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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Top Safety Pick
Five stars overall; four stars frontal impact; five stars side impact
Why limit BLIS and rear camera availability?
Crash test scores have improved following the Camry's redesign in 2012. Neither of the two U.S. organizations that crash-test vehicle have tested the 2014 model yet, but it goes mostly unchanged for this model year, and the 2013 received mostly high ratings.
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.
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.
Very good crash-test scores have one blemish, a "poor" result on the upcoming IIHS small-overlap test.