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2013 Toyota Camry Introduction

The Toyota Camry is America's best-selling midsize sedan. Toyota claims the Camry is the safest, quietest, most fuel-efficient car in its class, and we have no reason to doubt those claims.

Camry was completely redesigned for the 2012 model year and carries into the 2013 model largely unchanged, though the 2013 Camry does benefit from some additional equipment upgrades. Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity is standard across the 2013 Camry line. The Blind Spot Monitor adds a rear cross traffic alert function and is available on more models for 2013. 2013 Camry Hybrid models now sport the same soft-touch inner door panels as the non-hybrid Camry models. Leather-equipped 2013 Camrys feature accent stitching on the inner doors.

This seventh-generation Toyota Camry is an attractive car, with clean sides and nice edges. It's about the same size as the 2007-11 models. Benefitting from the latest impact energy management engineering, it's built on a rigid chassis using a lot of high-strength steel and ultra high-strength steel.

The interior is nice, the leather dashboard neat and stylish, the instrument panel pretty and functional. Storage spaces are well thought-out, and a 60/40 split rear seat is standard.

Five models of the 2013 Camry range from the stripped-down Camry L to the sport-tuned Camry SE to the environmentally friendly Camry Hybrid.

Camry offers a choice of four-cylinder, V6 or hybrid power. The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder makes 178 horsepower. The 3.5-liter V6 produces 268 horsepower. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated City/Highway 25/35 mpg with the four-cylinder, 21/30 mpg with the V6.

We were impressed with the smooth and responsive acceleration from the four-cylinder as well as the fuel economy. Toyota boasts a range of almost 600 miles.

The tuned suspension in the sporty Camry SE might be too firm for some; we didn't find the Camry SE uncomfortable, but we did find the softer Camry XLE more relaxing around town. We preferred the SE's tighter steering in all circumstances.

The Camry Hybrid uses a 2.5-liter Atkinson Cycle engine, with more horsepower and electric power than in previous generations. It feels like a totally different car than other models, as it slows everything down and makes the vehicle feel bigger. The Environmental Protection Agency rates the 2013 Camry Hybrid LE at 43/39 mpg City/Highway, Camry Hybrid XLE at 40/38 mpg.

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