Has Toyota's Styling Gone Too Far?

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Hey Toyota, I'm very happy for you and Imma let you finish, but we need to talk about where the styling is going on some of your mainstream models. Perhaps it all started with the updated Camry, with its unfinished-looking grille, and we became slightly concerned. Maybe it was just a one time thing.

Related: How New Is the New 2016 Toyota Avalon?

Then the refreshed Prius c and Prius v showed up late last year, and we wondered about the Prius v's new nose job ... to say it was aesthetically challenging might be a little kind. But then, right around the Los Angeles Auto Show, we saw what had happened: The hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai was unveiled, and we realized that somehow this abomination had either infected the rest of the lineup with seriously unpleasant sheet-metal angles or it was the culmination of all those other designs.

By Aaron Bragman | March 2, 2015 | Comments (13)

Just How Special Is the Toyota Camry Special Edition?

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Family cars aren't always the most exciting things to buy and own, but they really aren't meant to be — you generally buy one for its transportation virtues, its resale value, safety, quality, etc. But Toyota is hoping that 12,000 people would like to get a little more stylish with their Camry sedan and has unveiled a new Camry Special Edition at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

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While the Corolla went toward warm colors, the Camry is staying cool — blue interior stitching and seat panels compliment either white or blue exterior paint. The package has more content than the Corolla's Special Edition, including a moonroof, Entune multimedia audio and wireless mobile device charging, but the appearance items liven up the Camry a bit as well.

By Aaron Bragman | February 12, 2015 | Comments (1)

Toyota Camry and Corolla Special Editions, 2016 Avalon to Debut at Chicago Auto Show

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Along with a refreshed Avalon (above), Toyota will trot out two special edition models at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show next week: the midsize Camry and compact Corolla sedans. The 2016 Toyota Camry Special Edition and 2016 Toyota Corolla Special Edition pair a unique feature package with aesthetic upgrades both inside and out; both models will have a limited production run.

Related: More Chicago Auto Show News

By Joe Bruzek | February 5, 2015 | Comments (7)

What You Need to Know About the 2015 Toyota Camry

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The redesigned 2015 Toyota Camry looks a little different but feels and performs the same as the old one — meaning the best reason to buy a new one is because you like the one you already have. Here is an overview from the Cars.com staff:

Snapshot

  • Starting price: $23,795, including a destination fee
  • Competes with: Chevrolet Malibu, Chrysler 200, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Mazda6, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy
  • On sale: Now

 

What We Like

  • Roominess and visibility
  • Decent power from either engine
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Build quality

 

What We Don't

  • Interior materials
  • Gaping front grille
  • Firm ride (SE trim)
  • Wind and road noise

 

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Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

 

By David Thomas | January 29, 2015 | Comments (3)

What Midsize Sedan Gets the Best Mileage?

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Part of the scoring in our big 10-car $27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge comes from observed mileage over a drive route that consisted of close to 180 miles of both city and highway driving in and around Baltimore. The winner, the Nissan Altima, reported 32.4 mpg.

$27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge
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We made no effort to mirror the EPA test cycle, but more highway driving should benefit all the cars, and it didn't do so, at least not equally. One sedan hit its EPA-estimated combined mpg figure exactly, two fell short and seven exceeded their ratings.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 17, 2014 | Comments (2)

$27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge: What the Judges Said

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To evaluate our midsize sedans, we put them through a battery of tests in and around Baltimore:

  • We took all 10 cars on a mileage drive of about 180 miles to judge real-world fuel economy.
  • The experts drove all 10 over the same course, back-to-back, to judge ride and handling, acceleration and braking.
  • Then we brought in a real-life family, Amit and Michelle Kapoor, both 34, and their two young children (above), to help us evaluate these cars. Amit works as a defense contractor, and his wife works for the federal government. They live in suburban Washington, D.C.

$27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge
Index | Results | Mileage Test

The Kapoors joined our judges:

  • Aaron Bragman, Cars.com Detroit bureau chief
  • Jennifer Newman, Cars.com assistant managing editor
  • Joe Wiesenfelder, Cars.com executive editor
  • Fred Meier, auto editor for USA Today
  • Brian Robinson, producer for PBS' "MotorWeek"

We set a maximum price of $27,000, including a destination charge, and each car had to get at least 28 mpg in combined EPA ratings. Ten cars fit that bill (in alphabetical order):

  • 2015 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT
  • 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited (all-new)
  • 2015 Ford Fusion SE
  • 2015 Honda Accord EX
  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport (all-new)
  • 2015 Mazda6 iTouring
  • 2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV
  • 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium (all-new)
  • 2015 Toyota Camry SE (refreshed)
  • 2015 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T SE

Here's how the scoring broke down: The experts' scores accounted for 75 percent of the total score; 15 percent came from the family's scores; and 10 percent was based on fuel economy.

Here is what the judges had to say about each car, in order of how the cars finished:

By Patrick Olsen | November 17, 2014 | Comments (17)

What's the Best Midsize Sedan for $27,000?

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Midsize sedans remain the best-selling category of cars in the U.S. With this class remaining hot, the competitors have more to offer than ever before, with advances in technology, features and mileage making them more desirable and livable.

$27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge
Index | What the Judges Said | Mileage Test

We focused this Challenge on midsize sedans that cost less than $27,000, including the destination charge, and achieve at least 28 mpg in EPA combined fuel-economy ratings.

We picked the price based on Cars.com's listings for midsize sedans that came with the features we know are popular with families. After four days of testing outside Baltimore with experts from Cars.com, USA Today, "MotorWeek" and a real-life family, here's how the results broke down:

By Patrick Olsen | November 17, 2014 | Comments (42)

2015 Toyota Camry Photo Gallery

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The 2015 Toyota Camry finished 10th in our $27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge. "Its bouncy ride, road noise, drab interior and newly uglified front styling make me wonder how this is any way competitive with the Accord or Altima," said one of our judges. Check out our Camry photo gallery below.

Click on any image for a larger version.

Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

 

By Matt Schmitz | November 16, 2014 | Comments (3)

$27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge: Features Video

"When you spend $35,000 or more on a midsize family sedan, you expect it's going to come packed with all kinds of technology and safety goodies, but when you're a little bit more budget-friendly, around $27,000 … can you get anything good at that price?" Cars.com Aaron D. Bragman wonders aloud in the video above. The answer is yes. Watch the video for five examples — and check back Monday for our full coverage of the $27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

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By Matt Schmitz | November 9, 2014 | Comments (1)

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