Still Best in CLASS and Value after 4 Years, 58XXX
written on 07-09-2013
SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
"I just purchased a 2013 Camry SE with a MSRP of $25,398 for $19,877. I drove 620 miles to buy at this price as dealers in St. Louis area wanted $3,000 more! The value of this car speaks for itself. I am a car nut and the Camry SE's looks, handling, ride, 6 speed trans with paddle shifters and interior are all SUPERIOR to anything in it's class. I also like the touch screen radio/trip computer with steering wheel controls. I drove a Hyundai Sonata (Cheap and unrefined compared to the Camry and steering hunts on the highway) and the new Honda Accord Sport (CVT very loud and unrefined not a CVT fan), bumpy ride, and cheap interior materials). The Camry SE after 4 years and 58XXX miles is still a no brainer. Oil/Filter changes and tire rotation every 5,000 miles and new tires at 50,000 miles is all it has needed in the service area!
After 46,000 miles, this car is every bit as good as the day I bought it. It's fast, responsive and tight with the SE package and the mileage has exceeded my expectations at 31.8 combined. On my 2nd set of tires (Goodyear Fuel Max) which seems to have improved mileage at the expense of a bit more road noise. No problems AT ALL with this car except for the musty AC smell many owners have complained about. This goes away after a few minutes however, and I do not consider it a problem. Local dealer has been excellent to work with on maintenance. (Hendrick Toyota) This is the best car I've ever owned and although I am always lusting after new cars, I would be crazy to let this one go. My neighbors think so too. There are 3 more on my street like mine!
I bought my Barcelona Red 2013 Camry SE last August and have enjoyed the car immensely! I recently went in for the 10K Service, which so far services for the first two years of the car are paid by Toyota. The car's ride is excellent, however the car does not absorb some of the badder bumps on the road due to the sports suspension. Handling is good, not too much lean in turns, and goes where you point it. I drove the other non SE Camry models and the ride in those was too soft and mushy. I fully expect this car to be reliable and long lasting - I tend to keep my cars forever.
I picked the Camry SE over other sedans in it's class after driving the Fusion, Charger, and the Malibu. The reason I picked the Camry was based on options and price. Our has just about every option except the v6. It has the moon roof, leather, nav and rear back up camera. The sticker was 27,000 and some change but the dealer took off 3,000 right off the bat. So for 24Gs we got a sporty car with paddle shifters that is fun to drive. The 4 banger feels much bigger and shifts smooth. Car feels and rides like a $40,000 lux sedan. The car rides very well and is quite on the highway. It is the first Toyota we have owned and I can say it wont be the last. Sorry Ford.
I was deciding between the Camry and Chevy Malibu. I went with the Camry due to the rear leg room and resale value. I don't necessarily agree with Toyota having a higher resale value because the Malibu felt like it was built better. The dash on the Camry seems cheap and the parts don't fit perfectly causing wiggle room when pressed against. The seats are also not comfortable for trips longer than 30 minutes. They feel like generic foam, offering little support even with lumbar. The MPG calculator consistently registers 1-2 MPGs higher than what the car actually gets. This is somewhat disappointing, but I still average around 31 with 75% highway driving.