The Toyota Camry has quite a lot going for it. It's a midsize sedan with plenty of legroom and a surprisingly large amount of room to haul items in the trunk, despite the fact that it doesn't necessarily look that way when you look at the exterior. While there isn't anything particularly exciting about driving the Toyota Camry, the car is well known for its exceptional reliability. Most Camry owners have no problem getting where they want to go and these cars have a tendency to last for 200,000 or even 300,000 miles, provided you take care of them. That being said, the Camry isn't for everyone. If you want something that's similar, but you're really not interested in the Camry itself, you're in luck. Here are 20 cars that are similar to the Toyota Camry.
20. Chevrolet Malibu
There are several things about the Chevrolet Malibu that make it similar to the Toyota Camry. Even its appearance is relatively similar. If you're wondering how the two compare, you'll quickly find that there are a number of trim options offered by Chevrolet. This is quite similar to the different options offered by Toyota. As a matter of fact, the company offers gasoline powered Malibu's with four different trim options and a fifth option that is a hybrid.
The standard equipment is also similar, not the least of which includes basics like keyless entry and a movable steering wheel. There's also a basic safety package that includes halogen headlights and power mirrors. The car even comes with a sound system that has no less than six speakers strategically placed throughout. In case you're wondering, the car is also more economical than the Toyota Camry, costing roughly $2,000 less at $21,000.
19. Honda Accord
In many ways, the Accord is similar to the Camry. For starters, there are several different power trains that you can choose from, depending on the trim model that you want to purchase. The base model is definitely low on power, with a 1.5 L engine that only offers 192 horsepower. However, you can graduate all the way up to 252 horsepower. In addition, the car comes with a full complement of safety features including all of the latest road sensing technology. It's also comparably priced to the Camry, coming in at just over $23,000.
18. Mazda Mazda6
This is a car that's full of surprises. It gets similar gas mileage to the Camry, roughly 36 miles to the gallon. However, it actually outperforms the Camry in several areas, not the least of which includes horsepower and towing capacity. At 272 horsepower, the car is capable of towing up to 3,500 pounds. Compared to the 1,000 pound towing capacity of the Camry, that's astonishing. The car can comfortably seat five people and has a number of luxury features that are not offered by Toyota. Surprisingly, the car is just over $21,000, making it cheaper than the Camry as well.
17. Hyundai Sonata
This car is similar to the Camry in the sense that it gets similar gas mileage, about 38 miles per gallon. It's also cheaper than the Camry, coming in at just over $21,000. If you're looking at the base model, it comes with a 2.0 L engine that's capable of easily outperforming the 1.5 L base model offered by Toyota. That being said, this is a car that oddly doesn't come with standard safety features. That means that you'll have to shell out an additional $1,000 in order to get them.
16. Kia Optima
Kia has long been known as a car company that's capable of producing cars with a lot of features without the big price tag. This one is no exception. There are several trim options available, starting with a base model engine that offers 178 horsepower. On the other end of the spectrum, the tricked out model has 245 horsepower and still only costs a little more than $30,000. By the way, that particular model also comes with all the safety features, Apple Carplay, a seven-inch infotainment display and six-speaker sound system. Just to top things off, it also features interior lighting using LED lights. In short, you end up driving a car that feels like it costs a lot more than its purchase price.
15. Chrysler 200
This car seems to have everything. You can spend less money and choose the base model with an engine that features 184 horsepower or you can go to the next level and purchase the V6 engine that offers a whopping 295 horsepower and a towing capacity of 3,600 pounds. The car is actually roomier than the Toyota Camry and has all of the safety features that you could ever imagine. However, there is one caveat. The car isn't available in the United States, at least not if you want to purchase one brand new. It hasn't been available in the States since 2017. However, it still is widely produced in other countries.
14. Ford Fusion
This is the car that many people consider all inclusive because of the many different trim levels available. The base model doesn't have a lot of extras but you can purchase one for just over $21,000. Even then, it's still comparable to the Camry in some ways. However, if you have the money to spend, you can go all the way up to the Platinum level for a little more than $36,000. That gives you a full complement of safety and infotainment features along with a leather steering wheel, fully adjustable captain's chair seats that are both heated and cooled, and a 12- speaker sound system.
13. Subaru Legacy
Subaru's aren't typically known for being economically priced and this one comes in at just over $31,000. However, it might be worth it. In many ways it's comparable to the Camry, but it tends to kick things up to the next level. You can comfortably seat anywhere from five to 10 people, depending on whether you choose the sedan or the SUV. You also get a car that is fully capable of performing well while still allowing you to feel like you're riding in style. That includes all the safety features Subaru is known for as well as front and rear seats that are both heated and cooled, leather accessories, a full infotainment system and a comprehensive sound system.
12. Toyota Avalon
This is like the luxury version of the Camry. It has front seats that are trimmed in leather which come fully heated as well as a leather trimmed steering wheel. All in all, it has a beefier suspension system, a more comprehensive sound system and offers a slightly more comfortable ride. If you want these extra amenities, you'll have to pay more money, as the car is roughly $12,000 more than the Camry.
