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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
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 1499 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

Same good quality

By on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

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
Not Rated
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

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

"It is my second Camry, 4 years with 34000 mile since new, because the USA model have recalls therefore I bought the cheapest CE which was ONLY ONE totally assemble in Japan. Regular oil changed from dealer, (but I don't understand why it needs the synthetic oil cost $75 each time), Battery replace under the warranty once. It gives you good handling, power and gas mileage. Overall is very good roomy compact. Well worth what you paid."

A real surprise

By on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000

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
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"I bought my 2007 over a year ago. The owners before me took it too the dealer for all work which ended up being just oil changes. What I like - This car is so roomy! Plus it actually has a surprisingly good acceleration rate for a 4 cylinder due to the 16 valve system. It's also typical of Toyota with a sensible layout without a whole bunch of unneeded jazz. What I dislike - Also being typical Toyota, the interior is cheap plastic. I don't honestly mind it too much but coming from a Volvo it's sometimes hard to remember to be gentle. This is the perfect family car in my opinion. Roomy and simple, plus it's built like a tank. Also, being Toyota, you won't be left of the side of the highway hundreds of miles from home."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Absolutely a pleasure to own and drive. No problem

By on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

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: "Comfort, Quietness, Mileage, Reliability."

Cons: "Wish the radio was same quality as our 2011 Prius"

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

"I'm in my 70's and have driven many many vehicles and owned most of them. I usually sell/trade them after 100,000 miles. Believe it or not, I haven't even looked under the hood and in fact I don't know where the latch is. We get 36++MPG around town. On an interstate with two people, the back seat loaded PLUS the trunk loaded, driving about 70 = 38-39MPG. If you drop down to about 68mph you'll have over forty. I've never driven it UNloaded so don't know what I'd get if I were alone on an interstate at 70mph. Never any problems - just routine maintenance."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Plenty of room for adults, safe and reliable

By on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "reliable, dependable, retains its value"

Cons: "LE model is kind of plain jane"

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

"Great service from my local dealer. Only items replaced were basic wear items, brakes, tires, battery. I liked this vehicle so well I bought 2 more after it. I used to be a ALL GM guy and even got the employee discount, but GM can not compete with Toyota."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Good driving vehicle. Excellent condition.

By on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

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
8/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"Vehicle is a 4 door white Toyota Camry LS sedan in very good condition & serviced regularly at Toyota dealer. Seats are cloth, & windows are automatic. It has not been driven hard having been used only for around town driving. Mileage is approximately 55,000 +/-. AC works fine. Owner is non-smoker so no smoke smell or residue in vehicle. Spare has never been used, and tires are in good condition. Vehicle is priced at FMV."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

1st Camry; Terrific automobile!

By on Saturday, July 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,700

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
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfortable, dependable, wears it's age gracefully"

Cons: "None"

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

"Mostly been a GM guy, but I have owned some Hondas (Civic, Accord). This Camry is the best car I've ever owned. Simple, stylish, and rock solid dependable. 60k miles and only Oil,Filters a set of tires and a new battery. Looks and runs as good as the day I bought it. My next car (if I ever wear this one out) will be a new Camry!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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