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Toyota Camry Review
Toyota Camry Review
Toyota Camry Review

Toyota Australia continues its local manufacturing with the seventh generation Camry launched in Melbourne this week. Prices start from $30,490 for the fleet-favourite Altise and top at $39,990 for the newly introduced Atara SL.

Sporting a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the new 2012 Toyota Camry is more powerful and fuel efficient than ever before.

It’s been over 24 years since the very first Toyota Camry was built in Victoria and over the last two and half decades the Japanese company has manufactured over 1.6 million Camrys in Australia alone.

Despite a great deal of competition, the Toyota Camry has remained the best selling medium-sized car in Australia for the last 18 years, by no mean an easy feat. It’s ingenuous to criticise the Camry for its conservative characteristics but it’s much harder to argue with numbers.

The locally built Camry’s success is not just an Australian story either, with Toyota Australia currently exporting more than 75 percent of its production to the Middle East. The export program, which started in 1996, has been the lifeline of the Camrys Australian production, providing the much needed scale required to make the operation worthwhile.

Now in it’s seventh generation, the Toyota Camry has grown considerably. So much so that the term medium-size is almost misleading, given it bares near identical proportions to the Toyota Aurion (classified as a large car) and offers generous head and leg room for all five passengers.

Toyota Camry Review
Toyota Camry Review
Toyota Camry Review
Toyota Camry Review

Although it’s labeled as a brand new Camry, underneath the completely reskinned exterior exists a platform very similar to the outgoing model. Nonetheless, the new Camry has gained considerable improvements in all regards.

Keiichi Yoneda, deputy chief engineer of the Toyota Camry, said the new model was designed with two goal pillars in mind: emotional and rational.

It would be almost fruitless to argue against the rational aspect since the Camry has proven itself beyond doubt as one of the most reliable and logical choices for anyone looking for a practical A-to-B vehicle in Australia. As for a vehicle that you can connect with emotionally, that’s a totally different proposition.

Toyota is not known for its flair and emotive designs, in fact it’s best regarded as the maker of soulless yet super reliable, durable and high quality vehicles. This may not sound so bad at first but with the age group of Toyota buyers on the rise, the brand needs to do more to reconnect it self with a younger (or younger at heart) audience to ensure future success. The recently unveiledToyota 86 sports car is one such move, but it needs to apply this philosophy across the model range.

It just so happens that it’s also more profitable to sell top-spec luxury models to private buyers than concentrate heavily on fleet sales. Currently almost three in every four Camrys sold in Australia are to fleets. To turn that figure around with the new model, Toyota Australia will launch Camry Atara variants, aimed directly at private buyers, with Camry Altise still taking care of the fleet segment.

Toyota Camry Review
Toyota Camry Review
Toyota Camry Review
Toyota Camry Review

Apart from the exterior and interior differentiations between the two models, the new 2.5-litre engine is available in two unique configurations for Altise and Atara with power ranging from 132-135kw supported by 231-235 Nm of torque respectively. Manual variants are no longer in existent with all models driven through the front wheels via a sequential-shifting six-speed automatic transmission, which is a vast improvement over the old five. Fuel economy has improved 11 percent, down to 7.8L/100km.

Toyota has paid a great deal of attention to improving the quality of the new Camry, so much so that it spent considerable resources reducing the vehicle’s panel gaps from 4mm to 3.5mm. This makes it one of the best in the business and even superior to Lexus vehicles. It also helps produce a quieter cabin and better aerodynamics.

Overall exterior size is almost identical to the previous model, except for the width, which has grown by 5mm thanks to the addition of chrome door handles. Interior width however, has increased by 30mm due to better and more innovative trimming.

CarAdvice headed to Melbourne to review the Toyota Camry and frankly, we weren’t expecting much in terms of an exhilarating drive. Our first test car was a Camry Atara SX, the sports model with dual exhausts, a higher power output and uniquely tuned suspension. Despite all talk of more emotional and sporty appeal for private buyers, making one of the world’s most common cars more exciting is not an easy task.

