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2017 Toyota Camry Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Toyota Camry was new.


Performance: 7.8

The 2017 Toyota Camry doesn’t wow reviewers in any one area. Rather, they appreciate the many ways it meets families’ daily driving needs. Its handling, while not sporty, is responsive and its ride is smooth. The Camry’s four- and six-cylinder engines get the job done, but they’re showing their age. The transmission is smooth and quick to downshift when more power is needed.

  • "Whether you're talking about hamburgers or watches, cheap often wins the day, but that's not the case with the 2017 Toyota Camry. This is a best-selling sedan and it's also one of best." -- Edmunds
  • … there's no one single reason why the Camry midsize sedan is among the best-selling vehicles in the nation, but rather a combination of winning factors. Whether you desire reliability, efficiency, easy driving manners, great resale value, or some of the latest safety features like automatic emergency braking, the Camry checks all the boxes. Like the Honda Accord, the Camry is available with 4- and 6-cylinder engines, and as a hybrid. It's not quite the mpg champion, nor is this Toyota known for its grin-inducing driving dynamics. Rather, the Camry excels as a no-fuss commuting companion and comfortable conveyor of family and friends." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In addition to changes that made the new Camry sportier, we also think the family sedan is now a lot quieter on the road. In fact, we think this is the latest Camry's most immediately noticeable change. Current Camry drivers will quickly recognize that the new model offers a quieter, more refined driving experience. To us, top-level Camry models are now closer to Toyota's luxurious Lexus brand than they've ever been before." -- Autotrader (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The 2017 Camry features a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 178 horsepower. A 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 268 horsepower is also available. Each engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2017 Camry gets an EPA-estimated 24/33 mpg city/highway with the four-cylinder engine, which is in the middle of the pack among nonhybrid midsize cars. The V6 provides 21/30 mpg city/highway.

The V6 engine is the better of the two, providing plenty of power when you need it. The four-cylinder is more than sufficient for most drivers, however. The automatic six-speed transmission does its job well. It is smooth and won’t hesitate to drop down a gear when you need the extra power.

  • "Most buyers will be more than satisfied with the standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that offers a good blend of performance and fuel economy. Those seeking oodles of smooth power can opt for Toyota's 3.5-liter V6 engine, but you'll have to step up to an XLE or XSE trim." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Under the hood, the base four-cylinder accelerates well enough, but the optional V6 is the star of the show with its effortless and seemingly endless thrust. Either way, the six-speed transmission is quite refined and notably quick to downshift." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • The transmission isn't afraid to kick down a few gears when power is needed and, overall, the engine feels adequate. It isn't fast, but it'll get the job done in most driving situations a Camry is likely to face." -- Motor Trend (2015)

Handling and Braking

The LE and XLE trims deliver the smooth ride the Camry is known for. You can get a bit more of a dynamic driving experience with the SE and XSE trims, but neither compromises ride comfort. Steering is responsive to driver inputs, but don’t expect a lot of road feedback. When it comes time to stop, the brakes are more than up to the task.

  • The Camry's electric assisted steering is very light to the touch with lots of boost but little road feel, which will be fine for 95 percent of the Camry's buyers. However, in a Camry XSE with even a small sliver of sporting pretense - especially from the eager engine and transmission - it lets the rest of the car down just a bit. On the other hand, its turning circle in tight quarters is very good, about 1.5 feet tighter than the Camry's chief rival, the Honda Accord." -- New York Daily News
  • "Of course, the Camry has traditionally been known for its comfort and quietness, and fortunately those traits are still abundantly present. Even the sport-tuned trims have a supple ride, but if you want the creamiest suspension possible, the LE and XLE certainly deliver." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "One particular revelation involves the Camry's XSE's brakes, which are remarkably well tuned, thanks in part to a new two-stage master cylinder. Initial bite is crisp and response is linear all the way down the pedal travel." -- Autoblog (2015)

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