The Toyota Camry is the product of an ongoing case study of the American family and its transportation needs. The Camry's combination of comfort, usability, agreeable design and appliance-like reliability have made it the single bestselling car in the United States for the past fourteen years in a row while preserving consistently high resale value. If you shop for vehicles based on function and value, the Camry will be at the top of your list—and will likely end up in your garage.
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2017 Toyota Camry Overview
What's New for 2017
The XSE and XLE receive an optional upgraded Entune infotainment package with a JBL sound system. If you prefer the sounds and maps on your mobile device, the XLE and four-cylinder XSE now feature a Qi wireless smartphone charger. The trendy Blue Streak paint which was part of 2016's Special Edition is now available on all SE and XSE models. Otherwise, the Camry carries over unchanged—even the MSRPs for each model are the same as for 2016.
Choosing Your Toyota Camry
The Camry is the very image of the modern family sedan. Bodywork that combines aerodynamic slipperiness with contemporary style encloses a comfortable interior loaded with convenience and tech equipment. A multitude of standard safety features either try to prevent accidents (Toyota's all-encompassing Star Safety System) or protect occupants when they happen (ten airbags, whiplash-mitigating front seats).
Power—either 178 horsepower from the inline-4 or a rousing 268 horsepower from the V6 available on the XLE and XSE—is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Each wheel is suspended independently and stopped by a disc brake. The steering uses electric power assist.
The Camry is available in four trim levels:
The Camry is at its best when taken for what it is: sensible, straightforward family transportation. The LE brings all the important features without excessive expense or complexity.
2017 Toyota Camry Review
The Camry has long been a staple in the Toyota lineup thanks to its reliability, roominess, and, as of late, sharp performance. The 2017 Camry will carry on without any major changes, despite some areas, like the powertrain, showing their age.
Despite it starting to show signs of aging, can the 2017 Camry still deliver the goods? Continue reading to find out.
Pricing and Equipment
The Toyota Camry rolls into the 2017 model year with a base price that starts out at an affordable $23,935 (destination charges included). Now, don’t start thinking that this is some stripped-down base model, as it comes standard with:
- Auto headlights
- Heated mirrors
- Keyless entry
- Rearview camera
- 6.1-inch Entune infotainment system
Buyers can up the premium feel of the base model with the $1,749 Camry Premier Package, which includes XSP brake caliper covers and 18-inch diamond-cut BBS wheels with Michelin. Other trims include the SE ($24,705), XLE ($27,175), and the XSE ($27,175).
The Camry is a surprising piece of machinery, mostly due to its optional V6. With this 268-horsepower engine installed, the Camry morphs into a sports sedan that sprints to 60 mph in the low six-second range. We also noted that the chassis is a perfect balance between comfort and sportiness.
- Optional V6 engine delivers the power needed to match its competitors
- Respectable fuel economy from both gasoline powertrains
- Nice combination of handling and comfort
While the V6 is plenty powerful, the 178-horsepower four-cylinder is far less impressive. This engine also doesn’t pair well with the standard six-speed automatic, leading to delayed downshifts.
- The 2.5-liter four-cylinder is a little wheezy
- Tricky downshifts with the base engine
- Both gasoline engines need updates
The interior of the Camry is simply amazing. It makes you feel as if you’re in a far more expensive car with its comfy seats, premium features, whisper-quiet ride, and roominess. We also fell in love with its infotainment system, which, in contrast to many, is intuitive and easy to use.
- The cabin is well insulated from outside noise
- Infotainment system is robust and easy to use
- Comfortable seats with lots of room
There is very little not to like about the Camry’s cabin, but we did note that while the headroom was plentiful, our editors found the back seat too tight to sit three across.
- Lacks the shoulder room to fit three adults in the rear seats
The Most Pleasant Surprise
Few buyers think of the Camry as a sports sedan, but with its V6 engine, is quite close to being one. Not only is it fast for its class, but it also handles well while delivering a comfortable ride.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
There wasn’t much not to like about the Camry, but if there was one thing that we can point to as a weak spot, it’s the four-cylinder engine. This powerplant is really showing its age and Toyota would benefit from replacing it with a more responsive turbocharged engine.
The Bottom Line
The 2017 Toyota Camry is what it is. It’s a midsize family sedan with aspirations of being a sports sedan. It delivers the perfect blend of sportiness and comfort with the V6 engine, and it all comes at a fair price.
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