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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 1623 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

Toyota - Has it all !

By on Saturday, February 06, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Absolutely the best car for overall reliability, value, retail, and safety. I have owned 9 Toyotas which started with an unwanted purchase - My family needed a van. In 1992 I bought a Toyota Previa. LOVED it ! Comfort, reliability (owed it 10 years not ONE issue)and function were awesome. From there I became Toyota loyal and have always owned them since. I have owned (1) Forerunner, (5) camrys, and (2) Tacomas. I currently have a 2010 fully loaded Camry XLE with every available option Toyota offers.The new ones don't come close to this one. Easy to maintain, paint quality superior and engine performance is incredible !Recently bought a new Tacoma and it too is loaded (highly recommended). Get one and you too will become loyal to Toyota"

Most reliable car I have owned.

By on Thursday, February 04, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 10.0
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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: "Have had NO mechanical issue with this car at all."

Cons: "It has no blind spot mirrors."

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

"This car is in perfect condition. Gold color exterior; taupe interior. The only reason I want to sell is I just want a new car. I would purchase another Camry except I think the 2016 grill design is ugly. All I see when I look at it is the huge grill. I'm leaning toward a Honda Accord."

Tremendous car, best one I've ever had

By on Friday, January 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 139,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Virtually no maintenance problems, Milage on highway can be 42 mpg. General milage 34-35 mpg. Gives pleasurable ride. Only drawbacks are small trunk, but back seat is gigantic. Can't get use to push button starter. Sometimes will forget that the car is on because it's too quiet. You must look to see if the CLOCK is illuminated to see if MOTOR is technically ON."

Best car I have ever owned

By on Friday, January 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 148,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"Low maintenance costs and excellent ride. Love the Hybrid and the money it saves me on gas...more than offsets the cost upfront I feel. Not real great in heavy snow but not bad either."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Best Car Out There

By on Saturday, January 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,500

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: "Perfect Automobile"

Cons: "None"

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

"Owned this car since new. It now has almost 47,000 miles and not a thing wrong. Only things have been normal maintenance., ie oil, filter, fluids. Even the tires are still more than half and in fine condition. The car is an absolute pleasure to drive. I have the 2.5l engine and it performs flawlessly . Plenty of power and accelerates and cruises effortlessly. The 6 speed automatic transmission shifts seamlessly and you can't even feel it shifting between gears. Fit and finish are excellent. It is very comfortable for short and long drives. This is an amazing car and resale values are typically very good compared to other cars in this class."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Do not buy this car

By on Monday, January 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Nothing"

Cons: "Potential engine fail."

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

"The 2007 Camry was one of several Toyota models that were made with faulty piston rings. Toyota dealerships were informed of this problem in 2009 but did not pass this information on to customers. Not long after my car was out of warranty, it started to burn oil excessively. I have to keep a supply of oil in my car. Toyota issued an extended warranty only if a car failed an oil consumption test. The test is to determine if the car is burning more than 1 quart of oil after 1,200 miles. My car passes which means they will not fix it at their expense. I have another "opportunity" in a few months to have my car undergo a second test. Toyota put a faulty part in several of their models, did not disclose that information until most 2007 and other applicable year cars were out-of-warranty. This is typically a $3,000 to $6,000 fix. I will not buy another Toyota. I tell anyone who will listen not to buy one. Thank you."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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