2010 Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid at 2009 Detroit Auto Show

2010camry

  • Competes with: Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Mazda6, Chevy Malibu
  • Looks like: Toyota gave its best-seller a new face
  • Drivetrain: 169-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with six-speed manual or automatic, or 268-hp, 3.5 liter V-6 with six-speed automatic
  • Hits dealerships: March 2009

Toyota surprised us a bit with the 2010 version of its best-selling Camry midsize sedan. It isn't radically redesigned, but it does get a new grille that resembles the Toyota Venza crossover, slightly bigger headlights and new taillights. The image above is of the more radically changed hybrid model's front end.

Toyota also took the time to add a new engine. A 169-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder powers the base LE and XLE trim levels, while the SE features the same engine, but produces 179 hp in that application. The V-6 option remains Toyota’s 268-hp 3.5-liter. There's no word on mileage for either engine.

The Camry Hybrid gets a different grille treatment and slight alterations to the front end versus gasoline models. No changes were made to the power plant. This isn’t a surprise, but with Ford’s new Fusion Hybrid besting the Camry in mileage, we’re a tad surprised Toyota didn’t do some extra tuning to bump up mileage.

All Camry models now come with stability control standard. Auto up and down power windows for all windows is also standard. Optional audio packages include a USB port, Bluetooth and satellite radio.

A few more photos are below.

Comments 

sheth

The front looks worse. We need to see mileage figures but based on the mileage of the RAV4 and Venza I dont think this will top the 23/34 of the Fusion. I am thinking 22/33 like the Malibu. Why cant you get larger wheels on teh XLE model? 16" wheels are so 1998. At least stability is FINALLY standard.

who mentioned wheel size?le, xle will get 16s, Sport gets 17s.

sheth

saw info on another site. 16s are too small for a top trim level car costing $30k. You can get 16s on compacts. The car is catching up in some regards (6 speed, stability) but the styling is a step back and I cant see them cracking the Fusion's best in class mileage.

"No changes were made to the power plant. This isn’t a surprise, but with Ford’s new Fusion Hybrid besting the Camry in mileage, we’re a tad surprised Toyota didn’t do some extra tuning to bump up mileage."


Toyota cannot respond in a matter of days to a new ford product. It would like be 2 years or so before you see a revised Camry hybrid designed to match Fusion. This is why Ford didnt say much about the car's capabilities until it was revealed.

sheth,
don't have time to argue with you today, but there are lots of little things they can do to add 1 mpg or 2 mpg here and there. They likely figured it wasn't worth doing if it couldn't top the Fusion which would require a total redesign.

MSS

all auto up/down windows?? For a family car?

I guess it kind of makes sense. Autoblog has a lot more pictures, but there website is having some problems loading, for me at least.

Happymantis

The front end sorta resembles a Mazda concept I've seen before...

C

So they upsized the 4 banger, but still got less power than the Accord's? The grille is still fugly. Come on, Toyota, quit giving us these fugly designs.

jg

My grandmother and her friends are going to be pleased. Funny how Buick is now cool, and the Toyota Camry is the new fave of the senior set.

YOING

Buick is cool? That's a good one. Maybe the Enclave.

sheth

"don't have time to argue with you today, but there are lots of little things they can do to add 1 mpg or 2 mpg here and there. They likely figured it wasn't worth doing if it couldn't top the Fusion which would require a total redesign. "

No need to argue. HOw could Toyota match the 41mpg of the Fusion overnight? They could not. In addition, the 41mpg figure was JUST announced. You act like Toyota had months to revise the Camry hybrid to better compete. Adding 1 or 2mpg wouldnt get you from 34 to 41.

C

sheth,
If the Fusion cannot top the Camry after 3 full model years, does that tell you something?

Six

I couldn't tell that this was a redesign. This car needs more than a new grille, it's way behind the competition.

sheth

"If the Fusion cannot top the Camry after 3 full model years, does that tell you something?"

I dont get what you are saying. The 2010 Fusion is rated at 23/34 for the gas only model vs 21/31 for the camry. Hybrid is rated at 41/36 vs 34/33. The Fusion is behind?

dCota


You might want to keep in mind, Toyota has NEVER referred to the 2010 Camry as a redesign; rather, it's a refresh of the current generation.

The 2010 and 2011 will both be 6.5 gens, while the 2012 will consist of a complete redesign.

Hmm, is this all form Toyota. Probably also a crisis at the design department.

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