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2016 Toyota Camry Review

The 2016 Toyota Camry ranks near the top of affordable midsize car class, thanks to its spacious interior, cushioned ride, outstanding reliability rating, and great safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet, smooth ride
  • Upscale and roomy cabin
  • Easy-to-use features
  • Unremarkable fuel economy

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Toyota Camry's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Midsize Cars category. It was the winner of our 2016 Best Midsize Car for the Money award and the winner of our 2019 Best Used Cars for Teens award. Currently the Toyota Camry has a score of 9.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 46 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
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2016 Toyota Camry Overview

Is the 2016 Toyota Camry a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Camry is a great pick if you’re shopping for a used midsize car. We even named it our 2016 Best Midsize Car for the Money. The Camry rates highly for safety and reliability, and its comfortable ride, roomy seating, and easy-to-use features make it pleasant to drive. While there are sportier and more fuel-efficient cars in this class, none can match the Camry’s mix of practicality and value.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 46 Toyota Camry reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our team has decades of experience in the auto industry. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies.

How Much Is the 2016 Toyota Camry?

You can expect to pay between $13,600 and $20,100 for a used 2016 Camry. These figures are based on 3,700 listings for the 2016 Toyota Camry on our site. The average list price is $16,300. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Toyota Camry Cost to Own?

Over five years, you can expect to spend about $22,900 on gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance for the 2016 Camry – or about $4,600 per year. By comparison, you'll spend about $21,300 on those costs over five years for the 2016 Hyundai Sonata and $21,900 for the 2016 Kia Optima.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Camry?

The fully redesigned 2018 Toyota Camry starts at $23,495, or nearly $7,200 more than the average price of a used 2016 Camry. The 2018 model sports all-new styling inside and out. Its engines are more powerful and its four-cylinder returns vastly improved fuel economy. All 2018 trims also come standard with safety features – including forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control – that were previously limited to the top trims of past models. You can save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used Camry, but you won't get the benefits of this redesign.

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For a less expensive new car, consider the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA. You can buy this sleek subcompact sedan for around the same price as the average used 2016 Camry. It has less seating space than the Camry but boasts an upscale interior, earns higher fuel economy estimates, and comes standard with forward collision warning. You'll also enjoy a new-car warranty that you won't get with a used Camry.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Toyota Camry?

The 2016 Camry gets an excellent reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Toyota Camry Recalls

At the time of this writing, there is one safety recall for the 2016 Camry. Toyota has identified a software issue with the car’s Occupant Classification System that could prevent the front passenger air bag from properly deploying in a crash. Before buying a used Camry, make sure this recall has been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Camry Is Best?

The 2016 Camry is part of the sedan’s seventh generation, which spans the 2012 through 2017 model years. There were no major changes for 2016 or 2017, so you can save money by shopping for a 2015 model while still finding the same features and performance. The 2012, 2013, and 2014 models are also fine options, but they have different exterior styling and fewer safety features than newer models – for example, you won’t find forward collision or lane departure warning.

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Which Used Camry Model Is Right for Me?

Toyota offered the 2016 Camry in five trim levels: LE, SE, Special Edition, XSE, and XLE. The base model Toyota Camry LE is well-equipped with a rearview camera, a 6.1-inch touch screen, a CD player, a USB port, Bluetooth, remote keyless entry, cruise control, and cloth seats.

The Toyota Camry SE trim adds leatherette upholstery and alloy wheels. The Special Edition trim adds a larger 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start. The XSE and XLE trims are available with a four- or six-cylinder engine and add heated front seats, leather upholstery, and dual-zone climate control. The V6 models come standard with a navigation system – it’s optional for the SE, Special Edition, and four-cylinder XSE and XLE trims. Other available features include a moonroof and a suite of active safety features.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

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

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Hyundai, and Honda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Camry?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2016 Camry a Top Safety Pick+ and gave the sedan a Good rating in all five crash test categories. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Camry a perfect five-star overall rating, as well as five stars for side impact safety and four stars for front impact and rollover crash safety.

All 2016 models come standard with a rearview camera. Only the XSE and XLE trims are available with adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and Toyota’s Pre-Collision System (forward collision warning with brake assist).

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2016 Toyota Camry Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Camry or 2016 Honda Accord?

Like the Camry, the Honda Accord is a perennial best-seller. It has a similarly large array of active safety features, lovely cabin materials, great seating space, and a smooth ride. It even outshines the Toyota with higher fuel economy ratings (up to 27/36 mpg), and it offers some popular features that the Camry doesn’t have, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Ultimately, though, the Camry is the better buy. It rates higher than the Accord in reliability, and used models tend to cost much less.

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Camry or 2016 Nissan Altima?

The 2016 Nissan Altima has its perks. It earns excellent fuel economy ratings (up to 27/39 mpg), rides comfortably, and offers athletic handling. It also has high safety scores and offers many active safety features. Overall, however, it doesn’t stack up well against the Toyota. The Camry boasts more standard features, roomier seating space, and nicer cabin materials. It also rates far higher in reliability. Stick with the Camry.

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2016 Camry Performance

How Does the 2016 Toyota Camry Drive?

The Camry has two engine options: a four-cylinder with 178 horsepower and a V6 with 268 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard in all models. The four-cylinder engine scoots the Camry up to speed briskly and supplies ample passing power at highway speeds. Its six-speed transmission earns praise for its smooth operation and prompt downshifts. The V6 provides far more energetic acceleration, but it takes a toll on fuel economy.

The Camry pleases with its comfortable and refined ride. The suspension soaks up bumps and dips in the road nicely, while keeping the sedan stable when rounding corners. The steering is responsive, and the brakes slow the car confidently. Though this Camry certainly isn’t a sports sedan, it feels relatively light and agile. The SE and XSE trims enhance this athleticism further with larger wheels and a stiffer sport-tuned suspension, but ride quality dips somewhat.

Does the 2016 Toyota Camry Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Camry’s four-cylinder engine gets 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which is about average for a midsize car. The V6 drops fuel economy to 21/30 mpg city/highway.

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2016 Camry Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Camry Seat?

The Toyota Camry has five seats. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and they provide a fine driving position. The rear seats are similarly cozy, and there’s generous head- and legroom in both rows. Even taller passengers will find enough space to stretch out. Cloth seats are standard; leatherette, leather, and heated seats are available. The Camry’s interior looks and feels upscale, thanks to its attractive dashboard design and quality materials. It’s also very quiet inside with little road or wind noise.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Toyota Camry?

The Camry has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Camry's LATCH system an Acceptable rating for ease of use but noted that some of the anchors are hard to access.

2016 Toyota Camry Features

All models come standard with a touch screen, a CD player, USB and aux ports, Bluetooth, and Siri Eyes Free connectivity. Available features include satellite radio, navigation, wireless device charging, a JBL sound system, and the Entune app suite, which includes Pandora and iHeartRadio, among other apps. The touch-screen interface is easy to use and responds quickly to inputs. It’s accompanied by simple audio and climate control buttons, which are well-placed on the dashboard and easy to access while driving.

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2016 Toyota Camry Dimensions

Toyota Camry Cargo Space

The Camry has 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is average for a midsize car.

2016 Camry Length and Weight

The 2016 Camry is 15.9 feet long with a curb weight of 3,240 pounds when equipped with the four-cylinder engine and 3,480 pounds with the V6.

Where Was the 2016 Toyota Camry Built?

Toyota built the 2016 Camry in Georgetown, Kentucky, along with the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid, 2016 Avalon, 2016 Avalon Hybrid, and 2016 Lexus ES 350.

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