How Long Will a Toyota Camry Last?

November 4th, 2022 by

When you’re shopping for a car to lease or finance, whether it’s new or new to you, we know it’s an investment. It’s not a decision you take lightly. Many people spend weeks thinking about their vehicles’ needs, budgets, and maintenance plans. One of these factors you probably consider is the car’s longevity, such as if it can withstand possible accidents, how many miles it can take you, and what the average lifespan of the car is to determine if it’s worth the money. And Toyota builds its Camry to last for its customers.

How Long Will a Toyota Camry Last?

The Toyota Camry can last between 200,000 and 300,000 miles, which is about 15 to 20 years. The family sedan, known for its reliability, may still be in good condition after 20 years with conscious care and upkeep. It’s a durable vehicle that can withstand even harsh winter conditions when the driver takes proper care of it and schedule regular maintenance checkups to ensure it operates smoothly.

Our team at Red McCombs Toyota compiled all the information you’ll need to know about how long the car can last, how it can do that, and how you can help ensure you get the most out of the vehicle’s lifespan. Maybe you’ll even get a few extra years out of it when you ensure it has everything it needs when it needs it.

Features That Help Prolong Your Camry’s Life

There are several features in the Toyota Camry that can help prolong its life, making it a smart financial investment when purchasing your next car. One feature that helps the car last for over 15 years is its fuel-efficient engine. Typically, the Camry has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which can get you 29 mpg in a city setting and 41 mpg on most highways. Additionally, Toyota builds its cars with you in mind by making sure they’re equipped with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS).

TSS has a whole host of features to keep you and others safe while on the road. Some TSS features in the Camry include forward-collision warnings, blind-spot warnings, and emergency brakes. These features help minimize your risk if you were to get into an accident. Additional safety features of TSS include using radar signals to identify pedestrians on the road and to use cruise control properly. To identify pedestrians in front of or behind your car, the TSS uses radar technology to help minimize the chances of colliding with them.

The radar signals can also help you use cruise control by using a small camera on the windshield, helping you maintain the right amount of distance from the car in front of you in cruise control mode. TSS also lets you know when you’re shifting towards another lane without your turn signal on by employing lane departure assistance. All these safety features can help reduce your risk of getting into a car accident, preserving your car’s lifespan and keeping you and others safe inside.

The Steps You Can Take To Help Maintain the Car’s Life

While there are great safety features in the Camry, you can take additional steps to ensure you maintain the car’s life. Some activities you can complete by yourself or schedule appointments for technicians to handle them for you include:

Adhere to the Recommended Maintenance Schedule

Adhere to the recommended maintenance schedule your dealership shares with you about the Camry. Often, this information is from the manufacturers, and they know when to replace, upgrade, or rotate elements regarding the car. This can include when to inspect and change the windshield wipers, refill the wiper fluids, and add more coolants. The coolant, such as anti-freeze, helps ensure your car can start up without damaging the engine on cooler San Antonio, Texas, nights in the colder seasons.

Adhering to this schedule helps ensure your car lasts the 20-year average and then some.

Complete Regular Oil Changes and Tire Rotations

Whether you do it yourself or schedule an appointment for an oil change or tire rotation, it’s important to do these tasks regularly. Typically, the industry recommends changing your car oil between every 5,000 and 8,000 miles. It’s important to have fresh oil in your car because it helps remove debris, keeps the engine from overheating, and allows the car to operate smoothly. Not changing the oil when you’re supposed to can cause the engine to wear and tear, lowering its average lifespan.

The industry also recommends rotating your tires between every 5,000 and 8,000 miles, making it easy to remember when to change the oil.

Clean the Interior and Exterior of Your Camry

Make sure you clean the interior and exterior of your Camry regularly. Taking care of the outside of the car can help reduce its chances of rusting. Car rust can cause damage to the overall frame if you don’t address it right when you find it. Rust can also soften the car’s metal, making it less durable if you were to get into an accident. Cleaning and caring for the exterior helps you inspect the vehicle and rectify the situation.

Additionally, keeping the inside orderly helps keep the air clean, which is especially helpful with the car’s air filters.

Learn About Your Car

You may find it beneficial to read the owner’s manual when you get your car. This can help you understand what to look for in the Camry to determine if it requires expert attention, such as if the car’s alignment is off or needs an oil change. The manual is for helping you learn your car to keep it in top-notch shape, so it lasts.

Here at Red McCombs Toyota, we’re committed to helping preserve the life of your brand-new or pre-loved Toyota Camry. Contact us if you have any questions regarding the upkeep of your vehicle to keep it operating efficiently and effectively. Or when you’re in the San Antonio, Texas, area, drop by the dealership to talk to our Toyota experts. We’re here to help and value your business.


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