2020 Toyota Camry

Performance


#1 out of 11 in Midsize Cars

MSRP
$24,295
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2020 Toyota Camry Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 8.5

The 2020 Toyota Camry shines among midsize car class rivals when it comes to performance. It has a comfortable and athletic ride, and its powerful engines deliver good fuel economy.

  • "The Camry is buttoned-down for the most part. Typical pavement bumps, whether large or small, are soaked up nicely." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "… we think its sharper handling, more composed ride, more natural driving position and other range of improvements equal a car that should ultimately be better for most." -- Autotrader (2019)
  • "The … Camry feels tauter than the previous-generation car, and the steering is more precise." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)

Acceleration and Power

The Camry's standard engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 203 or 206 horsepower, depending on the trim. A 3.5-liter V6 that produces 301 horsepower is optional. As you’d expect, the V6 provides more power, and critics praise the engines for providing plenty of oomph. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly.

Fuel-economy figures are excellent for the standard Camry, with 29 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. Models with the V6 engine get 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

  • "The real gem of this lineup is the velvety 301-hp V-6 that's available in the XLE and XSE models." -- Car and Driver
  • "The eight-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and quickly. Press on the gas at a stoplight and the Camry moves off with no lurchiness or pregnant pauses, making for a pleasant, innocuous driving experience." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "In terms of engine choice, the base 4-cylinder is a knockout, delivering excellent power and response along with class-leading fuel economy." -- Autotrader (2019)

Handling and Braking

The Camry delivers an excellent balance of comfort and athleticism. It maintains composure on curvy roads while also providing agile handling for a fun driving experience. Front-wheel drive is standard.

  • "Finally, a Camry we don't hate driving. It has a controlled ride and surprisingly responsive handling. The steering is pleasantly weighted and feels substantial when cornering and light when maneuvering in parking lots." -- Car and Driver
  • The steering is suitably direct and well-weighted, with good on-center feel. It's not exactly sporty in terms of feeling the grip at the front tires, but it's certainly keener than previous Camrys. Sport mode makes the steering unnecessarily heavy." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "For as long as we can remember, the Toyota Camry has been comfortable and compliant, but not exactly invigorating to drive. It was essentially the vanilla ice cream of family sedans. That all changed with last year’s remake. A double-wishbone rear suspension, lower center of gravity and stiffer body structure with a 30-percent increase in torsional rigidity translate to a more dynamic and ultimately fun-to-drive experience." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
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2020 Toyota Camry

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