Toyota Camry Review
Toyota Camry Review
Toyota Camry Review
Toyota Camry Review

Behind the wheel the most obvious point of difference between the old and new Camry is the steering feel, having switched to electric power steering has meant Toyota engineers have been given much more freedom in the tune and feel. As a result, there is now a sense of actual engagement with the steering being noticeably more responsive and heavier than before.

With an overall 35kg weight reduction compared to the old model as well as 15 percent more power and eight percent additional torque, acceleration feel is more linear across the rev range. 0-100km/h is achieved in 9.3 seconds (same result for both Atara and Altise, regardless of power/torque difference) but overtaking on highways is not a laborious task, with in-gear acceleration more than adequate for Australian conditions.

Suspension setup for the Atara SX is stiffer than the rest to offer a sportier drive, however the Bridgestone 215/55R17 tyres wrapped around Atara’s 17-inch wheels are not exactly in tune with the harder ride. The SX can certainly do with standard 18-inch wheels wrapped in high-grip tyres if Toyota is serious about attracting a different demographic.

Interior is spacious and as with all Atara models, the SX comes standard with smart entry and push button start, reversing camera, dual-zone air-conditioning, 6.1-inch touch-screen display audio with six speakers (supporting Bluetooth phone and audio streaming), leather steering wheel and gearshift knob plus an electric driver’s seat. Specially for the SX is a unique rear bumper, lip spoiler, sports pedals, black-tinted headlamps and leather-accented interior.

Toyota Camry Review
Toyota Camry Review
Toyota Camry Review
Toyota Camry Review

To gain all that Toyota has to offer, the Camry Atara SL for $39,990 is the way to go. It features a JBL premium audio system with 10 speakers controlled via a larger and higher-resolution 7-inch touch-screen display with satellite navigation. Automatic wipers and dual electric front seats are also added. Unfortunately, fake woodgrain through the dash is also part of Toyota’s “luxury” look, which actually detracts from the stylish brushed aluminium look of the other models.

For those still listening to AM and FM stations, the up to date audio system supports digital radio and provides live traffic updates. The S and SX’s reversing camera is also upgraded with back-guide monitor (predicting where the vehicle is headed based on steering position).

Two of the more impressive features on the Camary Atara SL are the blind-spot monitor and automatic high beam assistance systems. Generally found in European luxury cars, the blind spot assistance system uses radars mounted in the rear bumper to detect any vehicles sitting in the Camry’s blind spot – it then gives a visual warning in the side mirrors which consequently flashes for attention if the driver indicates to merge. We were given a good opportunity to test the system at Ballarat airport and can report that it’s just as good as the equivalent systems found in Volvo or Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

Toyota Camry Review
Toyota Camry Review
Toyota Camry Review
Toyota Camry Review

The automatic high beam assistance is a feature we’re used to seeing in BMW vehicles. Once on, it works by automatically turning the high beam on when there is no vehicle in front or coming towards. It uses light sensors to detect either occurrence and has to be specially calibrated for Australia’s highly reflective street signs (something which BMW vehicles don’t do so well). Given our review took place during the day, this feature was not tested.

One feature we were disappointed not to see was active cruise control, a system by which the onboard computer can detect other vehicles in front and adjust cruise control to follow or slow down. Mr Yoneda told us that such a system would be very difficult to install at the Altona plant and internal research had shown that less than one percent of customers would be willing to pay for the option. Even so, we suspect that many customers are unaware of such a feature or have never used one in real life, as we’ve found it incredibly useful in cars such as the Toyota Prius and Ford Mondeo.

Our second test car was a Camry Atara S, the entry model into the Atara range that retails for $33,490. The standard suspension is a more comfortable ride over Australia’s relatively poor quality roads. Given the nature of the Toyota Camry, it’s unlikely that many would complain about the lack of stiff suspension, which is offered in the SX models. Indeed, it’s a smoother ride overall and given steering response is still top notch, it would be our pick over the SX as a daily.

Toyota Camry Review
Toyota Camry Review
Toyota Camry Review

Toyota has done a good job in feature packing the Atara variants to attract more private buyers, but is it enough? The question isn’t so much if the Camry is a good car, because it’s, it’s a great car. It’s more in regards to buyers wanting more flair, styling and sophistication. Despite all its styling updates, the Camry still appears conservative and without much character compared to the likes of Ford Mondeo, Kia Optima, Hyundai i45 and other rivals.

