2009 toyota camry

2009 toyota camry

2009 Toyota Camry

Key specs of the base trim

  • Quiet interior
  • Standard ABS
  • Reliability (4-cyl.)
  • Fuel economy (4-cyl.)
  • Good crash tests
  • Hybrid’s refinement
  • Below-average reliability (V-6)
  • Occasional transmission clunk (V-6)
  • No folding back bench on SE or XLE
  • Side mirrors don’t fold
  • Stability system is optional
  • No manual transmission with V-6

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2009 Toyota Camry Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 Cars.com 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.

Exterior
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)

Interior
The Camry’s steering wheel both tilts and telescopes. XLE standard fabric is treated by the Fraichir process, which gives it a natur. Show full review

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 Cars.com 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.

Exterior
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)

Interior
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
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

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Review Score

87% of drivers recommend this car

  • Seats: 5
  • Door Count: 4
  • Engine: 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • MPG: 23 — 26
Trim MPG Engine Starting Price
Camry Base 4dr Sedan 21.0 — 31.0 From $19,145
Camry LE 4dr Sedan 21.0 — 31.0 From $20,600
Camry LE V6 4dr Sedan 19.0 — 28.0 From $24,215
Camry SE 4dr Sedan 21.0 — 31.0 From $21,815
Camry SE V6 4dr Sedan 19.0 — 28.0 From $25,490
Camry XLE 4dr Sedan 21.0 — 31.0 From $25,575
Camry XLE V6 4dr Sedan 19.0 — 28.0 From $28,695

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2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

    Most fuel-efficient family sedan available, roomy interior, stronger acceleration than most regular four-cylinder sedans, excellent crash test scores. Small trunk, some below-average interior materials.

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Edmunds’ Expert Review

The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid’s compelling duo of superior fuel economy and comfortable family sedan attributes makes it a top choice for a hybrid vehicle.

Vehicle overview

Typically, it will take seven to 10 years to recoup the price premium associated with hybrid cars. Federal tax credits can take a big chunk out of that premium, but as manufacturers like Toyota sell more hybrids, those credits disappear. Luckily for prospective buyers of the 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid, the price difference between the Camry Hybrid and a similarly equipped Camry XLE four-cylinder is negligible. In other words, save gas, save money.

Besides a price drop last year, not much has changed for the Camry Hybrid sedan since it was introduced for 2007. Utilizing the same fuel-sipping technology featured in Toyota’s revolutionary Prius, this Camry provides the best fuel economy available in a traditional midsize sedan package, with an EPA combined estimate of 34 mpg. Plus, with its four-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor combined, the resulting 187 horsepower provides acceleration quicker than most gas-only four-cylinder competitor sedans. In other words, save gas and go faster.

Beyond its powertrain and the eerie quiet that goes with its electric operation, the hybrid is virtually indistinguishable from a regular Camry. As such, expect a spacious cabin, a sizable features list and a driving experience that isolates you from the surrounding world. If you should prefer a more involving driving experience, though, the Camry Hybrid probably isn’t for you, as its ride is soft and its steering light.

As a hybrid sedan alternative, there’s the Nissan Altima Hybrid. It shares Toyota’s hybrid technology but provides more feedback to the driver and is better to drive. It also provides a higher-quality interior and sportier styling for virtually the same price as the Camry. Unfortunately, it’s only available in California-emissions states. On the opposite end of the driving excitement spectrum, Toyota’s dull-but-frugal Prius offers similar passenger room, greater trunk space and better gas mileage for less money than the Camry.

So there are certainly factors to consider before signing on the dotted line for a 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid. However, with a price that makes sense for your bank account and gas mileage that makes sense for the environment, the Camry Hybrid, well, makes a lot of sense.

2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid models

The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition, an eight-way power driver seat, a 60/40-split rear seat, cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with tilt/telescoping column, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a trip computer and a six-speaker stereo with a single-CD player and auxiliary audio jack.

