Camry has little need for restyling

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Toyota is expected to redesign its perennially popular Camry sedan soon, and in a way, I hate to see that happen.

Toyota is expected to redesign its perennially popular Camry sedan soon.  File/Associated Press
File/Associated Press
Toyota is expected to redesign its perennially popular Camry sedan soon.

To me, the current generation of the family sedan is one of the more artfully styled cars on the road, and I don't want to see its looks ruined by progress.

Look up photos of the original Camry that arrived in on roads in the early 1980s, and you will see an awkward assortment of angles. Quality sold the car, though, and subsequent designs were uninspired.

Now, though, the Camry is a great-looking car resembling the entry-level Lincoln and outshining its cousin, the Lexus ES sedan. A co-worker drives a white Camry with rear spoiler and ground effects, and I can't find a bad line on that car.

The next Camry is expected to look a bit more sporty to keep up with the competition. After that, who knows? Maybe other Toyotas -- Avalon, Corolla, Sienna and the pickups -- will get a bit of the Camry's beauty. Style might be enough to reassert Toyota's dominance in the market after a few years of one bad headline after another.

I shouldn't have to add here that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that these are just my opinions. You might have totally differing views of the Camry.

That's your right, and I'd like to hear from you, no matter which way you feel.


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