Toyota Camry

2016 Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry reigns as Americas best-selling car, despite zealous competition from the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, and Mazda6. Redesigned for 2014, the current-generation Camry got a thorough freshening for 2015, including body stiffening and more sound insulation.

Little is new for the 2016 model year except for a new Camry Special Edition. Smartphone navigation has been added to the Entune Audio Plus system.

The Camry is refined, modern, and surprisingly bold in appearance. Cabins are roomy and refined, though trim elements in the base LE model look a bit barren.

The Camry XLE, in particular, delivers a sophisticated experience, blending the familiar smooth ride with greater control and stability. For more invigorating responses, the Camry SE and XSE ride on 18-inch wheels and tires and a firmer suspension, while losing little in ride comfort.

Three powertrains are available. Standard is a 178-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which trails in performance compared to its rivals. The 3.5-liter V6, developing 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, is stronger and more satisfying, capable of 0-60 mph acceleration in less than 6 seconds, which is pretty quick.

Toyota also offers a fuel-efficient Camry Hybrid gas-electric car, and its a smooth, sophisticated machine, very pleasant to drive.

In the highly competitive family-sedan category, Camry stands tall in terms of features, including up-to-date, lag-free infotainment systems with intuitive menu selections. Even the base Camry LE comes with Entune audio/infotainment, six speakers, touchscreen, voice recognition, USB port, Bluetooth phone/audio streaming. Midrange models step up to Entune Audio Plus, featuring a new Connected Navigation Scout GPS Link App.

Active safety features include Lane Departure Alert, a Pre-Collision System with automatic high beams, and a Blind-spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Adaptive cruise control is available.

Camry has mixed results in crash-testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a Good score in each category. Coupled with an Advanced score for frontal crash protection, the Camry earned Top Safety Pick+ honors. Testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration resulted in a five-star overall rating, but four-star for frontal and side pole collisions. Those figures place Camry below the scores for Honda Accord and Subaru Legacy.


2015 Toyota Camry

If it aint broke, dont fix it. Its a treasured piece of American folk wisdom that makes all kinds of sense in terms of home maintenance. And no sense at all in terms of the automotive industry. While a vehicle may be satisfactory in every sense, thats not enough; it has to look new. In an industry where the pace of change is dizzying, no carmaker can afford to rest on its laurels, particularly when it comes to styling.

The 2015 Toyota Camry is an excellent case in point. Camry has been the bestselling car in America for 12 years straight, and at this writing is on pace to make it 13 in a row. Nevertheless, only three years after its most recent major redesign, Toyota has made an extensive overhaul of its bestseller for the 2015 model year.

Toyota isnt saying all-new here, and thats appropriate: aside from a slightly wider track, the chassis is basically unchanged, and the three engine options, 178-hp four-cylinder (standard), 265-hp 3.5-liter V6, and four-cylinder hybrid, all carry over. Thats also true of the 6-speed automatic transmission.

However, not much of the previous Camry exists above the integrated frame rails. With the exception of the roof, every exterior panel on the 2015 Camry is new, overall length has increased 1.8 inches (to 190.9), and everything inside the cabin has been redesigned and refurbished. Toyota claims that the update to the 2015 Camry entails more than 2000 new parts, a staggering total that has to include a whole bunch of fasteners, clips, bolts, and screws.

Still, while its considered to be a member of the seventh generation, theres no mistaking the 2015 Camry for the 2014 Camry.

So why would Toyota mess with success? After all, the Camry has succeeded for 32 years on a foundation of Toyotas long-established virtues: durability, reliability, value, and strong resale. But the companys product planners and market research troops have finally come to grips with a criticism leveled by automotive magazines for years: the Camry may be solid goods, but its been the personification of bland, an impression thats been reinforced by cautious styling.

The word caution does not apply to the exterior of 2015 Camry. In fact, in some trim levels (the 2015 Camry ES and 2015 Camry ESC), one might even employ the word bold. Intended as the sportier versions of the Camry, those two get an aggressive new fascia reminiscent of the Lexus spindle grille, but arguably better looking. The 2015 Camry LE and 2015 Camry XLE have a new three-bar grille. All versions of the 2015 Toyota Camry sport new LED running lights plus strong character creases on the side panels.

Camrys have never been head-turners before, but the 2015 Camry rates a second glance.

The overhaul extends inside, where every surface has been refurbished, a redesign that includes some very fancy stitchery on supple leather-clad seats in high trim levels.

In addition to adding some visual moxie to the Camrys persona, Toyota hopes to elevate perceptions of its fun-to-drive factor. To that end, there have been some subtle tweaks to the suspension tuning of the sportier versions and selective chassis stiffening. Toyota has also expanded the sporty model range from one, Camry XS, to two, adding the fancier Camry XSE. However, this wasnt motivated so much by the goal of raising the Camrys sporty personal as it was increasing sales. Toyota found that the XS accounted for 40 percent of Camry sales, and that the composition of that 40 percent was much younger than the more traditional models.

