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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
The 2012 Camry's ultimate fully loaded price will doubtless range higher than today owing to newly offered extras
Edmunds' Inside Line
we found the screen tilted at such an angle as to be in near constant glare
Entune doesn't give you as much voice control as Sync does.
Mid-size sedans like the 2014 Toyota Camry range from economical and basic to high-tech and nearly luxurious, and the Camry competes well across the board with everything you'd expect for the price, plus a few extras in each trim.
Four trim levels are offered: mainstream LE, sporty SE, and luxurious XLE. There's also a limited-availability, base L model that you're more likely to see in rental-car fleets than on the new-car lot.
Each trim receives different upholstery and trim combinations; L and LE come with fabric seats and silver trim; SE models get synthetic leather and silver-grain trim; XLE models have leather and faux-woodgrain, a Hybrid models come with "Metallic Tech" silver grain and in XLE Hybrid (or available on the SE) a leather-trimmed ultrasuede.
SE models also also get sport seats, 17-inch (four-cylinder) or 18-inch (V-6) alloy wheels, a special three-spoke leather-trimmed steering wheel and, perhaps most importantly, a Sport mode with downshift rev-matching for the transmission, along with steering-wheel paddle shifters.
Hybrid shoppers have a choice of two 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE models, which include dual-zone climate control, a Smart Key system, and Optitron meters, while the new Hybrid XLE comes with all the goodies that the V-6 XLE includes.Bluetooth connectivity is included in all trims—even the base model—and the screen-based Display Audio system, with Bluetooth audio streaming, USB connectivity, and iPod connectivity, is now included even in the base Camry L. A navigation system with voice recognition is also available, as is a high-end JBL sound system, with HD Radio and satellite radio. Toyota's advanced Entune system is also available, bringing a suite of connected services, including access to Pandora streaming audio, for example.
The base Camry is still a strong value, even compared to the standout Korean sedans in its class.