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).

Performance Pros

Toyota Camry

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

Performance Cons

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

Interior Pros

Toyota Camry

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

Interior Cons

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.