For decades, the used Toyota Camry has offered owners exceptional value. One of the most reliable and fuel-efficient of Toyota’s line of mid-size vehicles is the Camry. But, in the last 10 years, the Camry has been more than just an economy-class vehicle–it has been one of the most stylish, just-below-luxury-line vehicles on the road.
However, a sleek look and an engine that is more powerful than most in the mid-size class still aren’t what make the Camry great. The things that make the Camry a sweet ride now are most of the same things that made it popular in the 80s, 90s and 2000s.
These are five good reasons to buy a Toyota Camry:
The Toyota Camry has a long history of safety excellence. In fact, it has an almost unblemished record. In 2016, Toyota had nine Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick winners, “including the popular Camry mid-size car.”
The Camry was also a pick in 2015 and was just one of 39 in 2014. But, when the Camry failed to make the IIHS list in 2013, CNBC reported, “The Camry had previously been featured on the Consumer Reports recommended model list nearly every year.”
The IIHS was established in 1959, and the first Camry appeared in 1979. In other words, the Camry has a long and exceptional safety record.
2) Fuel Economy and Reliability
Toyota built the Camry’s reputation on fuel economy and reliability. The 2016 gets 35 highway miles per gallon and 25 city. The 2010 gets 33 and 22 respectively. The 2005, 31 and 21.
With respect to reliability, the CarComplaints.com database says the best in the last five years is the 2014. Other years prompted very few complaints, with the exception of the 2004, 2008 and 2009.
RepairPal.com averaged the cost of five Camry repairs–alternator replacement, water pump replacement, brake pad replacement, front strut/shock replacement and valve cover gasket replacement–from the years 1990 to 2017. The costs were then evaluated against other mid-size cars, and then against all makes and models.
RepairPal.com determined that out of a possible expense score of 100, the Camry earned a 22, one of the lowest of any car available.
Of course, the technology depends on the year of the car, but Toyota focuses the majority of its technology expense on the Camry’s safety features. While accessories like a sunroof, GPS and mp3 players are available on the latest models with the preferred accessories package, Toyota makes certain all packages have the latest in airbag and antilock brake technology.
Camry cars are no longer inexpensive. However, the fact that they are not built cheaply makes them a bargain. Camrys have some of the best resale value of any non-luxury mid-size vehicle. The 2012 has maintained its value better than any other mid-size in its class. The 2016 is expected to do the same, and the 2005 has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating with respect to resale value.
While no one will ever brag about the look of their 1985 Camry, very few would be ashamed to get out of a 2016. Even as the looks of the Camry have changed, what makes them great has stayed the same.
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