The Toyota Camry is a familiar name to almost everyone out there. Toyota was once very straightforward with their ideas, leaving some, including the Camry, rather bland. But the new wave of Toyotas is much nicer to look at, better to drive and comes with hybrid technology.
The new Toyota Camry looks good and could very well be included in the list of cool Japanese sedans. It is offered in multiple variants such as LE, SE, XSE, XLE and the sporty TRD model. It’s hard to deny that while it looks classy, the design is overdone, especially on the front.
The hybrid models are the ones you should buy as they perform quite well while delivering good fuel economy. The base models of the 2022 Toyota Camry are powered by an in-line 4-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 203 horsepower, while the V6 unit delivers 310 horsepower. Customers also have the option of equipping their 4-cylinder Camrys with four-wheel drive.
The spacious cabin of a Toyota Camry has always had you stretching your limbs, and it still does with the new car. With a huge infotainment screen and a well-built, tech-laden cabin, it won’t leave you wanting more. Even in terms of safety, the Camry gets good scores from all over the world. The well-rounded Toyota Camry closes horns with the likes of Nissan Altima, Kia K5, Hyundai Sonataand Honda Accord in this dying breed of sedans.
Toyota’s new Camry looks attractive
The Camry could easily pass as an attractive sedan. The long hood and stubby tail give it a sporty outline. There are a lot of pleats along the body, but it’s the face that makes us want something better on the next model. The whole chin is blacked out as is the grille, the headlights look sharp and so do both sides of the bumper.
It’s a look that’s worked pretty well in the US auto market, which is one of the many reasons it’s the best-selling sedan here. The back is a lot nicer to look at. The horizontal taillights, the slats on either side of the rear bumper, the slightly raised trunk spoiler and the double exhaust pipes complete the picture.
The cabin of the new Toyota Camry is packed with technology
Inside, the Camry gets huge panels, covered in a wood-like or metallic finish. There is a 9.0 inch touchscreen as standard and if you choose the higher variants, you get more shades, including some sporty red accents. There is enough space for five passengers and the design shows that there is a lot of imagination in it.
The space in the front is good and the trunk is huge. The Camry is perfect when it comes to the length of mid-sized sedans. The front seats are upholstered in fabric or leather and the seats also have heating and cooling functions.
The base LE variant has a suggested retail price of $25,845. You get cloth seats, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, LED lighting and active safety technology, but don’t get the sporty bits of the higher-end variants. On the XSE and XLE variants, the Camry offers electric front seats, JBL audio, navigation and a sunroof. The top model XSE gets leather seats with heating function, a sunroof, dual-zone climate control, 19-inch black alloy wheels and much more. The V6-engined Camry starts from $32,910.
The smooth and economical performance of Toyota Camry
In this regard, don’t expect the base Camry to impress you, but the 8-speed automatic transmission works perfectly, for which it gets brownie points. Front-wheel drive is standard, but as we mentioned earlier, all-wheel drive is an option.
Of all the Camry’s, it’s the one with the 301-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that we like. Power delivery is smooth and there’s a nice muffled growl to go with it. There’s a lot to like about the Lexus-esque feel in this regard.
We’d still put our money’s worth on the Camry Hybrid, though, as it puts out 208 horsepower with the electric motor and battery combined. The Camry is reportedly a little too soft, but it still inspires confidence. If you want a little fun, the SE and XSE variants have a lower ride height and stiffer suspension, allowing the driver to push hard.
The fact that Toyota has made driver assistance technology standard on all Camry variants makes us happy that they have made safety a priority. Other standard features include adaptive cruise control, active lane control and automatic emergency braking. Additional options include blind spot monitors and a surround-view camera system.
The secret to Toyota Camry’s success is simplicity and sophistication
The Toyota Camry’s simple formula has been refined in so many ways over the years, it’s hard to nitpick on what turned out to be a great car. Sure, it doesn’t deliver the thrill of a driver’s car, but every American who owns one today has overlooked that aspect simply because it makes everything else perfect.