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2014 Toyota Camry Overview
Still a great value and again flaunting a V6 engine option as well as a pair of Hybrid editions, Toyota’s Camry midsize sedan enters the 2014 model year with a brand-new trim, the SE Sport. This latest stablemate joins the base L, the lower midlevel LE, the up-featured SE and the top-shelf XLE, while those on a strict fuel budget can choose between the Camry Hybrid LE and the Hybrid XLE.
All non-hybrid Camrys again seat 5 and tote a hefty 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space, while the Hybrid trims also seat 5, but due to their bulky battery packs, carry a bit less cargo space at 13.1 cubic feet. Other than the new SE Sport trim, the 2014 Camry is unchanged from last year’s front-wheel-drive-only (FWD) commuter-oriented and mall-hopping family transportation.
Powering all non-hybrid trims, meanwhile, is the traditional 2.5-liter variable-valve-timed (VVT) inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine that was tweaked back in 2012 to put out 178 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque under the management of the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Meantime, look for mileage estimates of 25 mpg city/35 highway from this gas-sipping 4-banger.
For those who need a little more giddy-up in their get-to-work gait, the SE and XLE can be equipped with an available 3.5-liter V6 powerplant that again mates with the 6-speed shiftable automatic for 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. Needless to say, mileage drops a bit to 21/31, but a 0-60 time of 6.6 seconds should keep the carpoolers cackling.
Both Camry Hybrid editions again sport the 2.5-liter hybrid I4 gasoline burning engine that combines with a 650-volt electric motor for a total of 200 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. Regenerative braking helps recharge the somewhat dated (and trunk-space-stealing) nickel-metal hydride battery, while auto engine stop/start and the ability to drive up to 25 mph for short distances on electric power alone equals a wallet-friendly 43/39 in the Hybrid LE. Alas, the Hybrid XLE’s larger tires and wheels provide a bit more rolling resistance, thus mileage figures drop to 40/38. Finally, both Camry Hybrid trims feature dashboard displays highlighting performance and economy figures generated by the gas-electric drivetrain.
Moving on to standard appearance features and creature comforts, the base Camry L comes with 16-inch steel wheels, cloth upholstery, split-folding rear seatbacks for even more toting space and, of course, full power accessories. Cruise control is also standard aboard this entry-level trim, as is telescoping tilt-wheel steering, air conditioning, simulated alloy cabin accents and a single-CD player with 6 speakers, auxiliary iPod input and a USB connection. Standard Bluetooth hands-free calling again joins the stereo system in remaining integrated with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display.
The non-hybrid LE adds remote power door locks, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and an outside temperature display, while the SE tacks on 17-inch alloy wheels, upgraded cloth upholstery and cabin accent materials, heated power-adjustable outside mirrors and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The new-for 2014 SE Sport, meantime, boasts a sportier suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.
For 2014, the flagship Camry XLE with the non-hybrid I4 flaunts 17-inch alloy wheels and a power sunroof outside, while the cabin sports dual-zone climate controls and upgraded cabin accents. The V6-equipped XLE trim furthermore adds leather upholstery and heated front seats with a power-adjustable front passenger seat, as well as a rear-view camera, remote garage door opener and auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The V6-toting XLE also boasts satellite-based navigation and Toyota’s touted internet-interfaced Entune infotainment system.
The Camry Hybrid LE and XLE trims, of course, essentially mirror their non-hybrid counterparts, though the Hybrid LE sports dual-zone auto climate control and some upgrades to cabin accents, while the Hybrid XLE boasts 18-inch alloy wheels, standard.
Options in lower Camry variations include many of the items found standard in higher trims, while the V6-equipped SE, as well as the I4-packing XLE remain eligible for a 10-speaker premium JBL audio upgrade. Lastly, the V6-toting XLE can be outfitted with an available upgrade to the navigation system that features a 7-inch dashboard-mounted color display.
Notable standard safety features for all 2014 Camry versions include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and front head restraint whiplash protection. Daytime running lights also endow all Camry trims, with the LE and higher editions sporting standard dusk-sensing headlights. An available VIP security system, blind-spot monitoring with rear crossover alerts and Entune safety communications technology, finally, are optional safety items offered in higher Camry and Camry Hybrid variations.
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