The 2017 Toyota Camry is the best-selling midsize sedan in the American market, and that's really saying something when you cast an eye over some of the competition it goes up against. After originally launching here as a compact, as far back now as 1983, the Camry then grew into becoming a midsize from 1991 onwards. Even though it's been around for more than 30 years now in one form or another, the popularity of this evergreen Toyota is showing no signs of waning, despite the best efforts of its rivals.
At a time when crossovers are tempting buyers away from sedans in their droves, the 2017 Toyota Camry proves a vehicle doesn't necessarily need a high roof and SUV styling to be spacious and practical. The Camry places a strong focus on interior comforts, and it doesn't disappoint in any way. The Toyota has excellent front and back seats, a spacious trunk, and plenty of interior storage in the form of cubbies and neatly placed bins. The dash is pushed further forward than many of its competitors, which lends the cabin an open and airy feel and really can make you question the need for a crossover.
If we leave aside the hybrids, there are six different trims available with two different engines between them in the current lineup. The entry level model is the LE, and the range then goes up through XLE 4-Cyl, XLE V-6, SE and XSE 4-Cyl before topping out with the XSE V-6.
The standard engine is a 2.5-liter inline-four that develops 178 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque, which is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. XLE and XSE models can be had with the optional V-6 engine, and it really does up the ante with its 268 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque, which once again sends the power to the front wheels through that six-speed auto.
There's certainly no lack of standard features and equipment either, even with entry level SE models of the 2017 Toyota Camry. The SE trim comes standard with features including: automatic projector beam headlights, power-adjustable front seats, air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, a rearview camera, and the Entune 6.1-inch touchscreen audio and infotainment system. However, if you feel inclined to spend a little more and go for a top-of-the-range XLE model, you really do start to enter true luxury car territory with its feature list. XLEs get the likes of keyless ignition, leather seats with power lumbar support, 17-inch Super Chrome alloys and plenty more besides.
Add into the mix a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA and Top Safety Pick+ status from the IIHS, and it starts to become clear why the 2017 Toyota Camry remains the car to beat in its class.