• Nov 22, 2006
The Toyota Camry, despite being knocked by many enthusiasts as soulless and bland, has still managed to outsell every other car on the market. Second on the list is its own sibling, the Corolla. And sales keep going up, so it obviously has a lot going for it. First it wins "Most Popular" award for its sales record and now it has won Motor Trend's Car of the Year for 2007. We'd say it's a shoe-in for Miss Congeniality, too. Motor Trend Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Angus MacKenzie issued a statement that said the award goes to the whole Camry range for its innovation and wide appeal. This is, amazingly enough, the first win for the Camry. It beat 26 other nominees for the title.

The MT COTY awards are reserved for vehicles that are all, or significantly new during the model year. This explains, for instance, why last year's winner, the Honda Civic, wasn't nominated. Looking at the list of competitors, we see 10 Japanese cars, six Americans, five Koreans, four Germans, one Brit and one Swede. A pretty good group of cars, including the Chevrolet Aveo, Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Caliber, Honda Fit, Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Entourage, Infiniti G35, Jaguar XK, Jeep Compass, Kia Optima, Kia Rondo, Kia Sedona, Lexus ES 350, Lexus LS 460, Mercedes Benz S-Class, Nissan Altima, Nissan Sentra, Nissan Versa, Porsche Cayman, Saturn Aura, Saturn Sky Redline, Suzuki SX4, Toyota Camry, Toyota Yaris, Volvo C70 T5, Volkswagen EOS, and Volkswagen Rabbit.

Did it deserve the golden calipers? Sound off in the comments.

[Source: MSNBC]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow. Last year MT gave the new Civic COTY. At that point I was pissed. Now with the Camry as the new COTY, in hindsight, I'd say the Civic made a lot of sense. Atleast it had the Si.

      Bascially, MT gives COTY to any car 'range' which has a large number of options (sedan, coupe, hybrid etc). That instantly rules out all sports cars, lol.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I drove the new Camry and wasn't impressed with the lower build quality, noisy tires in turns, and just the overall execution. I would much rather have the Hyundai Azera over the $7k more expensive Camry.

      James
      • 8 Years Ago
      I own a 2004 Camry XLE V6. It's a very capable and reliable car, however, it's not exciting at all to drive. COTY does not have to equal "most exciting" COTY, which is why the Camry is a good choice. You would have thought the Lexus models would have faired better, but cost is a factor which favors the Camry as well. I don't think the magazine is biased.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Why should cars be any different?"

      Why should cars be different than cans of soup or rolls of toilet paper? Talk about no sequiturs. If you even ask that question you either hate cars, work for the Big 2 1/2, or both.

      What are you doing in an automobile forum?
      • 8 Years Ago
      YAAAAAAWWWWWWWNNNNNN!!!!!

      Motor Trend is an enthusiast magazine. This loses them some credibility with their reader base, no matter how you look at it. If it's a broad range they are looking for then cars like the XK should not even be nominated. This will earn them a huge amount of licensing money from Toyota that has money to burn right now but I think will hurt them long term. The COTY was never anything to take seriously but really...
      • 8 Years Ago
      #17 Beat me, sorry for the double post! You typed faster.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Angus MacKenzie wrote in an on op-ed piece about GM's "revival" in quality and the new renaissance the company was to experience a couple of years ago. That same month, GM's stock value dropped and the company was in a crisis. MacKenzie's next piece spoke about GM's lack of quality and shortcomings. What a way to look foolish.

      The Camry is a very good family sedan. It is reliable, comfortable, and safe. The looks are a fair debate, but I like them. I have to agree with some of the reviews (a lot of them, in fact) that were underwhelmed by the new Camry. It really isn't a big step from the previous model. On top of that, the Camry Hybrid was bashed around for being underpowered--I haven't driven one, so I can't say anything about that.

      The one, very legitimate gripe against the Camry is the price. This is a mid-size sedan that is supposed to be affordably priced. My uncle was looking to buy a Hybrid, but it came to $34,000 at the dealer. Instead he bought an LE, which came around to $26,000 when all was said and done. That wasn't a lot of money, but it was a lot for an "economic" Toyota. I worry that Toyota is going the way of VW, and pushing away from its roots.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As much as I can agree with the choice, the haunting memory I have of these people awarding Pontiac Aztek SUV of the year, shows how dumb they can be!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      This award used to hold some merit as a means of judging the finest available in the auto industry. Up until a few years back, MT divided it into domestic and foreign manufacturers, but decided that since so many "crossed over" to our shores it wasn't fair to divide. Ever since, it hasn't been a true evaluation of the merits of each new product, but instead a popularity contest as to how many asses have been kissed by the biggest advertiser around. Look at the stats: four of the last five have come from someone who puts plenty of ads in the magazine and on the airwaves, but is that truly a good assessment? Sorry, if I'm repeating others thoughts, but I'm trying to decide how to get my money back from recent three year renewal.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Certainly there are more deserving entries than the lowly Toyota Camry. First, there are better-handling cars out there. Second, many domestic cars are more reliable than Camry (oh, that's right, it's only "growing pains for Toyota"). Finally, the hybrid drivetrain is a sham, because Toyota stole the technology from Solomon Technologies, an American company, which is suing Toyota for patent infringement. Gee, that's novel, a Japanese company with no regard for intellectual property rights! On ethics alone, Toyota ought to be barred from winning any praise.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sounds like lithious got off his meds again and came back even angrier as cs.

      Fact is, once MT combined the award the domestics just don't stack up - even in the enthusiast magazine that's long been known as the most domestic-oriented of all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      While most folks who read MT and autoblog are enthusiasts, it doesn't mean that an enthusiasts car should win. The Camry is certainly a great example of a car as nothing more than a means of transportation from point A to point B.
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