Inside the New Toyota Camry

The sedan market has become a little saturated, which is why we’ve compiled the most important details about the new 2017 Toyota Camry. It’s the perfect vehicle in terms of safety, fuel economy, entertainment, and stylish good looks.

We want you to be as informed as possible when it comes time to test drive and buy a new vehicle.

Specifications

The 2017 mid-sized, 4 door Toyota Camry comes with all the features of the previous model, plus many extras.

This includes wireless charging that is equipped on all four of the new trims and a JBL audio system for the XSE and XLE models.

The price, however, is unchanged from the previous year. The base model still has a MSRP of $23,905, the SE remains the same price at $28,830, and the upgraded XSE and XLE uphold their $27,145 price.

The Camry can comfortably seat up to 5 passengers. With the traction control, antilock brakes, rear and side airbags, and 6-speed transmission, driving is easy, fun and safe.

Features

The 2017 Toyota Camry comes equipped with a slew of safety features.

The Camry won the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 5-star overall safety rating and the Institute for Highway Safety’s (IHS) top safety pick.

With this impressive list of safety features that come standard on a Camry, it’s easy to see why.

  • 10 airbags throughout the interior of the vehicle
  • Pre-collision system
  • Vehicle stability control
  • Traction control
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Electronic brake-force distribution
  • Brake assist
  • Smart stop technology
  • Safety connect- 24/7 emergency assistance
  • Whiplash-injury lessening seats

Performance

The new Toyota Camry comes with a 2.5 L 4-cylinder 178-horsepower engine on all models, but a sportier 3.5 L V-6, 268-horsepower engine is available for the XLE and XSE editions. Both engine choices have a 6-speed automatic transmission.

All models are also equipped with push-button start, as well as a dual exhaust for more horsepower and a sportier look.

If you are looking for a more sportier drive, both the SE and XSE models come with paddle shifters located next to the steering wheel for the ultimate hands-on driving experience. Simply use the paddles when you want to manually shift the gears.

Aside from safety features, the Toyota Camry excels in providing innovative technological advances for your entertainment.

Each model comes equipped with wireless charging, as well as the Entune app suite that lets you play music via Pandora, iHeartRadio, or Slacker Radio. The app suite also gives you access to sports scores, local weather, and even lets you make dinner reservations at your favorite restaurant while on the go.

In addition, voice recognition comes standard with the Camry, allowing you to use navigation, hands-free calling, and Bluetooth by simply speaking to your car.

As far as functional technology goes, the Camry comes with a multi-information display. It provides you with valuable content while you’re driving, such as navigation, current fuel economy and incoming call information. It’s designed to give you everything you might need while in your car at the tip of your fingers.

The Competition

Car shopping can seem overwhelming, as there are many similar vehicles to choose from. There might be small details that make you prefer one vehicle over another, but there are also some factors that you should always take into consideration when comparing vehicles.

Things such as fuel economy, MSRP, and safety are always important things to take a look at before purchasing a new vehicle.

Let’s compare how the 2017 Camry stacks up against its closest competition.

2017 Toyota Camry
Fuel type: Unleaded gasoline
City: 24 mpg
Highway: 33 mpg

2017 Honda Accord
Fuel type: Premium gasoline
City: 26 mpg
Highway: 34 mpg

2017 Chevrolet Malibu
Fuel type: Premium gasoline
City: 27 mpg
Highway: 36 mpg

While the Camry appears to come up several points behind its competitors in fuel economy, it is worth noting that the Camry was designed to use regular unleaded gasoline in an attempt to lessen fuel costs.

The competitors have chosen to recommend premium fuel for their vehicle’s engines, providing an equal, if not higher trip cost than that of the Camry.

When stacked up alongside both the Honda Accord and Chevrolet Malibu in terms of safety features, the Toyota Camry comes out on top. The Camry features height adjustable seat belts that the Malibu does not, and it comes equipped with a cross-path warning system and a GPS response system that the Honda Accord lacks.

Also, according to a 35mph frontal crash test performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the results show that the Camry is safer than both competitors. While both the Toyota Camry and the Chevrolet Malibu received an overall 5-star safety rating, the Accord only ranked at a 4.

The Camry outranked the Malibu in neck injury risk and rear-seat passenger safety, giving it the highest safety rating of the three vehicles.

Although the Camry’s MSRP is slightly higher than that of both competitors, it is estimated that the 2017 Camry will cost less over time to operate than the 2017 Honda Accord and 2017 Chevrolet Malibu.

This is due in part to common repair parts, such as water pumps, alternators, fuel pumps, and front brake pads being significantly lower in price than those of its competitors.

Hybrid Option

In addition to the regular 2017 model, Toyota is also offering the Camry in a more efficient hybrid option.

The hybrid option has 3 available trims: LE, SE, and XLE. Its estimated fuel economy is 42mpg city and 38mpg highway.

The 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid comes with all of the standard features provided in the gas version, but with a 2.5 L 4-cylinder hybrid engine.

With a starting MSRP of $26,790, the hybrid model is a good choice for those who want to pollute less and have a little more money to do so.

Pros and Cons

Below, we’ve outlined a couple of pros and cons for you to consider before you make your final decision.

Ultimately the decision on whether or not the 2017 Toyota Camry is suitable for your lifestyle is yours.

Take one for a test drive, see if the interior matches what you’re looking for, and do the same for its competition.

Pros

  • Advanced safety features
  • Innovative entertainment technology
  • Affordability throughout the lifetime of the vehicle
  • A hybrid option

Cons

  • Higher MSRP than similar vehicles
  • Slightly less fuel efficiency than most competitors