The latest Toyota Camry following its 2015 model year update pursues a compelling formula that keeps it at the top of the heap as America’s bestselling passenger car. Retaining its long touted reliability, versatility, and constant hand at providing compliant transportation for all walks of life, the 2016 Camry remains unchanged with the exception of a Special Edition model based on the sporty SE trim.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Toyota Camry is available in five trim levels starting with the base LE at a price of $23,070. The sportier SE with a darkened lower grill on the front fascia has a starting price of $23,840. The Special Edition starts at $$25,715, providing a split between the higher XSE and XLE trims. The sporty XSE starts at $26,310 while the XLE starts at $26,310 -- both can be had with an optional V6 engine in place of the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Our favorite trim, the XSE, adds desirable features to fit its sporty character, such as:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • LED running lights
  • Leather and synthetic suede upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • 4-way power passenger's seat (in addition to 8-way power driver's seat)

The 2016 Toyota Camry also offers the availability of several luxury amenities, active safety features, and highly desirable convenience options, such as keyless entry and ignition, hands-free trunk opening, sunroof, wireless phone charger, auto dimming rearview mirror, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. A technology package can also be added to bundle adaptive cruise control, pre-collision warning and braking system, lane departure warning, auto high-beam control, and a 10-speaker JBL audio system.

Performance Pros

Toyota Camry Rear Quarter

The 2016 Toyota Camry has two engine choices, the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque, or a 3.5-liter V6 with 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. In either case, the engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, with the exception of the Camry Hybrid, which receives a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

  • Quick acceleration from the Camry XSE V6 or XLE V6 trims with a zero to 60 mph time of 6.2 seconds.
  • An engaging balance of suspension dampening and handling characteristics from the sportier SE and XSE trims.
  • Refined six-speed automatic transmission that provides consistent, smooth, and direct shifts.

Performance Cons

  • Soft suspension in the LE and XLE trims is somewhat passive when taking sharp turns or curvy exit ramps
  • Driver engagement falls slightly behind some competitors in the LE and XLE trims.

Interior Pros

  • Excellent fit and finish throughout the cabin with clever use of soft-touch surfaces and minimal plastic trim pieces.
  • Spacious interior with excellent accommodation for adults of virtually any size in the front or rear seats.
  • Simplistic and user-friendly vehicle, infotainment, and climate controls.

Interior Cons

  • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system graphics are not as clear or contrasting as competitors.
  • Fixed rear seat headrests.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Toyota Camry

The 2016 Toyota Camry proves to offer something for most in its wide array of trims and two engine choices. The most surprising aspect is the availability of the XSE or XLE with the V6 engine garnering ample power that is desirable for light-hearted enthusiasts.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Even though the overall interior conforms to exuding excellent build quality, the abundant use of hard plastics still keeps the Camry's cabin from having a truly luxurious feel.

The Bottom Line

Toyota Camry Interior

The 2016 Toyota Camry, following its updated design and character from the 2015 model year, continues to offers promised reliability, a compliant and smooth ride, and an economical drivetrain with the four-cylinder engine or hybrid engines for a decent price. To boot, the added benefit of the new Special Edition trim, along with the sporty SE and XSE trim levels, add a uniquely exciting character to the formula.