Overall though, the new Toyota Camry is a substantial improvement over the old. It’s quieter inside, offers more space, better driving dynamics and a nicer interior. It also features, for the first time, seven airbags (including knee airbag), bringing its safety credentials higher than ever. For a fleet customer it’s hard to look past the Camry Altise, but for private buyers the real question is whether or not the Camry Atara can evoke an emotional connection. We suspect that will remain a bigger challenge.

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  • Westie

    “given it bares near identical proportions to the much larger Toyota Aurion”
    Excuse me? Given the Aurion is a previous gen Camry with bling, it is going to be pretty much the same size…

    • Simon

      Misquote much?

  • HUH

    Our Aurion is Camry in Thailand, the Camry is the same size as the Aurion, get your facts right before you write such nonsense.  

    • my opinion not toyotas.

      Actually it is you that needs to get their facts right, the aurion is approximately 80 mm’s longer than Camry (longer hood & fenders) oh and a different boot lid too!

      • Phil


        Camry Altise:

        Note: Some vehicle dimension figures are approximate only and may vary due to options and accessory fitment and weight carried. External dimensions – Length (mm) 4815 – Width (mm) 1820 – Height (mm) 1470 – Wheelbase (mm) 2775
        Aurion AT-X

        Note: Some vehicle dimension figures are approximate only and may vary due to options and accessory fitment and weight carried. External dimensions – Length (mm) 4825 – Width (mm) 1820 – Height (mm) 1470 – Wheelbase (mm) 2775

    • Simon

      He is correct, the Camry is classed as a medium size car in Australia, while the Aurion is classed as a large size car.  Get your facts write before you write such nonsense.

      • LEE

        why would a car that is 481.5cm long be a medium size car while a car that is 482.5cm long is classed as a large car? – sounds like rubbish to me

        • no one is buying that

          agreed – lets face it, the aurion is a Camry V6, and it is sold as such in other markets.  No one is actually buying the whole “Camry is a medium car, Aurion is a large” – one is a 4 cylinder large car, one is a 6.  The interesting part will be when Ford launches the Ecoboost Falcon – will it mysteriously become a RWD medium car?  I don’t think so!

  • I’m Always Right

    Well Done Toyota… I will buy one without thinking twice… 

    • AndyGF

      ^^ Atypical toyota customer right there…

      • I’m Always Right

        Andy i have never owned a Toyota but Falcon, Commodore, Mazda6 , Mitsubishi Magna Sports and always thought about Toyota as Boring and white goods on wheels. But sales statistics, reliability statistics are a compelling reason why not to buy. I have sat with friends who drive Camrys’ or corollas and could not fault the refinement as compared to the cars i owned. 

        • LEE

          I have had both a Camry Sportivo and Corolla Ultima – both company cars – can’t complain they did their job. But when spending my own dough I’ll buy something with personality

      • I’m Always Right

        Also AndyGF i like 6’s as opposed to 4’s. But that’s me. The way petrol prices are going, gone are the days for petrol commodores and falcons ( for an average salaried buyer- like myself :) ) So i think Camry with all the space and refinements is a much better proposition…. Cheers

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  • Valet Dabess

    Making the panel gaps smaller is great. On my car the gaps are so big around the tail gate I thought it wasnt closed properly

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  • Luke Brinsmead

    If the Camry didn’t have a good reliability reputation and was more expensive it would be laughed at.

  • Martin

    Still couldn’t convince me to buy one over an Optima, Mondeo, Accord Euro, Mazda6.

    • jr

      maybe you should drive one ?

      • Martin

        The interior and exterior styling are not to my taste, so why would I bother.

  • Demonaz

    Digital radio! Although it may seem insignificant, it’s a great move by Toyota. This Camry Atara SL is now the best equipped medium size car, outdoing the Accord Euro.

    • Hhd

      The honda accord euro has the worst rear leg room in the medium size segment toyota has created a winner

    • Stewart

      Only problem with the digital radio is that there is no digital coverage outside metropolitan Western Australia.

