Complaints: No substantial complaints, just a little advice. Toyota would be well advised not to ignore the power of lust and snob appeal. The new Mazda 6 cars, for example, also are good family-mobiles, but they are sexy, edgy cars with a high head-turning quotient.
Praise: The sales have it. The Camry ranks as the nation's No. 1 family sedan, and it's very good at what it's designed to do -- provide affordable, high-quality, reliable family transportation.
Ride, acceleration and handling: Excellent in all categories for everyday drivers and riders. The car is very much like a good pair of jeans. It covers the basics well.
Head-turning quotient: Apparently, it depends on the setting in which it's seen. In the Washington-Baltimore area, the new Camry design gets favorable nods. In the fancier settings of Los Angeles, it causes people to nod off.
Body style/layout: Four-door sedan with traditional trunk. Front-wheel drive.
Engines/transmissions: The tested Camry SE was equipped with Toyota's 192-horsepower V-6, which is mated to a standard four-speed automatic transmission. Also available is a more fuel-efficient 157-horsepower in-line four-cylinder engine, which can be mated to a standard five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic.
Capacities: The Camry SE V-6 seats five people; it carries 16.7 cubic feet of cargo and 18.5 gallons of gasoline. Regular unleaded is recommended.
Mileage: I averaged 27 miles per gallon in mostly highway driving.
Safety: Dual front air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, lower anchor tethers for child safety seats. And, yes, to drive home a point made by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration numbers, you can roll a Camry, too. Any vehicle can roll over. Your best protection is wearing seat belts.
Price: Base price on the tested Camry SE V-6 is $23,700. Dealer's invoice price on that model is $21,095. Price as tested is $26,185, including an estimated $2,000 in options and a $485 destination charge.
Purse-strings note: You can bargain on Camrys nowadays, thanks to lots of competition. Compare with Mazda 6, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Jetta, Chrysler Sebring.