A Trek Through the South in the 2017 Toyota Camry

There is not a lot of change to report on the 2017 Toyota Camry but sometimes no change is a good thing.  The sales volume of Camrys sold in the U.S. increased last year even thought sales in midsize sedans decreased.  It’s safe to say that Toyota definitely has a fan base with the Camry.

This summer afforded us with an opportunity to take a trek across a few southern states in the Camry Hybrid XLE.  Depending on which trim you purchase, there will be an array of options to choose from.  What did I enjoy most about the 2017 Toyota Camry?  For a mom traveling across several states with two kids in tow, I have to say their reputation is solid.  We weren’t only spoiled with creature comforts and easy to use technology but you couldn’t beat the reliability of the Camry.

So what trims are offered?  LE, SE, XSE and XLE.  All models have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with the option to bump up to a 3.5-liter V6 in the XSE and XLE models.

The LE trim has 16-inch wheels, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, a sunroof, power front seats, rearview camera, keyless remote entry, Bluetooth and a 6.1-inch Entune infotainment system with a six-speaker sound system.

The SE adds 17-inch alloy wheels, paddle shifters, leather wrapped steering wheel, and a sport-tuned suspension.

XSE has 18-inch wheels, LED running lights, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control and a slightly larger screen. (7-inch vs 6-inch)

The top of the line XLE has the 17-inch wheels, leather upholstery, and heated front seats, with keyless entry .

Note, there are additional options to choose from, such as the Technology package or the Navigation package.

The Camry is lively to drive.  We experienced a smooth ride along the highway, easily passing cars as we cruised east. Once in Savannah, Georgia, we used the Camry’s navigation system to guide us around town.  One of the safety features of the Camry is the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection. This means that if the system determines a frontal collision could occur, you are prompted with audio and visual alerts to take action. The Camry is super easy to park and maneuver around, this sedan is such a manageable size.

The cargo space held three suitcases all in a row with room for souvenirs.  The trunk does have a redesigned lid with hinges that open wider than previous models. Interior space wasn’t just ample, but comfortable.  The Camry is well designed with easy to use technology on a 7-inch touchscreen. We had leather trimmed seats and steering wheel on the model we drove.  Heated seats came in handy on Jekyll Island as it was a cool 50 degrees.  That’s a cold beach for a few Texans!

One of the things I especially enjoyed was the visibility.  The 2017 Camry felt open and airy, including the rearview; it was nice to not worry too much about blindspots.  That being said, blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning are optional.  Toyota also focuses on your safety with ten airbags which come standard with an Advanced Airbag System.

The 2017 Toyota Camry tested was the Hybrid XLE sedan in Parisian night pearl. The Hybrid was a dream on fuel economy for our trip receiving around 42 mpg.  A lively ride that is both smooth and quiet along with an amazing fuel economy, I can highly recommend the Camry for your next family sedan.  The Hybrid pricing begins at $27,800 while the L model begins at $23,495.





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