2010 Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid at 2009 Detroit Auto Show

By David Thomas  on January 11, 2009

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  • Competes with: Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Mazda6, Chevy Malibu
  • Looks like: Toyota gave its best-seller a new face
  • Drivetrain: 169-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with six-speed manual or automatic, or 268-hp, 3.5 liter V-6 with six-speed automatic
  • Hits dealerships: March 2009

Toyota surprised us a bit with the 2010 version of its best-selling Camry midsize sedan. It isn't radically redesigned, but it does get a new grille that resembles the Toyota Venza crossover, slightly bigger headlights and new taillights. The image above is of the more radically changed hybrid model's front end.

Toyota also took the time to add a new engine. A 169-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder powers the base LE and XLE trim levels, while the SE features the same engine, but produces 179 hp in that application. The V-6 option remains Toyota’s 268-hp 3.5-liter. There's no word on mileage for either engine.

The Camry Hybrid gets a different grille treatment and slight alterations to the front end versus gasoline models. No changes were made to the power plant. This isn’t a surprise, but with Ford’s new Fusion Hybrid besting the Camry in mileage, we’re a tad surprised Toyota didn’t do some extra tuning to bump up mileage.

All Camry models now come with stability control standard. Auto up and down power windows for all windows is also standard. Optional audio packages include a USB port, Bluetooth and satellite radio.

A few more photos are below.

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Toyota 2009 Detroit Auto Show


Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon.  Email David