On the surface, comparing the Toyota Corolla and Toyota Camry may not make sense—these cars differ in price and size. But the exercise makes sense for someone concentrated on buying a Toyota, a brand with a strong reputation for dependability.
Looking at the 2023 model year, we see that the Corolla is the poster child for a modern and affordable economy car. Toyota has employed this formula for decades. No wonder it’s the best-selling automobile in the world (the company has sold over 50 million copies since 1966).
At the same time, the 2023 Camry continues as the most popular passenger car (non-truck, non-SUV) in America. With this one, Toyota strikes a balance between value and premium features.
What really separates the two? About $5,000-$7,000. Keep reading to learn which Toyota is right for you.
|Monthly Financing Cost Range||Cash Purchase Price Range||Toyota Corolla Years||Toyota Camry Years||Best Model Year:||
$5k – $10k
|$83-$125||$3,000 – $4,500||2004||2008||2004 Corolla||Equal Parts affordability and reliability|
|$10k – $15k||$125-$187||$4,500 – $6,750||2012||2009||2012 Corolla||Solid Engine Reliability|
|$15k – $25k||$187-$312||$6,750 – $11,250||2014||2012||2012 Camry||Excellent Safety Scores|
|$25k – $35k||$312-$437||$11,250 – $15,750||2018||2016||2016 Camry||Lower Maintenance Costs|
|$35k – $50k||$437-$625||$15,750 – $22,500||2021||2020||2021 Corolla||Perfect Reliability Scores|
Before you respond to the “For Sale” ad, check out this How to Buy a Used Car article for a step-by-step checklist.
Price History Comparison | Toyota Corolla vs. Toyota Camry
Average Market Value – Based on Owners’ Self-Reported Mileages | Toyota Corolla vs. Toyota Camry
Price is arguably the greatest influencing factor for a used car shopper. This chart reflects private-party sales for the Corolla and Camry according to Kelley Blue Book (KBB) data. Purchases made through a dealer usually are 10%–40% higher. If the cost penalty is too high and you’re still committed to buying retail, look for an older vehicle or one with more mileage or less equipment.
Mileage also impacts the selling price, which is accounted for in this information. A high-mileage Corolla or Camry will sell for less than the exact vehicle with fewer miles. This factor helps explain why, in some years (2014, for example), the traditionally lower-priced Corolla sold for more than the Camry. In other words, the extra mileage of the select Camry model years analyzed in the FIXD surveys brings the value down. Below-average mileage for some Corollas has increased value.
Regardless of the mileage variations, the chart shows that the Corolla (green) and Camry (gray) steadily increase in market value with each more recent year. It’s quite a normal situation; newer cars are worth more.
Depreciation vs. Maintenance Expenses
Savvy car buyers bypass depreciation issues by looking for older vehicles. These automobiles have already suffered the greatest loss in market value. Yet the trick for this approach lies in shopping for a used car with a sweet spot—equal parts low repair cost and modest value. You’ll see that in the outlined black box in each graphic.
In particular, the Corolla stands out for having mostly lower per-mile maintenance costs (green) than the Camry. This factor, combined with stable depreciation (gray), marks the 2003-2012 Corollas as the editions with the most value. The ideal grouping is slightly different for the Camry, 2005-2013.
Be sure to supplement this information with a review of the best and worst model year summary toward the end, so you’ll know which Corollas and Camrys to focus on.
Later, we’ll more closely examine maintenance costs for these Toyotas.
Reliability Comparison | Toyota Corolla vs. Toyota Camry
- The FIXD Reliability Score measures the number of check engine lights recorded for a particular model year by installed FIXD sensors. Think of it as an engine reliability score. While every check engine light doesn’t directly translate into reliability concerns (such as a dead battery or loose gas cap), these indicators still provide insight into a car’s dependability.
- The second rating is the Owner Reliability Score. This is a subjective ranking of how surveyed owners feel about their respective vehicle’s dependability. Each owner estimates how capable their car is for trips of different lengths. A vehicle that can handle a cross-country adventure receives the highest score, while a car only suitable for a quick point A to point B trip gets the lowest score.
Both rankings are based on 1 being the lowest, 10 being the highest, and 5 being the average score.
We’ll also point out that both scores seldom align. The FIXD Reliability Score is determined by a definitive number, the frequency of check engine lights. On the other hand, the Owner Reliability Score is opinion-based. Owners tend to have pride in their automobiles, with higher ratings as a result. At a minimum, those with older vehicles are more accepting of check engine lights. For many, it’s the price of owning an aging car.