    • MisterZed

      Yeah right.  Where’s the panoramic moonroof that the i45 and Optima have? Where are the LED tail-lights?

  • VW

    Something must be wrong with those pictures. That cant be the new Camry. The front end is basically unchanged and it looks like 1/4 of the tail light is missing.

  • Anthony Mindel

    I would still rather have a new Accord Euro,as that is the classiest mid sized sedan on the market.

    • NICK

      It is the worst car have u ever sat in the back horrible unless u r a midget i would not by one in a fit

  • tekkyy

    how did we get short-changed again with equipment?
    (AU vs. US model)

    what excuse have they got this time for removing the passenger knee and rear side airbags?

    • Toyota Guru

      Yep, cost-cutting is alive and well at Toyota.

  • MisterZed

    9.3 seconds 0-100 is embarassingly slow.  i45 does it in about 8.3 seconds.

    • Josef

      I never accelerated from o to 100km/h it is not important what is important is say 40 to 80 or 60 to 100.

      • Bob

        Neither of which it does well. 

    • Lukaas


      They still both slow, who drags with family sedans?

      • Tomas79

        Falcodore owners do…
        Have you ever heard of the FPV or HSVs?

    • Bert

      DZ621 do your homework next time  HYUNDAI  i45  0-100KPH = 10.9SEC

      • MisterZed

        Wrong.  Those tests were done in Singapore on a 2.0 LITRE i45.  The i45 we get in Australia has a 2.4L engine. 

    • Scattach

      But who wants a Hyuandi.

  • Michael Todd

    I cant help but think this is a step backwards in design. I dont like the shape at all. Honda Civic meets Holden Epica.

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  • Bob

    Still rather a Kizashi (manual, not cvt), Mondeo or even a Jetta.

    • Bert

      Buying a kizashi is like winning last place at the races because suzuki cant give them away name your price on one i am sure they will deal!  And in years to come they will be worth nothing.

      • Sumpguard

          In years to come all cars sold new today will be worth nothing. At least I’d enjoy the ownership experience in the Kizashi.  You can keep the camry thanks and I can’t agree with the comment above re the styling . I’m not convinced by it at all.

            To me the front headlights fell straight off the civic and the chin on the front spoiler looks awkward. The Honda Euro manages to look more modern despite being a few years old now.

           …..and the Kizashi simply murders it on styling!

        • Bert

          The Camry will still be worth a hell of a lot more than a Kizashi and i dont think anyone wants to throw away money regardless of how good it looks, CAMRY every day for me thankyou!

  • BP

    Those looks are poor. I couldn’t buy this car knowing i’m driving some monster or sorts :s

  • Phil

    “Assured quality, durability and reliability”?????

    What, are they offering a 20 year warranty? How are those atributes “assured”?

    • VW

      In the minds of Toyota buyers. its assured. They think their Toyota is bulletproof because thats why Toyota tells them!

      • Bert

        And what does VW tell you that there cars are reliable and cheap to service?  Gee i think they lied to you!

        • Stewart

          This is exactly why I would never buy a European car, sure they are great cars, but the send you broke with servicing and parts.

    • Helmut

      That’s exactly what I was thinking Phil when I saw the CA statement. Looks more like cut and paste from Toyota brochure.
      Very brave words from CA, considering multimillion Toyota recalls in the last 3 years.
      How did you Alborz measure the quality, durability and reliability during the one day drive with just released cars?

    • mrxandthexfactor

      We had a Toyota Cressida from 1989, it did run for 20 years. Nothing was wrong with the car over the 20 years apart from frayed 15-year-old hoses. Think about it mate. We had to get rid of it in 2009 due to a transmission failure. It ran good, looked good and built well, no complains. While this isn’t a warranty, but it’s a guarantee. A guarantee that your car, if maintained well, will last for a good 2 decades. So stop abusing Toyotas if you haven’t even experienced them. 

  • therob

    it looks like a civic crossed with a liberty….both are ugly cars! interior however looks nice and dash looks great….pity about the exterior.

  • Vins

    Nice interior. Pityu about the exterior. And seriously it’s too big for city roads

    • Stewart

      Would you rather we all drive around in Smart cars.

