Toyota Camry 2007

Toyota Camry 2007: A brand-new 2007 Camry has actually begun to come to dealerships with reworked outside styling, updated drivetrains and other improvements. The trim degrees, in rising worth, are CE, LE, flashy SE as well as premium XLE. Roughly three months from now, a hybrid version developed here in the U.S. will strike the streets.

Unfortunately, the Camry Crossbreed adheres to the typical formula: It's a crossbreed equivalent of the Camry's top, XLE, trim degree. So first you have to pony up the cash for the most pricey Camry variation, then pay whatever premium is on top of that for the hybrid aspect. Someday crossbreed technology will be a drivetrain choice on any trim degree, yet not up until expenses come down considerably.

Toyota Camry 2007


When Toyota redesigned the existing Camry midsize car for the 2002 design year, its TELEVISION commercials took an oooooh, aaaaaah, styling-that-moves-you technique. After a while they stopped that. It turned out U.S. customers just weren't specifically relocated by the styling. It was different, yes, however still traditional-- some would claim boring, monotonous. This really did not stop the Camry from being the very popular auto in the country for the intervening years. Yet there's tough competition in the field, and it's now clear that bold styling markets. Bland may currently be riskier than taking a chance on a strong design statement. Finally, Toyota has listened to the call.

The Camry redesign isn't really a total, bumper-to-bumper reengineering task, yet it's substantial. The wheelbase has acquired about 2 inches, though Toyota states the transforming diameter is currently 36.1 feet-- a reduction from 36.7 feet in V-6 designs yet a rise from the earlier four-cylinder's 34.8 feet. The auto's nose is blunter as well as sportier, and it trades the 2006 design's organic shapes for more sculpted, angular kinds. The tail recalls the Avalon full-size sedan, and the fenders have shoulders that provide the trunk lid a bulge-- a design presented on recent BMWs but stolen and also executed much better by other producers, including Lexus on the GS 300/430 car.

Criterion wheels currently determine 16 as opposed to 15 inches, and the Camry SE has 17-inch aluminum wheels, an exclusive black honeycomb grille, ground results and also colored front lights lenses.

Trip & Handling

Suspension modifications abound in the 2007 model, especially in the SE, which in the past has actually ridden stronger compared to the various other trims yet has actually not been much of a performer. On the street and even on a racetrack, I discovered the SE to be much more positioned compared to the previous version, with much better body roll control. The cars and truck manages with even more poise when pushed to the limits, however I can't associate all this to the suspension. My test SE was equipped with summertime performance tires: Toyo Proxes J33 models ranked P215/55R17. Unless you reside in an area with moderate winter seasons-- or you do not mind getting an added set of tires-- select the all-season tires, a no-cost choice.

Behind the adjustment are firmer springtimes, shock absorbers, stabilizer bars and also bushings. To my adjusted buttocks, the SE still flights extra pleasantly compared to the Honda Accord. Toyota states the various other Camry trim degrees likewise boast modified suspension tuning, however they're still more certified compared to that of the SE.

Going & Preventing

Compared with the 2006, the 2007 design's base, four-cylinder engine is the same dimension at 2.4 litres. Toyota claims it is significantly improved, though it's not apparent in regards to the outcome specifications. A five-speed-manual transmission is typical and a five-speed automated is optional. The optional 3.5-liter V-6, currently in service in the Avalon, is an upsized variation of the 2006 Camry's 3.3-liter. Combined with a brand-new six-speed-automatic transmission, it's claimed to give a 40 percent boost in acceleration over the 2006 Camry V6. The transmission has a gear train with a Ravigneaux-type compound planetary equipment for lowered size, weight and also friction. Exactly what does that mean? I have no idea, but just how could a car with this be boring? Both automatics now consist of a clutchless-manual setting.

The news right here is that the Camry V6 is now much more powerful and also quicker without harming the gas mileage. The vehicle increases with authority and also with the level of smoothness of the previous V-6. I drove just V-6 and also hybrid variations.

