2009 Toyota Camry vs. Its Competition

2009 Toyota Camry XLE
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Except in sporty SE trim, the 2009 Toyota Camry has perhaps the softest, most comfort-oriented ride among mid-size sedans.

The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu, however, also emphasizes ride quality and comfort, and it has more distinctive styling, equivalent performance, and more impressive materials and quality.

The Malibu also includes electronic stability control on all of its models except the base LT.

The new-for-2009 Accord has—compared to the Camry—a stunning interior, especially in the more expensive V-6 models.

The Fusion and Altima have a sportier driving feel but are a little smaller inside.

The Volkswagen Passat is another good alternative to the Camry—especially with the base 2.0T four-cylinder engine—but beware of spotty reliability.

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Quick Specs
7.6
The 2009 Toyota Camry remains one of the best choices for those looking for a reliable and roomy—albeit plainly dressed—family sedan.
8.4
The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
MSRP From  
$19,145$18,620$21,750
Gas Mileage  
19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
Mid-SizeMidsizeMid-Size
Style Name  
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (Natl)4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.54-Door Sedan GL Manual
Drivetrain  
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sdn
Transmission  
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD