The Toyota Camry is everywhere. Your friend has one, and your grandma probably did. Half the people at the local Trader Joe’s are collecting groceries in a Camry. But what makes this car so loved after all this time? Check out some of the awards and safety features of the Toyota sedan.
Toyota Camry sales numbers by the year
The Camry had a good year based on the numbers put out for Toyota’s North America year-end sales report for 2020. Overall, sales for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) were down 11.3% from 2019. In contrast, Lexus was only down 7.7%.
The Camry sold 294,342 units in the U.S. during 2020. That was down from 336,392 in 2019. In comparison, Corolla sold 116,915 in 2020 and 154,355 in 2019. The Avalon came in at 18,421 and 27,767 for both years. What makes the Camry so much more popular?
Is the Camry a reliable car?
The popular pick got an 86 on the road test, five out of five on predicted reliability, and four out of five on predicted owner satisfaction. All the way back through the year 2000, the Camry has pretty consistent high scores.
Priced between $24,970 and $35,545, the Camry gets 49 miles per gallon on the highway and 20 in the city.
The 2021 Honda Accord came in with a score of 84 out of 100. Priced between $24,970 and $36,900. The Subaru Legacy is priced at $22,895 to $36,145. It scored a similar 84.
The Camry offers strong engine choices and enough cargo space to suit most driver’s needs. It ranks high on “best midsize car” lists year after year. If you are looking for a reliable car to get you through, the Camry is a safe bet.
Safety ratings and standard features
U.S. News gave the 2020 model best midsize car for the money and best midsize car for families. In 2021, it won the best midsize car for the money again.
The Camry was revamped back in 2018 and received a big update. Since then, Toyota has made only minor changes. A used Camry is just fine, but Toyota added more standard safety features after 2018. Also, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa were available in 2019.
As far as safety features, it received a 9.9/10. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the various rear crash, side-impact, and moderate overlap front test results “good.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Camry five stars for overall, frontal, side, and rollover safety ratings.
Some of the standard safety features include blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and cross-traffic alerts.