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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
“Roomy, serene cabin”
“Seats clearly designed for American-style girth”
“Those with more demanding cargo needs…should avoid the SE or XLE”
“Disappointed with unsightly seams, misaligned plastic panels”
The Toyota Camry lineup has, in the past, been renowned for its reliability and quality, but reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the Camry’s lead in this area may be slipping.
Let’s begin with the positive—the Camry’s seating arrangement is still among the best in the class, thanks to generous dimensions and comfortable seats. The 2010 Toyota Camry offers available seating for five in “wide seats” that Edmunds says will “easily accommodate most body types.” Left Lane News is less subtle in their review, asserting that the “tall, chair-like seats [are] clearly designed for American-style girth.” Toyota doesn't have just the front passengers in mind, however, as Cars.com finds that the “rear seats are extremely comfortable” as well. In terms of dimensions, Automedia states that the rear benefits from “larger footwells and a half-inch more legroom,” along with “rear seatbacks [that] recline in XLE models.” The reviewers at Cars.com do offer one major criticism, however, noting that Toyota has taken “a major step backward” by replacing the “folding backseats in the SE and XLE with small pass-thru openings.”
Inside the 2010 Toyota Camry, driver and passengers alike will find plenty of space for their various gadgets. Edmunds is pleased to find “plenty of storage cubbies” inside the Camry, but Cars.com notes that, in the trunk, “cargo…took a hit” compared to previous-generation models. ConsumerGuide warns that the trunk’s “sickle-shaped lid hinges intrude and the trunk opening is too small for really bulky items,” while Edmunds reports that the “trunk capacity for all models is 15 cubic feet.”
In addition to a modest decline in versatility, the 2010 Toyota Camry exhibits more marked decreases in overall quality. Edmunds reviewers decry the Toyota Camry’s “spotty fit and finish,” while ConsumerGuide is surprised to find “unsightly seams, misaligned plastic panels, and assorted interior squeaks and rattles” on the normally bulletproof Toyota Camry lineup. Left Lane News reports similar flaws in materials quality, warning that “the silver-painted plastic trim is susceptible to scratches from everyday use, while the felt-like cloth upholstery is bound to be a shocker when winter rolls around.” Overall, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show an irrefutable decline in the Toyota Camry’s quality.
One area where the Camry’s declining quality most clearly manifests itself is cabin noise, which is louder in the 2010 model than in previous versions of the Camry. ConsumerGuide points out that “wind rush is most noticed at highway speeds,” but fortunately the “tire thrum annoys only on very coarse pavement.”
The 2010 Toyota Camry is spacious and comfortable, but it's no longer that impressive in the details.