2016 Toyota Camry Overview
Pros & Cons
- Quiet, smooth ride
- Roomy back seats
- Large, intuitive dashboard controls
- Great predicted reliability
- Some rivals are sportier and have more upscale interiors
Notable for 2016
- New Special Edition trim
Toyota Camry Rankings and Research
The 2016 Toyota Camry ranking is based on its score within the Midsize Cars category. Currently the Toyota Camry has a score of 8.8 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 46 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
- #1 in Midsize Cars
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2016 Toyota Camry Review
The Toyota Camry is one of the best-selling midsize cars year after year, and for good reason. It's known for its excellent reliability, roomy interior, and smooth ride, and the 2016 model lives up to its reputation. Based on our survey of the expert reviews and data that drive our rankings, it is one of the best all-around midsize sedans on the market.
There are certainly rivals with sportier styling and performance, such as the Mazda6 and Ford Fusion. However, if comfort and ease of ownership are your main criteria, you'll be quite satisfied with the Camry.
With the best combination of positive reviews and long-term ownership costs in its class, the Toyota Camry is our 2016 Best Midsize Car for the Money.
Comfortable, Quiet, and Spacious
Like many of its competitors, the 2016 Camry has comfortable, spacious front seats. The rear seats, however, stand out from the crowd. There are certainly larger sedans you can buy that offer more rear-seat space, such as the Toyota Avalon. However, the Camry's rear seats are so roomy and comfortable, you probably won't feel the need to spend more on a larger car.
Another benefit of the Toyota Camry's large rear seats – installing a rear-facing child seat is easy. However, the Camry's rear-seat headrests don't adjust, which can make it more difficult to secure the LATCH straps on a forward-facing child seat.
The Camry is also exceptionally quiet. You'll have no trouble carrying on a conversation with your passengers at highway speeds.
Trunk space in the Camry is above average at 15.4 cubic feet. The Camry comes standard with 60/40 split-folding rear seats that can further expand cargo space.
The Toyota Camry has large knobs for major controls like volume and temperature, and large buttons for secondary controls like audio track selection. Such prominent controls make it simple to locate what you need, making the Camry's radio and climate control systems easy to use when you're on the road.
The Camry's touch-screen infotainment system is also user-friendly. The virtual buttons on the screen are large, just like the real buttons on the dashboard. It's easy to navigate through the menus to find the settings you need. Pairing your phone with Bluetooth, for example, is straightforward. The touch screen responds quickly when you press it. You can also control the Camry's infotainment features with an easy-to-use voice command system. One area in which the Camry's rivals have a leg up on the Camry – the touch screen's resolution isn't as crisp as it is on some rival's touch screens.
Pleasant Design, Could Be Sportier
The Toyota Camry's interior design is tasteful and contemporary. Its cabin materials are mostly high-end, with only a few lower-quality plastic panels in places where you're less likely to look or touch. Some of the reviewers we surveyed noted that the Honda Accord and Mazda6 have more interesting designs, but the Camry's solid build quality and straightforward controls should keep most buyers satisfied.
Options, Trims, and Pricing
The 2016 Toyota Camry comes in five trims: LE, SE, Special Edition, XSE, and XLE. The Toyota Camry Hybrid is reviewed separately. The LE and XLE models are comfort-focused, while the SE, XSE, and Special Edition are sportier.
The base Camry LE starts at about $23,000. Some rivals have lower base prices but come without key features like automatic transmissions. When you compare similarly equipped models, the base Camry's price is on par for the class.
The Camry LE comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a rearview camera, and Toyota’s Entune audio system with voice recognition, a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, six speakers, a USB port, and Siri Eyes Free iPhone integration. That's a pretty normal standard features list for the class, though there are a few outliers. The power driver's seat isn't standard in most rivals, which is a plus. However, the Camry comes standard with steel wheels with plastic covers. Many rivals have alloy wheels standard. The good news is that alloy wheels only cost $275 on the Camry, so it isn't expensive to upgrade.
The Camry SE costs only around $800 more than the LE and adds a sport suspension and alloy wheels.
The new-for-2016 Special Edition (about $25,700) is based on the SE. For $1,900 more than the SE, you get some sporty design elements, such as larger wheels and blue stitching on the seats, as well as wireless smartphone charging, a moonroof, and Toyota's Connected Navigation system, which allows you to use your smartphone's GPS on the Camry's touch screen.
The XSE (around $26,300) is basically a nicer SE. It comes with most of the features of the SE, plus larger wheels, wireless smartphone charging, dual-zone automatic climate control, and leather seats with faux-suede inserts.
The XLE costs the same as the XSE and comes with all-leather seats and wood grain interior trim.
A power moonroof is standard in the Special Edition trim and optional in every other trim. It's included in packages ranging from $1,000 to $2,900 – the price you pay will depend on the trim you buy. Navigation is another option in most trims. Toyota's Connected Navigation system, which allows you to use your smartphone's GPS on the Camry's touch screen, is standard in Special Edition trims and higher. Toyota's Integrated Navigation System, which has a built-in GPS, costs around $500 and is available in higher trims.
