There are no significant changes for 2022 in Toyota’s Camry sedan, which received a multimedia and safety upgrade last year. It continues as a six-model range, with Ice Edge paint now available on more than just the high-performance TRD model. The latter has gained an exclusive Cavalry Blue paint color.
Choosing Your Toyota Camry
The 2022 Camry range starts at $26,320 for a front-wheel-drive LE model (all prices include destination), while AWD is a $1,400 upgrade. SE and SE Nightshade start at $27,860 and $28,560 respectively, while XLE starts at $31,070 and is the first model available with a V6 engine for $5,125 extra. This is also true of XSE, which starts from $31,620, while the V6-only TRD variant is available from $33,385.
Most Camrys are powered by Toyota’s trusty 2.5-liter gas engine, which generates 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This is supplied to either the front or all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, returning an EPA-estimated 28 miles per gallon city, 39 mpg highway, and 32 combined. This drops in higher trims to 27/38/31, while AWD pushes it down further to 25/34/29 MPG in LE and SE trims, and 28 combined in higher specs. The TRD returns 22/31/25 MPG.
Dropping the larger 3.5-liter V6 gas engine into higher-spec Camry models ups their power output to 301 HP and 267 lb-ft of torque, though fuel economy sinks to 22/32/26 MPG. The high-performance TRD is even more of a gas-guzzler, returning 22/31/25 MPG.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)|
|2.5-liter / FWD LE/SE||203 hp||184 lb-ft||28/39/32 mpg|
|2.5-liter / FWD XLE/XSE||203 hp||184 lb-ft||27/38/31 mpg|
|2.5-liter / AWD LE/SE||203 hp||184 lb-ft||25/34/29 mpg|
|2.5-liter / AWD XLE/XSE||203 hp||184 lb-ft||25/34/28 mpg|
|3.5-liter / V6 XLE/XSE||301 hp||267 lb-ft||22/32/26 mpg|
|3.5-liter / V6 TRD||301 hp||267 lb-ft||22/31/25 mpg|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the five-seater Camry stands at 15.1 cubic feet with the rear seats in place.
There’s a high level of automation across the Camry range, with automatic LED lamps, daytime running lights, and auto high beam alongside hill start assist. Ten airbags pepper the cabin alongside whiplash injury-lessening seats, while the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver aids is present. This includes pre-collision with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, road sign recognition, and dynamic radar cruise control. You’ll need XLE trim or above to benefit from blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts.
Safety is strong across the board, but in terms of infotainment, you get what you pay for with the Camry. LE, SE, and TRD models receive a seven-inch touchscreen with six speakers, and there’s smartphone compatibility alongside Toyota’s Alexa app. XLE and XSE enjoy a larger nine-inch touchscreen, while V6 variants are boosted by a nine-speaker JBL audio system with its own amp and subwoofer.
It may have a less impressive infotainment system, but the most affordable Camry still rocks up with 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate, a 4.2-inch TFT display behind the steering wheel, and power for both front seats including power lumbar for the driver. There’s dynamic radar-guided cruise control, remote keyless entry, and a USB-C charging port alongside USB-A and 12V sockets.
There are various packs on LE, but the $2,760 Cold Weather Package combines a number of standalone features – a power moonroof, heated steering wheel and seats, smart key, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. You can add a blind spot monitor separately for $680, which is a worthwhile upgrade.
A sport mesh front grille and 18-inch black alloys characterize SE models, alongside dual chrome exhaust tips and a color-keyed spoiler. In the cabin, sports seats face onto a leather-trimmed steering wheel with paddle gear shifters.
Packages are the same as on LE.
There’s liberal use of black across the SE Nightshade’s exterior, from the rear spoiler and alloy wheels to the heated and power outside mirrors. The front seats are trimmed in SofTex, but there are otherwise no differences from SE models.
The only option on Nightshade is a $1,280 Blind Spot Monitor pack, combining BSM and rear cross-traffic alert with a smart key and auto-dimming rearview mirror.
A chrome-accented grille and 18-inch gray alloy wheels are standout external features on XLE models, but it’s the interior where the price jump over LE becomes evident. There are heated leather seats, keyless entry with push-button start, and wireless charging on a dash with wood inlays and ambient lighting. The big multimedia news is the inclusion of a larger nine-inch touchscreen system, while safety is bolstered with full-speed dynamic radar cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts. There’s also a larger nine-inch TFT information display.
V6 versions also receive a panoramic glass roof with a tilt/slide front section, a ten-inch color head-up display, and a JBL audio system.
Navigation can be added from $1,760, bundled with the Cold Weather package for $1,910, or specified with a panoramic power glass roof for $3,120.
There are subtle styling differences compared to XLE trim, including 19-inch alloy wheels and quad chrome exhaust tips, but the only internal differences are details like patterned metal interior trim. As on XLE, V6 models gain a ten-inch HUD, a nine-speaker stereo with subwoofer and amp, and a panoramic moonroof with an opening front section.
This is the first model with a Driver Assist Package available. It costs $4,550 but includes a bird’s eye view camera setup, clearance sonar, and rear cross-traffic braking, alongside ventilated front seats, a premium audio and navigation setup, and that power moonroof.
As the most affordable route into V6 ownership, TRD models miss out on features found lower down the Camry range, including the moonroof and the larger seven-inch information display. The cabin is unique in receiving a single-zone climate, and luxuries like wireless smartphone charging are notable by their absence; you can’t even drop the rear seat bench. What you do get is SofTex front seats with red seatbelts and stitching, a matching leather-trimmed steering wheel and instrument panel, aluminum sports pedals, and a black leather shift knob with red stitching.
A bespoke TRD Premium Audio package upgrades the standard sound system for $1,585.
TRD is too basic despite its sporting credentials, while XSE’s improvements over XLE aren’t worth the extra $550. Similarly, SE Nightshade is all show and no extra go compared to SE models. Despite costing over $30,000, we’d recommend XLE for its infotainment and safety roster.