The Camry Crossbreed's variation of Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive is similar to that of the extra economical Prius hybrid in that it uses a four-cylinder, not a V-6, along with an electrical motor. Toyota claims the automobile increases to 60 mph in less than 9 secs. I believe they're marketing it brief by at least a complete secondly. Electric motors have lots of torque beginning with 0 rpm, so in actual usage, the Camry Hybrid leaves little to be wanted where you utilize it most-- at low rates and in stop-and-go driving. The only aspect I 'd like to see boosted coincides I've found on all other crossbreeds with Toyota's type of drivetrain, that includes all Toyota, Lexus, Ford and Mercury hybrids: The auto reacts reasonably swiftly to the accelerator pedal, however it commonly takes longer compared to a standard transmission to develop rate. This is a characteristic of the "power-split gadget," which is just what the drivetrain utilizes in place of a conventional transmission or CVT.

Instead of make the Camry Crossbreed quicker at the expense of gas mileage, Toyota has actually picked a happy medium. The Honda Accord Hybrid shows that a crossbreed can be fast-- more so than the Accord's V-6 variation-- but the resulting gas economic situation gains are modest at ideal.

The Camry Hybrid includes an extra eight-year/100,000- mile guarantee that covers all hybrid parts, including the high-voltage battery. There's still much concern regarding the durability of crossbreed systems and also their batteries. Doomsayers abound. Of what it's worth, we've been waiting on the various other shoe to drop for years now, as well as there's still no shoe.


All trim degrees have four-wheel disc brakes with ABDOMINAL, brake aid and also electronic brake-force distribution. Criterion air bags consist of dual-stage frontal bags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, side curtain-type airbags and also a driver's knee air bag, the latter intended to keep the resident from moving down and ahead (submarining) in an accident. The seats are created to reduce whiplash injuries. Grip control and also a digital security system are a single option. That it's offered on any type of trim degree is a plus. That the Hyundai Sonata and also Volkswagen Passat include it basic is a minus for the Camry as well as other midsize sedans.

The 2006 Camry furnished with side-impact airbags scored Excellent in the Insurance Policy Institute for Highway Safety and security's frontal and also side-impact collision tests. The 2007 model additionally ranks Excellent in the frontal collision yet hasn't already been evaluated for side impact as of this writing.

Freight & Towing

By the numbers, freight and also towing are what took a hit in the 2007 redesign. The trunk quantity has lowered from 16.7 cubic feet to a maximum of 15 cubic feet in the CE as well as LE. The higher trim degrees action 14.5 cubic feet. Inevitably, buyers have to make their very own choices, yet I believe it's a major action in reverse to change folding rear seats in the SE as well as XLE with little pass-thru openings. Though it's also fairly little, the Crossbreed's pass-thru beats the Accord Hybrid, which offers none at all.

The Camry's lugging capacity, which was 2,000 extra pounds in the previous generation, is currently 1,000 extra pounds across the board. Given the popularity of lugging with midsize sedans, this sacrifice seems minor compared with the adjustments in freight accommodations.

Camry in the Market

There have been models whose success or failing has actually frustrated me; I cannot assert mastery of the American customer's short lived desires. I have actually discovered that the marketplace sometimes does lie-- however it never exists for long. When a version stays a leading seller year after year, it deserves it. When a name lasts 23 years, it's because it stands for something constantly good. Almost initially, the Camry name has represented quality, integrity, improvement, fuel economic situation, crashworthiness as well as resale worth. A strong showing in each of these attributes is just what makes the Camry a constant Best option.

The Achilles heel of the Camry - along with the Honda Accord as well as many other models from both Japanese car manufacturers-- has actually been external styling. Considering their products' other toughness, I've long said that if these 2 business ever learned to create truly sharp-looking automobiles, the competitors can just go residence. The 2007 Camry isn't a jaw-dropper, yet it's a progression.