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Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.1
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2017 Toyota Camry Review

The 2017 Toyota Camry sits near the top of our midsize car rankings. It has plenty of rear passenger space, a good-looking cabin, a perfect predicted reliability rating, and strong safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious back seat
  • Comfortable ride
  • Perfect predicted reliability rating
  • Outdated infotainment system

2017 Toyota Camry Overview

Is the 2017 Toyota Camry a Good Used Car?

Not only is the 2017 Toyota Camry one of the best midsize cars you can buy, it’s also one of the best-selling vehicles in the world. It includes just about everything a midsize car shopper could ask for. Inside, it features comfortable seats, top-quality materials, and plenty of room for those in the back. It also comes with a lengthy list of standard and optional features. Although its dashboard controls and infotainment system are easy to use, the sedan lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the display screen’s graphics are behind the times. There are a few rivals that offer better gas mileage and stronger base engines, but those cars typically fall short in many areas where the Camry excels.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 51 Toyota Camry reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Much Is the 2017 Toyota Camry?

Our site has 4,000-plus listings for the 2017 Toyota Camry, with prices ranging from $15,300 to $22,400. The average list price is $17,800. That’s a bit more than you’ll pay for many competitors in the class, but it’s considerably less than you’ll pay for the Honda Accord (which has an average list price of $22,700). Exact prices vary depending on the model you choose, as well as its condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Toyota Camry Cost to Own?

The 2017 Toyota Camry’s five-year estimated cost for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs is about $23,800. That’s just a few hundred dollars more than the five-year estimated costs for rivals like the Chevrolet Malibu ($23,200) and Kia Optima ($23,400).

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Model?

A 2018 Toyota Camry starts at $23,645 – about $5,800 more than the average list price of a 2017 model. That’s quite a price jump, but it’s no surprise considering the Camry was fully redesigned for 2018. The Camry received a new base engine that puts out 25 more horsepower than the previous engine, and it’s mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain earns better fuel economy estimates than the 2017 Camry’s setup. A new 301-horsepower V6 engine is also available.

The 2018 Camry also comes with a long list of newly standard features. It adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic braking, and lane departure warning. These advanced safety features are either pricey options or unavailable in the 2017 model. Additional newly standard features include a 7-inch touch screen and an updated Entune 3 infotainment system with a faster interface and sharper graphics. The 2017 Camry is a great (and less expensive) option, but the 2018 model includes all of the 2017’s positives, while improving on its shortcomings.

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If you’re looking for a new midsize car for less than the average price of a 2017 Toyota Camry, you won’t have any luck. Instead, you’ll need to look at smaller cars. The 2018 Honda Civic ($18,940) is a good alternative in the compact car class. It features first-rate cabin materials, spacious seats, a large trunk, good fuel economy, and a refined ride. The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze ($16,975) is another good compact car. It has a user-friendly infotainment system, great gas mileage, and plenty of back-seat and trunk space.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Camry Is Best?

The 2017 Camry is the final model year of a generation that started in 2012. You can save money by purchasing one of the first few models in the generation, but there are benefits to starting your search with the midyear 2014 Camry. It was the first model to come with a standard rearview camera. The 2015 model underwent a midyear refresh and gained improved suspension and better handling. The 2016 model is little different than the 2015 model, making it a good selection for the budget-conscious who want a newer model. The 2017 model has an enhanced multimedia system.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Toyota Camry?

The 2017 Camry and its hybrid counterpart (the Toyota Camry Hybrid) are the only cars in the class to receive perfect predicted reliability ratings of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Toyota Camry Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Toyota Camry has two recalls. One involves an improperly inflated spare tire, while the other deals with loose air bag fasteners. If these recalls affect the Camry you are considering, be sure to check that the problems have been resolved before you buy.

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Which Used Toyota Camry Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Toyota Camry is available in four trims: LE (base), SE, XLE, and XSE. The Toyota Camry Hybrid is reviewed separately. The base Toyota Camry LE comes with a good number of standard tech features, so most buyers should be pleased with it. The Toyota Camry SE adds a few performance features, like a sport suspension and a tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel with paddle shifters.

If you want the stronger available V6 engine, you’ll need to step up to the Toyota Camry XSE or higher. It adds wireless smartphone charging, dual-zone automatic climate controls, and leather seats with faux-suede inserts. The Toyota Camry XLE is the way to get the most standard luxury amenities. It comes with all-leather upholstery, upgraded interior trim, and a chrome-tipped dual exhaust.

