Your watching a WheelsTV Top200 vehicle test drive on the 2007 Toyota Camry.
If there's one car that defines everything a family sedan has come to mean to the average American automobile shopper, the Toyota Camry would be a very close match. It has been the best-selling family sedan in America for 8 of the past nine years, despite the fact it has come under some intense competition from just about every major foreign and domestic manufacturer.
For 2007, the Camry has been given a thorough makeover. The Camry is now bigger, more powerful, and has received an exterior styling upgrade that's anything but radical in a car that has been satisfying repeat buyers for over 20 years.
There are four trim levels available. The base level is the ce, then comes the le, se, and the xle. Standard and optional features are plentiful and the 2007 Toyota Camry that we drove was an se with the more powerful 3.5-liter v6 that makes 268 horsepower and 248 foot-pounds of torque. A 2.4-liter in-line four-cylinder engine is also available. Transmission choices are either a five-speed manual or five speed automatic on the 4-cylinder Camry, while the six can only be had with a six-speed automatic with a sport shifter. The 3.5 v6 is a potent powerplant and can get the Camry from 0-60 mph in just 6.5 seconds. Mileage estimates from the EPA for the v6 are 22-mpg city and 31 highway. There's also a gasoline-electric hybrid Camry available that boosts mileage estimates to 43 mpg city and 37 mpg highway.
Our test car also was equipped with a sunroof, leather interior with power-heated seats, a tilt-telescopic steering column, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Obviously your choice of trim level will determine just how much you'll get in terms of standrad equipment, however, if you just have to have a navigation system in your new Camry, you'll have to step up to the xle model.
All Camry's are fitted with no less than seven airbags: dual stage front, front seat side, and full-length side curtain airbags, plus a driver's knee airbag. Four-wheel disc brakes with abs, electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist are standard on all trim levels, while stability control is optional across the board.
As you might expect, the driving environment and overall demeanor of the 2007 Camry is solid and reassuring. Interior room and the spacious feel of the cabin all combine to make long trips comfortable and serene. Out back, there's 15 cubic-feet of space for whatever needs to come along with you.
The suggested base sticker price of the 2007 Toyota Camry se v6 is $18,270, and that places it right in the bullseye of what most family sedan-driving consumers expect to spend. The 2007 Toyota Camry will almost assuredly continue the outstanding tradition of quality and reliability this nameplate has enjoyed since day one, and it's new-for-2007 improvements have a lot to do with that.