What’s New for the Camry?
The Camry was all new and much improved. As should be expected, Toyota has not made any drastic changes. Still, the company adds some desirable upgrades that increase its appeal. The most notable of these is the newly standard Apple CarPlay; Android Auto remains absent. Every model now includes a Wi-Fi hotspot and a three-year subscription to Safety Connect, which brings emergency and roadside assistance. The four-cylinder versions of the top XLE and XSE add a standard 8.0-inch infotainment screen and wireless charging. They’re also now available with the premium JBL stereo system. The rest of the changes include a standard shark-fin antenna and updated paint-color options.
How the Performance?
The Camry enjoys a nice power bump in each engine compared with previous models. The standard four-cylinder engine pairs with a silky eight-speed automatic, but its acceleration numbers are disappointing. A less powerful version of that engine works with a battery and two electric motors to power the Camry hybrid, which is no more exciting to drive than the base powertrain. It has a controlled ride and surprisingly responsive handling. The steering is pleasantly weighted and feels substantial when cornering and light when maneuvering in parking lots.
How the comfort and quality?
Toyota’s touchscreen infotainment system called Entune 3.0 is standard across the Camry lineup, with an enhanced version available as an option. Entune has loads of features and responded reasonably well to user inputs in our tests, but Android Auto is still not available a demerit in a market where it’s becoming commonplace. The Camry is a large sedan, and there’s plenty of cargo space and interior storage in both its trunk and in its cabin with the rear seat folded. It’s not the best in every storage category, but overall, it’s thoroughly competitive. Toyota relocated the Camry hybrid’s battery from the trunk to beneath the rear seats, so hybrid owners don’t have to sacrifice carrying capacity for the extra mpg.