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2007 Toyota Camry

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2007 Toyota Camry Review

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Largely due to its solid reputation for quality and reliability, Toyota's mid-size Camry has been the best-selling car in America for seven of the past eight years. But it has also been less than exciting, so Toyota decided the best way to keep it on top was to broaden the appeal of its all-new 2007 Camry by improving its styling, performance and dynamics. Its curvier, though still conservative design provides more real and perceived room inside, and its steering, braking and handling are improved with a ride tuned toward comfort (although in the sportier SE the tuning is biased more toward crisper handling response). Engine choices are an updated 158-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a new 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a safe choice of a much-improved but still conservative mainstream mid-size Japanese family sedan, the new Toyota Camry is for you.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you want something less conservative and more distinctive or an equivalent domestic sedan, you may prefer the new Ford Fusion or Chevrolet Malibu.

What's New for 2007

2007 Camry sedans are available in five distinct flavors: price-leader CE, upmarket LE, top-grade XLE, sporty SE and Hybrid. The well-equipped Hybrid, available in mid-2006, couples an efficient 147-horsepower Atkinson-cycle version of the same four-cylinder engine to a 45-horsepower electric motor driving through a Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) for 43-miles per gallon city and 37 highway.

Driving the Camry

Driving Impressions The new Camry drives much like the previous one, only better. The base CE tends toward soft, but the LE and XLE are crisper and more athletic than their 2006...

equivalents. Most fun to drive, at least on smooth roads, is the lower and stiffer SE sport model, which has added structural bracing, firmer springs, shock absorbers, bushings and anti-roll bars, better steering feel and even an underbody aerodynamic treatment for enhanced high-speed stability. The upgraded four-cylinder engine provides adequate power with good fuel economy, while the muscular V6 is a powerhouse, up 58 horses from last year's 3.3-liter, good for zero to 60-miles per hour bursts in less than seven seconds.

Plasmacluster Ionizer HVAC
According to Toyota the dual-zone automatic climate system standard on the XLE and Hybrid reduces airborne odors, mold spores, microbes, fungi, germs and bacteria inside the cabin by creating positive and negative ions that seek out and surround them.

Star Safety System
The standard integrated braking system includes ABS, Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). Seven airbags are also standard, but Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with traction control is optional.

2007 Toyota Camry Details
2007 Toyota Camry photo Interior

Like the exterior, the new Camry's interior is more modern and stylish than before. The cowl (windshield base) is pushed forward, the two-tier instrument panel is lowered, the seatbacks are slimmed down and the front-seat adjustment travel is increased for added spaciousness. Larger footwells and a half-inch more legroom better accommodate rear-seat occupants, and the rear seatbacks recline in XLE models. Instruments are larger, more readable and better illuminated, with a different look for each distinct model. The controls are easier to read and operate, storage cubbies are plentiful, and there are two 12-volt outlets in the console.

Exterior
2007 Toyota Camry photo

The 2007 Camry's new appearance, a departure from the upright style of previous models, shares Toyota's swoopier new sedan look with its larger stablemate Avalon and upscale cousin Lexus ES. Its length is unchanged, but its stance is more stable with its wheels pushed further toward the corners—the wheelbase is 2.2-inches longer and front and rear tracks are 1.2-inches wider. Its hood, flanks and decklid surfaces have more complexity and character, and its headlights are the high-tech projector beam style. Toyota calls the Camry "athletic and modern," and we don't disagree, although the sporty SE with its lower ride height on bigger wheels and tires, black honeycomb grille, smoked headlamps and aero appendages looks much more athletic than the other models.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base CE offers power mirrors, locks and windows, air conditioning with a pollen filter, cruise control, tilt/telescope wheel, halogen headlamps with automatic on/off feature, daytime running lights, 60/40 fold-down rear seat, 16-inch steel wheels and six-speaker 160-watt digital audio with CD-MP3 and auxiliary input jack. Standard safety features include Toyota's Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) seats, four-wheel disc brakes with Antilock Braking System (ABS) and Brake Assist. There are no fewer than seven air bags including "advanced" driver and front passenger, front seat-mounted side, side-curtain and (unusual in this class) a driver-knee airbag. The uplevel LE adds an eight-way power driver's seat, remote keyless entry and the option of a V6 engine. The top-level XLE adds alloy wheels, 440-watt eight-speaker premium audio with six-disc CD changer and Bluetooth wireless cell phone connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather interior (V6 only), wood grain trim, a power moonroof, eight-way power driver's seat and four-way power passenger's seat, a 40/20/40 reclining rear seat (with fixed center pass-through) and much more. The very well-equipped Hybrid gets most of this plus a Smart Entry system with push-button start.

