Camry’s four-cylinder and V6 engines return unaltered, as does the Hybrid’s gasoline-electric power team.
For years the Toyota Camry has been one of the principal pack leaders in the mid-size sedan segment. However, being on top doesn’t automatically guarantee success with the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion and several other mid-size marques chasing your tailpipe. To appeal to new and existing buyers alike, Toyota has sharpened the Camry’s claws in one of the brand’s more dramatic adjustments. The most obvious change is the dramatically different front end where a new spindle-style grille/air intake has been installed. There are new new gauges, a reshaped control panel and recovered seats with better-quality fabrics. One neat feature is an available wireless charging system located in a bin ahead of the shifter that will energize your smart phone or similar electronic device without having to plug it in. Virtually unchanged are the Camry’s three power teams that are proven stalwarts and remain competitive against the rest of the field. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder is the primary workhorse for the majority of Camrys and provides 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. The carryover Camry Hybrid drivetrain consists of a 156-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine linked to a 105-kilowatt (141 horsepower) electric motor for a net system output of 200 horsepower and 199 pound-feet. The Hybrid earns a rating of 39 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway; numbers that are attainable only if you keep a light touch on the gas pedal. Both gasoline engines are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions, while the Hybrid employs a continuously variable unit (CVT). Camry drivers are treated to a retuned suspension (sport-tuned for the SE version). The electric-power-steering rack has also been tweaked for greater straight-line stability and a more direct feel while turning. The base Camry LE arrives with most of the expected content, but stepping up to the XSE and XLE will really make a difference with added sport and luxury content. They include a power moonroof, acoustic noise-reducing windshield, push-button start and a premium audio package that’s combined with a navigation system.