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2017 Toyota Camry Driving Impressions


Even the base Camry LE is ideal for daily commutes and everyday tasks. No one is likely to expect scintillating performance from the four-cylinder engine, but it’s thrifty. Selecting the V6 provides a sizable leap ahead in acceleration, but also in price. If you’re not sure, we recommend the four-cylinder. Both engines mate with a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic. We noticed sluggish downshifting in the mountains with four-cylinder engine.

Toyota made a number of body and suspension modifications for the 2015 model year, giving the current Camry a greater sense of control, without impairing its smooth ride. While cruising, and at higher speeds, the suspension copes well with bumps and road roughness. On uneven surfaces, even a softer-suspended Camry model absorbs the worst spots, rebounding after each assault in a well-controlled manner.

Toyota’s Camry Hybrid achieves world-class fuel-efficiency; but regular-engine models fail to lead the midsize pack. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder has been EPA-rated at 24/33 mpg City/Highway, or 27 mpg Combined. The LE Hybrid has been EPA-rated at 42/38 mpg City/Highway, or 40 mpg Combined, but upper Hybrids dip to 40/37 mpg City/Highway, or 38 mpg Combined. Thirsty of the group, the V6 version, is EPA-rated at 21/30 mpg City/Highway, or 24 mpg Combined.

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