2023 Toyota Camry Review: Wait, is this Camry kinda cool?

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Execs: Robust and environment friendly powertrains; optionally available AWD; easy controls; well-built inside no matter trim

Cons: Antiquated infotainment; not pretty much as good to drive as Accord

It looks as if solely yesterday that the present Camry was launched, but right here we’re within the sixth model yr because it obtained its extra complete and substantial overhaul in many years. In some ways, the 2023 Toyota Camry is simply as robust a competitor as ever. It might not be fairly as well-rounded and good to drive as a Honda Accord, neither is its expertise and design as interesting because the Hyundai Sonata or Kia K5, however each Camry we’ve pushed, from an LE rental automobile to a wing-wearing TRD, leaves us with the overall impression of, “, this can be a fairly good automobile. It’s straightforward to see why so many individuals purchase them.” Amongst all these decisions, we would most advocate something with the hybrid powertrain. 

After all, fewer folks have been shopping for midsize sedans basically regardless of the section providing such compelling entries, together with the Camry, Accord, K5 and Sonata. SUVs are the place it’s at now. But, there are excellent causes to stay with a sedan. They’re usually extra environment friendly, particularly the hybrids. They are going to have bigger again seats, with the added house between rows particularly helpful for becoming rear-facing automobile seats. They’re additionally higher to drive since they’re decrease to the bottom and lighter. You clearly lose cargo versatility and elevated visiblity, however there’s completely a powerful argument to be made {that a} Camry can be a more sensible choice for a lot of than a comparably priced RAV4. Now, wouldn’t it be a more sensible choice than a comparably priced Accord, K5 or Sonata? That will rely upon the model you’re contemplating, however even when the reply is finally “no,” it will nonetheless be sensible to test it out.  

Inside & Know-how   |   Passenger & Cargo Area   |   Efficiency & Gasoline Financial system

What it is wish to drive   |   Pricing & Trim Ranges   |   Crash Rankings & Security Options

What’s new for 2023?

The Camry’s dark-trim Nightshade bundle has apparently been common sufficient that Toyota is doubling down for 2023. It will get a brand new, unique colour in Reservoir Blue to hitch Midnight Black and White, plus black-trimmed headlights and taillights, and 19-inch matte bronze wheels which can be admittedly fairly cool. The Camry Nightshade is certainly not Grandma’s Camry.

What are the Camry inside and in-car expertise like?

The Camry inside is maybe a bit of over-styled, however you may’t name it boring, and we like that Toyota shies away from massive swaths of tacked-on faux wooden or metallic to hold the look. High quality can be above common, as there actually is not a lot of drop-off in look, really feel and basic ambiance from a elaborate XLE to the extra entry-level LE. We additionally just like the abundance of space for storing within the doorways, underneath the middle armrest and in a voluminous two-tier smartphone bin.

After updates made two years in the past, the infotainment display screen grows out from the sprint quite than being embedded inside it. It’s not as clear wanting because the earlier model, however it does convey the display screen nearer to the driving force’s line of imaginative and prescient, so it’s simpler to verify whereas driving. Each the usual 7-inch display screen and accessible 9-inch unit share a standard consumer interface, so that you’re actually solely getting additional inches quite than completely different performance. As such, what’s on both is a love-it-or-hate-it affair. Some will recognize its easy structure, particularly for the audio controls. Most, nonetheless, are prone to discover it a bit gradual and aesthetically behind the instances. The infotainment techniques within the Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy and Honda Accord (in that order) are superior.

How huge is the Camry?

If it weren’t for the colossal Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry would stand out for its inside house. The lowered roof of the most recent era might make some people really feel like they’re oddly near the ceiling (particularly with a sunroof), however headroom’s nonetheless OK, and legroom is plentiful. Somebody 6-foot-3 may even sit behind one other with out knees grazing the seatback. We additionally like that the most recent Camry has a decrease driver seating place than earlier than, making it really feel such as you’re sitting within the automobile quite than on it. It is simply one of many many issues carried out to this era to make it really feel extra immersive and driver-focused.

