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2022 Toyota Camry vs Hyundai Sonata


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Which Sedan Should You Buy?

For the longest time, the Toyota Camry has reigned supreme as the best affordable family sedan for the masses. But competition has been ramping up, and another contender, the Hyundai Sonata is trying its best to dethrone the Camry. The Toyota Camry vs Hyundai Sonata debate is one heard throughout the Twin Cities. Let’s look at both and see which one you should drive home with.

 


2022 Toyota Camry Jelly Bean

Toyota Camry 

Bloomington, MN Car dealers have been raving about the new 2022 Camry, calling it the quintessential choice for a family sedan. The vehicle has won the hearts of many proclaiming the title as one of the best-selling cars in North America.

In 2017 Toyota introduced the current and 12th generation of the Camry. With decades of experience, some would say that Toyota has perfected the family sedan. The styling of the Camry is both refined and slightly aggressive, allowing it to appeal to the broad market.

On the inside, Toyota makes sure to provide adequate space for you and your passengers. With a total passenger volume of 100.4 cubic feet and additional cargo space of 15.1 cubic feet, the Camry’s comfort and storage solutions will outdo the needs of most.

 


Camry Performance
2022 Toyota Camry

There are two engine options available for the Camry. The first is a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine generating about 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. For those craving some more performance, Toyota also offers a larger 3.5L V6 making 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque.

The Camry is offered in FWD as well as AWD, something that you won’t find in the Hyundai Sonata. For those cautious of Minnesota winters, this single difference might be more than enough to sway you towards the Camry.

While gas mileage varies between variants, all configurations provide outstanding fuel efficiency. The 2.5L FWD configuration will net you 28/39 mpg in the city/highway. If you opt for the same engine but with AWD, you’ll receive an improved 25/34 mpg. The V6 is only available in FWD and will net you 22/31 mpg. A hybrid is also available for the Toyota Camry which can deliver an absurd 51 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway, leading the industry.

The Toyota Camry brings space, efficiency, and speed (if you want it), all in one complete package.


Hyundai Sonata Performance

The Hyundai Sonata has been progressively getting better with each generation. The current and eighth-generation features slightly more aggressive stylings than its past. Size-wise, both the Sonata and Camry have comparable interior space making both suitable for daily drivers.

The Sonata offers three different engine options. The base is a 2.5L 4-cylinder making 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. The turbo version significantly bumps the power up to 290 horsepower with 311 lb-ft of torque, slightly falling short of the Camry’s V6. Lastly, there is a 1.6L turbocharged option, making 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Sadly, the Sonata is offered only in a FWD setup.

Gas mileage figures for the Hyundai Sonata also fall slightly below that of the Toyota Camry. The 2.5L provides 28/38 mpg in the city/highway, the turbocharged version drops down to 23/33 mpg, and the 1.6L turbo gives a solid 27/37 mpg. Hyundai also offers a hybrid version of the Sonata which offers a very solid 50 mpg in the city and 54 mpg on the highway.

 


Which sedan is more affordable?

Both the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata have base prices starting in the mid-$20,000s. The Sonata does come in at a slightly lower price, but it misses out on a couple of features that are standard on the base Camry. Price ceilings for both cars are also around the same, with the Camry going slightly higher due to Toyota’s more powerful V6 engine included with the top two trims.

Toyota Camry Trims MSRP Hyundai Sonata Trims MSRP
LE $25,295 SE $23,950
SE $26,835 SEL $25,800
XLE $30,045 SEL Plus $28,300
XSE $30,595 N Line $33,300
TRD $32,360 Limited $33,950
XLE V6 $35,170
XSE V6 $35,720

 


Camry vs Sonata: Features & Safety

In the center console of each car, you will find an infotainment screen responsible for many of the features and functions. The Camry comes standard with a 7-inch screen or an available 9-inch screen. The Sonata comes with an 8-inch screen and an available 10.25-inch version. Both cars come equipped with the standard affair of Bluetooth connectivity as well as Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The Camry stands out as the only one between the two with Alexa voice command integration and a built-in WiFi hotspot.

Safety features play a big role in each car with Toyota packing more measures as standard. Toyota Safety Sense technology includes:

 

Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD): Can help mitigate or avoid impact with a vehicle or pedestrian in certain situations. Using a camera and radar, PCS w/PD provides both audio and visual alerts, and if you don’t react, the system is designed to brake automatically.

 

Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist: When detecting white or yellow lane markings, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA) is designed to issue an audio/visual warning if it detects an inadvertent lane departure. The system is also designed to provide gentle corrective steering if the driver does not take corrective action.

 

Lane Tracing Assist: When the available Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) is enabled and lane markers are detectable, the available Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) uses preceding vehicles and/or the lines on the road to help you stay centered in your lane.

 

The safety ratings between the Carmy vs Sonata represent one of their biggest differences. With the IIHS, the Camry earned its Top Safety Pick + rating. The Sonata on the other hand comes in second, only receiving the Top Safety Pick rating, due to their low visibility headlights.

From the NHTSA, both Sonata and Camry received five stars for their overall crash safety. However, the Sonata did slightly worse in the frontal crash, scoring four stars on the overall and four stars for the driver side impact.

The Hyundai Sonata is far from an unsafe car, but when looking for the slightest of advantages between these two contenders, the Camry is superior when it comes to safety.

 

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Is the Camry or Sonata More Reliable?

For lack of better words, Toyota’s reliability is legendary. While Hyundai has found itself in the better half of brand reliability rankings from Consumer Report’s and JD Power, Toyota has consistently found itself on the top of these lists. The Camry is one of Toyota’s largest produced and longest-tenured models. You can rest assured knowing that any major kinks have been ironed out and improved upon.

However, Hyundai has been confident in its product as seen by their warranty. The brand provides an industry-best 5yr/60,000-mile limited warranty and 10yr/100,000-mile powertrain.

 

Test Drive The Toyota Camry

Whether it’s the Toyota Camry or Hyundai Sonata, both have been lauded by owners and publications alike. The Camry offers better performance, safety, and reliability, but the Sonata offers its own advantages as well. Picking between the two through a computer screen is a tough call to make. So come on down to your local Bloomington Toyota dealer, Walser Toyota, for a test drive with our enthusiastic staff. We’ll do our best to make your decision that much easier.

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