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Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.0
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2014 Toyota Camry Review

An excellent reliability rating helps propel the 2014 Toyota Camry high in the midsize car class. However, the Camry has dull handling compared to some of its rivals, and the car's infotainment system can take some time to learn.  

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent reliability rating
  • Spacious second row
  • Peppy engine options
  • Good fuel economy
  • Blasé handling
  • Some frustrating infotainment controls

2014 Toyota Camry Overview

Is the 2014 Toyota Camry a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Camry is a great used car. It boasts a cavernous interior, a class-leading reliability rating, and lower ownership costs than its primary rivals. You'll get good fuel economy with a standard four-cylinder engine, while an available V6 should appeal to those looking for more power.

Downsides to the Camry include uninspiring handling and an infotainment system that takes some getting used to. However, the touch screen is standard in all models, which is a nice feature for used cars in this segment and at this price point.

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How Much Is the 2014 Toyota Camry?

Prices for the 2014 Toyota Camry range from about $11,000 to just over $17,000, with an average price of around $14,000. This data comes from more than 1,200 listings for the 2014 Camry on our site. Actual prices fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2014 Toyota Camry Cost to Own?

At $22,900, the 2014 Camry’s projected five-year gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs are lower than many of its competitors. By comparison, the 2014 Nissan Altima has higher five-year estimates by about $1,450 higher, while the 2014 Honda Accord's projection is about $2,600 higher.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Camry?

Toyota fully redesigned the Camry for 2018, and it sits in the top of our new mid-size car rankings. The 2018 Camry boasts a high-quality cabin with loads of standard driver assistance features. The new Camry has great overall performance, with two strong engine choices and some of the most engaging handling in the class. However, it starts at almost $24,000, which is thousands of dollars more than even the most expensive listings for a used 2014 Camry. The 2014 is an excellent vehicle and a good pick if your budget is limited. If you can pay more, however, you’ll get a better car with the 2018 Camry, along with a new-car warranty.

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You won't find any new midsize cars that fall within the price range of a used 2014 Camry. However, there are a few new compact cars with starting prices that come close to the high side of the 2014 Camry’s price range. However, paying the starting price gets you a base model with few options, all for the price of a 2014 Camry with upgrades like a V6 engine (something you won’t find in the base model of a compact car). Many models in the class offer few standard features, and some don't offer much more than a stereo and a USB port. One exception is the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze, which starts at just under $17,000. It has an upscale cabin with lots of back-seat space and standard features like a touch-screen infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a rearview camera. Although the Cruze has a lower price and comes with a standard turbocharged engine, it takes a while to get up to speed.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Camry Is Best?

The 2014 Toyota Camry is part of a generation that began with a full redesign for the 2012 model year. If you're shopping for a used Camry, that model year is as far back as you'll want to go. Changes for the redesign included a much-needed styling update that improved on the prior generation's ho-hum cabin materials and bland design. Additionally, features like a touch-screen infotainment system, a rearview camera, and blind spot monitoring became available for the first time. The touch screen became standard for the 2013 Camry, and rear cross traffic alert became available. There were then no major changes for 2014.

The 2015 Camry benefitted from a mid-generation refresh, included revamped suspension and handling and newly available forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning. The 2016 model offers no significant upgrades, though the 2017 Camry adds an enhanced multimedia system in XLE and XSE trims.

You’ll likely save more money as you shop for older models in this generation, but you’ll have to weigh the potential savings against the changes made over the years.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Toyota Camry?

The 2014 Camry has an excellent reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2014 Toyota Camry Recalls

At the time of the writing, three open recalls apply to the 2014 Camry. They cover a variety of problems, including fuel lines may leak and increase the risk of fire in the engine compartment. Another recall addresses a potential short circuit in the windshield-wiper switch assembly. Toyota is also correcting a problem with the front left-side suspension arm separating from the ball joint, which increases the risk of a crash if left unfixed. Before buying a used 2014 Camry, check the service history and be sure that a Toyota dealer has addressed these issues.

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Which Used Toyota Camry Model Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Toyota Camry is available in L, LE, SE, and XLE trim levels. A four-cylinder engine is standard in every trim, while SE and XLE models are available with a V6. Base and Toyota Camry LE models come well-equipped with features like a touch-screen infotainment system. If you're looking at lower trims to save money, either of those is a good buy.

However, most shoppers should consider an SE or XLE model for the longer feature list they offer. The SE trim has standard leatherette upholstery, and some have suede and leather seats, navigation, the Entune app suite, a JBL stereo, a rearview camera, proximity key entry, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Dual-zone automatic climate control and full leather seating can only be found in the Toyota Camry XLE.