Optional Equipment

Probably to encourage buyers to move up to other models, the only option available on the base CE is the highly recommended Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with traction control, which is also available on LE, SE and XLE, but not on the Hybrid. Additional major options for most of these models include a JBL premium audio system with Bluetooth, power moonroof, leather interior, heated seats, navigation system and the "Smart Entry" system with push-button start (on the XLE with V6).

Under the Hood

The 2007 Camry features a standard upgraded DOHC 16-valve 2.4-liter Variable Valve Timing "with intelligence" (VVT-i) four-cylinder engine and an optional new DOHC 24-valve VVT-i V6. The Hybrid model marries a 147-horsepower Atkinson cycle version of the four-cylinder to a 45-horsepower electric motor.

2.4-liter in-line 4
158 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
161 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/34 (manual), 24/33 (automatic)

3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
248 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31

2.4-liter in-line 4 with Permanent Magnetic Synchronous Electric Motor
147 horsepower @ 6000 rpm / 45 horsepower @ 4500 rpm (192 combined horsepower)
137 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm / 203 lb.-ft. of torque @ 0-1500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 43/37

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2007 Toyota Camry Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 1581 Ratings for the 2007 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

The Seats

By on Thursday, April 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
1/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"most uncomfortable seats I’ve ever sat in.. I do have back issues , but the Camry seems to bring out the worst in my back..Never again! Other wise a great car."

Very reliable car, zero mechanical problems

By on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliable, good gas mileage, good middle level car"

Cons: "limited power, interior design just ok"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"was my 3rd Camry. All were good cars. Not many mechanical issues and this one absolutely no mechanical problems in 8 years I bought it for reliability (not for performance or style). It is a great daily driver and commuter car"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Best car I have ever owned

By on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good on gas, quiet and very comfortable"

Cons: "Can't think of any"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I took a chance in 2007 to try a hybrid and I am glad I did. The mileage was not as great as the sticker stated but it was still good. I have done all the standard maintenance per the Scheduled Maintenance Guide, have put on one set of tires and replaced the water pump. It has been a very reliable car, comfortable and quiet. I have had no problems with it and am going to buy a new 2015 model."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Good, but with the problems listed on CR evals

By on Friday, April 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Very good road car, quiet."

Cons: "Ergonomics, problem components."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"My vehicle has 100,000 miles. It's been fairly reliable, but has had all of the flaws pointed out in current Consumer Reports surveys. 1. The water pumps fail prematurely. (This is true of the 07, 08, and 09). I've had to replace my water pump, recently; 2. Shocks and suspension. These, too, have relatively poor ratings in CR subscribers reports. The suspension was covered under an extended warranty. (And a good thing, too, given the cost). I had complained to a Massachusetts dealership about the leaky shocks, as far back as 2010, but they insisted that the leaks would not be covered under warranty. (This was at 45K). They, too, had to be replaced. 3. Brakes. These were overhauled at 75,000, which seems a bit early for a car of this class. (Again, these were the areas where the CR surveys also found weaknesses in reliability). The undercarriage has a degree of rust greater than I would have cared for. Having said all of that, it's been fairly reliable. The driver's seat isn't particularly ergonomic (long drives are very bad on the back), but some of that can be remedied with the Gelco Ultra seat pad. (The Gelco has allowed me to drive for extended periods). Recently, I was in a 2014 Camry. I found that in terms of ride quality and feel, little had changed from the 2008 model. (They felt like the same car). Would I buy a new one? Maybe . . . depending on the reliability ratings (J.D. Power and CR) and comfort of current models."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Flawless. Best car I ever owned.

By on Thursday, April 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 124,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort, economy, dependability, cruise-ability."

Cons: "Rattley dashboard"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I traded a full-size luxury SUV (11 mpg) for this Hybrid Camry (30-42 mpg) and NEVER looked back. For a car this nice to perform as well and as economically as it does is almost inconceivable, but true. Best of all, it has NEVER left me stranded and has NEVER made me go back to the dealer. 124000 flawless miles and counting!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Car has performed perfectly since new.

By on Friday, April 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Powerful engine. Very quiet. Good fuel economy"

Cons: "Lack lustre handling."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"No problems whatsoever with this car since new in September 2009. Oil changed every 5,000 miles. One set of new tires. Normally change my vehicles after 5 years, but my Camry still runs like new and have decided to keep it for a few more years."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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