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3 out of 5 stars

For It’s well equipped, spacious, incredibly reliable and cheap

Against It’s hard to imagine a car with less image

Verdict Boring but capable

Go for… 3.0 V6

Avoid… 2.2i Sport

Toyota Camry Saloon
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Toyota Camry Saloon full review with expert trade views

Look past the fact that the Camry has none of the image or prestige of almost any other car in the executive class and there’s a huge bargain to be had for canny used buyers.

It also comes loaded to the gills with luxury goodies, especially the 3.0 V6 model. However, what that model doesn't have much in the way of is performance, because it’s better suited to relaxed cruising. The 2.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine - the only alternative - is quite happy to rev hard, but it becomes a bit too noisy for comfort when it does.

There are Sport versions of the Camry, but the firmer suspension does little to cure the car’s tendency to lean in corners and it also causes more lumps and bumps to be felt in the cabin.

Trade view

Martin Keighley

Very few sold new. Not much image in this class

Martin Keighley
Valuations expert,
What Car? Used Car Price Guide

The 3.0-litre V6 engine is not as easy on fuel as the 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine, but we can forgive this when you consider its ample and relaxed power delivery. It’s also whisper-quiet in normal driving and comes with an automatic gearbox as standard.

The 2.2 is ideal for those racking up more miles, thanks to its better economy, but the pay-off is that it’s less refined than the V6.

Overall, we prefer the larger engine, especially because you’ll get all the kit you can dream of on V6 models, including electrically powered leather front seats, cruise and climate controls and alloy wheels.

You may also find Sport models, which have firmer suspension. But, the Camry could never be considered a sporting option when the likes of the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series exist, so stick to the standard car.

Trade view

James Ruppert

Limited sales potential but a cheap CDX is always a big value buy

James Ruppert
Used car guru

The 3.0 V6 engine drinks fuel at 24.0mpg, while the 2.2 improves this to 30.0mpg, but both will drop drastically if the engines are made to work hard on the motorway or mooch around town.

At least Toyota’s servicing charges are notably cheaper than for more mainstream executive rivals’, and independent dealers will cost even less. Replacement parts are not as pricey as they once were because Toyota now looks on the Camry as an older model.

Insurance will be one of the biggest costs, even though the car costs relatively little to buy. Insurers look on the Camry as an oddball and charge accordingly.

The other significant cost to bear in mind with the Camry is depreciation - regardless of what you pay for one, it will continue to lose money at a faster rate than most rivals, especially on newer cars.

Trade view

Martin Keighley

Very few sold new. Not much image in this class

Martin Keighley
Valuations expert,
What Car? Used Car Price Guide

The only problems we’ve heard reported are that the Sport models can be more prone to suspension faults as they are less able to absorb bumps. Check there are no creaks from the suspension and that the steering wheel is aligned properly when driving in a straight line.

So long as any Camry you consider buying has a full service history and is in good condition, the chances are you could buy it without any further inspection. All models come with plenty of equipment and, as they’re built by Toyota, reliability is right at the top of the pile.

There are no statistics from JD Power for the Camry in the UK because it’s too rare to figure in the rankings, but the Camry consistently scores well in the USA, and Toyota performs well overall as a manufacturer.

Trade view

James Ruppert

Limited sales potential but a cheap CDX is always a big value buy

James Ruppert
Used car guru
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