No one would blame you for thinking that engine reliability for the Corolla and Camry would be similar. After all, both cars come from the same manufacturer. However, this assumption is dead wrong. Data from installed FIXD sensors shows that the Camry has far more check engine lights than the Corolla.
The difference for some model years is quite striking. In particular, the 2003-2004, 2008, and 2010 Corollas show vastly better FIXD Reliability Scores than the corresponding Camrys. The Camry beats the Corolla for just one model year (2020).
We’ll be upfront by saying that not every check engine light is an automotive kiss of death. These warnings can come from minor problems like a loose gas cap or a disconnected hose. Nonetheless, the contrast between these engine reliability scores is astounding.
What’s equally remarkable is that despite the greater occurrence of check engine lights, owners love their Camrys. The Owner Reliability Scores put the Camry on par with or on top of the Corolla for 15 of the 21 years we analyzed. That tells us that those with Camrys are very tolerant of dashboard warning lights.
Longevity Comparison | Toyota Corolla vs. Toyota Camry
Regardless if you put a Corolla or Camry in your driveway, one thing is for sure. Both cars are more than capable of piling on the miles. The chart shows reaching 150,000 miles or more is no problem for these Toyotas. What’s also eye-catching is that the oldest Corollas (2001) in our analysis are approaching an average of almost 300,000 miles. Frankly, there aren’t too many cars on the road that can boast this achievement. Call us impressed.
These results come from FIXD owner surveys—real-world data that provides unique insights into vehicle longevity. While vehicle quality undoubtedly helps with this durability, regular maintenance and accident-free driving are also part of the equation.
2023 Toyota Corolla vs. Toyota Camry | A Guide to Trim Levels & Optional Features
Trim Levels: Starting Prices
The Corolla and Camry occupy different spots in Toyota’s lineup. So, seeing contrasting prices is to be expected. You’ll spend $21,700 to get behind the wheel of a base Corolla sedan, but doing the same with the Camry requires $26,320.
The SE sedan is the automaker’s designation for a sportier version. Going this route means spending $2,440 above the Corolla LE. Yet a similar jump with Camry only takes an extra $1,560. Interestingly, the Camry SE gets substantial upgrades (a sport-tuned suspension, leatherette upholstery, and automatic climate control) that aren’t part of the Corolla SE. So, you get more bang for your buck with this Camry. But the starting price is much higher.
What is consistent is the pricing to move up to the top trim of each car (gas-powered versions). The Corolla XSE sedan costs $5,150 above the base LE. Meanwhile, the Camry XSE is priced at $5,300 more than the Camry LE.
The Camry TRD stands alone as the performance edition of this family sedan. With a gutsy V6 and upgraded suspension, this version has no equivalent in the Corolla lineup (the GR Corolla, which isn’t included in this comparison, has a turbocharged three-cylinder engine). We’ll get into a comparison of Corolla and Camry engines later.
However, Toyota incentivizes shoppers to consider a hybrid. An upgrade to the least expensive Corolla Hybrid (LE) adds only $1,350 to the window sticker. A similar move to the Camry Hybrid LE isn’t quite as good a deal at an extra $2,335. However, it’s still a tempting prospect for many buyers. Fuel economy is covered below.
Lastly, while the Corolla is also available as a hatchback, it’s only sold with two upper-end trims. So this five-door version is anything but a basic car.
|2023 Toyota Corolla Model||Starting Price|
|Hybrid SE Infrared Edition||$26,025|
|2023 Toyota Camry Model||Starting Price|
|SE Nightshade Edition||$28,860|
|SE Hybrid Nightshade Edition||$31,190|
2023 | Toyota Corolla vs. Toyota Camry | Specifications | Safety, Interior and Exterior Features
Let’s examine the vehicle specifications for the Corolla and Camry.
|2023 Toyota Corolla||2023 Toyota Camry|
|Class||Mid-Size Sedan/Hatchback||Mid-Size Sedan/Hatchback|
|4-Door Sedan||LE, SE, XSE, LE Hybrid, SE Hybrid, SE Infrared Edition Hybrid, XLE Hybrid||LE, XLE, XLE V6, SE, SE Nightshade Edition, XSE, XSE V6, TRD, LE Hybrid, SE Hybrid, SE Hybrid Nightshade Edition, XLE Hybrid, XSE Hybrid|
|5-Door Hatchback||SE Hatchback, XSE Hatchback||N/A|
Based on interior volume, both cars fall into the mid-size category, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, this is where the similarities end. There’s a substantial difference in cabin space. Passenger volume for the Corolla sedan is 88.6 cubic feet (84.6 cubic feet for the hatchback) compared to 100 cubic feet for the Camry.
