The Toyota Camry is not only America’s best-selling midsize sedan, it’s been the best-selling passenger car of any size for the past 11 years straight, and for 15 of the last 16 years. Camry sales topped 10 million in 2013, coincidentally the nameplate’s 30th anniversary. One in five Toyotas sold in the U.S. is a Camry.
Clearly, the Camry appeals to a large and broad audience. Toyota claims the Camry is the safest, quietest, most fuel-efficient car in its class, and we have no reason to doubt those claims.
Camry is an attractive car, with clean sides and nice edges. Benefitting from the latest impact energy management engineering, it’s built on a rigid chassis using a lot of high-strength steel and ultra high-strength steel.
The interior is nice, the dashboard neat and stylish, the instrument panel pretty and functional. Storage spaces are well thought-out, and a 60/40 split rear seat is standard.
New for 2014 is the four-cylinder Camry SE Sport, which features the same 18-inch wheels as the V6 model, plus a power-adjustable driver’s seat and power moonroof. That expands the 2014 Toyota Camry lineup to seven models, from the stripped-down Camry L to the sport-tuned SE to two versions of the environmentally friendly Camry Hybrid. Camry was completely redesigned for 2012.
The 2014 Camry offers a choice of four-cylinder, V6 or hybrid power. The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder makes 178 horsepower. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated City/Highway 25/35 mpg with the four-cylinder.
We were impressed with the smooth and responsive acceleration from the four-cylinder as well as the fuel economy. Toyota boasts a range of almost 600 miles.
The choices among midsize sedans are bigger and broader than ever and car buyers are the winners. Midsize sedans that compete with Toyota Camry include Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Altima, Mazda6, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Volkswagen Passat.
The fit of the front buckets is good on the Camry LE and XLE, with more bolstering on the SE.
We found the driver’s position comfortable, with thoughtful padding for the driver’s right leg against the center console, and high armrests. Decent door pocket, great cubby forward in the center console, big glovebox with light.
Steering wheels differ on the different models, with LE a four-spoke urethane, XLE four-spoke leather, and SE four-spoke leather. They all work well enough, no inconveniences noted in driving all four models.
Camry LE feels quiet, solid and firm; but the XLE with optional leather and a grander display screen feels markedly uptown.
It’s hard to make a dashboard not boring, because after all it is a board, but the Camry succeeds. The standard leather is overlapped in an arc with neat stitching, for a saddle-like effect; new passengers will compliment it and maybe run their hands over the seam. The little window for the clock up at the top looks like a hood scoop.
Instruments on most models are in 3D. The instruments themselves are the same, the only difference is in the rings around the gauges, chrome or satin.
Trunk space on all other Camry models is a roomy 15.4 cubic feet.
In pursuit of fuel mileage, the Camry runs a numerically low final drive ratio, to reduce the revs at freeway speeds and make the car quieter inside; at 70 mph you can’t hear the motor. But you can hear the tire noise. Low-rolling-resistance tires are loud on the pavement.
There’s the optional JBL Green Edge sound system, which uses up to 58 percent less power and is 27 percent lighter; and Entune, which does Bing searches and allegedly enables you to buy movie tickets while you’re driving into the city on a crowded freeway in a hurry at night, and stuff like that. Safely and simply they say, and we say don’t believe it. It can all be bundled with navigation and satellite radio and voice recognition, and controlled on the touch screen. Have fun, good luck, and don’t crash.
Camry’s brakes felt good to us, sensitive with good feel.
The 2014 Toyota Camry is a superb midsize sedan, with the latest chassis engineering and sleek styling. Camry powertrains are so different you should consider your needs or drive them all before you choose. The four-cylinder engine is exceptional, with good smooth response and excellent fuel economy. The 6-speed automatic transmission is smooth. The suspension is comfortable and the interior clean and convenient. Upper level models with infotainment options move the Camry upscale. Camry SE has a firmer ride and sharper steering response. Camry Hybrid keeps emissions low but doesn’t offer the responsiveness of the conventionally powered models.
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