2017 Toyota Camry Review May 17, 2017 by Jet (Driver Weekly)

While many consumers now prefer a crossover, a sedan is still the best choice for fuel economy and everyday driving needs at a reasonable price. Among buyers interested in a sedan, Toyota remains a top contender with the 2017 Toyota Camry. The latest model is a 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and the recipient of a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA, so you are sure to feel safe behind the wheel. The Camry is one of the most reliable brands out there, with 90 percent of the models sold in the last decade still on the road.

Style and Comfort

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Made for a wide range of drivers, the Camry comes in seven varied models, including a hybrid powertrain and two traditional gas engines. The Camry mixes the practical and the stylish with a sleek appearance, an available sport mesh front grille, Ultrasuede seats, eight-way power adjustment, and available heated seats. For those seeking a premium experience, the 2017 Camry can be equipped with JBL GreenEdge Audio, woodgrain-style accents, and wireless charging capabilities. While it won’t turn heads, the Camry is a reliable, comfortable, and inoffensive sedan that is more than enough for most drivers.

Enhanced Specifications

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While many of the differences in the 2017 Camry’s styling and performance are subtle, many of the updates made to this recent model make it well worth getting the newest edition. The XSE and XLE trim levels include an enhanced, feature-filled edition of Toyota Entune infotainment. With navigation, JBL GreenEdge audio, and Qi wireless charging, Toyota Entune service can’t be beaten. These features are now offered on lower trim levels, making them much more affordable for discerning buyers. Buyers planning to purchase a Camry Hybrid now have access to Qi wireless charging at the XLE trim level. Even with all these updates, the pricing is the same as the 2016 model year, giving those who choose these updated trim levels access to more features without the extra cost. Additionally, the metallic blue paint color, which used to be reserved for the Camry Special Edition model, is now available on the SE and XSE trims.  

Under the Hood

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The 2017 Toyota Camry engine offers a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with a 6-speed transmission. The LE, XLE, and XSE models feature automatic transmissions. Those diehard fans of manual shifting can still opt for the SE model and enjoy a little more control over shifting. The Camry handles like a champ, taking every corner the road tosses at it with ease. The electronic stability control system will help you handle roads, and it is placed unobtrusively. While those looking for a more aggressive ride should look elsewhere, the Toyota powertrain is legendary for its durability and value.

A Proven History

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Since its debut in 1983, the Toyota Camry has been designed to appeal to fans of form and function. The original model filled the need for more space and power with an added 6 inches of length and a 92-horsepower 4-cylinder engine. Following models served drivers’ needs with adjustments to quiet the cabin, add more horsepower, provide a more aerodynamic design, and add more eco-friendly functions as it evolved into the car we love today. The Camry was the best-selling car in America for fourteen years and is still one of the top-selling sedans in the country.

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