The Toyota Camry has always been one of the best midsize sedans. It was never the best at anything in particular, but great all around. This made it the obvious choice for people who were looking at this segment, and wanted something predictable and reliable. Naturally, it had its flaws, like all cars do, but they weren’t enough to put off most people from purchasing it. The newest, 2017 model aims to improve the Camry further, rounding off all the edges of the previous year vehicle.
Changes have been minimal, but they are noticeable.
For starters, the XLE and XSE trims now get a premium sound system in standard configuration, as opposed to a lower-quality standard one. The Special Edition trim level which was introduced last year has now been discontinued, but that’s pretty much it. The rest is the same, a familiar Camry. Can it still keep up with the rest of the pack?
Design-wise, we think so. It’s certainly nothing radical, but it does still look fresh and sharp as the day this generation came out. It is starting to get just a bit dated, but not much. It’s understated, but not to the extent that the previous generation was. If you want a good looking sedan which won’t attract attention but isn’t ugly by any means, the Camry’s perfect for you.
The 2017 Camry can be had in four different trims, plus a hybrid. The hybrid isn’t a trim, but rather a separate model of the Camry, so we’ll leave it out for the sake of this article. The base trim is the LE, for which you get A/C, keyless entry and cruise control, just to name a few gadgets. For most people, it’s more than enough. The SE builds on that with bigger alloys, a sports suspension and better interior materials. Next we have the XSE which features LED daytime running lights, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control and a better audio package. The flagship XLE has the same features as the XSE, but receives the LE’s comfort suspension instead of the sport one and doesn’t get the sporty bits. It’s the best trim by far, but if you can’t stretch it, the LE is just as good.
Every Camry is front-wheel drive as there’s no all-wheel drive option. The base engine option is a 2.5 liter four-cylinder with 178 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission which, although isn’t the best, does a good job of shifting gears. It’s capable of reaching 60 mph in 8.3 seconds which is respectable, but still below average.
The XSE and XLE trims get a 3.5 liter V6 with 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. The larger V6 enables them to reach 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, an impressive result for the segment. The 4-cylinder should return around 29 mpg, with the V6 being slightly worse at 24 mpg.
Like we said, it may not be perfect, but it’s more than decent. With prices expected to start at around $23,100 for the base model, it certainly isn’t the cheapest too, but the bang for buck value is amongst the highest.