Used Toyota Camry Review 2007-2011

The Toyota Camry is arguably one of the best-trusted vehicles in North America, an honour it earned by generally being well-designed, practical and reliable. It's the kind of status that creates terrific brand loyalty, encouraging past and current owners of the model to keep coming back for more.

The sixth-generation Camry, which went on sale in 2006 as a 2007 model, brought the usual improvements demanded by a picky, fickle marketplace: a new, 3.5-litre V6 made 268 horsepower, a big bump over the 2006 model, and the base 2.4-litre four-cylinder boasted four more horsepower, with 158 total. The four-cylinder's five-speed manual and automatic transmissions were carried over, but the V6 got a new six-speed. A hybrid model was offered for the first time, pairing the four-cylinder with an electric motor, a combination that made 187 horsepower.

Fuel consumption improved too, with the new V6 bringing the biggest improvement, to ratings of 10.7/7.0 L/100 km (all ratings city/highway), while the four-cylinder/automatic combo's figures were 9.8/6.5 L/100 km. The Camry Hybrid's ratings were 5.7/5.7 L/100 km. By 2008, the four-cylinder/auto's ratings were down to 9.5/6.2 L/100 km.

A new, 2.5-litre four-cylinder in 2010 models cut consumption to 9.0/6.1 L/100 km, when paired with a newly-available six-speed automatic. That car's highway number improved to 6.0 L/100 km in 2011, while the V6's consumption dropped slightly to 10.6/6.8 L/100 km.The manual transmission was dropped from the Camry line, with little fanfare, in 2011.

Part of the reason for the Camry's success has been its almost unfailing record for reliability.