While the styling definitely gives the 2015 Camry a much stronger curbside presence, the adjustments in the driver gratification department are harder to perceive. Handling distinctions between the sportier models and the mainstream versions are subtle, and the same applies to differences between this mid-generation update and its predecessor. But for many, the bolder styling, plus traditional Camry strengths, will be more than enough to keep this solid sedan at the top of the charts.


2014 Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is not only Americas best-selling midsize sedan, its been the best-selling passenger car of any size for the past 11 years straight, and for 15 of the last 16 years. Camry sales topped 10 million in 2013, coincidentally the nameplates 30th anniversary. One in five Toyotas sold in the U.S. is a Camry.

Clearly, the Camry appeals to a large and broad audience. Toyota claims the Camry is the safest, quietest, most fuel-efficient car in its class, and we have no reason to doubt those claims.

Camry is an attractive car, with clean sides and nice edges. Benefitting from the latest impact energy management engineering, its built on a rigid chassis using a lot of high-strength steel and ultra high-strength steel.

The interior is nice, the dashboard neat and stylish, the instrument panel pretty and functional. Storage spaces are well thought-out, and a 60/40 split rear seat is standard.

New for 2014 is the four-cylinder Camry SE Sport, which features the same 18-inch wheels as the V6 model, plus a power-adjustable drivers seat and power moonroof. That expands the 2014 Toyota Camry lineup to seven models, from the stripped-down Camry L to the sport-tuned SE to two versions of the environmentally friendly Camry Hybrid. Camry was completely redesigned for 2012.

The 2014 Camry offers a choice of four-cylinder, V6 or hybrid power. The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder makes 178 horsepower. The 3.5-liter V6 produces 268 horsepower. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated City/Highway 25/35 mpg with the four-cylinder, 21/30 mpg with the V6, 43/39 mpg for the hybrid.

We were impressed with the smooth and responsive acceleration from the four-cylinder as well as the fuel economy. Toyota boasts a range of almost 600 miles. The V6 delivers stronger torque, so its more powerful and more responsive around town in addition to being smoother.

The tuned suspension in the sporty Camry SE might be too firm for some. We did not find the Camry SE uncomfortable, but we did find the softer Camry XLE more relaxing around town. We preferred Camry SEs tighter steering in all circumstances.

Camry Hybrid uses a 2.5-liter Atkinson Cycle engine rated 156 horsepower, in tandem with a 105 kW permanent magnet AC electric motor, which by itself can produce 199 pounds-feet of torque at up to 1500 rpm. Combined net output is 200 horsepower. The Hybrid feels like a totally different car than other models, as it slows everything down and makes the vehicle feel bigger. Toyota has been a leader in hybrid technology but the Honda Accord Hybrid seems to have the edge here. The Environmental Protection Agency rates the 2014 Camry Hybrid LE at 43/39 mpg City/Highway, and the Camry Hybrid XLE at 40/38 mpg.

The choices among midsize sedans are bigger and broader than ever and car buyers are the winners. Midsize sedans that compete with Toyota Camry include Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Altima, Mazda6, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Volkswagen Passat.


2013 Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is America's best-selling midsize sedan. Toyota claims the Camry is the safest, quietest, most fuel-efficient car in its class, and we have no reason to doubt those claims.

Camry was completely redesigned for the 2012 model year and carries into the 2013 model largely unchanged, though the 2013 Camry does benefit from some additional equipment upgrades. Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity is standard across the 2013 Camry line. The Blind Spot Monitor adds a rear cross traffic alert function and is available on more models for 2013. 2013 Camry Hybrid models now sport the same soft-touch inner door panels as the non-hybrid Camry models. Leather-equipped 2013 Camrys feature accent stitching on the inner doors.

This seventh-generation Toyota Camry is an attractive car, with clean sides and nice edges. It's about the same size as the 2007-11 models. Benefitting from the latest impact energy management engineering, it's built on a rigid chassis using a lot of high-strength steel and ultra high-strength steel.

The interior is nice, the leather dashboard neat and stylish, the instrument panel pretty and functional. Storage spaces are well thought-out, and a 60/40 split rear seat is standard.

Five models of the 2013 Camry range from the stripped-down Camry L to the sport-tuned Camry SE to the environmentally friendly Camry Hybrid.

Camry offers a choice of four-cylinder, V6 or hybrid power. The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder makes 178 horsepower. The 3.5-liter V6 produces 268 horsepower. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated City/Highway 25/35 mpg with the four-cylinder, 21/30 mpg with the V6.

We were impressed with the smooth and responsive acceleration from the four-cylinder as well as the fuel economy. Toyota boasts a range of almost 600 miles.

The tuned suspension in the sporty Camry SE might be too firm for some; we didn't find the Camry SE uncomfortable, but we did find the softer Camry XLE more relaxing around town. We preferred the SE's tighter steering in all circumstances.

The Camry Hybrid uses a 2.5-liter Atkinson Cycle engine, with more horsepower and electric power than in previous generations. It feels like a totally different car than other models, as it slows everything down and makes the vehicle feel bigger. The Environmental Protection Agency rates the 2013 Camry Hybrid LE at 43/39 mpg City/Highway, Camry Hybrid XLE at 40/38 mpg.

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