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A Toyota Camry is a solid prospect among used cars. However, not every model year of used Toyota cars is created equal; some of the Camry’s model years are more reliable than others. Here are some of the most reliable used models to check out for a dependable Toyota under $20,000. 

How reliable is the Toyota Camry? 

The Camry is synonymous with reliability. For instance, the 2023 Toyota Camry got a 4.0 out of 5.0, according to RepairPal’s reliability scale. As a result, the Toyota model ranks 3rd out of 24 in the midsize car segment. 

Moreover, the Camry has excellent ownership costs compared to some of its competitors. Specifically, later models have an average annual repair cost of around $388. That’s nearly $138 less than the industry average for midsize cars. The Toyota model isn’t just reliable; it’s cheap to maintain. 

However, not every Camry model year is as reliable as its successor. For instance, the 2008 model exhibits engine problems, interior accessories issues, and some infrequent transmission problems. However, the most frequent owner complaint, excessive oil consumption, is relatively benign compared to more infrequent engine failures.

A blue 2018 Toyota Camry LE poses for a picture in a parking lot while showing off its contrast wheels.
2018 Toyota Camry LE | Toyota

What year Toyota Camry is the best?

Fortunately for fans of the nameplate, many Toyota Camry model years are reliable and affordable. For instance, U.S. News says the 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 model years are some of the best used midsize cars for around $20,000 or less. 

Regarding reliability, most of the later models are dependable options with few owner complaints. However, in some rare cases, the 2018 model has documented transmission-related complaints, like rough shifting and even transmission failure. In addition to those models, the 2013 model year has fewer owner-reported problems than its predecessor and successor. 

A blue used Toyota Camry shows off its side profile in the with black accents.
2018 Toyota Camry LE | Toyota

Also, with a KBB fair purchase price of around $18,425, a 2018 LE could be an excellent option for potential owners who want some of the Camry’s reliability credentials without stretching to new model starting prices. 

How many miles can a Toyota Camry last?

In addition to reliability, the Toyota Camry has staying power. A Camry should last between 200,000 and 300,000 miles or more with proper care and maintenance. 

According to iSeeCars’ longevity study, the Camry model’s potential lifespan is 223,249 miles. While that might not seem groundbreaking, it’s just an average odometer reading for 1% of models on the road and not an indication of the maximum potential mileage. In fact, the Camry’s potential lifespan was enough to snag it the No. 4 spot on iSeeCars’ list, just behind a comparable Honda Accord. 

Is Toyota Camry worth buying?

The Toyota Camry is an easy, safe bet among midsize sedans. It’s reliable, affordable, and long-lasting. Moreover, the Camry is efficient; the 2018 Hybrid LE trim can get as much as 52 mpg combined fuel economy. 


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