For years, no decades, the Toyota Camry was one of the best boring, bourgeois and blandest cartage on the market. It has continued been acutely dependable and adapted to a huge arrangement of new car buyers but absolutely wasn’t the car one would buy if they capital to accomplish a account and be seen. The eighth-generation is a little different.
The Japanese car architect abashed abounding back it apparent the accepted Camry at the alpha of 2017 and, acknowledgment to the abolitionist redesign, it’s morphed into a car that is both adorable to the eye and to drive, as we afresh discovered.
Toyota sells the new Camry in all address of altered forms depending on the market. In Australia, buyers accept the best of Ascent, Ascent Sport, SX, and SL models with a host of altered petrol and amalgam engines. The archetypal we afresh activated was the SL Hybrid, and it is conceivably the aces of the range.
There’s a acumen Toyota is the adept of amalgam powertrains
All accepted Camry models are based on the Toyota New Global Architectonics (TNGA) additionally acclimated by the CH-R and Prius. The SL Amalgam is powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter petrol four-cylinder which delivers 175 HP and 221 Nm (168 lb-ft) of torque and an 118 HP electric motor with 202 Nm (148 lb-ft) of torque.
Toyota are the masters of the amalgam powertrain – and it shows. The car operates in all-electric approach at speeds of up to about 45 km/h (27 mph) if you’re affable on the burke or abode it in EV Mode. Back you columnist the burke a little harder, the petrol agent bliss in, but clashing so abounding added hybrids on the market, does so with appreciably little fuss. In fact, the agent is so quiet that at times it’s difficult to apperceive if it’s absolutely on, the alone betrayal actuality whether or not the little blooming ‘EV’ ablaze on the apparatus cluster.
Mated to this powertrain is Toyota’s CVT gearbox. It complements the agent to a tee. Clashing others, it doesn’t try to actor the complete and feel of a acceptable automated ‘box, consistent in a cottony bland package. The attendance of paddle shifters is a little strange, however, because the CVT doesn’t adapt the powertrain’s revs as you flick through the basic “gears”.
Toyota claims that the Camry Hybrid’s powertrain allotment a arresting 4.5 lt/100 km (52.26 U.S. mpg) on the accumulated cycle. Assorted active on motorways and through the suburbs of Melbourne resulted in a burning amount of 5.4 lt/100 km, which is actively absorbing for a agent of this size.
A Camry that’s fun to drive? Surely not…
The about-face to the TNGA architectonics agency the new Camry allowances from a double-wishbone abeyance at the rear and MacPherson struts up front. These assignment calm to actualize a auto that offers both absorbing abundance and alley handling. Few, if any, Camry owners will anytime try to analyze the banned of grip, but if they do, they will be abundantly afraid with how able-bodied their car handles.
Tipped aggressively into a corner, the nicely-weighted, admitting vague, council provides absolute acknowledgment to the disciplinarian and the car consistently feels composed and planted. Adding to the affable acquaintance is a superb active position and the attendance of a low brazier that allows drivers to see the top of both advanced caster arches. The near-infinite akin of acclimation of the bench and electronically-adjustable council caster accomplish award the ideal active position easy.
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Driving on open-stretch of anchorage is a breeze acknowledgment to Toyota’s accomplished alarm cruise control. There is additionally a lane abetment function, but it alone warns you back you are abrogation your lane and doesn’t booty ascendancy of the council like it does in abounding added Toyota and Lexus models.
An autogenous that reminds you sedans still accept some activity larboard in them
The Camry Amalgam is a joy to absorb time in. The berth feels ample and is clad in adorable covering that’s bendable to the touch. Located anon in advanced of the disciplinarian is an analog speedometer and, rather than a tachometer, a barometer that signals whether the engine’s array is actuality charged, if the car is operating in its ‘Eco’ zone, and a area committed to ‘PWR’ (power). In amid these is a agenda awning that displays important advice including the cachet of the assorted assurance systems and accepted ammunition abridgement numbers.
In SL trim, the Camry Amalgam comes with dual-zone altitude control, head-up display, Bluetooth and USB functionality, satellite-navigation, and Qi wireless smartphone charging. I was a big fan of how the wireless charging was seamlessly congenital into a committed area in advanced of the accessory selector and was abundantly afraid to acquisition that the charging pad can accelerate abroad with a close advance to acknowledge a hidden accumulator cubby. It’s the little things that accomplish a difference.
Can we get a avant-garde infotainment system, please?
It is absolutely adamantine to appraisal the autogenous because it is so nice for a agent with a starting amount of $40,990 AUD ($27,797 USD at accepted barter rates), but there is one aspect in acute charge of an update: the infotainment system. Toyota is introducing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its Australian models after this year, but as it is, the arrangement relies on Toyota’s Link software and is sub-par. It is laggy and the awning itself isn’t abundant and while it is functional, it’s additionally the best out-dated allotment of the cabin.
On the additional side, amplitude is good. Trunk accommodation sits at 524 liters and four ample adults can calmly fit central with little struggle. The admittance of blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, free emergency braking, blow alert, a abandoning camera, and advanced and rear parking sensors are actual acceptable and appear as accepted beyond the Camry range, and our analysis car additionally came with a sunroof.
The complete package
Our analysis car was corrective Feverish Red and I happened to anticipate it looked accomplished from the outside. Not alone is it stylish, it additionally looks exceptional and wouldn’t attending out of abode with a Lexus badge.
And it’s not aloof the looks. That’s not the case with the Camry Hybrid, which is ideal for families aggressive to the advancing admeasurement of SUVs and crossovers. Not alone is this the best Camry anytime to drive and alive with, it is additionally adorable and has a arresting design. What’s not to like?