We’ll get more into interior and exterior measurements later.
Engine Options & Specifications:
The contrasts between the Corolla and Camry continue under the hood. Power for the standard Corolla is based around a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. With 169 horsepower, it won’t win any stoplight races, but that’s not the purpose of economy cars like the Corolla.
Meanwhile, the Camry starts with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, making 202-206 horsepower (depending on trim and drivetrain). Greater displacement translates into a quicker 0-60 MPH time: 7.5 seconds for the Camry versus 8.2 seconds for the Corolla.
The Camry’s exclusive V6 is another separator between the two cars. So is the 0-60 time for this engine at 5.6 seconds. It’s a quickness that’s very unusual for a mainstream family vehicle.
But rapid acceleration isn’t everyone’s thing. Others are focused on squeezing every mile possible out of a gallon of gasoline. That’s where the hybrid versions of the Corolla and Camry come in.
The core technology is the same (an internal combustion engine teamed with an electric motor), but the base engines differ. A 1.8-liter four-cylinder handles the duties for the Corolla, while the Camry gets a 2.5-liter unit.
The fuel economy for both cars is downright impressive, with the Corolla Hybrid LE and XLE getting rated for 53 MPG in the city and 46 MPG on the highway. The larger Camry LE delivers equally notable results: 51 MPG around town and 53 MPG on the open road.
Fuel economy is reviewed in greater detail later.
Transmission Options & Specifications:
One way manufacturers stretch fuel economy is by using continuously variable transmissions (CVTs). These systems use sophisticated technology to blend better mileage with reasonable acceleration. An eCVT is at the heart of the Corolla Hybrid’s powertrain. Think of it as a CVT on steroids. See the “Tech Talk” section below the charts to learn about CVTs and eCVTs.
While many automakers (including Toyota) have rapidly increased the use of CVTs, that’s not the case with the standard Camry. Interestingly, this sedan gets a tried-and-true eight-speed automatic. Toyota does use an eCVT with the Camry Hybrid.
TECH TALK: CVTs
A continuously variable transmission (CVT) does not use gears like a typical automatic transmission. Instead, it has two pulleys connected by a belt. One pulley connects to the engine, and the other connects to the wheels. The belt transfers the power between the pulleys. This setup allows the pulleys to continuously change positions as needed. The CVT automatically adjusts the pulleys as required, providing smooth and efficient power delivery.
An electronic continuously variable transmission (eCVT) uses electronic controls and electric motors to vary gear ratios instead of a belt and pulley system. Unlike a regular CVT, an eCVT has no physical pulleys or belts—the gear ratio is adjusted seamlessly by controlling the speeds of electric motors and generators. This electronic control allows faster, smoother gear ratio changes compared to a traditional CVT. An eCVT also provides more flexibility, needing less space and having fewer moving parts.
Front-wheel drive (FWD) is quite common in modern mainstream automobiles. The arrangement is cheaper to manufacture and provides better fuel economy and bad-weather handling.
But Toyota stands out by offering all-wheel drive (AWD) with the Corolla and Camry. This upgrade is restricted to a few trims. Nonetheless, these versions mean buyers don’t have to get an SUV if they want the confidence of AWD.
AWD is available only with a few hybrid trims (LE, SE, and SE Infrared) for the Corolla. Yet, the hybrid and AWD combination isn’t available with the Camry. Camry shoppers who want traction in all four corners will have to settle for the base four-cylinder gasoline engine.
|2023 Toyota Corolla Wheel Drive||FWD||AWD||RWD|
|Hybrid SE Infrared Edition||S||E|
|2023 Toyota Camry Wheel Drive||FWD||AWD||RWD|
|SE Nightshade Edition||S||U|
|SE Hybrid Nightshade Edition||S|
E = Electronic On-Demand AWD (Electric motor in Hybrid trims with on-demand AWD capabilities), available as an optional upgrade
NHTSA Safety Ratings
FIXD surveys tell us that many Corolla and Camry owners spend a great deal of time behind the wheel. 41% of Corolla owners use their cars for family transportation. It’s even more significant for those with a Camry (52%). Meanwhile, 39% of Corolla owners and 36% of those with a Camry in the driveway are busy commuting and taking long trips.
