- One of the best-selling cars in America
- Midsize sedan, seats five
- IIHS Top Safety Pick, full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA
Perennially one of America’s best-selling cars, the 2014 Toyota Camry continues to offer the Toyota hallmarks of reliability and value.
In July 2013, Toyota sold its 10 millionth Camry making it one of the most successful nameplates of all time. This latest Camry is now two years removed from its 2012 redesign and returns for the new model year basically unchanged from that model. Toyota offers two versions of the Camry, a gas-powered one and the Camry Hybrid (covered separately).
The Camry’s styling is more conservative than some of the more progressive competition like the Ford Fusion and Mazda Mazda6. Its high, vertical sides and smooth fenders give it a somewhat boxy appearance. The SE trim with its unique side skirts and grille is the most aggressive looking of the available Camry models. 16-inch wheels are standard (17- or 18- inch alloys are also available), as are body-colored side mirrors.
Under the hood, the 2014 Camry has two engine options, one efficient four-cylinder and a powerful V-6. The base engine is the 178-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, while those looking for a little more grunt can opt for a 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. Both come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The sporty SE gets stiffer suspension tuning and paddle shifters.
Fuel economy ratings fall right about in the middle for the midsize segment. Four-cylinder models return 25/35 mpg city/highway, while V-6 equipped models come in slightly behind at 21/31 mpg city/highway.
Inside, the Camry opts for a tiered, two-piece dash design and offers seating for five passengers. Standard features include a 60/40-split folding rear seat, power windows/locks, cruise control, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, stereo with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, and a USB/iPod port. Higher trim levels add features like push button start, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, and an auto dimming rearview mirror. Also available are several technology options, including a navigation system and Toyota’s Entune Apps suite.
The 2014 Camry has excellent crash test ratings, earning a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA (the highest possible) as well as a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. 10 airbags come standard, as do all-disc antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system. A backup camera, blind spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alerts are also available.