2010 Toyota Camry vs. Its Competition

2010 Toyota Camry
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2010 Toyota Camry steers a safe path, in terms of design; the mid-size sedan segment is full of choices with more exciting styling or edgier performance.

The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu emphasizes a smooth ride and comfortable interior as much as the Camry, but it has a more distinctive silhouette and more impressive interior materials.

The Honda Accord is another good alternative; it was redesigned last year and looks a generation ahead of the Camry now, with a stunning interior, especially in the V-6 models, and a slightly sportier driving feel.

The Fusion and Altima are sportier overall but a little smaller inside, and the Volkswagen Passat is another good alternative to the Camry, offering reasonable fuel economy and responsive performance from its 2.0T engine.

However, if ride comfort is the priority, the 2009 Toyota Camry (except in SE trim) has perhaps the softest, most comfort-oriented ride among mid-size sedans.

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Quick Specs
The 2010 Toyota Camry is competent in all respects but certainly not trendsetting, and it remains one of the smartest mid-size sedan choices.
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
The 2009 Ford Fusion is a great choice for those who place their priorities on style and handling, but if interior space matters to you, look elsewhere.
Whether you're looking for a comfy commuter in the $20,000 range or a luxurious, powerful $30,000 family sedan, the newly redesigned 2008 Honda Accord should be on your shortlist.
The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
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Mid-SizeMidsizeMid-Size SedanLargeMidsizeMid-Size
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (Natl)4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD4-Door I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.54-Door Sedan GL Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors     
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4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sdn
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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