People can’t stop buying Toyotas, even in a year as stormy as 2020. What’s even more impressive is that as more consumers gravitate toward SUVs, the Toyota Camry is still a best-seller. The 2020 Camry is easily one of the best cars of the year. Is there anything you won’t love?
How the 2020 Toyota Camry performs
According to recent data from TTAC, Toyota is on pace to sell over 280,000 Camrys for the 29th year in a row. Even with the pandemic-related shutdown, 204,945 Camrys sold within the first nine months of this year. But as TTAC also highlights, the Camry selling well is hardly front-page news.
The Camry has maintained 96 percent of its sales growth from 2019, virtually beating out all its direct competitors. Its main rival is the Honda Accord, whose unit sales are down by over 20 percent. Models like the Hyundai Sonata don’t even come close.
What this Toyota continues to do well
What the Camry continues to do well is adapt. The 2020 model comes standard with a 203-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes for a smooth and engaging ride. Toyota added a TRD trim to the 2020 lineup, which is a solid way to get extra horsepower. The TRD variant features the Camry’s available 301-hp, 3.5-liter V6. No matter which engine you pick, the Camry comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Additionally, the Camry is one of the best fuel sippers around. The regular Camry has an EPA rating of up to 34 mpg overall. Opt for the hybridized version, and you can get up to 52 mpg overall. Critics have especially raved about the Camry Hybrid because of family-friendliness and focus on efficiency.
The ways the 2020 Toyota Camry still misses the mark
Consumer Reports is among the reviewers that sing the Camry’s praises. In its road test, CR highlighted the Camry’s exceptional fuel economy and advanced safety features. The team also acknowledged that the sedan has a bad reputation for being boring, but Toyota addressed this critique by making the Camry more agile and giving it a flashier sense of style.
The Camry could still improve in a few areas, CR notes. Engine noise in the nonhybrid version can be bothersome, and the hybrid’s transmission could be smoother. CR also said it’s not as easy to pair a phone with the car’s infotainment system. Additionally, some may find it difficult to access, given its lower stance.
“[The] new Camry is less upright than the outgoing car, so slipping into the seats requires a little more ducking, and headroom is a bit tight for taller folks, especially if the car is fitted with the optional sunroof. The rear seat isn’t as roomy as the last generation either, but at least those in back get reasonable head- and legroom.”Consumer Reports (2020)
2020 Camry price range
The Camry’s few flaws aren’t huge dealbreakers. As dealers prepare for the 2021 model, you can still take advantage of the incentives on the 2020 Camry. Its MSRP price is $24,425 – $35,130