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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
It feels several classes richer than the last Camry's cabin
Gone is last year's frozen wave of plastic. Gone is the uninspired center stack. Gone are the mouse-fur seats.
Edmunds' Inside Line
Remember your dentist's office waiting room? No? That's the Camry's interior.
The [seat] material feels fine to the touch, but incorporates some fairly strange-looking insert patterns.
The Camry hybrid blows the old one away when it comes to refinement.
The Camry remains one of the smoothest, most comfortable rides in the segment, and the current models feels a little more upscale and luxurious than past versions.
From the front seats, the Camry feels more spacious than many of its competitors and their cockpit-influenced interiors. The dash is pushed forward and the corners outward, making the cabin feel more open and less cramped. Perception and reality sync in this case, where the interior's useful space has increased thanks to thinned pillars and reshaped door panels–subtle changes, but generous ones.
Taller adults will appreciate the rear legroom in the 2014 Camry, too. The center console and front seatbacks were redesigned to created extra space for longer legs, and while three adults may feel a little cramped back there, that stems mostly from the lack of shoulder space.
The sporty SE model rides a bit harsher, but it's worth it for the better seats you get; they're more aggressively contoured—helping both to reduce fatigue and hold you in place in corners—and noticeably better than the spongy, flat ones you get in the most affordable Camry models.
Rear seatbacks don't quite fold all the way flat in the Camry, and the trunk opening may make loading long objects from IKEA or Home Depot a little challenging. That's probably not the intended purpose of the trunk, though, and there's plenty of space for large suitcases or a big family's grocery run. Also of note is that Camry Hybrid models no longer sacrifice rear seating comfort or trunk space; the battery pack has become smaller and lighter compared to the previous model—although you'll still give up some trunk space compared to the other models.
The 2014 Toyota Camry is surprisingly quiet and well isolated from road and engine noise, thanks in part to added sound insulation and more layers of metal at the firewall. Trims, materials, and fine details are no longer on the chintzy side, as they have been for Camry's past; they're a little traditional looking, yet upscale. And it feels that extra attention has been paid to what's close at hand—for instance, in the chunky multi-function controllers on either side of the steering wheel, positioned right where your thumbs can be.
Spacious and quiet, the Camry doesn't offer much in the way of complaints, but we'd get the optional sport seats.