Midsize sedans make up one of the most competitive vehicle classes in the U.S., but the 2017 Toyota Camry continues a tradition of quality, reliability, comfort and affordability that has made it a best-seller for many years. Unpretentious yet capable, the Camry may not stand out in any one area, but it does almost everything well, fulfilling the needs of a wide variety of buyers.
After a major update two years ago, the Camry remains essentially unchanged for 2017. The higher XLE and XSE trim levels now feature a standard premium infotainment and navigation system, and the Special Edition model has been dropped from the lineup.
The Camry's design is probably best described as handsome, rather than breathtaking. The last refresh gave it a low beltline for increased outward visibility and a more aggressive front-end treatment with a thin upper grille and large lower section that gets wider toward the bottom. Available LED headlights and daytime running lights not only provide better illumination but also add a touch of style.
However, the interior is where the Camry really shines. With a generous amount of headroom and legroom for front-seat occupants, the midsize Toyota also includes one of the largest rear seats in its class. And even the base models come with an array of comfort and convenience features, high-quality materials and a host of safety and technology equipment.
The standard powerplant is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. An optional 3.5-liter V6 ups the power to 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, and both engines come mated to a smooth-shifting, 6-speed electronically controlled transmission. A hybrid model with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is also available.
The 2017 Camry, like its predecessors, is designed for a comfortable, quiet ride, whether on a daily commute in city traffic or fully loaded on a cross-country trip. Although it has no sporting pretensions, the Camry comports itself well enough on the road, handling corners in a stately but confidence-inspiring manner and delivering driver and passengers to their destination with a minimum amount of drama.
Fuel economy for the base Camry with the four-cylinder engine is rated by the EPA at 27 mpg combined (24 city/33 highway). Opting for the V6 lowers the rating to 24 mpg combined (21 city/30 highway).
Trim levels for 2017 include the already well-equipped base Camry LE, the somewhat sportier SE and XSE models and the luxury-oriented XLE. Whatever your particular needs, let Edmunds help you choose the right 2017 Toyota Camry at the right price.