It all adds to safety being a key factor. Something that Toyota engineers recognized in building the 2023 Corolla and Camry. Both vehicles receive flawless 5 out of 5 overall safety scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). There are similar achievements in frontal and side crash testing.
The one shortfall is the Corolla received a 4 (out of 5) in its rollover evaluation (the Camry scored a 5). That said, a 4 or better is still a respectable result in any NHTSA test.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) takes a somewhat different approach to safety testing. In particular, it focuses on its small frontal overlap crash test, which the organization feels represents a more real-world scenario (a single car running into a fixed object). IIHS also looks at side impact crashes, roof strength, headlight effectiveness, and advanced driver safety technologies (like automatic emergency braking).
While tested vehicles receive a Good, Acceptable, Marginal, or Poor grade, the true measure comes if a car gets a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ designation. If “Good” is a “B” grade, Top Safety Pick notches things up to an “A-,” and the Top Safety Pick+ signifies an “A+”
The 2023 Corolla (sedan and hatchback) is rated a Top Safety Pick by IIHS, while the 2023 Camry gets kudos for its Top Safety Pick+ designation.
|IIHS Award||Tested Vehicle|
|2023 Toyota Corolla||SMALL CAR/ 4-DOOR SEDAN||2023 TOP SAFETY PICK||2019 Toyota Corolla SE 4-door hatchback, 2022 Toyota Corolla LE 4-door sedan|
|SMALL CAR / 4-DOOR HATCHBACK||2023 TOP SAFETY PICK||2019 Toyota Corolla SE 4-door hatchback|
|2023 Toyota Camry||MIDSIZE CAR / 4-DOOR SEDAN||2023 TOP SAFETY PICK +||2018 Toyota Camry LE 4-door|
Airbags & Head Restraints:
Most car buyers don’t think about airbags, but they should. These safety devices save thousands of lives every year.
Toyota shoppers can take confidence in knowing that the 2023 Corolla and Camry have a full complement of airbags. Units in the steering wheel and dashboard protect the front row, along with seat-mounted airbags for all outboard seats. Meanwhile, a side-curtain system for both rows protects in the event of a rollover or side-impact collision. Both cars also get a driver’s knee airbag that correctly positions the body during an accident. There are ten airbags in all for each vehicle.
Neither the Corolla nor Camry come with overhead airbags. This newer technology replaces traditional front-row units (steering wheel and dashboard) with overhead devices.
Active head restraints are usually found in specialty and high-end vehicles to minimize whiplash injuries. Mainstream cars like the Corolla and Camry don’t usually come equipped with this feature.
At this stage, hands-free driving is found in premium vehicles from Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, General Motors, and others. This isn’t technology you’ll find in a Corolla or Camry. However, both cars come with systems that offer some degree of semi-autonomous assistance.
Adaptive cruise control (Toyota calls this Dynamic Radar Cruise Control) is standard on all 2023 Corolla and Camry trims. This feature helps during stop-and-go highway traffic. When active, adaptive cruise control will automatically slow or stop a car in traffic and return to normal speed once the road is clear. The driver must still hold the steering wheel.
Both cars use assistive steering and corrective steering to maintain the vehicle’s proper lane position through gentle automated steering actions. Higher trims of the Camry are available with front and rear parking sensors and low-speed automatic braking (to prevent accidents during tight maneuvering).
Driver Warning Systems & Telematics:
Toyota equips the Corolla and Camry with many standard advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to minimize or prevent accidents.
This starts with a forward collision warning (FCW), which alerts the driver if an obstruction is detected in the road ahead. Meanwhile, lane departure warning (LDW) warns if the car drifts outside its lane. This technology includes automatic emergency braking (AEB), another standard ADAS feature. AEB takes FCW further by automatically applying the brakes if a collision is imminent.
Blind-spot monitoring (BSM) and rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA) are other useful ADAS systems. They’re available on lower Corolla and Camry trims and standard equipment on the more expensive versions.
