Simply the Best

When it comes to selecting and driving a new midsize sedan, we don't blame you for wanting to go with the best. Well, you're in luck because the 2017 Toyota Camry is not only the best-selling midsize sedan in America, it's the best-selling car in America. Period.

Just how does the Camry distinguish itself from the rabble of rival midsize sedans? Let's find out...

Performance

The 2017 Toyota Camry is equipped with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is satisfying to say the least, with plenty of power on tap when merging or entering the freeway.

Of course, drivers in search of more power can select a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. It too sports front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic. It’s also surprisingly quick, and can get up to speed in a pinch or whenever you’re feeling particularly squirrelly.

As you’d expect from the automaker that brought us the Prius, both engine options offer incredible fuel efficiency. The 2.5-liter earns and EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined (25 city/35 highway).* Meanwhile, the V6 doesn’t suffer too much in terms of fuel economy. It gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined (21 city/30 highway).*

Features

You don’t get to be the top-selling car by catering to a narrow strip of customers, which is why the 2017 Camry carries on the tradition of offering a little something for everyone. With a starting MSRP of $23, 070,** the 2016 Camry is available in LE, SE, XSE, and XLE trim levels. There is also a Toyota Camry Hybrid, which we have reviewed separately.

As the entry point into the Camry family, the LE offers plenty of goodies for new and returning drivers. Riding on 16-inch steel wheels, the LE comes with standard automatic headlights, heated mirrors, air-conditioning, keyless entry, and a rearview camera. Bluetooth® phone and audio connectivity, along with Siri Eyes Free, join the Camry’s standard 6.1-inch Entune® touchscreen infotainment setup, complete with six-speaker sound system and CD player.

The SE builds upon the LE’s exceptional value by adding 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, unique sporty exterior styling and interior touches, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. SE models also sub out the LE’s standard cloth upholstery for simulated leather and upgraded gauges.

The XSE adds its own touches, including 18-inch alloy wheels, LED running lamps, leather and simulated suede upholstery, heated front seats with additional side bolstering, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Finally, the range-topping XLE is equipped similarly to the XSE, but replaces the sport-tuned suspension with a softer, more comfort-oriented version. It comes with full leather upholstery and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The Camry can also be outfitted with additional safety features such as blind-spot monitoring and a rear cross-traffic alert system, along with other advanced technologies such as lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and pre-collision warning, to name a few.

Design

A thorough makeover a few years back added another high note to the Camry’s symphony of selling points. The 2017 version continues this trend, boasting handsome styling and sporty yet sophisticated modern look.

That balance is struck with an eye-catching front end and equally detailed rear. The Camry’s profile brandishes a more athletic look too, with plenty of character lines to compliment that gorgeous good looks. It’s still the same great Camry inside and out, but with a greater appeal to style-hungry buyers that don’t want to compromise on quality.

Step inside and enjoy a standard 6.1 touchscreen, which adds to the Camry’s modern vibe, while soft touch surfaces compliment a cabin that caters to both driver and passengers. Seating is a particular high note, with additional bolstering on XSE models that dramatically increases that models sportier character.

Safety

The 2017 Toyota Camry was built to keep you and those you love as safe as possible. Every Camry model comes with a robust list of standard equipment that includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front and rear side airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, front knee airbags, and a rearview camera.

Bottom Line

With signature Toyota quality and reliability leading the charge, helped along by handsome styling and a feture-rich list of creature comforts, the 2017 Camry proves once again that it's not just the smart choice for midsize-sedan shoppers, it's also the best. 

For more information, or to schedule a test drive, contact us online or visit DCH Toyota of Simi Valley at 2380 First St., Simi Valley, CA 93065.

*2017 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary

**Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $835 for Cars, $900 for Small/Light Trucks (Sienna, RAV4, RAV4 EV, Highlander Gas, Highlander HV, FJ Cruiser, 4Runner, Tacoma and Venza), $1195 for Large Trucks (Tundra), and $995 for Large SUVs (Sequoia and Land Cruiser). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota's charge for these services is called the "Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee" and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota's overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. Actual dealer price may vary.

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