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Restyled in 2015, the 2017 Toyota Camry is a handsome mid-sizer with brief flashes of courage.
The Camry sports a wide track, thin upper grille, and large lower maw that gets wider toward its jowls; a wide-open catfish look that is especially pronounced in lighter colors. It's bold, without being too off-putting.
The Camry doesn't resort to dramatically dropping rooflines or blacked out pillars to stand out; the only detail we'd lose is the glossy black plastic forced behind the rear windows. We're unclear if designers were looking to extend the shape of the greenhouse in the car's profile, but the effect looks somewhat low-rent when viewed up close.
The headlights are swept back with clear lenses and nice detailing, and upper trims get handsome LED daytime running lamps. Along the sides, there’s a character line that slopes down from the rear toward the front wheels. The side sheet metal flows front to rear, ending with a lip spoiler on SE and XSE models. At the rear, there’s a curved bar of brightwork that turns down to partially frame the taillights.
The 2017 Toyota Camry keeps the same engine and transmission combinations as prior years. Most Camrys will come equipped with Toyota's modest inline-4 that produces 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. The busy 4-cylinder isn't exactly fast, but does help the Camry reach into 30-mpg territory without batteries.
From the front seats, the Camry is spacious and accommodating. Its dash is pushed farther forward than some of its competitors, which makes the Camry's cabin feel more open and airy than say, a Honda Accord. That styling is also functional, there are plenty of interior cubbies and storage areas in the Camry.
Stepping up to the sportier Camry models (SE and XSE) nets more contoured and firmer seats. We've found that the chairs don't offer much more lateral support, but they're still a snug—and better—fit compared to LE and XLE models.
All trims of the 2017 Toyota Camry have 60/40-split folding rear seats, which don't completely fold flat, but there's a good reason for that. Toyota favored adult-size contouring and padding in the rear seats, which we think makes the rear more functional for carrying people—its 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space is sufficient for its class anyway.
*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program.