the steering wheel. Even the most basic Regal gives you a keyless remote entry system, dual zone air-conditioning and programmable power door locks. Apply 200 or more horsepower to this array of equipment and the Regal stands out as one of the highest performing family/luxury cars you’ll find near this price range.
Having won last year’s race to be the most popular passenger car in America, the Toyota Camry is the one to beat. When other brands choose to compare themselves to a midsize family sedan, it’s between this and the Honda Accord. No others ever seem to enter the fray.
The qualities of a Camry are well known. Decent room for five adults, generous trunk, interior ergonomics virtually beyond reproach, choice of peppy four-cylinder or world-class V-6 engine, and so on. It’s not the perfect car, but it’s one of the rarest cars ever associated with “buyer’s remorse.”
Prices for a Camry begin in the mid$17,000 range and don’t stop until nearly $30,000. But competition is fierce and discounting often rampant. Toyota wants to sell plenty of Camrys.
For the money, there may be no more comfortable and reliable automobile. With 133 horsepower, even the lowliest model accelerates well. The 194-horsepower V-6 feels even more powerful than the numbers indicate.
What the Camry doesn’t offer is sportiness, although this is now available in the Solara. The sedan delivers quiet and comfort with few annoyances. www.toyota.com
Steps to take after an accident
If you’re ever involved in an auto accident, you’ll need to make some quick decisions. Here’s a checklist from the United Services Automobile Association Educational Foundation to keep handy:
1. Stop your car in a safe place and turn off the ignition. Turn on your hazard lights. Determine if anyone is injured and, if necessary, administer first aid.
2. Call 911 immediately and report any injuries.
3. If another car is involved, record the car’s year, make, model and license plate number. Get the driver’s name, owner’s name, address, license number and insurance company. Write down names of passengers and witnesses.
4. Record names and badge
numbers of police and emergency personnel at the scene. Ask the investigating officer for a copy of the police report for your insurance claim.
5. Don’t accept any money if another driver is involved, since in doing so you may give up your right to file a claim against the other driver. Don’t mention how much insurance you carry.
6. Write down an account of what happened, draw a rough diagram of the site, and note any preexisting damage. Take pictures if possible. Report the accident to your insurance company. –V.L.G.
Mitsubishi, having had trouble finding itself recently, is trying hard to regain your attention, with a new advertising campaign among other things. To go along with the restructuring is an all-new sedan aimed right at the heart of the midsize family sedan marketplace. With prices ranging from around $17,000 to nearly $25,000, the Galant has a lot of ground to cover.
Four trim levels take this from your basic sedan to something of a