The New Toyota Camry – Best in its Class

Toyota made some big changes when it came to their family four-door this year. In the class of four-door sedans, it was not uncommon for people to call the Toyota Camry boring. Toyota’s president Akio Toyoda decided to change that perception this year. The company has completely redesigned the Toyota Camry, giving it a gritty, more sports like appeal to it. The Toyota Camry no longer looks like a boring old family car. And it doesn’t drive like one either.

The new design features edgy lines and angles. This eighth-generation Toyota Camry has almost two extra inches in the wheelbase, making it longer and roomier. They also lowered the roof and beltline, which prevents passengers from feeling like they’re sitting in a bucket seat. The exterior is sculpted in the front towards a lower grill, and the interior has a stylish cut across the C-pillar. SE and XSE models have even more sculpted exteriors, and the XSE also offers a black roof and a red-and-black internal color scheme. The center console sports a touchscreen that is integrated, but the console still has knobs for easy use. The high spec Camrys have graining in the interior, as well as soft-touch plastic and padded surfaces. Toyota Camry features the Entune 3.0 infotainment system here, with a big upgrade in the app-based navigation system. The navigation works through a connected Apple or Android phone and the Scout app.

Some of the biggest changes come in the engine. The architecture of the engine is from Toyota’s TNGA styling. Previously holding a four-cylinder, today’s Camry sports a direct-and-port-injected 2.5-liter inline-four. This has a longer stroke and higher compression ratio and has electrical variable valve timing for the intake. Output has 178-203 horsepower and 170 -184 lb-ft of torque. In the XSE however, with it’s quad exhaust outlets, that goes up to 206 horsepower and 186 torque. As other competitors choose to move forward with turbocharged engines, Toyota Camry returns with a V-6. This provides 301 horsepower and 267 torque, and both the four and six cylinder engines have traded out their six-speed automatic for an eight-speed unit.

The lineup for the Toyota Camry is divided between S and L, the sport and luxury models. The sport side starts with SE (four-cylinder/hybrid) and XSE (four-cylinder/V6). The luxury side starts with L (four-cylinder), LE (four-cylinder/hybrid) and XLE (four-cylinder/V6/hybrid). The changes in the engine mean that the car runs dramatically different than before. When tested, the new Toyota Camry was found to be energetic and balanced. The V-6 engine outperformed all of its competitors, spare the Ford Fusion, which has two additional turbos in their model. If buyers choose to go with the V-6 engine, it comes with other upgrades: panoramic sunroof, premium JBL audio, Wi-Fi, wireless charging for devices and an 8.0 inch touchscreen.

Toyota has always maintained high-priority values with their cars, and this years Toyota Camry is no exception. In the L model, the EPA chose 28 mpg for the city and 39 mpg for the highway. The V-6 engine still optimizes gas mileage, with the XSE getting 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. The XLE receives 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. Safety is always high-priority with Toyota Camry, sporting the standard forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking. It also has adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, steering assist and auto high beams. Buyers can get blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alerts. The price point start at $24,390 for the L and go up from there, thanks to the many new features and benefits. But when it comes to safety and performance, it’s worth the extra cash.

When it comes to four-door sedans, in recent years buyers have been passing them up in favor of SUV’s. Toyota couldn’t just let their Camry stay the same this year. The new Toyota Camry features and styling make this sedan worth the double take. The Toyota Camry is brand new and ready to meet buyers needs in safety, driveability, and style.