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Certified Pre-Owned Toyota Camry Warranty

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less with less than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sales date. Toyota vehicles that earn CPO status earn a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and see the original new-car powertrain warranty extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

According to our research, Toyota has one of the better CPO programs around. However, Chevy, GMC, and Buick have somewhat more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the Camry?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2014 Camry a five-star overall crash-test rating, with five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Camry a 2014 Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest score of Good in four out of five crash tests. In the small overlap front crash test, the Camry received the second-highest rating of Acceptable. The Camry's safety scores are good overall, but many similar cars in the class have better scores overall.

The 2014 Camry is available with a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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2014 Toyota Camry Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Camry or 2014 Honda Accord?

Thanks to its much better reliability rating, the 2014 Camry ranks higher than the 2014 Honda Accord. Otherwise, these vehicles are pretty similar. They each have commendable four-cylinder and V6 engine options, along with good fuel efficiency. However, the Accord has nimbler handling and slightly better safety scores, and it offers driver assistance features the Camry doesn't, like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and a blind spot camera. The Accord has a few extra standard features, including a rearview camera and automatic climate control, but that comes at a cost. Average prices are a little higher for the Accord than the Camry, and the Honda’s five-year costs are a few thousand dollars more, too. It's hard to bet against the Camry if you're looking for top-notch reliability and a good value proposition. But the Accord is a great choice for those who prioritize advanced safety features or more driving fun.

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Camry or 2014 Nissan Altima?

The 2014 Nissan Altima has well-rounded performance for the class, thanks to responsive steering, solid cornering abilities, and a comfortable ride quality. Like the Camry, the Altima is available with a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine or a stronger V6. The Altima doesn't match the Camry's great reliability rating, but it does have slightly better safety scores. You'll likely find lower list prices for an Altima, though the Camry is cheaper when it comes to typical five-year expenses. Both vehicles boast a nice interior quality and a good amount of second-row room. The Altima doesn't come standard with an infotainment system like the Camry does, but its available interface is more user-friendly than Toyota's. The Camry is probably a better buy in general, unless you prefer the sportiness of the Altima.

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2014 Camry Performance

How Does the 2014 Toyota Camry Drive?

The front-wheel-drive Camry comes standard with a four-cylinder engine with 178 horsepower. It has enough oomph for daily driving around town, and the Camry can accelerate up to highway speeds with no problem. The standard six-speed automatic transmission delivers smooth and refined shifts right when you need them. The Camry is also available with a 268-horsepower V6. This engine has authoritative acceleration from a stop, making it a great choice if you regularly haul around multiple passengers.

The Camry’s suspension softens bumps and dips in the road, providing you with a quiet and comfortable ride. The cabin also shuts out most wind noise even at higher speeds. Those looking for engaging road manners won’t find much to like to like about the Camry’s handling. It feels stable around corners, but the steering is pretty numb with little feedback from the road. SE models feature larger wheels and a stiffer suspension, but they don’t do much to boost handling capability. The ride quality also suffers as a result.

Does the 2014 Toyota Camry Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2014 Toyota Camry gets good fuel economy estimates with its standard four-cylinder engine: 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Mileage drops to 21/30 mpg city/highway for Camry models with the V6 engine.

The 2014 Camry Hybrid, which we cover separately, gets up to 42 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. Driving a hybrid Camry could save you about $450 per year in gas over a regular four-cylinder model, or about $650 per year over a V6 Camry.

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2014 Camry Interior

How Many People Does the 2014 Camry Seat?

The 2014 Camry sedan has room for five on standard cloth upholstery. Available features include leatherette upholstery (or a suede-leather combo), power-adjustable front seats, and heated front seats. Up front, the driver and passenger will enjoy plenty of comfort and support for long excursions. The second row offers ample head- and legroom, so even taller adults will have space to stretch out.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2014 Toyota Camry?

The 2014 Camry has two complete sets LATCH connections in its second row, and it has a tether-only connection for the middle seat. It's hard to access the lower anchors because of the stiffness of the rear seat cushions.

2014 Toyota Camry Features

Standard features in the 2014 Camry include a touch-screen infotainment system with a 6.1-inch display, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, and an auxiliary input. It’ll probably take some time to learn the ins and outs of the infotainment system. Additionally, there’s some lag when processing inputs.

Available features include a leather-trimmed shift knob and steering wheel, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker JBL audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, voice recognition, a 7-inch touch screen, the Entune app suite, a rearview camera, and navigation.

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2014 Toyota Camry Dimensions

Toyota Camry Cargo Space

The Camry has 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the midsize car class. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard.

2014 Camry Length and Weight

The 2014 Camry is 15.8 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,190 pounds to 3,420 pounds, depending on the trim and powertrain.

Where Was the 2014 Toyota Camry Built?

Toyota built the 2014 Camry in Indiana and Kentucky.

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