2014 Toyota Camry Review

March 25, 2014
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The latest Toyota Camry is the ride to grab if you’re after reliability and practicality. Starting at below $25,000, this midsize sedan is certainly one of the best deals you can find this year.

NEW FOR THE 2014 CAMRY

  • SE trim level
  • standard rearview camera

UNDER THE HOOD

All 2014 Camrys go with front-wheel drive system and a 6-speed automatic transmission. But there are two sources of power available in the lineup. The base Camry is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that releases 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. The other engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. It is available on the SE and XLE models.

The 2014 Toyota Camry gets the following fuel economy ratings from the EPA:

City Highway Combined
2.5L 4-cyl 25 mpg 35 mpg 28 mpg
3.5L V6 21 mpg 31 mpg 25 mpg

 

ON THE ROAD

Both the four-cylinder and the V6 provide the Camry plenty of power. These engines are hushed and work well with the automatic transmission which shifts quickly and smoothly. Meanwhile, handling is no surprise for Camry fans and drivers. Toyota has maintained the steady handling and the smooth ride that the midsize sedan has been providing. However, some reviewers noted that the electric power steering feels lifeless in the four-cylinder-powered Camrys unlike when it’s with a V6 and in the Camry SE.

INSIDE THE 2014 CAMRY

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There’s no question about the latest Camry’s stylish cabin. But some reviewers have issues with the quality of materials. Roominess is not an issue too. In fact, that’s one thing reviewers applaud the Camry for.

But learning the Entune is a hassle. It requires registration and app installation before it can be used. Data connection is also required. This is a great downside because other automakers offer more user-friendly and easy-to-use infotainment systems.

Though typical in the segment, the 15.4-cubic-foot trunk of the Camry is acceptable. Some reviewers, however, wish that the opening is a bit larger for bigger items.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Toyota Camry is available in L, LE, SE or XLE style. Here are some features that go standard with each model.

The Camry L is standard with daytime running lights, 16-inch steel wheels, solar-energy-absorbing glass, air filtration, 6-speaker Entune audio system (with Bluetooth, 6.1-inch touchscreen display, voice recognition, auxiliary audio jack, iPod connectivity and USB port), rearview camera, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split fold-down rear seat with center armrest and cup holders, cruise control, door bottle holders, 10 airbags, battery saver, and electric power steering.

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The LE model adds automatic headlights, keyless entry, and two power outlets.

The SE has black-sport-trimmed headlights, fog lights, sport mesh front grille, underbody spoilers, heated power outside mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, sport-fabric front seats, leather-wrapped sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, and silver interior accents.

The premium model, the XLE, boasts of power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, Entune audio plus (upgraded with MP3 playback capability, satellite radio, Gracenote and HD radio), 8-way power driver seat with lumbar support, upgraded analog instrumentation, and wood-grain interior trim.

Packages and options include the following:

  • Leather Package (for XLE): 4-way power front-passenger seat, heated front seats, leather-trimmed seats and doors
  • blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Convenience Package (for SE and XLE): anti-theft system with alarm, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, push-button start, smart key system
  • Entune premium audio with navigation and app suite

Photo credit: toyota.com

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