In most cases, you really can’t go wrong buying a car from Toyota. This automaker continues to see successful sales every year, despite the fact that its vehicles seldom receive full redesigns. Several of its vehicles are also famously reliable, such as the Prius and Corolla sedans. The Toyota Camry is also in the ranks of the most reliable cars across all manufacturers.
According to Consumer Reports, a Camry from 2016 is one of the most dependable cars you can buy for under $20,000. Let’s go over everything this car has to offer and why it stands out amongst its competition.
All the 2016 model’s features
The 2016 version looks fairly new after a slight refresh in 2015. It got a few styling and interior updates, plus a retuned suspension. The Special Edition trim was also introduced for this year, available in exclusively blue or white with a blue-on-black interior.
No matter which trim level you buy, the inside of the 2016 Camry is very comfortable and roomy. The cabin is a quiet place, with little disturbance from road and wind noise. Drivers will have no problems with outward visibility or getting used to the user-friendly infotainment system.
Every trim level of the 2016 Camry comes with Bluetooth, a CD player, Siri Eyes Free, and some charging ports. However, you won’t find Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on any model for this year. Some nice available features include built-in navigation, a premium sound system, wireless charging, and satellite radio. Only the top two trims come with any safety features besides a backup camera.
The 2016 Toyota Camry gives you a choice between two engines. The standard option is 178-hp four-cylinder, but some critics like Edmunds noted that it didn’t feel as engaging as the upgraded option. If you don’t mind sacrificing a little efficiency for speed, opt for the 268-hp V6.
The Toyota Camry’s stellar reputation
The Camry’s perfect reliability rating from Consumer Reports comes as no surprise to us. One study reported that the Toyota Camry was among the top 10 cars guaranteed to last the longest. J.D. Power also gave the Toyota Camry a perfect reliability score and it’s one of the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick+ winners.
The hybrid version of the 2016 Toyota Camry is also just as reliable as its gas-operated counterpart. The hybrid powertrain tacks a little extra onto its price, but it’s probably worth it in fuel savings. The Camry Hybrid makes up to 200 hp and scores 41 mpg combined city/highway.
What Consumer Reports had to say
The 2016 Camry middles in terms of affordability, slightly more expensive than the Mazda6 and Honda Accord from that year. CR estimates that it will cost between $13,250-$17,550 today. During its road test, CR reported that it was fun to drive, but even the V6 lacked some sportiness.
Testers were also fans of the hybrid version’s impressive fuel economy. However, they did have a few gripes about the lack of trunk space on this model. Still, they were impressed with both versions overall, especially with the amount of included features.
How much do Toyota Camry owners love their car?
The 2016 Toyota Camry also ranks highly in terms of owner satisfaction. 74 percent of its owners said they would buy this model again in the future. According to owner reviews, it appears that any Camry will hold its own for a long time.
One user reported that their Toyota Camry lasted 16 years, while another said their other Toyota cars lasted 20 years. With more advanced technology and stronger building materials, it’s safe to assume that newer Camry cars will last much longer.