11. Kia K5
The Kia K5 has been compared to the Camry on a number of occasions, if someone were to make the Camry feel slightly more like a sports car. It offers 295 horsepower with a GT model and it comes standard with 17-inch wheels and a comprehensive traction control system that helps you keep power where it needs to be, no matter what type of road conditions you're facing. Of course, it also comes complete with a full complement of safety features and an updated interior that makes you feel like you're driving a luxury sports car instead of a car that costs less than $30,000. Despite its outstanding performance, it still gets good gas mileage at 28 miles per gallon.
10. Nissan Altima
The Altima is often considered a very basic automobile. Much like the Camry, the base model doesn't offer a lot in the way of horsepower or extra features, but there are several trim options available that make the car more appealing. One of those trim options includes all wheel drive. There's even a version with a turbocharged engine. However, most experts will tell you that both of these options are more expensive than they're worth. Overall, the Nissan Altima offers a decent ride and basic safety features at a comparable price to the Camry. Choosing the elevated trim options adds a lot to the cost, but doesn't necessarily give you a lot in return.
9. Volkswagen Passat
This is a good basic car for anyone that's looking for something similar to a Camry at a similar price. It starts at $27,000 and if you choose the most expensive trim option, it adds another $3,000. There are also several different engine options available starting with a 4-cylinder that offers a modest 174 horsepower. That being said, even the base model is capable of going from 0 to 60 in less than nine seconds, not bad for a sedan that you're probably using to pick up groceries.
8. Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla is the cleaner, less expensive sibling of the Camry. It's similar in appearance and in some cases, it's even similar in performance. However, it doesn't come with all of the upgraded luxury features that the Camry does. If you get the S model, it's much more like the Camry. On the other hand, the base model, or LE, is about as bare-bones as you can get. That being said, you're getting a reliable car that's capable of decent performance for anywhere from $4,000 to $6,000 less than you'll pay for the base model Camry. The four-cylinder engine is a bit uninspiring, but unless you plan on street racing your vehicle, it will do just fine.
7. Nissan Maxima
The newest Nissan Maxima has a starting price of just over $37,000. Before you decide to walk away, consider these facts. It also has a 3.5 L, 300 horsepower V6 engine. In short, you're looking at what amounts to a sports car that's built like a sedan. This car has all of the safety features plus all the newest technology and it offers a comfortable ride that's very much like the Camry, only with better performance.
6. Honda Civic
The Civic looks small, but don't let that dissuade you from at least giving it a chance. It's actually got a lot more room than it looks like it does and despite the fact that it doesn't offer the greatest amount of horsepower, its performance is respectable. The base model only offers 154 horsepower and even the upgraded trim option comes in at 174 horses. However, the car is responsive and surprisingly comfortable to drive. It's also more affordable than the Camry. Even the more expensive version costs less than the base model Camry.
5. Chrysler 300
This sedan is much larger than some of the others on the list, and it even has slightly more room than the Camry itself. It can comfortably seat five adults but the big difference is in the engine. With this vehicle, you get a 295 horsepower V6 that's capable of towing decent-sized objects and outperforming most of the other cars on this list. Surprisingly, you get all of that for just a little more than $24,000.
4. Lexus ES350
This is probably what a Camry would look like if it were a luxury car. It's got all of the safety features as well as a number of luxury features that simply aren't available on other cars. It also comes complete with a 302 horsepower V6 engine that gives it more than enough power to comfortably merge in even the heaviest of traffic. Like many of the other cars on this list, it comes with Apple Carplay, a front collision-warning system and lane-assist systems that make driving a lot safer than it used to be. If you want to drive something similar to a Camry but you're looking for a little more in the way of luxury and style, this is it.
3. Hyundai Elantra
The base model Hyundai Elantra has almost all of the same safety features as a Toyota Camry and its gas mileage is almost identical. As a matter of fact, the two cars perform quite similarly when they're new. However, the Elantra doesn't have the Camry’s reliability. If you're looking for something that costs less than a Camry, you can get this car brand new for just over $16,000. That easily makes it one of the most affordable new cars available.
2. Honda Insiight
The car can be purchased as a standard or a hybrid and is loads of fun to to drive. That being said, it doesn't have much room in the back, nor is there any appreciable trunk room. Despite these faults, it's surprisingly good on horsepower and it gets truly phenomenal gas mileage at 55 mpg. It has adjustable seats in the front and a basic infotainment package that can be integrated with your smartphone. The base price for the car is $26,000.
1. Acura TLX
The first thing you'll notice about this car is that it looks amazing. Thanks to a smart front grille and an aerodynamic design, it's truly something to behold. It was designed to be a luxury sedan but it drives like it's a sports car. It also comes complete with all the features you'd expect on any luxury sedan, including a turbocharged engine and high-class interior. Starting around $41,000, this car allows luxury without coming with a prohibitively expensive price tag.
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