Only 2 Toyota Camry Model Years Aren’t Recommended by Consumer Reports

As a whole, the Toyota brand is a strong contender in the Consumer Reports tests. One of the most recommended models is the 2021 Toyota Camry. It received a perfect Reliability rating and a near-perfect Owner Satisfaction rating. However, not all Camry models ranked as high. There are two that Consumer Reports did not recommend. Any guesses which Toyota Camry model year didn’t receive those high ratings?

Consumer Reports does not recommend the 2020 Toyota Camry

A 2020 Toyota Camry TRD midsize sedan model with the Supersonic Red color option parked on an empty race track
2020 Toyota Camry TRD | Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

You would assume the 2020 Toyota Camry would be a top choice due to its improved fuel economy ratings, advanced safety technologies, and excellent handling. Unfortunately, there are better options out there. Reliability and Owner Satisfaction both received a less than perfect rating – which isn’t terrible; it’s just not what we’re used to.

The Consumer Reports road test report indicates that the new eight-speed transmission undergoes some rough shifts. Additionally, when the engine approaches 3,500 rpm, it sounds noisy, raspy, and excessive. However, you won’t experience this with the hybrid version since it comes with a CVT.

Taller passengers may have some difficulty entering and exiting the cabin. The headroom may feel tight, especially with the optional sunroof. However, those sitting in the back will get a good amount of headroom and legroom. The entire presence inside the cabin has improved thanks to more soft-touch surfaces. Still, there are some plastic bits scattered throughout.

This Toyota Camry sedan isn’t a top choice for Consumer Reports either. Although it received a higher Owner Satisfaction rating, it fell short when it comes to Reliability. 

The most common trouble spots? The fuel system, which includes things like the check engine light, O2 or oxygen sensors, emission control, fuel cap, fuel injection system, fuel pump, and even fuel leaks. The Camry’s body integrity also scored low. This includes squeaks, rattles, wind noises – basically everything you don’t want to hear as you drive. In-car electronics received a similar rating, specifically due to the CD player.

The 2.2-liter engine seemed a bit sluggish during testing, too. However, the interior is spacious, with many storage spots. According to Consumer Reports, “Most controls are well designed and easy to operate, though the steering wheel partly hides the controls for the panel illumination and power mirror. The instruments are legible day or night. The climate-control system works very well.”

There are other Camry models to consider

If you’re in the market for a Toyota Camry sedan, you have many options to choose from. For example, the 2022 Toyota Camry received high marks. Not ready to buy new? Any Toyota Camry between the 2012 to 2017 model years is a good choice. They boast a comfortable ride with plenty of space for you and your passengers. Older models that are just as great include 2011 and 2010.

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