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Toyota Corolla Cars Vs Toyota Camry: Which Is Better?

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When it comes to compact, reliable cars to choose from, the Toyota Corolla and Toyota Camry are good choices across the world, Nigeria inclusive. At a first, casual glance, one might think both the Toyota Corolla and Toyota Camry are similar, especially considering their sleek, bold design. Like all Toyota products, both the Corolla and Camry boast impressive standard features, cost-saving fuel economy, and superb reliability. However, these two model vehicles differ when it comes to size, power, features, and feel. Important question buyers ask, especially when they have to choose between a Corolla and a Camry is; which is better?

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Toyota Corolla

2013 Toyota Corolla in Nigeria
2013 Toyota Corolla in Nigeria

The Toyota Corolla is quite popular across the world. The vehicle debuted in 1966 and by 1974 earned the title of “best-selling vehicle in the world.” By this title, it implies the Corolla outranked all other vehicle types in sales in such a short time.

The Toyota Corolla was initially built at New United Motoring Manufacturing in Fremont, California, as part of a joint-venture with General Motors. However, the joint-venture partnership dissolved in 2010. Currently, the new facility for Toyota Corolla production is located in Blue Springs, Mississippi.


Now in its 12th generation, the Corolla is primarily known as a four-door sedan, but it’s also been offered in coupe, hatchback and wagon form over the years. The Corolla sedan is offered in L, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE models. A hybrid version is available but only in LE sedan form. The drivetrain for the low- and high-end L, LE, and XLE trims is a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Mid-level and sporty SE and XSE models receive a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with a dynamically tuned CVT or 6-speed manual.

Toyota Camry

2022 Toyota Camry Price, Reviews, Buying Guide
2022 Toyota Camry Price, Reviews, Buying Guide

The Camry is a sibling to the Toyota Corolla. Launched in 1982, the Toyota Camry has had various engines, drivetrains, and body styles. Currently, in its 8th generation, the Toyota Camry was redesigned for the 2018 model year. The Toyota Camry has been built in Georgetown, Kentucky since 1988.

L, LE, SE, XLE and XSE are the available trim levels for the Camry. A 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard on all trims while a 3.5-liter V6 is an option on XSE models. A hybrid version of the Camry also is available on LE, SE, and XLE models.

Toyota Corolla Vs Toyota Camry: Interior Comfort And Space

2021 Toyota Camry Vs Toyota Corolla Interior
2021 Toyota Camry Vs Toyota Corolla Interior

When it comes to interior quality and comfort, both the Corolla and Camry are closely related. In both vehicles, seats are comfortable and bolstered with fabric and leather upholstery options. Headroom for front passengers is identical at 38.3 inches. However, headroom is an inch smaller in the Corolla for rear-seat passengers. For legroom, the Corolla offers 42.3 inches in the front and 41.4 inches in the rear to the Camry’s 42.1 and 38.0 inches, respectively. In the Corolla hatchback, tall passengers won’t find the legroom very comfortable as it is only 29.9 inches.

Toyota Corolla Vs Camry: Infotainment And Connectivity

Both vehicles offer exquisite infotainment features, however, the Camry gives a more premium experience. The standard for both is a 7-inch touchscreen with an available 8-inch display. Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa also are included but no Android Auto yet. Both feature 4G LTE wi-fi capability, but Camry owners have the luxury of 6 months of complimentary service.

In higher trim levels of the Corolla, Audio Plus, which adds SiriusXM Radio, Service Connect, and Remote Connect comes as standard. Vehicle and maintenance alerts are provided by the Service Connect system. Remote Connect includes services like remote start and location services.

The Toyota Camry comes standard with the Entune 3.0 system featuring more connectivity services. For example, dynamic navigation and Audio Plus are included. A specially-tuned 9-speaker JBL audio system features a 10.1-inch subwoofer and Clari-Fi technology that enhances dynamic range.

Toyota Corolla Vs Camry: Safety

Toyota prides itself on safety and reliability. Of all vehicle brands, Toyota’s safety sense still offers the most extensive and innovative safety systems promising safety for everyone present in the car. With this, you can rest assured that both the Toyota Corolla and Camry are amongst the safest cars to buy.

All Corollas come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of standard safety features, which includes:

  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Automatic High-Beam Headlights
  • Pre-Collision Warning and Braking System
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Lane Trace Assist

If you need upgrades, you can include blind-spot monitoring, adaptive headlights, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Similarly, all Toyota Camry come standard with the slightly upgraded Toyota Safety Sense 2.5. Some of these features include:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward-Collision Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Trace Assist
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Automatic High-Beam Headlights
  • Rearview Camera
  • Lane Departure Warning

Several upgrades are available, some of which include blind-spot monitoring, reverse automatic emergency braking, and a surround-view parking camera.

Toyota Corolla Vs Camry: Design

For those who love reliable cars with sporty looks and feel, the Toyota Corolla does it better than the Camry. Corolla comes with a refined interior featuring swanky black accents, contrast stitching, and soft-touch instrument panels. Added luxurious feel to the Corolla includes available leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, and a moonroof.

Exterior dimensions for the Camry is 56.9 inches (height) x 72.4 inches (width) x 192.1 inches (length) while the Corolla is 57.3 inches (height) x 69.9 inches (width) x 183.1 inches (length). If you are looking for a relatively small car, the Corolla is a better fit for you.

Toyota Corolla Vs Camry: Performance And Power

If you are all about power and performance, the Toyota Camry offers more power options than the Corolla. Both the Toyota Camry and Corolla provide two engine options for you to choose from. The Camry comes standard with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine featuring:

  • 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission
  • 203 horsepower
  • 184 lb-ft of torque
  •  28 mpg city / 39 mpg highway
2021 Toyota Camry Vs 2021 Toyota Corolla
2021 Toyota Camry Vs 2021 Toyota Corolla – Carmart Comparison

Also available is a 3.5L V6 engine featuring

  • 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission
  • 301 horsepower
  • 267 lb-ft of torque
  • 22 mpg city / 33 mpg highway

On the hand, the Corolla comes standard 1.8L four-cylinder engine featuring

  • Continuously variable transmission
  • 139 horsepower
  • 126 lb-ft of torque.
  • 30 mpg city / 38 mpg highway**

Also available 2.0L four-cylinder engine featuring

  • Continuously variable transmission
  • 169 horsepower
  • 151 lb-ft of torque
  • 31 mpg city / 38 mpg highway**


Both the Camry and Corolla are good cars to buy, especially when one is concerned about fuel efficiency, reliability and budget.

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