The Toyota Camry quietly debuted late in the 1983 model year, when Toyota replaced its old rear-wheel-drive Corona with the front-wheel-drive Camry, a car aimed specifically at the U.S. market. From these humble beginnings, the Camry would go on to dominate the midsize family sedan segment for virtually all of the next quarter-century, as consumers immediately embraced it for its high build quality, comfortable ride and impressive durability.
New or used, the Camry comes pretty highly recommended. As the Camry sells in such high numbers, finding one that matches your criteria should be pretty easy. It is worth noting that the family segment has improved greatly in the past few years. Many competing sedans have matched or outpaced the Camry in terms of quality and desirability, particularly in comparison to the sixth-generation model. The newly redesigned Camry, however, has largely shored up the car's reputation as a go-to choice.
Current Toyota Camry
The five-passenger Toyota Camry is offered with a choice of two engines. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder produces 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque, while a 3.5-liter V6 making 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque is available as an option. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered, and sends power to the front wheels.
The four-cylinder is the only engine offered in the base L and LE trims. The Camry L's feature highlights include air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth, a touchscreen display and a six-speaker sound system with a USB interface. Stepping up to the LE gets you a few more features, while the SE spices things up with a sport-tuned suspension and sporty styling treatments. The luxurious XLE reverts to a softer suspension and adds features such as a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats and leather upholstery (V6). A premium audio system with a larger touchscreen and upgraded navigation system can be added to XLE models.
In reviews, we've praised the Toyota Camry's new interior, which benefits from roomy seats, admirable outward visibility and well-placed controls. The biggest improvement is in the quality of materials used throughout the cabin, with an abundance of soft-touch surfaces and stitching that we're used to seeing on more upmarket cars. Toyota's Entune smartphone integration system is also praiseworthy, bringing with it such high-tech features as Bing search functions, streaming Internet audio, and traffic, sports and stock information.
On the road, the Camry provides the comfort and the quiet and smooth ride that should please a wide swath of midsize sedan shoppers. Power and fuel economy are excellent with either engine as well. The only major downside is the car's handling, which isn't as lively or engaging as that of other top family sedans, such as the Honda Accord or Nissan Altima.
Read the most recent 2014 Toyota Camry review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Toyota Camry page.
For more on past Toyota Camry models, view our Toyota Camry history page.