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Camry v6 or i4

I currently have a 2012 corolla and was thinking of trading it in for a new Camry and suggestions on the v6 or 4 cylinder those who have the 4 are you happy with it and don't regret getting the 6?


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I have the 4 and had the car for almost 1.5yr and at first i was happy. NOW i wish i would have gotten the V6 the car is not as fast as i would like. And from what ive read most v6 drivers have same MPG as me lol
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I'm on my second Camry SE I4. Sometimes I wish I got the V6 but when gas hit's $4 a gallon here I'm glad I got the 4. It also depends on what your driving style is too. If you like "high performance" and the acceleration that goes with it, then get the V6.

I 'd love the V6 but the 4 is better for me in terms of vehicle cost, gas usage, the adequate performance my 4 gives me and the fact I don't have to worry about changing a timing belt. Within the past year I've had to change the timing belts on 3 vehicles ($$$$$).

Just my own personal observations. It's not a matter of which is better overall, just what's better for *you* personally.

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V6 all the way. The power is prefect and the fuel econ is great on highway I'm getting 32 mpg. I had a tc with the 2.5L before my 2012 SE V6. I'm very happy with the V6.

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I do mostly city and on occasions a trip to New York I'm from ct. But I was thinking about the 4 since my corolla is 4 and I have an intake and exhaust on it but never had problems with performance just figured I'd ask opinions!


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I do mostly city and on occasions a trip to New York I'm from ct. But I was thinking about the 4 since my corolla is 4 and I have an intake and exhaust on it but never had problems with performance just figured I'd ask opinions!


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If you're going to be driving in all that traffic, it would seem the I4 would be the better choice. You'll rarely get to use the power of a V6 and the gas mileage should be better. I'd even recommend the Hybrid since it has a little more power than the I4 and you'd benefit from the technology meant for stop and go traffic.

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The v6 is amazing. Avg around 23-25 mpg in mixed driving and on longer drives(non hwy mountainous drives) I get 30mpg and over 30 mpgs hwy.. Depends on if you want to spend the extra on the v6 but I think the mpg differences are minimal... Real world mpgs according to consumer reports are only a 1 mpg difference between i4 and v6.. To me it was a no brainer to go for more power


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My 4 is the older 2az-fe, I regret not getting a v6 mainly because I came from a big v8. That's a huge power loss right there. Only nice thing about the 4 is it is a bit funner to drive on those curvy roads.
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You may want to look at the Consumer Reports cost per mile comparisons. The LE 4 was .47 per mile, the XLE hybrid was only .46 and the XLE V6 was .57 per mile for an 8-year period with 15,000 miles a year. The power of the hybrid is just about midway between the L4 and V6. The LE hybrid would be even less per mile than the hybrid XLE.

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I do mostly city and on occasions a trip to New York I'm from ct. But I was thinking about the 4 since my corolla is 4 and I have an intake and exhaust on it but never had problems with performance just figured I'd ask opinions!


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If that's the case I don't see a point in the v6 to sit in traffic with...


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Having just made this decision I can tell you that the 4 cyl is more than enough for daily driving. I regularly carry 3 full sized (almost plus sized adults) in the car with me and I have no issues getting on and off the hwys around here. Passing is also fine without spinning the crap out of the motor.



I drove both the I4 and V6 several times before buying the I4. Yes the V6 is fast but the difference in mileage really made the decision for me. After talking to numerous people about their V6 I learned that it gets 22-23 in city driving and 30-32 on the hwy.

My personal experience with the I4 is 27 city and 37 hwy with my highest mpg pushing 40.


Here’s another thing to consider. Coming from a Corolla, Just about anything is going to feel like a rocket. I personally wouldn’t spend the cash on the V6. I understand the need for power but for me the need for economy is greater. I have a couple of other fast cars to fill my need for speed.

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My 4 is the older 2az-fe, I regret not getting a v6 mainly because I came from a big v8. That's a huge power loss right there. Only nice thing about the 4 is it is a bit funner to drive on those curvy roads.
^ wait, how is the I4 more fun than V6? According to Toyota I4 and V6 have the same curb weight. I had to select SE V6 vs SE I4 and both are 3240lbs.

Also Camry is heavier than Corolla. Best is go test drive.
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I bought I-4.
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I4 works for me

My situation may not be the same as yours - I bought a new 2012 XLE I4 in my early retirement so there are usually 1-2 people in the car, the goal was primarily bought for highway driving. All my comparison vehicles when I was shopping were 4 cylinders, but I had a peppy Chrysler V6 so I knew what I was letting go.

I've driven the Camry for 13 mons & 14,400 mi and been very satisified essentially getting the 25/35 EPA MPGs but my average for over 6000mi since late summer is 30.5 (the EPA avg is 28). I could not make the Hybrid payback work for me nor did the dealer offer near the discount below his invoice or would I get the $500 Edmonds rebate ... all that worked against the payback. That said I now am averaging more like 50/50 highway/city vs 80% highway I'd estimated. But you are not asking about that, purely I4 vs V6. As others above have said that's pretty much -if- fuel cost is a big deal (daily commuter with 1-2 passengers in non mountainous roads), get the I4. If you frequent lots of hills, freeway merges, passing on 2 lane roads (safety more than an issue than MPG gas cost), get the V6. I lived in western CT years ago so unless you are near the Berkshires or have a lot of straighter 2 lane roads than the curves I remember or have car poolers paying for gas, I think the I4 would be my choice.
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^ wait, how is the I4 more fun than V6? According to Toyota I4 and V6 have the same curb weight. I had to select SE V6 vs SE I4 and both are 3240lbs.

Also Camry is heavier than Corolla. Best is go test drive.
The v6 is a bit more nose heavy, at least from the ones I've driven. Can tell a bit of a difference when driving the two hard.

If you do a lot of city driving, you just assume stick with the 4cyl.


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