Many options, such as blind spot monitoring, automatic pre-collision braking, the premium JBL stereo, and the V6 engine, aren't even available unless you upgrade to the top-of-the-line XSE or XLE trims. Then, to get those features, you have to spend money on a features package. Blind spot monitoring and the JBL stereo cost $1,300, or you can spend $2,800 and get all of the features from the $1,300 package plus a full suite of advanced safety features, including automatic pre-collision braking.
Pleasant Ride, Could Be Sportier
Regardless of model, the 2016 Camry has a comfortable ride, though there is a bit of difference between trim levels. The LE or XLE trims will be right for drivers who want the smoothest ride possible. The SE, XSE, and Special Edition models absorb jolts from bumpy roads very well, but have a firmer ride. The benefit of the SE, XSE, and Special Edition models is more composed handling around corners.
No Camry feels particularly sporty – you'll want a Honda Accord or Mazda6 for that – but the Camry matches the composure of most mainstream midsize sedans. It goes around corners with confidence-inspiring poise, further augmented by its strong brakes.
Adequate Base Engine
The Camry's base 178-horsepower four-cylinder engine is peppy enough to get the Camry moving on the highway. Acceleration in the four-cylinder Camry, like handling, isn't particularly sporty, but it should be enough for most buyers.
Fuel economy is unremarkable at 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The Camry is on par for the class, beating a few competitors like the base Ford Fusion. However, it's a few notches behind some key rivals, including the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Mazda6.
The optional 268-horsepower V6 gives the Camry much more authoritative acceleration on the highway, but there is a major downside. The V6 model costs $32,200 at minimum, which is over $9,000 more than the base model. That's a big chunk of change for a power boost. There is also a reduction in fuel economy to 21 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway, but that's not a huge drop considering the extra power you get.
Camry Safety and Reliability
The 2016 Toyota Camry's safety ratings are slightly below average for the class due in large part to four out of five-star front and rollover crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, the rest of the Camry's crash test ratings are excellent. It earned a five-star overall rating from NHTSA and the best-available Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. If you're looking for a car that aced every crash test, check out the Subaru Legacy or Kia Optima.
The Camry has a full suite of advanced safety features that are competitive with what its rivals offer. They include a standard rearview camera and advanced safety options like automatic pre-collision braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning. Unfortunately, many of those features aren't available unless you upgrade to the top-of-the-line XSE or XLE trims and spend $2,800 on the top-of-the-line options package. In contrast, the Honda Accord makes its advanced safety features available on its base trim.
For predicted reliability, the Camry is among the better cars in the class. J.D. Power gives it four out of five circles, which makes it “better than most.” Thus, over time it’s projected that your trips to the mechanic should be minimal.
Other Cars to Consider
The Honda Accord has the Camry's smooth ride, but it also adds a touch of sportiness that you don't often find in mainstream midsize sedans. Its sharp handling and lively four-cylinder engine make it a pleasure to drive. The Accord also gets better fuel economy than the Camry and has huge back seats, so you don't have to scrimp on practicality to have a little more fun.
The Hyundai Sonata is a well-rounded midsize sedan, just like the Camry. It has a smooth ride, a large trunk, and better fuel economy than the Camry. Its interior is very quiet and features huge back seats and a user-friendly infotainment system. The Sonata matches the Camry's excellent reliability rating.
Details: 2016 Toyota Camry
The 2016 Toyota Camry is a five-seat midsize sedan. It's available in five trims: LE, SE, Special Edition, XSE, and XLE. The Toyota Camry Hybrid is covered in a separate review. The Camry comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. A 3.5-liter V6 engine is available. Although it did receive a major refresh in 2015, the Camry’s last complete redesign was for the 2012 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 through 2016 model years.
The 2016 Toyota Camry comes standard with a power-adjustable driver's seat, a rearview camera, and Toyota’s Entune audio system with voice recognition, a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, six-speakers, a USB port, and Siri Eyes Free iPhone integration.
Available features include leather upholstery, a power-adjustable front passenger's seat, heated front seats, a power moonroof, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless smartphone charging, navigation, a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 10-speaker JBL audio system, smartphone app integration, adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure alert, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert.
- "The refreshed Honda Accord is a superb all-around choice, while the Hyundai Sonata is value-packed and more sophisticated than ever. But with its distinct sport- and comfort-oriented model lines, the Camry just might come the closest to being everything to everyone. Whether you're looking for the tried-and-true or the cutting edge, you owe yourself a drive in the Edmunds 'A' rated 2016 Toyota Camry." -- Edmunds
- "Already a perennial sales champion, the Toyota Camry just became an easier choice for more midsize sedan shoppers." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
- "For the last 12 years, the sales crown has been Camry's to lose, and the competition from Honda, Mazda, Kia, Hyundai, Chrysler, Ford and others - to say nothing of compact and midsize crossovers - has gotten stronger than ever. But after driving the … Camry, we'd say that this Toyota's spot at the top of the charts seems as secure as ever. For now." -- Autoblog (2015)
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