By KBB.com Editors
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.
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 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.
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
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 cornersthe 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.
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.
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).
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)
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
By Ali on Monday, January 26, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "May be gas milage is reasonable some how"
Cons: "listed below"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Our family used to ride Toyota cars since 1980 but it seems Toyota do not care about its reputation and customers any more.. Just bought 2009 junk Camry 4 months ago and starts with discover its problems and I searched the internet and found that it wasn't just me and I think most of Camry drivers agree with me: 1.The Engine consume oil (half quarter in 1000 miles in best case) 2.weird clicking sound from engine while accelerating from 0 to 40 MPH especially in cold weather under 70 degree. 3. Rattling noise from every where while driving in cold mornings 4. The car pulling to the left side of the road so you have to hold the steering all the times and this issue is common not just in my car. As a Toyota customer (For now) I will not buy Toyota any more coz it seems that the quality dropped down since a year of 2007 and beyond."
By Mike on Friday, January 16, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 146,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "comfortable, versatile"
Cons: "No wi-fi, no backup camera."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Lots of attention to ergonomics, looks great and no defects. Good power from the 3.5 liter V-6. Loaded w/dual action sunroof, visual display, bluetooth. 4-Disc CD. But no Wi-Fi or backup camera (too old). Suspension is for comfort, not sport. Easy on tires, 27 mpg."
5 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By Shelley on Thursday, January 15, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 211,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"2009 SE 5 speed manual. Fun to drive. For a 4 cyl, it has amazing pick up & drives like a V6. Hits 60 mph in 3rd gear &is ready for more with 2 more gears to go!! Bought this car new with 21 miles on it in 2008, since then I have put 211,000 miles on her and put her thru the ringer and it still keeps clicking right along. No problems with this car- replace the tires, brakes & change the oil- that's about all I've done. Gonna see how many miles I can get out of her....or let my 14yo son see in a couple of years."
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Pa on Sunday, January 11, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive... economically sound."
Cons: "Interior feels somewhat cheap around the door."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I brought this vehicle in 2013 at 83,000 miles. It has never given me any major problems (knock on wood). I drive from North Carolina to Connecticut about twice a year and I only stop for gas once. The fuel economy in this car is great. This car is simple to handle, and I get complimented on my car because a lot of people don't believe that this model is a 2007."
By Don on Sunday, January 04, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "No problems, great experience"
Cons: "No problems"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"It's been a great car all around. Low milage, clean, drives great, selling because I no longer need a 2nd car. Can't find a reason to describe a con."
6 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Sparkplug37 on Tuesday, December 30, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 122,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "V6 power. comfortable, minimal service"
Cons: "Rattles from Dash is huge annoyance."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"Great ride and power. Dash rattled, was fixed with kit, but rattles returned after warranty. Very annoying. A few recalls were no biggie. flooded interior floor when chassis plugs fell out and I dried it out 3 times! A mystery I had to solve with just an .89 cent chassis rubber plug part.Not good.Overall- disappointing forToyota. Will compare Honda and Ford soon."
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful