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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Top Safety Pick
Five stars overall; four stars frontal impact; five stars side impact
Why limit BLIS and rear camera availability?
With last year's redesign, the Toyota Camry went from being a subpar performer in U.S. crash tests to one of the better ones. Both U.S. organizations that crash-test vehicles have now given the 2013 Camry some high ratings, although there's at least one test category in which the Camry falls short--and misses a top 9 or 10 in our scoring system.
The latest Camry earns top 'good' ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and the Institute's Top Safety Pick accolade; but it should be noted that in the latest test from the IIHS, the small-overlap frontal test, the Camry scored 'poor' (while the Honda Accord, for instance, earned a top 'good'). From the federal government, the Camry is a five-star vehicle overall—although it's earned four out of five stars for frontal impact, its excellent five-star side result made the difference.Lighter yet stronger than the previous model, the Camry packs more safety features than ever, like a class-leading ten standard airbags, including new front passenger knee bags and rear side airbags for outboard occupants. A rear-view camera system is offered in some models, and an optional blind-spot monitoring system is now paired with Rear Cross Traffic Alert—with availability extended to the Camry SE. Separately, on all models, one tap of the turn-signal stalk now initiates three blinks of the lamps.
There are more airbags than most cars in this class, and great crash-test results--although at least one 'poor' results keeps it from being a true top pick.