The introduction of a new Toyota Camry model is an occasion typically greeted with about as much verve as finding a television set in your hotel room. You know it’s going to be there, you know what to expect from it, and you aren’t surprised when it performs exactly as you expect it to.
That is, unless you’re a Toyota dealer, in which case you hungrily start licking your chops in anticipation of your share of the many hundreds of thousands of sales the new Camry will average in the United States alone. In other words, while those who consider themselves firmly established among the automotive cognoscenti sneer at the perceived blandness of Toyota’s mid-size sedan, a very huge swath of the American public demonstrates year in and year out it would rather drive a Camry than anything else on the road—and, by a huge margin.
In a typical year, Toyota will move some 400,000 Camry automobiles. So if it seems like you see a Camry pretty much everywhere you go—it’s because you do. Against this backdrop, we began our test of the 2013 Toyota Camry—once someone helped us find it in the parking lot. By that we mean you pretty much have to park the 2011 Camry and the 2013 Camry side-by-side to see the differences between the two.
Don’t get us wrong, they’re there, but over the years, Toyota has demonstrated a decided knack for evolving its best-selling car, rather than revolutionizing it, and to tremendous effect. The good news is the product planners have finally realized they don’t have to make the Camry bland to ensure it doesn’t offend anyone. Fresh off a redesign for the 2012 model year, the latest Camry models are now as interesting as they are proficient.
New features for the 2013 model year include rear cross traffic alert for models equipped with Blind Spot Monitoring, soft touch materials for the LE and SE trimmed automobiles, as well the addition of the Display Audio screen to the base L model.