While both cars come with traffic sign recognition (a display with sign information), only the Camry gets a rear-seat reminder (an alert that someone remains in the second row).
|2023 Toyota Corolla||Driver Warning Systems||Telematics|
|Intersection Turn Assistance (ITA)||Lane Departure Warning (LDW)||Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR)||Forward Collision Warning (FCW)||Pedestrian Detection||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)||Blind-Spot Monitoring (BSM)||Driver Attention Monitor||Safe Exit||Rear Occupant Alert|
|LE||NA||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) Available as upgrade||Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) Available as upgrade||NA||NA||NA||NA|
|SE||NA||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) Available as upgrade||Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) Available as upgrade||NA||NA||NA||NA|
|XSE||NA||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) (standard)||Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) (standard)||NA||NA||NA||NA|
|Hybrid LE||NA||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) Available as upgrade||Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) Available as upgrade||NA||NA||NA||NA|
|Hybrid SE||NA||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) Available as upgrade||Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) Available as upgrade||NA||NA||NA||NA|
|Hybrid SE Infrared Edition||NA||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) Available as upgrade||Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) Available as upgrade||NA||NA||NA||NA|
|Hybrid XLE||NA||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) (standard)||Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) (standard)||NA||NA||NA||NA|
|SE Hatchback||NA||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) Available as upgrade||Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) Available as upgrade||NA||NA||NA||NA|
|XSE Hatchback||NA||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) (standard)||Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) (standard)||NA||NA||NA||NA|
|2023 Toyota Camry||Driver Warning Systems||Telematics|
|Intersection Turn Assistance (ITA)||Lane Departure Warning (LDW)||Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR)||Forward Collision Warning (FCW)||Pedestrian Detection||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)||Blind-Spot Monitoring (BSM)||Driver Attention Monitor||Safe Exit||Rear Occupant Alert|
|LE||N/A||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), only Available as upgrade||Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) Available as upgrade||N/A||N/A||Rear Seat Reminder||N/A|
|LE Hybrid||N/A||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), only Available as upgrade||Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) Available as upgrade||N/A||N/A||Rear Seat Reminder||N/A|
|SE||N/A||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), only Available as upgrade||Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) Available as upgrade||N/A||N/A||Rear Seat Reminder||N/A|
|SE Nightshade Edition||N/A||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), only Available as upgrade||Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) Available as upgrade||N/A||N/A||Rear Seat Reminder||N/A|
|SE Hybrid||N/A||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), only Available as upgrade||Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) Available as upgrade||N/A||N/A||Rear Seat Reminder||N/A|
|SE Hybrid Nightshade Edition||N/A||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), only Available as upgrade||Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) Available as upgrade||N/A||N/A||Rear Seat Reminder||N/A|
|XLE||N/A||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)||Blind-Spot Monitoring (BSM)||N/A||N/A||Rear Seat Reminder||N/A|
|XLE Hybrid||N/A||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)||Blind-Spot Monitoring (BSM)||N/A||N/A||Rear Seat Reminder||N/A|
|XSE||N/A||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)||Blind-Spot Monitoring (BSM)||N/A||N/A||Rear Seat Reminder||N/A|
|XSE Hybrid||N/A||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)||Blind-Spot Monitoring (BSM)||N/A||N/A||Rear Seat Reminder||N/A|
|TRD||N/A||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)||Blind-Spot Monitoring (BSM)||N/A||N/A||Rear Seat Reminder||N/A|
|XLE V6||N/A||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)||Blind-Spot Monitoring (BSM)||N/A||N/A||Rear Seat Reminder||N/A|
|XSE V6||N/A||Lane Departure Alert (LDA)||Road Sign Assist (RSA)||Pre-Collision System (PCS)||Pedestrian Detection (PD)||Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)||Blind-Spot Monitoring (BSM)||N/A||N/A||Rear Seat Reminder||N/A|
Road Visibility Features:
LED headlights are becoming more common in today’s cars, offering better illumination and lower power consumption. Curiously, LED headlights are standard with the lower-priced Corolla, but only select Camry trims get this upgrade. All Corollas and Camrys have automatic headlights and backup cameras (a safety feature required by law).
From here, more advanced visibility features are the exclusive domain of upscale Camrys. A head-up display (shows speed information and other important details on the windshield) is optional on the gas or hybrid Camry XLE and XSE and included with the V6 XLE or XSE. Adaptive headlights (directs forward illumination in sync with the steering wheel) are optional exclusively with the Camry XLE Hybrid.
However, if heated front seats are a must-have, you’ll need to be more selective about which Corolla or Camry to buy.
Heated front seats are standard on only a handful of Corolla trims (XSE, Hybrid XLE, and XSE Hatchback); the other versions have no factory option. This feature is optional or included with most Camry trims. However, heated front seats are unavailable with the SE Nightshade (gas or hybrid) and the TRD.
And speaking of heated seats, some automakers offer this feature through a subscription service. This hasn’t yet happened in the U.S., but in certain countries, BMW is offering heated seats for a monthly fee. The advantage is you can shut off the service during warm months, but you’ll need to keep paying (or pay a one-time upfront fee) to activate the heated seats.
