Toyota Camry Gains New Powertrain, New Styling For 2010 image

The 2010 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid, which went on sale in March 2009, debuted revised exterior styling, a new four-cylinder powertrain and new safety, audio and convenience features.

All Camry gas models are now equipped with Vehicle Stability Control (VCS) with traction control (TRAC) as standard.   Toyota Camry is available in four-cylinder and V6 models, and as the Camry Hybrid, equipped with Toyota’s industry-leading Hybrid Synergy Drive. The Camry is available in Camry, LE, SE, and XLE grades.    A new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine equipped with variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) produces 169 hp for Camry, LE and XLE grades, replacing a 158 hp 2.4-liter engine. For sporty performance, the SE grade gets additional tuning to offer 179 horsepower. The new engine can be combined with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift. The available 268 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 continues with a six-speed automatic transmission as standard.

Exterior changes to the gas model Camry include a newly designed grille and front bumper, an enlarged lower intake, larger projector headlamps and restyled tail lamps. The Camry and LE grades feature restyled standard wheel covers. The XLE grade is equipped with new 16-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, and the SE grade adds new 17-inch alloy wheels.  The Camry Hybrid exterior enhancements include a unique grille and front bumper, a wider lower intake, restyled fog lights and 16-inch alloy wheels.   Inside, all 2010 Camry models gain auto up/down power windows with jam protection on all four doors. Camry and LE grades are available with an optional audio system featuring a new USB port for auxiliary music sources, Bluetooth®, integrated satellite radio, single-CD, and MP3 and streaming music capability.   The 2010 Camry Hybrid adds a newly designed gauge cluster and FraichirTM cloth seating surfaces, which were already standard on the four-cylinder Camry XLE model. The Fraichir process blends a combination of silk protein and synthetic fiber, resulting in a surface that is gentle to the skin. Camry XLE and SE four-cylinder automatic models are now available with the Smart Key System featuring push button start and remote illuminated entry.

Performance and Efficiency
In tune with the needs of midsize car buyers, Camry provides excellent fuel economy. With its new 2.5-liter engine, the Camry returns an EPA estimated 22 mpg city / 33 mpg highway and 22/32 with both manual and automatic transmissions. (The 2009 models with both the five-speed manual and five-speed automatic returned 21/31 mpg.) Camry V6 models have 19/28 MPG EPA-estimated ratings. The Camry Hybrid, which combines a four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric drive motor, returns an EPA-estimated 33 MPG city/34 MPG highway.   The Camry’s 2.55-liter four-cylinder engine, standard on Camry grade, LE, SE and XLE, produces 169 SAE horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 167 lb.-ft. peak torque at 4,100 rpm (179 hp / 171 lb.-ft. for SE grade) and can be mated to a new six-speed manual transmission or a new electronically controlled six-speed automatic.   The DOHC 3.5-liter V6, available in the LE, SE and XLE grades, delivers a substantial performance boost with 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb.-ft. peak torque at 4,700 rpm. The chain-driven camshafts employ Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i) which controls valve timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts for optimal performance and efficiency at all engine speeds.  The V6 Camry models come equipped exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission that offers a sequential mode for manual shifting when desired. Intelligent control adapts shifting strategy in response to driver input, with very fast kick-down and noticeable response.   The Camry Hybrid model owes its outstanding efficiency to Hybrid Synergy Drive, which produces a combined 187 horsepower and varies power between the gas engine and electric motor, or combines both, as needed. The first part of Hybrid Synergy Drive consists of a 147-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine coupled with an electronically controlled planetary-gear continuously variable transmission.   The second part combines a small, high-torque 40-hp electric motor, an ultra-small inverter with a specially designed compact battery, and a transaxle to seamlessly combine power from the electric motor and gasoline engine. Because there are situations in which the gas engine in a Toyota hybrid completely shuts off, air conditioning and power steering systems are driven electrically.   In addition, an “ECO” button limits energy consumption by the climate control system, and under certain conditions can help improve fuel economy.  Special attention paid to vehicle underbody aerodynamics, including the use of wheel spats and underbelly pans, helps yield a coefficient of drag of just 0.27, which can benefit fuel economy. The 2010 Camry Hybrid is certified as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV), just one of a handful of cars that meets this strict standard. It produces over 70 percent less smog-forming emissions than the average new car.