Vehicle Overview
The 2009 Camry remains the perennial best-seller among midsize sedans. The Camry trim levels, in ascending price, are the base Camry, the LE, the sporty SE and the premium XLE. The Camry Hybrid, detailed in a separate report in the Research section, falls somewhere between the SE and XLE in terms of standard equipment.

The Camry's archrival is the Honda Accord, which is consistently the second-best-seller. A few other midsize competitors include the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima.

New for 2009
The Camry's entry-level model changes its name from CE to simply Camry.

The current-generation Camry's nose is blunter and the overall profile is sportier than its predecessor. The tail recalls the full-size Avalon sedan, and the fenders have shoulders that give the trunklid a hump.

The grilles distinguish one trim level from another. The SE also has rocker-panel and front-end extensions and larger wheels. Exterior length is 189.2 inches and width comes in at 71.7 inches, putting the Camry on the small side of the midsize market.
  • Available 16- or 17-inch wheels
  • Standard automatic headlamps
  • Standard power mirrors
  • Optional moonroof (not available on base Camry)
  • Heated mirrors (standard on XLE, optional on SE)
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips (with V-6 only)
  • Fog lamps (SE and XLE)

The Camry's steering wheel both tilts and telescopes. XLE standard fabric is treated by the Fraichir process, which gives it a natural moisturizing component. The SE trim level gets its own sport-trimmed interior in darker colors with amber gauges and a three-spoke steering wheel.

The CE and LE trims have split, folding backseats. The XLE backrests recline 8 degrees, but they don't fold forward to extend cargo space into the cabin. Likewise, the Camry SE's seats don't fold due to a V-shaped brace intended to stiffen the car's structure and improve handling. There's 101.4 cubic feet for passengers to stretch out — putting the sedan in the middle of the pack in terms of space. Same thing goes for its 15-cubic-foot trunk.
  • Available cloth, Fraichir cloth and leather upholstery
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard cruise control, plus power windows and locks
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter (SE and XLE)
  • Optional heated front seats (SE and XLE)
  • Optional eight-speaker JBL stereo with satellite radio (not on base Camry)
  • Optional Bluetooth (not on base Camry)
  • Optional navigation system (SE and XLE)

Under the Hood
A four-cylinder engine is available on all models, while the optional V-6 is available on all but the base Camry. The SE has firmer springs, shock absorbers, stabilizer bars and bushings to improve handling and limit body roll compared to other trim levels.
  • Standard 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine with 161 pounds-feet of torque
  • Optional 268-hp V-6 with 248 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard five-speed manual (four-cylinder)
  • Optional five-speed automatic (four-cylinder)
  • Optional six-speed automatic (V-6)
  • Optional push-button start (XLE)

Safety features include:
  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard driver's knee airbag
  • Standard antilock braking system with brake assist
  • Standard daytime running lamps
  • Optional electronic stability system
  • Standard engine immobilizer in case of ignition tampering