One industry study shows mixed results for consumer acceptance of features on demand (FoD), with about one-fifth not even being aware of the concept.
As already covered, the 2023 Corolla is smaller inside than its Camry counterpart. But how does this translate to interior dimensions? The answers may surprise you.
Despite less cabin space, the Corolla and Camry have identical front legroom at 42 inches each. It’s in the second row that the differences become apparent. The Corolla sedan has 35 inches of rear legroom (30 inches for the Corolla hatchback) compared to a more generous 38 inches for the Camry.
These two Toyota also match with an identical 38 inches of front headroom. In the back, the Corolla sedan offers 37 inches of headroom (38 inches for the hatchback) against 38 inches for the Camry.
At the same time, the Camry can claim bragging rights for more trunk space than the Corolla sedan (15.0 cubic feet versus 13.1 cubic feet). The Corolla hatchback has a 17.8 cubic foot cargo area.
The Camry’s extra space shows up in the shoulder and hip room, especially in the front seats. For instance, the front shoulder room for the Corolla falls short at 54 inches, compared to 58 inches for the Camry.
Wheels may also be an afterthought for many car buyers. But wheel size can impact ride quality. Larger rims can translate into better traction and cornering but may result in a bumpier ride. Bigger wheels also offer better aesthetics by filling out the wheel wells more completely. This is why the higher the trim, the larger the wheel. Different materials (steel or alloy) and finishes also help separate the wheels among the various trim levels.
Car buyers drawn to bright exterior colors will be disappointed by the Corolla’s and Camry’s options. A medium red is about as exciting as it gets, supplemented by a blue or two. However, if you’re okay with white, black, gray, or silver, then Toyota has you covered.
No one will be surprised that the Camry is larger on the outside than the Corolla. The extra cabin space has to come from somewhere. For those who regularly have to park in tight spaces, the Corolla’s smaller exterior dimensions can make a difference. Not only is the Camry 1 to 2 inches wider, but it’s as much as 11 inches longer than the Corolla sedan (and up to 21 inches longer than the Corolla hatchback).
Nonetheless, the Camry is the clear wheelbase champion over the Corolla. Its 111 inches from axle to axle will make for much smoother rides than the 106 inches of the Corolla sedan (104 inches for the hatchback). The longer the wheelbase, the more comfortable the car, especially while driving over highway expansion strips.
Given that the Corolla and Camry are from the same manufacturer, one model doesn’t have better warranty coverage than another. Both vehicles come with a three-year or 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and five years or 60,000 miles of powertrain protection (for the engine, transmission, and drive axles).
|2023 Toyota Corolla Factory Warranty Coverage:||2023 Toyota Camry Factory Warranty Coverage:|
|Basic warranty:||36 months/36,000 miles||36 months/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain warranty:||60 months/60,000 miles||60 months/60,000 miles|
|Corrosion perforation warranty:||60 months/unlimited miles||60 months/unlimited miles|
|Air conditioning warranty:||12 months/12,000 miles||12 months/12,000 miles (AC recharge)|
|Battery warranty:||120 months/150,000 miles (Hybrid Battery)||120 months or 150,000 miles (Hybrid HV Battery)|
|Emissions warranty:||Federal: 36 month/36,000 miles (defect), 24 months/24,000 miles (performance)California: 36 months/50,000 miles (performance)||Federal: 36 months/36,000 miles (defects) California: 36 months/50,000 miles|
|Roadside assistance coverage:||24 months/25,000 miles||24 months/25,000 miles (ToyotaCare)|
|Total unique recalls:||1 (recall no. 23V480000)||1 (recall no. 23V432000)|
When it comes to the Toyota Corolla, fuel efficiency and affordability are repeatedly emphasized as significant advantages by Redditors. One person states, “The Corolla is great on gas and super affordable. Personally, I preferred the Camry for its powerful engine and luxurious feel.” Another commenter chimes in, saying, “I love my Corolla. It’s affordable and reliable.” The Corolla enjoys a reputation as a practical, economical choice. “The Corolla is a great city car, easy to park and maneuver,” summarizes one commenter’s feelings.
On the other hand, the Toyota Camry wins praise for its superior power, spaciousness, and upscale touches. One Redditor remarks, “The Camry has better acceleration and overall feels more powerful. But the Corolla is no slouch, especially if fuel economy is your priority.”
Another reviewer agrees: “The Camry’s interior feels more high-end. But the Corolla is also well-designed and definitely more economical.” The Camry appears to be preferred by some commenters for its comfort on long trips and commutes, with one person explaining, “The Camry is better for longer trips, it’s more comfortable.”
