2010 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid

Tom Ludwick

While most of the attention at Toyota's Detroit auto show display was given to the 2010 Prius and the FT-EV concept, Toyota subtly unveiled the 2010 Camry. The Camry receives only minor refinements as the best selling passenger car in North America doesn't need much help.

The most notable improvement is the base engine. For 2010 the Camry receives a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 169 hp in the LE and XLE trims. In the SE the engine makes 179 hp. The new engine can be mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine remains optional and rated at 268-hp and there were no changes to the hybrid's powertrain.

Exteriors of both the Camry and Camry Hybrid receive nearly insignificant enhancements. The standard Camry gets a new grille, revised front bumper, larger projector headlights, and restyled taillights. Camry LE gets new wheel covers, while the XLE gets 10-spoke 16-inch wheels and the SE gets a new set of 17s. Camry Hybrid (pictured), meanwhile, gets a new grille, front bumper, different fog lights and 16-inch alloys.

Inside, the Camry LE is available with an optional sound system. Camry Hybrid has a new gauge cluster and softer seating surfaces. Stability control with traction control is now standard on all models as well as auto up/down on all windows.

Although Camry loyalists probably won't deterred by the recent fuel mileage breakthroughs from the 2010 Ford Fusion, we can't help but feel a bit disappointed that Toyota hasn't been lured into making major changes to its midsizer. Pricing for the 2010 Camry and Camry Hybrid will be available shortly before the cars go on sale in March.

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