems with my Toyota Camry it is so spacious and reliable. I recommend this vehicle to anyone to anyone looking for a family car. Not to mention the smoothness while driving it is like driving a Lexus seriously. You should try it out. I have had the car for about a year now and I have looked forward to getting in the car every time it's time for me to drive again. I absolutely love the car it is so accommodating for my lifestyle as a mother. The one thing that I could say I have problems with is the blind spots, I have to triple check my surroundings. It is possible that the height of the car is the issue but that's pretty much the only thing I could see wrong with the vehicle.

- Ani G

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