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2014 Toyota Camry

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/29/2014 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2014

The 2014 Toyota Camry remains mostly unchanged, but a mid-year refresh has added the Camry SE Hybrid trim, a revised Entune Premium Audio system, and safety upgrades aimed to improve its crash test scores. A rearview camera is now standard across the line.

Vehicle Summary

The Toyota Camry is a midsize family sedan that has served as the U.S.' best-selling car for years. It slots above the compact Corolla and below the full-size Avalon. Toyota sells the Camry with conventional four- and six-cylinder gas engines, as well as a four-cylinder hybrid.

Overview

The Toyota Camry is one of the best-selling vehicles in the U.S. and the most popular family sedan. It is available with three engine choices: a 2.5-liter I-4 producing 178 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, a 3.5-liter V-6 making 268 hp and 248 lb-ft, and a 2.5-liter I-4 hybrid with a combined output of 200 hp. The gas motors are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission while the hybrid is matched to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). On the road, the 2014 Camry is easy to drive, quiet, and quick with the V-6 engine. It emphasizes comfort, making it a great cruiser, but its handling is not up to par with cars like the Mazda6 or Ford Fusion.

The 2014 Camry's fuel economy varies based on its engine and trim. Cars equipped with the I-4 are rated by the EPA at 25/35 mpg city/highway, the V-6 models get 21/31 mpg, 40/38 mpg for the SE and XLE Hybrid, and 43/39 mpg for the LE Hybrid.

Inside, the 2014 Camry offer generous space for adults and a functional cabin, but it lags behind the competition in terms of design. Additionally, materials used in the cabin are behind in terms of quality to the competition.

The Camry has a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and is considered a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, scoring good in all tests (good is the highest possible score) including the small overlap front category.

What We Think

The Camry remains a popular choice for midsize sedan buyers because of its reputation for reliability and comfort. All models have quiet and refined cabins ideal for long drives and the daily commute. However, the low-quality interior materials used detract from the car's refinement, making it feel more "appliance-like." In a 2012 First Test review of the Camry Hybrid, we said that the conservative cabin design and build quality "won't be winning any awards, not even in the pedestrian midsize segment." Additionally, in a 2013 comparison against the 2013 Honda Accord Sport and 2014 Mazda6, we noted that the Camry SE's "sport-tuned" suspension made the ride stiff and did not improve the car's handling.

You'll Like

  • Hybrid fuel economy
  • Soft, cushy ride
  • Roomy cabin

You Won't Like

  • Uninspiring interior
  • Dull driving dynamics
  • Stiff ride in SE models with little handling improvement

Key Competitors

  • Honda Accord
  • Nissan Altima
  • Ford Fusion
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Mazda6

Rating

2 star There's no real arguing with mammoth success.

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