Toyota's midsize sedan has been completely redesigned for 2007. The sixth-generation Camry is similar in size and shape to the outgoing model, but the sharp creases and other styling details signify a break-albeit a small one-from tradition. The front-wheel-drive Camry is available in five trim levels, and the traditional four- and six-cylinder engines are joined this year by a gas-electric hybrid variant.
It seems somewhat ironic that the most popular car in America comes from a Japanese brand. Yet Camry has outsold every other car in the U.S. for eight of the last nine years. Ironic, perhaps, but not surprising; Toyota has been fine-tuning the Camry to American tastes for more than 20 years. They even build it here. In fact, Camry production will soon expand from its old Kentucky home to be joined by a second plant in Indiana.
The new Camry doesn't depart too much from its successful formula. Styling is probably the biggest departure on the 2007 model, with more angular lines inside and out. The model lineup remains similar, with the value-priced CE, volume-selling LE, high-end XLE, and sporty SE. The four-cylinder engine remains at 2.4L, with output up to 158 hp and 161 lb.-ft. of torque, while the V-6 grows to 3.5L with an output of 268 hp and 248 lb.-ft. of torque.
The big news for 2007 is the Camry Hybrid, which will be sold as a separate trim line. Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive, similar to the system used in the Prius and Highlander, has been adapted for use in the Camry. It is mated to a special version of the Camry's 2.4L four-cylinder engine, and the battery, inverter, and other components have been modified for minimal impact on passenger and cargo space. Total output is 147 hp and 137 lb.-ft. of torque, and EPA mileage estimates are 43 mpg city and 37 highway.
The Toyota Camry competes in the Midsize Conventional segment, which consists of 18 models. Buyers in this segment look for reliability, fuel economy, and performance, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Toyota Camry (397,630 units sold), Honda Accord (354,441), and Nissan Altima (232,457). The Toyota Camry's 397,630 sales in 2006 represent an increase of 5.5 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize Conventional segment include the Ford Taurus, Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6, Hyundai Sonata, and Ford Fusion. Joining the segment in 2007 is the Saturn Aura.
|CE (Retail Orders Only) (M5)||5 speed manual||$18,470||158-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||24/34|
|LE (M5)||5 speed manual||$19,925||158-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||24/34|
|SE (M5)||5 speed manual||$21,140||158-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||24/34|
|LE V6 (A6)||6 speed automatic||$23,540||268-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||22/31|
|SE V6 (A6)||6 speed automatic||$24,815||268-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||22/31|
|XLE (A5)||5 speed automatic||$24,900||158-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||24/33|
|XLE V6 (A6)||6 speed automatic||$28,020||268-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||22/31|