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2014 Toyota Camry

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2014 Toyota Camry Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.4

For 2014, the Toyota Camry represents the best example of the optimum 4-door sedan for the greatest number of potential buyers. Everything about it settles it smack in the middle ground of what the vast majority of buyers want in a sedan and, therefore, while not being the most exciting thing on the road it definitely has enormous and well-deserved appeal. The models range from the base L to a sporty SE Sport to the very luxurious XLE, and include a highly-efficient hybrid model. Midsize sedans are the heart of the car market and in 2014, the segment is more competitive than ever, with highly-attractive models from Honda, Nissan, Kia, Hyundai, Mazda, Chevrolet and Ford, but the 2014 Camry remains the top choice for the greatest number of buyers.

You'll Like This Car If...

You're looking for a very solid deal with a very solid car, with proven reliability and resale value, no surprises, something you can count on to serve you well for the long haul. Welcome to the 2014 Toyota Camry.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If anything approaching an edgier style is important, there are lots of other good choices. All of them are excellent cars with good value. And, the Camry is not available with all-wheel drive, which may be important for dealing with bad weather.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.4
  • 7.2
  • 8.6
  • 6.0
  • 7.8
  • 9.8
How It Ranks

#11

out of 17

Fuel Economy

#9

out of 18

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.4 out of 10
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2014 Toyota Camry Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

As the Camry was significantly revised for 2013, the changes for 2014 are minimal. A new addition to the line is the SE Sport, available only with a 4-cylinder engine. The Sport also adds a standard sunroof, 8-way power-adjustable driver seat, and 18-inch wheels and tires.

Driving the Camry
2014 Toyota Camry Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions The Camry has always been known for smooth comfort but, while it may surprise some, the 2014 version is more than just merely competent in getting down the road, even...

when the pavement takes a lot of twists and turns. The 2014 Camry delivers a better ride than past models, with handling and response that would likely amaze and delight previous owners. The steering imparts confidence, both in feel and the precision of its directional stability, and the rigid body structure and compliant suspension take up the bumps and turns with smooth grace. Along with the commendable ride and handling, the 2014 Camry also gets high marks for its quiet interior, which might even seem somewhat eerily silent. Add it all up, and the Camry no longer has to be considered for its utilitarian and resale values alone.
Favorite Features

UPGRADED HYBRID SYNERGY DRIVE (HSD)
Taking a much-needed next step in the greener arena, the 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid features Toyota's most technologically advanced HSD system to date. Light, tight and impressively integrated, the system yields spirited performance under all conditions and an eye-popping set of fuel economy numbers.

UNBEATABLE RECORD OF LONG-TERM VALUE
Certainly not the most thrilling subject, the cold, hard truth is that a primary appeal of the Camry is its long-term value, as typified by its proven record of reliability and its legendary resale numbers. It's that long-term value that keeps the Camry at the top of the sales charts.

2014 Toyota Camry Details
2014 Toyota Camry Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The 2014 Toyota Camry interior is everything you should find in a midsize sedan – roomy, comfortable, stylish and luxurious. There's plenty of headroom, hip room and legroom in all positions, the seats are supportive and the lower cushion of the 60/40 folding rear bench seat has been configured to deliver decent space for the passenger in the middle, a spot that is often neglected. If those passengers need to carry some gear they'll find the trunk is more than ample, although the Hybrid's trunk is smaller by slightly over two cubic feet.

Exterior
2014 Toyota Camry photo

While the 2014 Camry doesn't have the edgy looks of some of the competition, it has still come a long way from the almost-generic appearance of the past. No longer will you lose it in the parking lot because it blends into the background of the mall. There is now a wedge-shape to the profile, artful detailing front and rear, a grille and front end with more presence and an overall look of modern, contemporary substance. It's a handsome car, by all accounts.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base 2014 Camry L sedan offers numerous power assists, air conditioning, cruise control, Display Audio with USB/iPod inputs, Bluetooth, Toyota's STAR safety system and 10 airbags. The LE adds keyless remote entry, a multifunction steering wheel, and an upgraded Display Audio sound system. Moving up to the Camry SE nets you a dedicated sport suspension/wheel/tire package with unique trim, Softex covered sport seats and paddle shifters. The SE Sport adds in even bigger wheels, and a sunroof. The top-line Camry XLE sedan features dual power seats, dual-zone climate control, a power moonroof and premium fabric or leather (V6-only) upholstery. Both the SE/XLE V6s add Navigation and Entune multimedia telematics, HD radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The Camry Hybrid sedan offers LE and XLE trim-level appointments.

