2009 Toyota Camry XLE

Two-tone gray interiors don't look good in any car. Toyota is certainly not the only company at fault here (a Mercury Milan I drove recently was also guilty), but it casts a definitive rental-car pall over the whole car. The faux wood trim does little to enliven the drab cabin, but I do like the blue radio surround. I just wish that the lighting was a bit more even throughout.

Joe noted the steering wheel has plenty of play; I agree and would like to see a slightly quicker steering ratio. Most of the time this is a perfectly comfortable family sedan, but its reactions when you ask for a bit more can be rather hairy. Namely, I'm talking about flattening the throttle and getting a big downshift and maniacal torque steer through a fuzzy steering setup. It can take you by quite a surprise.

This particular Camry has a rear window shade to shield passengers from the sun. It is manually operated rather than power-operated like in many luxury cars, but it's still a neat feature for long trips or if you're looking to keep your kids out of the sun.

Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor

$33,106?? I'll take a 328i or G37 instead, please!

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