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10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Toyota Camry Nightshade Steals Nissan Altima’s Shine

2023 Toyota Camry SE Nighshade Exterior jpg 2023 Toyota Camry SE Nightshade | Manufacturer image

In recent years, car lots have become more populated with black-trimmed, nighttime-themed special editions than there are goth kids at the record store for a Bauhaus vinyl reissue release. Toyota currently has eight such trim offerings across its lineup, with more on the way. Among those, the 2023 edition of the Camry Nightshade Special Edition — also known as the SE Nightshade — is the latest to darken dealerships’ doors. Despite being short on big changes for the new model year, the mid-size sedan’s evening edition casts a long shadow on this week’s countdown of the most popular Cars.com news articles, taking a comfortable lead to land the first-place spot.

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The Camry’s Nightshade appearance package adds darkened features to gas-only and hybrid models of the mid-tier SE trim level in part as a nod to the more aggressive sport suspension. A black-mesh grille, rear spoiler, mirror caps and badging set the tone, while the 2023 model replaces the previous version’s 18-inch wheels with 19-inch bronze aluminum wheels and adds new black trim for the headlights and taillights as well as a new paint option. Pricing is still forthcoming, but expect both to match or exceed current Nightshade models’ roughly $29,000 to $31,000 starting prices.

For full details on the 2023 Toyota Camry Nightshade Special Edition, follow the link below to our No. 1 news story of the week.

Overshadowed by the Camry Nightshade but still managing the third-place spot on our weekly countdown is another mid-size sedan, the 2022 Nissan Altima. After driving the current Altima, Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger shares a honey-do list of items Nissan could improve to make the car more appealing — and maybe even woo a few of the otherwise SUV-inclined to the sedan side. Among her constructive criticisms, Geiger cites buyers’ inability to have both the optional turbocharged engine and available all-wheel drive on the same car; difficulties safely installing children’s booster seats in the rear; and the lack of a hybrid or all-electric Altima variant. On the other hand, the Altima’s price and higher inventory numbers could make it an appealing alternative to the more expensive, less available Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

For the full rundown on what’s working and what could be better with the 2022 Nissan Altima, follow the link below to our No. 3 news story of the week.

Beyond that, we’ve got headlines on the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Nissan Z, Cadillac Lyriq and much more — so don’t stop reading till the digits double. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. 2023 Toyota Camry Nightshade Special Edition Brings New Wheels, Paint Color

2. 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Review: Electric; Useful; Vanilla

3. The 2022 Nissan Altima Could Be Better; Here’s How

4. 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Review: The EV We’ve Been Waiting For

5. 2023 Nissan Z Review: Relatively Affordable, Lots of Fun

6. When Should the Oxygen Sensor Be Replaced?

7. 2023 Cadillac Lyriq: Orders Open May 19, Price Creeps Up

8. Which SUVs, Minivans and Sedans Have the Most Cargo Space?

9. 10 Mid-Size SUVs Ace New IIHS Crash Test, Popular Models Fall Short

10. How Should I Prep My Car for Sale to a Dealer?

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