Grouped together into various packages, Camry Hybrid options include a sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a four-way power passenger seat, a navigation system, satellite radio and a JBL sound system with a six-CD changer and Bluetooth.

2009 Toyota Camry Review

    Spacious cabin, powerful and fuel-efficient V6, plush ride quality, top crash test scores, high resale value. Inconsistent fit and finish, a few low-grade interior plastics, minimal feedback from the chassis.

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Edmunds’ Expert Review

As expected, the 2009 Toyota Camry is pleasant to drive and spacious enough to keep a family of four content on a long road trip. But newer competition has managed to better this segment titan in overall performance and cabin refinement.

Vehicle overview

Constants can be strangely comforting. Knowing, for example, that your Grandma’s tasty lasagna or your tennis partner’s solid serve are going to be as you expect may even cause warm and fuzzy feelings. Of course, in some cases constants can wane over time — such as the Red Sox losing or Paul McCartney producing good music.

As one of the best-selling vehicles over the past 20 years, the Toyota Camry has been a comforting constant in its own right. Buyers are frequently working on their third or fourth Camry because of their prior positive experiences. The 2009 version of this Toyota stalwart continues to offer what most folks are looking for in a mainstream midsize family sedan: a roomy cabin, a comfortable ride, an easy-to-drive demeanor and a reputation for reliability and low maintenance costs. A strong resale value doesn’t hurt either. However, like Sir Paul, this automotive constant has started to wane.

The current generation of the Camry is the largest version of the car yet. Although categorized as a midsize car, the Camry offers plenty of passenger room front and rear. This is also the most muscular Camry ever, with an available 268-horsepower V6 at the driver’s beck and call. Matched to a smooth six-speed automatic transmission, that powerhouse can propel this family sedan to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds — as quick as some sport sedans and coupes. It also returns fuel economy that’s impressively close to that of a four-cylinder Camry.

Likable as it is, the 2009 Toyota Camry has some significant caveats. One is that its historically excellent build and materials quality has slipped in the last few years, and reliability has slipped. Competitors who have trailed the Camry in the past have stepped up their game, surpassing the Toyota in many areas. One in particular is handling — in spite of its quickness and speed, the Camry is not an athlete, placing light-effort driving over communicative steering that would lend a sense of confidence to the driver. For those who prefer greater feedback and a more involving driving experience, the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Mazda 6 and Nissan Altima are worthy of close consideration.

And then there is pricing — the ever-popular Camry commands a premium over value-packed rivals such as the Malibu, Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata. Of course, there is the Camry’s chief competitor, the Honda Accord, which provides a more involving drive, though not as hushed a freeway ride as the Toyota. It also beats the Camry in terms of cabin materials and build quality.

With so many strong entrants in this segment, back-to-back test-drives are encouraged. Though the 2009 Toyota Camry may be as enticingly familiar as flannel pajamas on a cold winter’s night, savvy consumers may find that trying on brand X yields an even more comfortable fit.

2009 Toyota Camry models

The 2009 Toyota Camry is a midsize four-door sedan that comes in four trim levels — base, LE, SE and XLE. The base Camry comes only with a four-cylinder engine, while the other trims offer a choice between the four-cylinder and a V6.

The base Camry features 16-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, a six-speaker CD audio system with an auxiliary input jack, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, full power accessories and a 60/40-split-folding rear seat. The Camry LE adds keyless entry and an eight-way power driver seat.

The SE includes a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, and special interior and exterior styling details. The luxurious XLE reverts to the LE’s softer suspension settings and 16-inch wheels while treating its occupants to a 440-watt JBL sound system (with an in-dash CD changer and satellite radio), Bluetooth connectivity, automatic dual-zone climate control (with a cabin air filter), reclining rear seats, a moonroof, wood-tone accents and, on the V6 model, leather seating. Note that neither the SE nor the XLE offers the folding rear seat, though each has a center pass-through.

Most buyers’ needs should be satisfied by the assorted trim levels. However, a few key options are available, including a navigation system, a sunroof and heated seats. A keyless ignition system is available on XLE V6 models.

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