Optional Equipment

The 2014 Toyota Camry sedan's options are limited to color choices on the L trim and a power driver's seat and moonroof on the LE. SE/XLE buyers can opt for upgraded Display Audio packages with Navigation and Entune – including a 10-speaker premium JBL system – as well as dedicated Convenience Packages and Leather-trimmed Ultrasuede Sport Seats, while SEs can also be had with a power moonroof. Camry Hybrids offer a Leather Package, Moonroof Package and two tiers of JBL-enhanced Upgrade Packages, one with Navigation and one without.

Under the Hood
2014 Toyota Camry Engine photo

Camry buyers can select from three powertrains. The base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder makes 178 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque and delivers exemplary fuel economy, being rated at 35 mpg on the highway. The 3.5-liter V6 makes a thoroughly robust 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque and, with all that, is still EPA-rated at 31 mpg on the highway. All the gasoline-only powertrains are matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission. For those who want super fuel-economy numbers, the Camry Hybrid, with its 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor for a total system output of 200 horsepower, is rated at 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway for the LE model, or 40 and 38, respectively, for the XLE.

2.5-liter inline-4
178 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
(PZEV 173 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm)
170 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
(PZEV 165 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/35 mpg (6-speed automatic)

3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
248 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/31 mpg (6-speed automatic)

2.5-liter inline-4 plus a 105-kilowatt battery pack
Engine: 156 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
Battery: 105 kW @ 4,500 rpm
Total hybrid system (engine and battery): 200 horsepower
Engine: 156 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
Battery: 199 lb-ft of torque @ 0-1,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 43/39 mpg (LE with CVT automatic), 40/38 mpg (XLE with CVT automatic)

Pricing Notes

Toyota emphasizes overall value for the 2014 Camry while trying to entice buyers to move beyond the lower trim levels. The 2014 Toyota Camry L sedan has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just over $22,000, while the XLE V6 slips in slightly over $30,000. The Camry Hybrid LE starts around $26,000 and the premium XLE version starts below $28,000. To make your best deal, check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, which provides a reliable indicator of what others in your area are paying for the Camry. Historically, the Toyota Camry has shown above-average reliability with similarly-robust long-term resale value. Even with intense pressure from the competition, that tradition seems likely to continue with this the 2014 model.

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2014 Toyota Camry Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 177 Ratings for the 2012 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

New Camry has design flaws especially in SE model

By on Monday, April 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "More quantity for less price"

Cons: "Design Flaws (not defects), poor quality, Steering"

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

"I own the 2012 Toyota Camry SE 4 cylinder model & I regret buying the Camry & that too SE model in specific. If one is buying Camry then suggest read my below review & especially for SE version think twice because of experience on below issues. My below issues are exactly not defects but design flaws which even NHTSA will not force Toyota to resolve. So I have to live with those, no other option. I contacted Toyota for below problems & they just responded telling we have noted your issues under file number# and will make sure to fix in next iteration but no guarantees. They didn't make any effort to resolve these in my current car. The below issues are design flaws & missing attention to details read on… & please note that mine is single driver car & I use it smoothly & always maintain it more than what it requires. 1) SE model steering is unusually stiff & steering ratio is not correct & steering makes some gusss gusss sound... I do understand the SE is sports edition & hence steering is stiff but instead of designing it properly & differently for SE, Toyota just made it mechanically stiff. Firstly if you hear carefully then one can hear the mechanical gusss gusss sound on steering wheel rotation when taking off initially. This sound is the proof that they just made it mechanically stiff instead it should be motorized stiff which should vary based on the car speed. This kind of gusss gusss mechanical sound is not there even in Elantra sports edition which is also sports steering. Are you kidding me Toyota? On top of it being mechanically stiff rather than motorized stiff and not smooth, it has another big problem. Usually all stiff sports tuned steering require shorter steering wheel rotation but this one is opposite. It requires more rotation unlike other sports editions like in Accord or Sonata. So you will be presented with stiff sounding steering & top of it, it requires more turning effort when compared to other sports edition cars. Just imagine what it means to driving daily? Toyota didn't design the components & steering ratio properly for SE. One will not notice this in one test drive but definitely after couple of test drives or after owning it like me. 2) SE model suspension doesn't absorb all the bumps and more over slightest of tiny pot holes are also transferred into the cabin. I understand the SE is sports tuned & slightly 15% stiffer than regular Camry but that doesn't mean it should be designed badly? Even the slightest road irregularities like very tiny pot holes, a slight 5 mm thick line on the road / even some cases road markings (white yellow paint) are all translated into the cabin with a noise & feel as well. Is this the price you pay for $28,000 car? Sports Elantra does much better here & no way you can compare this with Sports edition of of Sonata & Accord. This is totally absent in New sports edition Accord/Sonata/Passat & which also have better handling & body roll than Camry according to experts too. Test all these for yourself and let me know if I am wrong. 3) SE model road noise is too much. I previously owned 2007 Sonata GLS & even in year 2012 its cabin & suspension sound was quite & smooth. But this 2012 Camry SE makes huge amount of Road noise & sometimes suspension sound too. I think what happened was for SE, Toyota made the suspension 15% strong & put the larger tires but failed to redesign the sound absorption/sound deadening accordingly. Other than Camry SE model this issue is not there on L, LE & XLE models. I can confirm that. 4) Ergonomics & Build Quality - Vibration issues, Windshield Glare, missing attention to details on all Camry models. I ask the readers to just do one simple test & Camry will fail instantly. Put all the Accord, Camry and Sonata in parking mode try to feel the vibrations through steering & gear knob. In Camry one can easily feel the steering wheel vibration and even the car vibrations too which new Sonata and Accord and Passat races ahead with flying colors. What happened to your vibration dampeners? Next Camry leaves lot of dashboard glare on to the windshield especially during bright/sunlight conditions, which I see Accord, Sonata do better job. Next let’s go to Camry instrument cluster. I wonder who is the engineer designed this instrument cluster? To save cost you have provided 2 push sticks to change instrument cluster settings like display, brightness, Avg Consumption etc. But that push stick control design is so poor that it lets in the dust easily because you people have holed it on to the cluster directly and that too without preventing/taking measure to make it dust/water proof. This in contrast to 2013 Accord/CRV they also have done the same thing but with difference that, they have insulated to make sure no dust/water goes inside the instrument cluster (dust/water proofing). See the difference between Honda and Toyota for yourself? This is still the case even in new Camry & one can observe it. Now my cluster has some dust inside of it, which there is no way to clean/rectify it. Kudos to Toyota design engineers. There are other issues too like power windows operation/feel is not as smooth as Passat and here Passat feels like built to last but Camry feels like built for only 3 years that’s when its warranty ends! So I have decided to sell my car just few months before the Warranty expires because I simply don't trust the build quality, missing attention to details & design flaws. Will never buy Toyota again & if anybody finds faults/wrongs with whatever I told then let me know, I can prove that I am correct in whatever I told above. Thanks, Chetan V Shirol"

