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2017 Toyota Camry Walk Around


Bold, if not necessarily beautiful, the current Camry’s front end is hard to miss, with its big lower grille segment that widens toward the base. Thought by some to resemble an open-jawed fish, the grille is most prominent with lighter body colors.

Viewed from the side or rear, the sedan is handsomely refined and understated, set off by mere hints of boldness. Black plastic behind back windows is the only detail that doesn’t quite fit.

Swept-back headlights have clear lenses. Upper trim levels incorporate LED daytime running lamps. SE and XSE bodysides conclude with a lip-type rear spoiler.

Interior

Interior styling is functional as well as appealing, spacious and accommodating up front. Pushing the dashboard farther ahead than is customary helps give the cabin an open, airy aura, while cubbies and storage spots abound. Soft-touch surfaces help make the cabin feel welcoming.

Big knobs and buttons fill the center stack, augmented by a 6.1- or 7-inch touchscreen. Intuitive virtual buttons ease the control choices, while large buttons also surround the screen itself. Base-level infotainment is quite good, though USB ports are lacking.

Seats are firmer and more contoured in sportier SE and XSE trim levels. Lateral support isn’t much better than in an LE or XLE, but seats provide a better fit.

All trim levels get 60/40-split folding rear seats, though they don’t fold totally flat. Back seats are more adult-centered than in some sedans, appropriately padded and contoured for comfort. Because of the traditional roofline, adult heads have adequate clearance. Three grownups fit in back, though shoulder space is limited. Measuring 15.4 cubic feet, the trunk has ample space for suitcases.

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