2017 Toyota Camry: Tried and True

Published: Friday, February 10, 2017 | 8:14 PM

2017toyotacamry475People buy cars for different reasons, for some it’s for looks, others it’s speed and agility, while still others view a car as something to get them from point “a” to point “b” with comfort and ease. The tried and true Toyota Camry is great for the latter who view a car as an appliance and want a comfortable drive.

For 2017 the Camry remains mostly unchanged from the recent overhaul in 2015. It is a midsize sedan that comes in four trim levels: LE, SE, XSE, and XLE. This review will focus on the LE trim.

Standard on the base LE trim are 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, a sunroof, keyless remote entry, power front seats, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a 6.1-inch Entune touchscreen interface and a six-speaker sound system.

2017toyotacamryintMy test model had the addition of the optional Entune Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App adding a 7-inch display, smartphone app-based navigation system and 6-speaker audio system.

With a 2.5-liter inline four banger the Camry is powered by 178 horses and 170 lb-ft of torque. The 6-speed automatic trany works in concert with the engine to provide smooth gear changes. Expect to get 24/city, 33/highway, and 27/combined mpg.

It’s in the interior where the Camry shines brightest with comfortable seats front and back and quality materials used throughout. Headroom and legroom is plentiful front and back and cargo space is spacious with 15.4 cubic feet. There’s also 60/40 rear seat fold-down for extra room.

Driving the Camry is comfortable but not all that exciting. The body takes all but the hardest bumps in its stride and steering is true. The cabin is quiet and acceleration is smooth and relatively quick.

To get from point “a” to “b” in comfort give the 2017 Toyota Camry LE a test drive.