Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good Toyota released its seventh-generation Camry in December 2012. Featuring a contemporary design with improved driving dynamics and a more spacious interior. The new Toyota Camry features a bolder design. The front bumper features sharper more aerodynamic lines that suit the squared edges of the vehicle. The Atara model range has a sporty appearance with a sports bumper, side skirts and a dual exhaust system. The headlights are integrated into the front grille for a sleek and clean design. The Camry Altise features a conservative design while the Camry Atara range has been styled with more sporty proportions to appeal to private buyers.
Not so good The Toyota Camry is a more conservative design than say a Mazda6 (however design is subjective so this could also be a good point). Toyota doesn't offer the choice of a Camry hatchback, wagon or a diesel engine.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good Lots of standard equipment and creature comforts. Interior space is class leading, and the seats are some of the most comfortable in any Medium vehicle. Interior styling is the most notable improvement for the seventh-generation Camry. The Camry's cabin is more inviting and complements the improved feel throughout the car, especially features such as coloured stitching and brushed-metal 'look' highlights. Altise grades feature black fabric seats, black carpets and metallic 'look' highlights. Atara S also features a black interior but with a sports mesh pattern in the dash, door and shift knob. There are two leather-accented options on Atara S - black or ivory seats with sports black carpets. Black or ivory leather-accented trim is standard on luxury Atara SL, along with dark woodgrain-look highlights. Sporty Atara SX has a black interior with a unique-to-Australia premium plum-coloured leather-accented seats.
Not so good The Toyota Camry range definitely features a more inviting and fresh interior over the Mazda6. But, for premium look and feel there is a number of Medium car competitors that are definitely still up there.
Performance

Performance

Good The Camry range features a new engine and transmission. Output for the new 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine is 133kW of power and 231Nm of torque. The new engine gives the Camry a significant boost in both power and torque, while reducing CO2's and improving fuel consumption. On Camry Atara models, the twin exhausts result in an extra 2kW. The new engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. For those who want more 'oomph' try the Hybrid Camry - yes it is the economical choice, however it's also significantly more powerful (producing a combined 151kW of power from the hybrid drivetrain). The two Hybrid variants also feature a smooth CVT transmission.
Not so good Toyota has improved overall fuel consumption with its new 2.5-litre engine and they offer a Hybrid option. However, the Camry range could benefit from stop/start, direct injection and turbo technologies.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good Relatively refined at highway speeds, smooth cornering and good power steering. The Camry has had countless hours of R&D on Australian roads which you can tell from the moment you test drive one. The Hybrid Camry rides firmer with stiffer suspension (however not disappointingly so) and has significantly improved handling over the non-Hybrid powered variants.
Not so good The Camry is a good car, however there’s plenty more cars on offer for those drivers who prefer a car with more charisma or attitude. The overall handling is good but a bit floaty and less responsive than a number of other Medium's.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good You probably wouldn't write home about it, but it will definitely get you there without an issue! We’ve driven Camry’s for 10 years now and never had an issue with them. It's as simple as this - Toyota build tough and reliable cars. Because of Toyota's reliable name residual values are pretty good, and because of this it’s an easy car to sell. The Hybrid Camry combines truly excellent fuel economy of 5.2-litres per 100km (officially claimed) and can happily seat five adults!
Not so good The Hybrid Camry is ideal for driver's who spend most of the time sitting in traffic (as in this environment it will often run solely on electric power!), however for highway & country driving a diesel powered competitor may be a better choice.