However, the Corolla remains popular as an affordable, less-fancy option. As one commenter declares, “The Corolla has been perfect for me—it’s great on gas and fits my budget.” Another sums it up: “I’ll vote for the Corolla. It’s more than adequate for my needs, and the fuel efficiency is a big plus.”
For drivers who prioritize economy and reliability over amenities, the Corolla satisfies many as a solid, budget-friendly choice. “The Camry is nice, but I don’t need the extra power or space,” comments a Redditor.
Ultimately, the buyer’s needs and preferences determine whether the sensible Corolla or more premium Camry is the right fit.
Who Should Buy These Cars: The Legacy of The Toyota Corolla and Toyota Camry
As the FIXD surveys confirmed, most Corollas and Camrys are tasked with family hauling duty and “lots of driving” (commuting and traveling). The data shows that these Toyotas can easily meet these responsibilities. Reaching 150,000 miles is a piece of cake, and 200,000 miles appear to be on the horizon as well for many examples.
There are a lot of other characteristics to like, including excellent safety scores and very good fuel economy (made better by hybrid options for both cars). We’ll explain these factors below.
|Frequent Use Categories:||Toyota Corolla | How Useful? (Out of 5 Stars)||Toyota Camry | How Useful? (Out of 5 Stars)|
|Lots of Driving (travel/long commute)||*****||****|
|Office on Wheels||*||*|
Best & Worst Years | Toyota Corolla vs. Toyota Camry | 2001-2024
As we’ve uncovered, Corollas and Camry have great longevity. But this doesn’t mean that all model years are trouble-free. Most of the problem-filled Corollas and Camrys are older. Age takes a toll, no matter how well-built a car is.
However, one exception stands among the older “worst years” (red), the 2003 Corolla. It’s your go-to choice if you want to spend as little as possible on a decent car. This example won’t be perfect (few 20-year-old vehicles are), but it avoids the issues of similarly-aged Corollas and Camrys.
Except for the 2009 and 2020 editions, the Corolla enjoys a long run of best-year (green) options (2007-2021). Most Camrys built from 2008 to 2021 enjoy a good reputation for durability. Just stay away from the 2010-2011 model years.
Take note of the “undecided years” (yellow). These may be the best or worst Corollas and Camrys ever made, but there is insufficient data to make a case either way.
In Toyota’s pecking order, the Camry stands above the Corolla. And standard auto industry protocol is that more premium cars get the newest features before lesser models. This is quite evident with the Corolla and Camry.
Comfort features like heated front seats landed first in the Camry. The same occurred with the conveniences provided by a rearview camera and remote start. Upgraded safety gear, such as blind-spot monitoring and lane departure monitoring, also arrived first in the Camry.
Some equipment has yet to be offered in the Corolla, like parking sensors, a power front passenger seat, and ventilated front seats.
A look at what surveyed Corolla and Camry owners spent on maintenance in 2022 uncovers insightful information. Certain model years are more expensive to keep on the road than others.
In particular, Corolla owners reported spending far above average for maintenance and repairs for their 2002, 2004, 2007, 2011, and 2016 models. Among all assessed Corollas, owners typically paid $674.
The Camry has its share of high-expense offenders. Owners with 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, and 2011 examples far exceeded the $591 average among all surveyed Camrys.
These maintenance averages also tell us that keeping a Corolla in good operating condition costs more than a Camry.
Of course, averages are generalizations. Each car owner approaches maintenance and driving uniquely. Some will pamper their vehicles with regularly scheduled maintenance, while others will only see a mechanic when absolutely necessary or as a last resort. Mileage also comes into play. The more you drive, the higher the maintenance costs.
In other words, each vehicle and its repair bills are unique.
Throughout its 21st-century history, the Camry holds an edge over the Corolla in NHTSA safety testing. The Camry scored better for 12 out of the 23 years we analyzed. The Corolla has been on top for six years. Both vehicles are tied for five years.
Needless to say, the Corolla still did mostly well. A 4 or better (out of 5) is still a solid performance. Where it dipped below 4, so did the Camry.
We’ll also call attention to the 2011 model year. NHTSA introduced more demanding testing procedures, which caused safety scores to drop for many vehicles, not just the Corolla and Camry. Subsequent engineering (including an all-new Camry) set these cars on the right path again starting in 2012.
