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Car Review: Toyota Camry

This car is sure to make your holidays extra-memorable this year.

By Alan Rider



When you manufacture an automobile that’s been the best-selling car in the U.S. for the past 15 years, you make significant changes to it at your peril. Such is the case with the all-new Toyota Camry.

In this instance, however, the rather substantial revisions to the eighth generation of this popular midsize sedan actually make it a better car all around. Look under the hood, for example, where the available four-cylinder and V6 engines are both significantly more powerful and notably more fuel-efficient. We spent most of our time in the four-cylinder version, and we are convinced that it’s all the engine most folks will ever need. The addition of a healthy 25 horsepower run through a smooth new eight-speed automatic transmission gives this once-unremarkable midsize sedan a sprightly demeanor that it’s never known until now.

The new Camry’s styling has been equally enlivened inside and out. Sweeping lines on the dash and bold grill treatments are just two design high points that make it look anything but stodgy.

Add a slew of new standard safety features, including automatic emergency braking and a lane-departure warning system with lane-keeping assist, and this all-new Toyota Camry has definitely changed for the better.

 

Strengths

  • Outstanding fuel economy with four-cylinder engine
  • Advanced safety features are standard.
  • Handsome, quiet cabin

Weaknesses

  • Lacks ventilated front seats and heated steering wheel
  • Does not have Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone interface
  • Blind-spot warning/rear cross-traffic alert optional

Bottom Line

America’s favorite sedan returns in a reworked form that’s better by every measure.

Pricing

Base Price: $23,495

As Tested: $34,193

Safety

NHTSA: Not tested

IIHS: Not tested

M.P.G. (city/highway)

29/41 (2.5L 4-cylinder/automatic)

22/33 (3.5L V6/automatic)

Interesting Technology

Available hybrid variant with Prius-like fuel economy; V6 SE model’s recalibrated suspension makes it feel downright sporty.

Also Consider

Ford Fusion, Honda Accord

 

This car review originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of AAA World.


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