Motoring Tampa Bay: Dependable Camry Seats Five In Comfort

By NITISH S. RELE, nitishrele@gmail.com

All Toyota Camry admirers, here is your dilemma: go for the current model or wait with bated breath for the 2018 sedan, which is said to be a trendsetter, of sorts, as we are told. Though the power trains maintain their status quo, next year’s Camry is built on an all-new platform, gets a 2-inch wheelbase boost, 8-speed gearbox instead of the present 6, and a striking cabin from what we hear.

As for now, the best-selling car in the United States continues as is. The 3.5-liter V-6 cylinder engine develops 268 horsepower @ 6200 rpm and 248 pounds-feet of torque @ 4200 rpm. That is plenty to cruise on the highway or dodge traffic in the city. The sedan is equipped with an effective 6-speed auto transmission and a sport-tuned suspension for nippy and attentive handling.

LED high and low headlights with black trim bezels flank a smoked chrome upper grille hosting the familiar Toyota emblem. Satin-chrome accents deck up the interior with its center stack, custom-tuned JBL audio system, 4.2-inch TFT screen between the tachometer and speedometer, and a wireless charging system for select cellphones. Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag and front knee airbags are fitted at no extra charge along with side-impact door beams, four-wheel antilock brakes, Electronic Brake Distribution with brake assist, vehicle stability and traction controls, rearview camera, front/rear crumple zones and tire pressure monitoring system.

This bread-and-butter vehicle for and from Toyota is a nimble, athletic and tidy ride that seats five with ease. A total revamp inside and out for the eighth-generation 2018 model will keep the midsize sedan at the top for ears to come.

Visit Courtesy Toyota for more at 9210 E. Adamo Dr. Call 639-8045.

CAMRY (XSE)
Tires: P225/45R18
Wheelbase: 109.3 inches
Length: 190.9 inches
Width: 71.7 inches
Height: 57.9 inches
Suspension: independent MacPherson strut front; dual-link rear
Steering: electric power rack-and-pinion
Fuel capacity: 17 gallons
City: 21 mpg
Highway: 30 mpg
Weight: 3,480 pounds
Base price: $31,370
Web site: www.toyota.com