Seeing the gas-powered Corolla deliver better fuel economy than the standard Camry is expected. The Corolla weighs less and has a smaller engine. That’s the very nature of an economy car. If you prefer more cabin room and better performance (like what the Camry offers), you’ll pay the price with poorer mileage.
However, the fuel economy gap gets smaller with the arrival of the eighth-generation Camry for the 2018 model year. The Corolla still comes out on top, but now the Camry’s fuel economy approaches 30 MPG, which is noteworthy for a family sedan.
Camry efficiency skyrockets with a hybrid powertrain. As far back as 2007, Camry Hybrids delivered mileage equaling a gas-powered Corolla. We also see the general improvements that enabled the Camry Hybrid to deliver 40 MPG starting in 2012. Today, a 50 MPG threshold is nothing out of the ordinary for this hybrid Toyota.
Yet, the Corolla and Camry match-up got interesting with the launch of the Corolla Hybrid in 2020. Not everyone seeking a small car and high mileage wanted a funky-looking Toyota Prius.
- Compare two vehicles, Toyota Corolla and Toyota Camry, and provide a comprehensive analysis.
- Gather relevant information and data on both vehicles from reliable sources, such as manufacturer specifications, expert reviews, customer feedback, industry reports, and data sources like manufacturer websites, FIXD App, Kelley Blue Book, FuelEconomy.gov, and NHTSA.
- Collect data on various aspects, including performance, safety features, fuel efficiency, maintenance costs, reliability, owner satisfaction, and market value.
- Identify the key criteria that will be used to evaluate and compare the two vehicles.
- Ensure the criteria cover both objective factors (such as performance metrics, safety ratings, and fuel efficiency) and subjective factors (such as owner satisfaction, comfort, and features).
- Assess the performance of both vehicles based on factors such as acceleration, handling, braking, and overall driving experience.
- Compare engine options, horsepower, torque, transmission options, and any unique performance features.
- Examine the safety features and ratings of both vehicles.
- Evaluate crash test ratings, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), active and passive safety features, and any notable recalls or known issues related to safety.
- Consider both NHTSA safety ratings and IIHS awards for a comprehensive safety assessment.
- Analyze the fuel economy of both vehicles based on EPA mileage estimates.
- Compare their MPG ratings, average full-tank range, and any significant differences in fuel efficiency.
- Assess the average annual maintenance and repair costs for both vehicles.
- Consider data from surveyed owners and other reliable sources, such as FIXD App owner surveys, to determine the overall cost of ownership over time.
- Evaluate the reliability of both vehicles based on owner reports, FIXD App data, and any known issues or recalls.
- Consider factors such as engine reliability, common problems by model year, long-term durability, and owner reliability scores gathered from surveys.
- Consider owner satisfaction by gathering information from forums, online communities (Reddit: r/whatcarshouldIbuy), customer reviews, and owner reliability scores.
- Summarize key factors that owners appreciate and any common complaints or drawbacks mentioned by owners.
- Compare the features and technologies offered by both vehicles.
- Highlight any notable differences in terms of infotainment systems, connectivity options, driver assistance features, interior quality, and available upgrades.
- Assess the market value and depreciation of both vehicles.
- Compare average prices, resale value, and how the vehicles hold their value over time.
- Consider average private-seller valuations from Kelley Blue Book (KBB) for a comprehensive assessment.
- Summarize the findings of the comparison, highlighting the positives and negatives of each vehicle.
- Provide a fair and balanced recommendation based on the comparison, considering factors such as budget, personal preferences, specific needs of the buyer, and the comprehensive analysis conducted.
- KBB Values: Average private-seller valuations as supplied by Kelley Blue Book (KBB), based on a Chevrolet Equinox with typical mileage for that respective model year.
- Fuel Economy: Mileage-per-gallon estimates according to the EPA MPG on Fueleconomy.gov.
- Annual Maintenance/Repairs: Upkeep expenses as reported by surveyed Chevrolet Equinox owners.
- Safety Ratings: Crash test data collected and reported by NHTSA. We average all ratings for each year to come up with a simplified, average safety score. This makes it easier to look at on a graph. We also collected IIHS Awards for this article.
- Vehicle Features: Most or all information gathered on vehicle features were from the manufacturer websites, in this case, Toyota.com.
Dave Goldberg is an automotive journalist and lifelong car fanatic. He writes for numerous enthusiast and business outlets and is an ongoing contributor to HotCars.com, one of the most popular car culture websites. When he’s not writing or driving, Dave is either under a hood or asleep. His credentials include a BA in Journalism from The George Washington University.