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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 21 31 $17,707 $19,145
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic 21 31 $18,678 $20,195
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LE 21 31 $18,643 $20,600
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LE 21 31 $19,593 $21,650
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE 21 31 $19,633 $21,815
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 21 31 $20,533 $22,815
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic LE 19 28 $21,793 $24,215
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 19 28 $22,939 $25,490
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic XLE 21 31 $23,016 $25,575
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic XLE 19 28 $25,823 $28,695
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4-Door Sedan Manual GL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GL 22 31 $19,790 $21,750
4-Door Wagon Manual GL 22 31 $20,513 $22,550
4-Door Sedan Automatic GL 21 30 $20,863 $22,825
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 22 31 $20,816 $22,885
4-Door Wagon Automatic GL 21 30 $21,586 $23,625
4-Door Wagon Manual GLS 22 31 $21,538 $23,685
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 21 30 $21,889 $23,960
4-Door Wagon Automatic GLS 21 30 $22,611 $24,760
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLS 20 28 $23,074 $25,385
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLS 20 28 $23,797 $26,185
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLS 19 27 $24,147 $26,460
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLS 19 27 $24,870 $27,260
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLX 20 28 $26,114 $28,750
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLX 20 28 $26,837 $29,550
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLX 19 27 $27,187 $29,825
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLX 19 27 $27,910 $30,625
4-Door Sedan V6 4MOTION Automatic GLX 19 26 $29,016 $31,575
4-Door Wagon V6 4MOTION Automatic GLX 19 26 $29,739 $32,375
4-Door Sedan 4MOTION Automatic W8 18 25 $34,729 $37,900
4-Door Wagon 4MOTION Automatic W8 18 25 $35,452 $38,700
4-Door Sedan 4MOTION 6-spd Manual W8 17 24 $35,984 $39,400
4-Door Wagon 4MOTION 6-spd Manual W8 17 24 $36,706 $40,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,707
$19,790
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,145
$21,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$319 / month
$363 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Toyota Camry remains one of the best choices for those looking for a reliable and roomy—albeit plainly dressed—family sedan.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 41.5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.6 57.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.4 95
Second Leg Room (in)
38.3 35.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.8 55.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
189.2 185.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 57.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 106.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.7 68.7
Track Width, Front (in)
62.0 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 5.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.0 15
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.06 x - TBD - 9.6 x 0.39
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.65 x - TBD - 11.3 x 0.98
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 16.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.2 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 14.3
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - P195/65HR15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3263 3212
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 15 x 6
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
EFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
161 @ 4000 166 @ 1950
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 1.8L/109
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
158 @ 6000 170 @ 5900
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 22
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94 3.70
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.54 3.78
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.33 1.43
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.44
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 2.18
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Vehicle Name
Toyota Camry Volkswagen Passat
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.95 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Dual-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Torsion Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Four-link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.63 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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