Toyota Camry vs Competition for Sale in Smithfield, RI
Toyota has made quite the impression on drivers in the U.S. over many decades, maintaining their status as one of the top-selling manufacturers year after year. The Camry in particular has long been favored namely for its affordability, generous list of standard features, build quality, and longevity. But even though this midsized four-door remains popular, it still must compete with the Honda Accord (its closest rival), Kia Optima, Subaru Legacy, and Nissan Altima. Even with these other models trying to steal its thunder, the Camry more than holds its own. Let’s take a look at how it manages to edge ahead of the competition.
Engine and Fuel Economy
Of all the vehicles in this segment, the 2020 Camry is the most vigorous, with the highest available horsepower (301 with the V6). But even its base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 203 horsepower, which is substantial for a base engine in this class. That beats the base engines of the Accord (192 hp), the Optima (185 hp), the Legacy (182 hp), and the Altima (188 hp). With this same engine, the Camry also exhibits some of the best fuel economy in its class, with an EPA-estimated 29 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. In contrast, the Optima (25 city/35 highway), Legacy (27 city/35 highway), and Altima (28 city/39 highway) will have you visiting the gas station a little more regularly. The Accord’s highway mpg rating is less than the Camry’s at 38, but its city mpg is higher by one.
As we mentioned above, Toyota has introduced a TRD trim level for the Camry, making it the sportiest sedan you can get in this segment. It has a punchy 3.5-liter V6 that churns out a hearty 301 hp and 267 lb.-ft. of torque. It looks the part with 19-inch wheels and TRD badging. Under the surface, it has enhanced brakes, a TRD-tuned suspension, and additional chassis bracing. While the Accord and Legacy offer their own Sport trims, they’re not nearly as athletic as the TRD, since the only real enhancement they get is larger wheels.
Even those who prefer the elements of a traditional sedan will find that the 2020 Camry still delivers in all the right places. The base L comes with a six-speaker audio system, but the base Accord gets just four speakers. All Camry trims also come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which aren’t included on the Accord until the third trim up the ladder (the Sport). On top of all this, Toyota pays for two year/25,000-mile scheduled maintenance for all of their vehicles through ToyotaCare, which covers oil changes, tire rotations, and roadside assistance. Honda, Kia, Subaru, and Nissan don’t include a scheduled maintenance plan for their respective vehicles.
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