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Why The Toyota Camry Is One of The Most Reliable Vehicles On the Road

The Toyota Camry continues to be the best-selling passenger car in the U.S. One reason for the Camry’s appeal could be its great reliability. iSeeCars.com found that the Camry is among the top ten longest-lasting passenger cars. Here’s a look at how it’s been rated over the years.

Consumer Reports and J.D. Power and Associates

A new Toyota Camry hybrid automobile is on display during the second press day of the Paris Motor Show
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Two sources of reliability information about vehicles are Consumer Reports and J.D. Power and Associates. Both organizations use surveys to rate vehicle reliability. Consumer Reports sends surveys to its members to collect information about any problems they’ve had in the past 12 months. The organization reports on vehicle issues in 17 different categories.

J.D. Power and Associates also sends surveys to members, and their Vehicle Dependability Study requests information about the issues owners have had with three-year-old vehicles. The survey findings are also used by U.S. News to create their scorecard ratings.

Reliability in the Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry has been around for decades, and Consumer Reports provides ratings going back to 2000. It looked at both the reliability verdict as well as owner satisfaction ratings. As a whole, the Camry’s ratings over the years have been excellent. Since 2000, the Camry has gotten a perfect five-out-of-five rating 14 times: 2000, 2004-2006, and 2008-2017. For the other six years (2001-2003, 2007, 2018, and 2019), the Camry had a reliability verdict of four out of five, which is still great.

In addition, the Camry has high owner satisfaction ratings, with every year since 2000 – except for three – receiving either four or five out of five. In 2008, 2017, and 2018, it slipped a bit, earning a three out of five. The four years that did get a five out of five were 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2005.

The 2020 Toyota Camry

Consumer Reports says that the “Camry has long been known for its tremendous reliability and strong resale value.” The 2020 model year now offers a snazzier design, better fuel economy, and more advanced safety features. Consumer Reports has given the 2020 Camry an overall rating of 84 out of 100.

It has earned a predicted reliability verdict rating of four out of five. The newest model year’s ratings are a forecast based on previous years’ ratings. The one less-than-perfect category for the 2020 Camry is in in-car electronics. The 2020 Camry does already have one recall for engine issues. Cracks can permit coolant to leak in the engine, causing it to overheat and stall. There is also the possibility of an engine oil leak, which increases the risk of fire.

J.D. Power also rated the 2020 Camry very well, giving it an overall score of 85 out of 100. It earned a “great” quality and reliability rating with 88 out of 100. Based on J.D. Power and Associates’ ratings, U.S. News & World Report included the 2020 Camry on its list of 18 Most Reliable Cars for 2020, ranking it ninth on the list. Car and Driver’s review also mentions what it calls the Camry’s “distinction for unsullied reliability.”

In addition to its reliability, the 2020 Camry benefits from its great crash test results and safety features. It has three powertrains to pick from: the standard four-cylinder engine, a hybrid option, and a V6 engine available on certain trims. All trims come with Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto has been added for 2020. The 2020 Camry even has optional all-wheel drive.

The Toyota Camry has a reputation for its reliability, and model years over the past 20 years have all reviewed well. Buyers should feel comfortable with the dependability of this car.