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Certified Pre-Owned Toyota Camry Warranty

You might also want to consider buying a certified pre-owned Toyota. 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 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.

When compared with other affordable brands, Toyota has one of the better certified pre-owned programs, according to our research. However, a few brands like Chevrolet and GMC may offer a few more CPO benefits and services than Toyota.

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How Safe Is the Camry?

The 2017 Toyota Camry has a strong safety rating, though a number of vehicles in the midsize car class perform slightly better.

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testing, the 2017 Camry received a perfect five-star overall safety rating, as well as five stars in the side crash test. It earned four stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the 2017 Camry received a Top Safety Pick+ designation, in addition to perfect scores across the board in five crash tests.

Beyond the standard rearview camera, advanced safety options include adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning.

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2017 Toyota Camry Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Camry or 2017 Chevrolet Malibu?

Both the Toyota Camry and the Chevrolet Malibu are among the top picks in the midsize car class. The Camry has a superior predicted reliability rating, though the Malibu’s is still above average for the industry. The Malibu’s base trim is outfitted a bit better, with standard features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In the end, both vehicles are solid options, but families may prefer the Malibu. (We named it our 2017 Best Midsize Car for Families.)

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Camry or 2017 Hyundai Sonata?

The Toyota Camry is the better option for those who frequently carry passengers in the back, as its rear seats offer some of the most spacious dimensions in the class. The Camry also has a better predicted reliability rating than the Hyundai Sonata. Still, there are some advantages to the Sonata. It gets better fuel economy estimates and has more trunk space than the Camry, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. Additionally, the Sonata’s average list price is about $2,500 lower than the Camry’s, and we named it our 2017 Best Midsize Car for the Money.

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Camry or 2017 Honda Accord?

The Honda Accord has sporty handling and a pleasant interior. It also has a below-average predicted reliability score. The Camry’s perfect reliability score is the best reason to choose it over the Honda.

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2017 Camry Performance

How Does the 2017 Toyota Camry Drive?

The Camry’s 178-horsepower four-cylinder base engine provides sufficient power to get you from point A to point B. However, frequent highway drivers will want to step up to the 268-horsepower V6, which offers quicker acceleration. Front-wheel drive and a smooth six-speed automatic transmission are standard.

The Camry rides like a typical midsize sedan: comfortably. While its driving dynamics won’t wow you, there isn’t much to complain about either. It has responsive steering, strong brakes, and fairly composed handling.   

Does the 2017 Toyota Camry Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Toyota Camry gets average fuel economy estimates for the class. According to the EPA, the base model returns 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. With the available V6 engine, fuel economy drops to 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. If you like the Camry but want to save money on fuel, check out the Toyota Camry Hybrid instead.

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2017 Camry Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Camry Seat?

The Toyota Camry sedan comfortably seats five people. Its spacious back seats provide generous head- and legroom, even for taller passengers. The cabin is attractively styled with high-quality materials. Cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard. Leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and heated front seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Toyota Camry?

The 2017 Toyota Camry has two sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the outboard rear seats. The middle seat has an upper tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Camry’s LATCH system an Acceptable rating, the second-highest score possible, for ease of use.

2017 Toyota Camry Features

Standard features include Toyota’s Entune audio system with voice recognition, a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, six speakers, a USB port, and Siri Eyes Free iPhone integration, which allows iPhone users to control a number of functions through the Camry’s infotainment system via voice commands.

Available features include a moonroof, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless smartphone charging, navigation, a larger 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 10-speaker JBL audio system, and smartphone app integration.

The Camry’s dashboard controls are large, clearly labeled, and easy to use. Similarly, the Entune infotainment system is straightforward, though its graphics aren’t as crisp as those of rivals. 

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2017 Toyota Camry Dimensions

Toyota Camry Cargo Space

There is 15.4 cubic feet of space in the Camry’s trunk, which is an average amount of space for the class. The rear seats fold down for additional storage space. The Camry’s trunk is easy to load, thanks to its wide opening and low liftover height.

2017 Camry Length and Weight

The 2017 Toyota Camry is 15.9 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 3,240 pounds to 3,480 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Toyota Camry Built?

Toyota manufactured the 2017 Camry in Kentucky and Indiana.

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