  • MisterZed

    I’m not sure why people are criticising the exterior. It is by far the best looking Camry ever. The current model is bland – this new one looks sharp. Compared to other mid-large size sedans, it’s well above average in looks. No, it doesn’t look as good as an i45, but it looks more modern than the full-size Accord and Mazda6.

  • Sandland

    Those are some pretty tragic looking alloy wheels…

    • mrxandthexfactor

      And the same ones are standard across the ENTIRE Atara range. The SX should get the 18″ ones the Americans get. 

      • Lukaas

        It comes as ACCESSORY available at an extra charge (18 inch USA wheels)

  • 2LTurbo

    Better than current model. Can’t wait to see this in ME

  • Casino2011

    toyota camry is best car my uncle hv 1 

  • Casino2011

    but i dnt like dis new look . 2009 model was better den dis it was goreous 

    • Peter Pebbles Stone

      iz dis how us brung nu kidz up to speakz?

    • MisterZed

      Sounds like something only the owner of a current model would say.

  • Dannycox

    Your completly wrong about the active cruise control which is one of the most controlling inventions a driver can have, it keeps cutting off speed if you even get near the car in front,it just goes to show that Toyota’s survey shows they do know more than you and they were right,it would have been better if you said in my opinion’which was wrong’ the only good active cruise is the one that can be switched off.

    • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

      What??? Active cruise works the way it should and doesn’t let you tailgate people.


      Before you reply, i do not drive in the fast lane unless i am overtaking and i do tend to overtake quite a few people without speeding.

      Active cruise is great and can be adjusted in every car i have driven with it to get you closer or further away from the numpty in front of you.

  • Maximark2601

    ‘Two of the more impressive features on the Camary Atara SL are the blind-spot monitor and automatic high beam assistance systems.’

    The HID lights is still missing. The Maxima has HIDs as standard for all their models.

    • mrxandthexfactor

      Do you know what HID lights are? Turns out you don’t know much about cars. If you look at the images, you can clearly see the HID headlamps. 

      • EL


      • Alex Symonds

        Umm. What your seeing is projector headlamps, this does not indicate HID. You can  have incandescent projector lamps (which my Outback has, the MkII FG falcon has these etc) and you can also have HID reflector lamps (which my old FOrester had).

        HID is all about the bulb, not the way the light is projected forward.

        You are the dumb one.

        • MisterZed

          Just look for headlight washers – if you don’t see them, then it doesn’t have HID (although if you do see the washers, that does not necessarily mean it has HID – some high end Mercs etc. have the washers but no HIDs).

        • Robbo

          Wiki actually has a great explanation to expland on @google-f4436bf38b11b35cdc83b27682734c9e:disqus ‘s comment, explaining the light shape of HID vs Incandescent.  It’s why knobs who put aftermarket kits in their existing headlights blind oncoming traffic and get booked by the cops.  It’s also why HID options can cost to option, with different light units altogether, plus adhering to ADR’s requiring self-levelling and washer systems (weird, but true).

          Maybe though @mrxandthexfactor:disqus was trying to say that the SX should have HID’s, since other standard family cars are heading that way (like the Maxima) for added value.

      • Maximark2601

        Hopefully you have understood what HID lights are by now. You should have thanked Alex and DZ621 for their excellent explainations. If you are still not quite clear..then go to wikipedia site to learn more.

  • Someonewithaclue

    It already looks dated! Toyota is one of the greatest car companies but they keep churning out these boring staid looking cars!

  • jing713

    Rubbish “sport” model that doesn’t even come in manual

    thumbs up for stronger engine

  • Guest

    Is it just me or does it look abit like a honda accor euro?

  • F1

    I actually like it.. The interior looks very nice, high quality car, smooth engine and smooth gears and has most features standard.. The only thing I want are the nice looking U.S 18″ rims

  • save if for the track

    What these and Corollas need is a crash avoidance system, that may help stop all those elderly and otherwise otherly challenged drivers crashing through shopfronts, onto footpaths and maiming pedestrians in shopping centre carparks. Reliance on systems such as ‘blind spot’ monitoring simply makes drivers lazier. Blindspots for lane changing do not exist with properly adjusted mirrors and the sense to move your head to adjust your viewing angle when necessary. Therefore such lazy systems are perfect for octagenarians and others generally lacking in driving ability or interest… The Camry fanbase.

