Is the Toyota Camry a Reliable Midsize Sedan?
When you want a car that lasts forever, you get a Toyota Camry, right? Most of us have been told this for generations, but does the Camry really live up to this reputation? We’re here to find out if the Toyota Camry has the reliability scores to back up its reputation.
What are the Toyota Camry reliability scores?
The Toyota Camry receives a reliability score of 4.0 out of 5.0 from RepairPal. This places the Camry third out of 24 models for the midsize sedan class. This ranking is based on three factors which are:
- Cost – The Toyota Camry’s average annual repair and maintenance costs are $388 compared to $26 for midsize sedans.
- Frequency – Camry owners bring their vehicles to the repair shop for unscheduled repairs 0.28 times per year compared to 0.3 for the class.
- Severity – The probability of severe repairs for the Toyota Camry is 11% compared to 12% for midsize sedans.
What are the three most common Camry problems?
RepairPal also collects real data regarding the most common issues owners face with their vehicles. Considering this Toyota sedan has been one of the top-selling cars in history, you might expect the numbers to be higher for the most common Toyota Camry problems. The three top issues faced are:
- Automatic transmission may hesitate when accelerating – reported by 531 owners
- Check engine light due to failed oxygen sensor component -reported by 380 owners
- Automatic transmission may not shift correctly at high mileage – reported by 368 owners
Two of the three problems involve the automatic transmission, which can lead to expensive repairs. Thankfully, these problems aren’t faced by thousands of owners and don’t occur until the Camry has more than 100,000 miles under its belt.
Which midsize sedans outrank the Camry for reliability?
Sticking with the RepairPal findings, which cover midsize sedans from 2010-2019, we see the Honda Accord and Mitsubishi Galant finished ahead of the Toyota Camry for reliability. Although these two cars finished ahead, the Camry has the lowest average maintenance and repair costs among the top ten sedans. These ten cars and their average annual repair costs are:
- Honda Accord – $400
- Mitsubishi Galant – $448
- Toyota Camry – $388
- Toyota Prius V – $437
- Hyundai Sonata – $458
- Mazda 6 – $481
- Chevrolet Malibu Limited – $48
- Kia Optima – $471
- Chevrolet Malibu – $532
- Toyota Prius – $408
Is the 2023 Toyota Camry competitive in its class?
What about the newest Camry? Is the 2023 model still holding onto a strong position in the market? The 2023 Toyota Camry is competitive in a now shrinking class of midsize sedans. U.S. News & World Report ranks this Toyota sedan third of eight cars in its class. Although a short list, the rankings for 2023 are:
- Honda Accord
- Kia K5
- Toyota Camry
- Hyundai Sonata
- Subaru Legacy
- Nissan Altima
- Volkswagen Passat
- Chevrolet Malibu
Is the 2023 Camry a good midsize sedan?
The latest Camry offers the choice of two powertrains to provide either an efficient drive or one that brings more power to the road. All models include a cushioned ride, roomy seats, composed handling, and an easy-to-use infotainment system.
Although this Toyota sedan doesn’t hit the top spot with our experts, it is in the top part of both lists. This means we can confidently say the Toyota Camry continues to have the desired reliability to be a good car for any commute. This Toyota sedan delivers an impressive combination of quality and value.
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