Great value. Reliable, comfortable, very quiet.

By on Friday, April 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

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
9/10

Pros: "Great highway car...quiet, comfortable, great MPG"

Cons: "Some of the plastic is a little cheesy."

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

"Have had this for my LE for two years. It is a terrific highway cruiser. Very quiet at highway cruising speeds and the standard sound system is much better than I initially expected. The interior is so quiet at highway speeds, that we can have conversations without raising our voices...this is a welcome change from our Hyundai and Mazda. I get 26mpg overall (not much highway driving) and 36 to 40 on the highway during occasional longer trips. The 4 cylinder has adequate power (although I've never had it in the mountains...don't know how it will handle serious hills). Handling is fine, though not particularly sporty."

Very nice car equipped w/convenience pkg.

By on Monday, April 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,100

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "solid car"

Cons: "MPG is lower than expected for a 4cyl"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"4 cyl is noisey. Moderate road noise level. Steering is surprising responsive. Decent feedback Primarily used in around town driving, after 7100 miles the MPG is averaging 24.6."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Best sedan - value for money

By on Sunday, April 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,700

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great gas mileage, decent power, good looks"

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

"Bought the new 2013 camry hybrid. Good city mileage and comfort. Happy and glad that i bought this car."

Not the same quality as early

By on Sunday, April 06, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: quality of materials, safety

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Inexpensive and reliable"

Cons: "Issues with worksmanship and safety"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I had a 2002 Camry and it was the best car I ever owned. It was reliable, had decent mileage, quality materials and for the time period I had it, I had equity in the car which was amazing. I bought a 2012 Camry having these same expectations of the car. What I got was a car with inferior quality cabin materials, air vents thathat smelled like fungus, and the fumes of gas in my car from a faulty gas cap design. On top of this, the cabin materials are already showing signs of wear, and the new crash safety ratings indicate the driver seat compartment will be demolished in certain crash tests. I ended up trading it in after a year and a half and eating $2k in negative equity but I figure it's better to have a safer car that doesn't stink."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Not the same quality as early

By on Sunday, April 06, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: quality of materials, safety

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Inexpensive and reliable"

Cons: "Issues with worksmanship and safety"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I had a 2002 Camry and it was the best car I ever owned. It was reliable, had decent mileage, quality materials and for the time period I had it, I had equity in the car which was amazing. I bought a 2012 Camry having these same expectations of the car. What I got was a car with inferior quality cabin materials, air vents thathat smelled like fungus, and the fumes of gas in my car from a faulty gas cap design. On top of this, the cabin materials are already showing signs of wear, and the new crash safety ratings indicate the driver seat compartment will be demolished in certain crash tests. I ended up trading it in after a year and a half and eating $2k in negative equity but I figure it's better to have a safer car that doesn't stink."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

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