  • Jinnzhang

    It is perfect for a family car. However, I do think the US version (maybe the next Aurion) looks a lot better.

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  • VW

    Apparently Toyota will be introducing the new Camry with a new slogan: “The new Toyota Camry…. being reliable never looked so boring”.

    • Bert

      There is one word that VW will NEVER be able to say in there advertising “RELIABLE”

      • VW

        Toyotas reliability is a perception. I know people with the current shape Corolla who have had quality issues. Meanwhile my VW has had no issues and best of all – its actually ENJOYABLE to drive. Toyota is for boring people who want something simply to get from A to Z. VW is for people who want to get from A to Z and have fun on the way doing it.

        • Bert

          VW is for people who want to get from A to Z with there fingers crossed! Please oh please dont break down ha! ha! ha!

          • VW

            Disregarding the fact that I have had no issues with my VW’s…. I would to sit in a broken down VW than drive a lifeless, boring and uninspiring Toyota. I wander if there is a higher incidence of microsleeps in Toyotas? They just send you off to sleep with their lack of involvement.

          • Bert

            Are you trying to tell me that VW,s are fun to drive then so was a HOLDEN CAMIRA, wake up VW. 

          • VW

            I think you need to wake up. The VW Golf is the best small car in the world as noted by VARIOUS organisations. VW also owns Audi and Porsche. I think it has abit more credibility than a Holden.

          • VW

            … oh I forgot Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini too.

          • Sam

            Just because your VW doesn’t break on you doesn’t mean that it is reliable for everyone else.

        • I’m Always Right

          VW, same can be said about VW fun factor. How often normal people engage in fun driving. There are more fun cars like megane RS, focus RS etc. Not every one is looking for fun drive. For most of the people practicality, cost of ownership, depreciation are few important considerations. Having said that i am not denying that Golf GTi is bad. I myself am a huge fan of GTi ( though i would go for megane RS if i have to buy a hot hatch) but for a family guy with kids, golf Gti is not exactly a practical proposition. Camry serves more purposes than a Gti. Cheers….

          • Abdullistan

             NOT IN MY TOWN, I’M A FAMILY GUY.

      • I’m Always Right

        Well said Bert!!! :)

      • Gianni

        Older volkswagens? Maybe so. The new ones would rank equal with Toyota Reliability and CERTAINLY be up there with the japanese. To give reference, I see broken down newer camry models all the time. Even an Aurion once. The times I’ve seen a broken down Volkswagen? None at all.

  • falcodore

    The thing about the Camry and Toyota in general is thzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Tonyafif

    Love it – cheque in hand.  To all the knockers, why do you care so much – we don’t care what you think!

    • VW

      Its not so much caring as it is trying to help. We cant understand why something would want to buy just a bland and boring car and as a result we try to educate Toyota fanboys/girls. You should be thanking us.

      • Bert

        And we just want to educate VW drivers if you want to get to work tomorrow without breaking down BUY A TOYOTA!

        • VW

          You wont make it to work in a Toyota. People who drive them are subject to spontaneous microsleeps due to the boredom of driving a fridge on wheels.

  • Vic

    I wonder how long Toyota will get away with using reliability as the sole selling point.
    One day people will realise that Toyota uses reliability as a focal point in order to skimp on kit..

    • Golfschwein

      I realised it a long time ago, Vic.

    • VW

      Right on the money Vic. This new model is quite disappointing. Styling is basically unchanged from previous model. Engine output is basically unchanged. And kit has added some features other brands have been offering for some time now. Its time for Toyota to get off its reliability high horse and actually start INNOVATING.

      • Bella

        “styling is unchanged from previous model” JUST WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM?  The new camry its a lot sharper,more power better on fuel and now offers 6 speed auto what more do you want? better go get your eyes tested MR VW !