The trunk affords 15.1 cubic-feet of house, which is lower than an Accord or a Sonata. Compared to the Accord specifically, the trunk is a bit narrower and never as deep. Nevertheless, that claims extra about these different sedans than the Camry. The trunk’s nonetheless actually huge, with sufficient room for 4 curler luggage and lots left over. We are able to get a greater really feel for a way a lot stuff the trunk can maintain in our Camry baggage take a look at cargo overview.

It also needs to be famous that the all-wheel-drive and hybrid Camry fashions have the identical trunk house because the common front-drive variations, however the hybrid’s again seat is a smidgen greater because the battery resides beneath. This distinction is unlikely to be observed, nonetheless.

2021 Toyota Camry XLE

What are the Camry gasoline financial system and efficiency specs?

The 2023 Camry is accessible with the widest number of powertrain choices within the midsize sedan section.

Issues begin with the two.5-liter inline-four that produces 203 horsepower (finest in school) and 184 pound-feet of torque when paired with front-wheel drive (206 hp and 186 lb-ft within the XSE). The optionally available all-wheel-drive system (AWD) reduces output by a tiny quantity. An eight-speed computerized is commonplace.

Gasoline financial system estimates for 2023 weren’t accessible for any Camry on the time of this writing, however it’s unlikely they might’ve modified a lot, if any, because the closing 2022 estimates introduced right here. Gasoline financial system for the bottom engine varies relying on trim degree and drivetrain. The amount-selling LE and SE with front-wheel drive obtain a wonderful 28 mpg metropolis, 39 mpg freeway and 32 mpg mixed. The XLE and XSE take a minor hit at 31 mpg mixed. All-wheel drive takes an additional dive, particularly on the freeway, to 25/34/29 within the LE and SE (25/34/28 for the XLE and XSE AWD).

The optionally available 3.5-liter V6 is paired completely with front-wheel drive and the eight-speed computerized. It produces a whopping 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. In contrast to some turbocharged engines that require premium gasoline to realize max efficiency, the Camry’s V6 runs on common. Gasoline financial system continues to be robust at 22 mpg metropolis, 33 mpg freeway and 26 mpg mixed for the XLE. The XSE will get 22/32/26, and the TRD trim brings up the rear at 22/31/25.

Lastly, the Camry Hybrid makes use of a pair of electrical motors along side a four-cylinder engine. Collectively, they produce a mixed 208 hp. By comparability, a Prius produces a mere 121 hp, but the Camry achieves practically the identical gasoline financial system. The Camry Hybrid LE trim degree returns 51 mpg metropolis, 53 mpg freeway and 52 mpg mixed. The opposite trims are 44/47/46, a distinction that is not as vital because the mpg figures make it appear.

2021 Toyota Camry XSE Hybrid2021 Toyota Camry XLE

What is the Camry wish to drive?

 Neglect all of your pre-conceived notions of the Toyota Camry. It’s a much more involving automobile than earlier generations with sharper, extra composed dealing with and pleasantly responsive steering. Every part will get a bit tighter within the SE and XSE trims (above left), however selecting them is not an absolute should any extra for folk who wish to drive. True, the Honda Accord stays a superior drivers’ automobile, however the Camry is not up to now off.

In truth, the Camry TRD was seemingly made to make that very level, because it’s outfitted with track-tuned chassis parts, a strengthened construction and enhanced steering to ship dealing with that approaches sport sedan territory, on the expense of a less-forgiving experience.

The TRD comes commonplace with the muscular V6 engine that is optionally available on different Camrys. Regardless of the trim, although, this can be a robust, clean engine that solely will get higher once you understand it matches the gasoline financial system of its turbocharged four-cylinder opponents. After all, few folks get the V6 (solely 6%). The bulk go for the bottom four-cylinder that provides best-in-class energy, however when it is in comparison with turbocharged engines, you will probably discover that it has much less low-end grunt and sounds a bit winded when pushed. It is actually not Toyota’s most refined effort, though at the least it has a succesful accomplice within the sensible eight-speed computerized that is enormously superior to the CVTs present in most opponents. All of that just about carries over to the Camry AWD that’s solely supplied with the bottom four-cylinder.

