The best-selling car in America is the Toyota Camry. This is happening in a tough and rude competition against excellent sedans such as the Honda Accord. The fame earned by the Toyota Camry is thanks to its incredible durability and price-value ratio. It’s basically all the American’s wishes condensed into one single car. Something ironic is how the Japanese car makers have controlled almost the entire American market while having great domestic makers as Chevrolet and Ford.
The 2016 Camry features the fresh exterior that debuted two years ago and it’s still valid and good looking amongst the competition. The only flaw in this car is probably the interior. But it really doesn’t matter, nothing is perfect and this car is still the best-selling model.
The Japanese maker is fully committed to a superior built quality, a highly affordable product, and an aesthetic completely different from the competence.
Let’s review this Samurai of sales.
Powertrain and Performance
Two petrol engines are available for this sedan. The first and the standard is a 2.5 L four-cylinder engine delivering up to 178 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to the front wheels and it’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The acceleration is average and not too fun to drive. Actually, it goes from standstill to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds. The fuel economy is excellent and is really competitive, being rated at 25 mpg in city and 35 mph on the highway for a combined rate of 28 mpg. This setup is available in Camry LE trim.
On the other hand, for a more enthusiast driver, a vibrant and fun ride is possible with a faster option. With a couple of thousand dollars, you can get either XSE or XLE with a 3.5 L V6 engine, producing up to 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The performance with this engine is exhilarating and it improves a lot, going from standstill to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. The fuel economy is still pretty nice and average amongst the competition, being 25 mpg combined or 21 mpg in city and 31 on the highway.
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Exterior and Interior Look
The exterior look of the 2016 Camry remains the same as the last year with little cosmetical touches. The Camry looks modern, sharp and with a unique identity.
The front fascia is aggressive and quite sexy for being a family sedan. The LED headlights are sharp and fit incredible with the huge grille designed for the Camry. The fog lights are tiny and elongated vertically to flow with the front fascia’s design. From sideways, is simple but enjoyable along with the alloy wheels. The rear receives a chrome accent between the taillights. The spoiler and the double exhaust pipes give it a really sporty and sexy look from behind.
The interior, just like the exterior, has minimal changes. With smooth materials and improved details to deliver a more welcoming cockpit, it achieves greatness. The center console is all about of technology and upscale materials. Probably the best aspect of this car’s interior is the enclosed bin to storage personal electronics, featuring USB port and the highlighted wireless charging pad, which is not available on the competitors’ models. The interior has plenty of room but one flaw in the interior is that the rear seats row doesn’t completely fold, compromising the flexibility in the cargo of the trunk.
The infotainment system is powered up by Toyota’s Entune Infotainment system with a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen. The features are standard as other cars with navigation and USB and Bluetooth technologies to plug-in phones and audio devices, for example.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 Toyota Camry in an excellent choice for any kind of purposes. It has an option for a more aggressive performance, attractive aesthetic exterior, and an interior well fitted with technology features.
Starting price at US$23.070.