        • VW

          I dont think it is me that needs their eyes tested. It literally looks the same as the previous generation hybrid camry from the front and the back tail lights are the same exept for 1/4 of them missing in the lower bottom left. They are SUBTLE styling changes at best. Most manufacturers would refer to this as an update rather than a new model. I yawned while typing this – such is the boredom that relates to anything Toyota. 

          • Geust

            i really think you need to get your eyes tested .. LOL if you think this is the same as the previous gen.. then yes i really recommend you going to optom. im not a toyota fan in styling, but what they did here is much more than what most manufacturers willing to do for a facelift, if you reckon its a facelift. a facelift would be much more subtle, as simple as bumper changes, not headlights and all. does vw do that with their facelifts? dont think so. oh , get your eyes checked. 

    • Reality

      Toyota will keep using reliability as the selling point for as long as it works for them. Just like any other manufacturer, you play to your strenths.

  • Gr

    Toyota always does it the best, look at the 2GR-FSE engine (Used in IS350) it has a much more advanced combustion system then everyone else.. 

  • Zandit75

    Why bother offering two engine specs that are so close together? You could go from one to the other and not notice a difference!

    • Caaaa

      One engine. Two exhaust systems.

      • Robin_Graves

        Different exhaust tip for extra 3kW? Only in a Camry.

        • VW

          Yeh in the features list you have spoiler (4kw), bodykit (2kw), larger wheels (6kw) and Toyota racing stripe (15kw). Just ask Sportivo drivers.

          • Guest

            Spotivo KW haven LOL!!

  • Altezza

    A great improvement I must say. At this price, Accord Euro is better option for me and it’s built in Japan.

    • falcodore

      Accord Euro is built in thailand, Honda just charge a japanese premium for them.

      • Retar D

        hey buddy, please get your facts right before posting. the accord euro is made in JAPAN. hondas that are made in thailand are the mainstream ones which includes the civic, jazz, accord, crv, city etc. 

        it doesnt matter where honda builds them, they charge a premium for their brand … lol get your facts right buddy. 

  • I’m Always Right

    Why Toyota website is not showing this upgraded model. most of the articles say that this one goes on sale from late Nov 

    • MisterZed

      a) because Toyota are extremely lazy and know that most Camry buyers are fleet buyers who couldn’t care less about a fancy new website, and b) they have no physical cars to sell yet.  They just wanted to get the “virtual” launch in before the holidays started.  I mean imagine if they launched the new Camry on December 26 or 31st, would anyone really be paying any attention?

      • I’m Always Right

        you are right !!! That makes sense :)

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  • Boris

    Any comments about the steering feel?  First time I test drove it felt good but second time it seems a bit vague.  Must have been my mood.

    • Kent H

      Yes they are vague in steering feel. The Tauranza ER33 tyres do not help..

  • Robbie

    Yes it’s a still a bit bland isn’t it?  The window switch panel reminds me of the old mark 2 cressida.

  • Kent H

    As a Camry Atara SL owner, swapped after 142,000 km in a 2012 Skoda Octavia RS125TDI wagon. Camry dash rattles, door rattles, pillar rattle, much inferior handling, inferior brakes, nonCD player..fuel usage up by 60%, 8.5 l per 100 vs 5.6 L per 100. The positives: noise levels at idle very good, JBL stereo is a ripper, blind spot monitor radar good, interior room fabulous, performance adequate and quiet, highway mileage bettering 6 l per 100 readily achievable. Servicing costs are at least 60 percent lower, with no dual mass flywheel to change out at $3k every 140,000 km.

Toyota Camry Specs

Car Details
Body Type
New Price
Private Sale
$12,980 - $14,750
Dealer Retail
$14,620 - $17,380
Dealer Trade
$10,300 - $11,800
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
235Nm @  4100rpm
Max. Power
135kW @  6000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
7.8L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:1200  Unbrake:500
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
215/55 R17
Rear Tyres
215/55 R17
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Multi-link system, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Standard Features
Control & Handling
Sports Suspension, Traction Control System, Vehicle Stability Control
Reversing Camera, Trip Computer
Side Front Air Bags
Optional Features
Power Sunroof
Service Interval
9 months /  15,000 kms
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Front Floor
Country of Origin