Largely unchanged, the five-passenger 2009 Toyota Camry midsize four-door sedan continues to reign as America's best-selling car. With front-wheel drive standard, the Camry is powered by a base 2.4L four-cylinder engine good for158 hp and 161 lb-ft of torque, coupled to either a five-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic transmission, except on the XLE, which is automatic only. The four-cylinder engine possesses Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle certification and satisfies the more stringent Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle standard in California-emissions states, but with just 155 hp and 158 lb-ft. Regardless of transmission, Toyota Camry EPA fuel economy ratings are 21 mpg city/31 mpg hwy. For more speed, a 3.5L V6 engine that cranks out 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque is available with a mandatory six-speed automatic. In this configuration, the EPA-rated fuel economy is 19/28 mpg. Standard safety features include antilock brakes with brake assist, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag, while stability and traction control are optional.Read more Read less
Across the board, 2009 Toyota Camry prices are up $150, and remote keyless entry is now standard on all non-Hybrid models instead of being an upgraded item on the SE and XLE trims. On the V6 SE, the Sport Convenience Package is now called Package #1, and the Sport Leather Package is renamed Package #2. Standard equipment on the Hybrid now includes alloys instead of 2007's steel wheels, while the optional Comfort & Convenience Package keeps the same price and content but is now simply referred to as the Convenience Package.
Value; available fuel economy and performance; roomy interior; luxury-car amenities; smooth, quiet ride.
The 2009 Toyota Camry continues to live up to its reputation as one of the most sensible buys among mid-size sedans, from the frugal-but-well-equipped four-cylinder CE model to the V6 XLE that flirts with having luxury-car appointments. The Hybrid continues to be one of the most fuel efficient vehicles on the road, in addition to ranking as one of the lowest carbon dioxide offender in its segment.