The Price of Popularity - 2012 Toyota Camry Long-Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Camry Long Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Camry SE: The Price of Popularity

May 14, 2012

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As I approached the Camry with an armful of groceries in the Whole Foods parking lot on Saturday, I wondered why the key fob wasn't opening the car's door. Tap, tap, tap. Nothing.

Then I peeked in the window and realized this wasn't our Camry. It was its doppelganger, another dark-colored model.

The same thing happened to me in another parking lot on Sunday. When every other car on the road is a Camry, it's easy to make that mistake, I guess.

Some people shy away from the most popular models because these cars tend to come with greater risk of theft. Also, as my experiences illustrate, they don't exactly stand out from the crowd.

How do you feel about this? Is a vehicle's popularity a factor that you consider when car shopping?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 8,439 miles

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