Lastly, there’s the Camry Hybrid, which we predict is the decide of the litter. Its electrical motor provides the low-end pull the bottom four-cylinder lacks, whereas additionally smoothing issues out significantly. Moreover, the battery’s placement underneath the again seat lowers the automobile’s heart of gravity and lessens the entrance weight bias, making for improved dynamics round corners. A heavy proper foot nonetheless ends in a good bit of droning from the powertrain (one thing you do not get within the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid), however it’s higher than previous Toyota hybrid efforts, as is the brake-pedal modulation. That you could now get it within the sportiest, extra luxurious XSE guise is icing on the cake.

2021 Toyota Camry XLE

What different Toyota Camry critiques can I learn?

What different Toyota Camry critiques can I learn?

2020 Toyota Camry AWD First Drive

Our first drive of the all-wheel-drive Camry, together with details about its engineering. You see, all-wheel drive wasn’t meant to be within the new Camry. Then issues modified.

2020 Toyota Camry XSE AWD

 

2020 Toyota Camry TRD First Drive

And now for one thing fully completely different … We take a spin round Texas Motor Speedway within the unlikeliest Camry, a high-performance one tuned by Toyota’s TRD wing. We later acquired an opportunity to drive it again at Autoblog HQ in Michigan.

2020 Toyota Camry TRD

 

Toyota Camry Baggage Take a look at | How a lot matches within the trunk?

We put the 15.1-cubic-foot Camry trunk to the real-world take a look at by seeing how a lot baggage (and different stuff) we are able to slot in its trunk. 

What’s the 2023 Camry worth?

Pricing for the 2023 Camry begins at $27,040, together with the $1,095 vacation spot cost. The 2023 Toyota Camry Hybrid begins at $29,175.

In contrast to prior to now, the bottom model Camry is definitely very properly geared up and inside high quality doesn’t take a significant hit. In truth, we’ve rented a Camry LE and got here away impressed with how a lot automobile and tools you get on the base degree.

From the LE, the Camry lineup forks in a number of instructions. The SE trims are sportier to have a look at and to drive, with their Nightshade variants (pictured under) including darker trim and nifty bronze-colored wheels. The XSE slathers on additional comfort and luxurious tools onto the SE’s mechanical setup. The XLE mainly takes those self same comfort and luxurious extras, however applies them to the LE’s design and extra comfort-oriented setup. The TRD, in the meantime, is the wild little one of the household, with a performance-oriented chassis and boy racer exterior add-ons that embrace a singular deck wing.

All costs under embrace the $1,095 vacation spot cost. All-wheel drive is an choice on the LE, SE, SE Nightshade, XLE and XSE when geared up with the bottom engine.

LE: $27,040
LE Hybrid: $29,178
SE: $28,580
SE Nightshade: $29,580
SE Hybrid: $30,710
SE Hybrid Nightshade: $31,710
XLE: $31,790
XLE Hybrid: $34,065
XSE: $32,340
XSE Hybrid: $34,615
TRD: $34,105
XLE V6: $36,915
XSE V6: $37,465

2023 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE NIghtshade Edition2023 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE NIghtshade Edition

What are the Camry security rankings and driver help options?

The Camry has earned very excessive crash take a look at scores. It is an IIHS High Security Decide + having earned the very best marks in all crash checks, for its collision prevention system and even LATCH little one seat anchor entry (we are able to affirm in our personal testing that they are very straightforward to make use of). Its headlights carry out decently, too, with most of variations receiving the second-highest “Acceptable” ranking, and XLE Hybrid’s adaptive headlights getting the highest “Good” ranking. NHTSA ranks the Camry extremely, too, with an total five-star ranking, together with five-star rankings for every particular person crash take a look at.

The Camry comes well-equipped with many commonplace security and driver help options. Though Toyota advertises its personal particular phrases of those options, they’re generically often called ahead collision warning, computerized emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping help, computerized high-beam headlights, rear-seat reminder warning and adaptive cruise management with lane-centering steering help. TRD, XLE and XSE fashions additionally obtain blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning, that are additionally accessible on some LE and SE fashions.

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