Cosmic Gray Mica; Leather Package ($1,490 -- includes leather-trimmed ultrasuede seats, leather door trim with integrated armrests, multistage heated front seats, four-way power adjustable front passenger seat); Convenience Package ($1,195 -- includes Smart Key system on driver and passenger doors, trunk and keyless push-button start; integrated back-up camera; auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass; HomeLink universal transceiver; anti-theft alarm system); Display Audio With Navigation and Entune ($1,050 -- includes 6.1-inch touchscreen AM/FM/HD radio and single-CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability; HDD navigation system; Sirius/XM Satellite Radio and XM Select package including NavTraffic, NavWeather, fuel and sports and stocks with 90-day trial subscription; iTunes tagging; auxiliary audio jack and USB port with iPod connectivity; vehicle information display; hands-free phone capability; phonebook access; advance voice recognition; text-to-speech with programmed and customizable text responses; music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology); Moonroof Package ($915 -- includes power tilt/slide moonroof with one-touch open/close feature, dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors, rear-seat reading lamps); California Emissions ($0); Carpeted Floor Mats ($130); Rear Bumper Applique ($69); Cargo Net ($49)
$27,898 (plus $760 destination)
Naturally aspirated, port-injected inline-4
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
178 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
170 @ 4,100
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 3.30; II = 1.90; III = 1.42; IV = 1.00; V = 0.713; VI = 0.608; Reverse = 4.148; FD = 0.608
Strong for a naturally aspirated four-cylinder, revs hard. But for some reason, was 0.5 second slower to 60 mph than the last four-cylinder Camry we tested. Sport mode (with power braking) was quickest, as it let the car rev to 6,200 rpm instead of 5,800, and shifts quickly. Manual shifting is via console lever (pull back for downshifts) or paddles. Does not hold gears to rev limiter. Sort of blips the throttle.
Very firm pedal and not too much ABS commotion or tire squeal. Moderate dive from the body, and the rear tires would lock up enough to cause the rear to kick slightly to the right each time. First stop was 124 feet. Shortest was 5th stop at 123 feet.
Skid pad: Good steering effort around the skid pad, could actually feel what the front tires were up to. Still, not much you could do about it, though. It just wants to understeer. ESC has high limits when on. But it's rather abrupt about cutting in when it does come on. Slalom: This is a Camry? Seriously, it's not that bad at all. Steering has some feel, even if effort is a bit artificially heavy. Suspension has good damping and corners pretty flat. The tires are a letdown, as they give up and start sliding pretty easily. The Camry needs to be manhandled, thrown around the cones, to reach its max time. But with ESC on, you need to be very smooth to keep the system from stabbing the brakes. Thankfully the intervention is pretty high.