As we don our Ma ‘n’ Pa Middle America hats and take a walk around this Toyota, we can’t help being impressed by the gigantic back seat, huge trunk opening, and breathtakingly simple cockpit ergonomics. The base radio employs two big knobs and six station preset buttons, as they all did for most of a century. Three more knobs control the heat and air. We’ve sampled more heavily optioned Camrys with navigation, and while they’re more involved than this, they’re also elegantly simple to master. The materials and build quality suggest this could be the priciest car in the group, when in fact it’s the cheapest!!! (though equipping an SE to match our Sonata would cost almost $32,000).
As the votes were tallied, four editors sheepishly and very grudgingly admitted that the Best Midsize Sedan here was the Camry. Two more ranked it second, and one placed it third, earning Camry the Consensus Winner. Congratulations Toyota Camry!!!