• (4.5) 188 reviews
  • Available Prices: $11,093–$19,161
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 25-30
  • Engine: 178-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2014 Toyota Camry

Our Take on the Latest Model 2014 Toyota Camry

What We Don't Like

  • Low-grip tires, except in SE
  • Choppy ride (SE)
  • Sport seats too flat (SE)

Notable Features

  • Seats five
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Hybrid model
  • Standard automatic transmission
  • Available blind spot warning system

2014 Toyota Camry Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in June 2013 about the 2013 Toyota Camry. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2014, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.

In most forms, the Camry is a quiet, smooth-riding sedan with few thrills or complaints, but the 2013 SE with an uplevel V-6 showed only the Camry's flaws.

The Camry was completely redesigned for the 2012 model year and remains relatively unchanged for 2013. You can read a review of the 2012 four-cylinder and other trim levels here.

Performance
At the heart of the sport-tuned SE is a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers power exceptionally smoothly and relatively quietly through a six-speed automatic transmission. Charging up highway on-ramps and passing at high speeds are non-events with this much power on tap. However, in a fashion similar to what we experienced in the 178-hp four-cylinder, the front tires can break loose under hard acceleration in turning maneuvers.

The two biggest differences between the Camry four-cylinders we've tested in the past and this SE are the obvious mileage penalty and the surprising sacrifice in ride quality.

The four-cylinder Camry is rated 25/35/28 mpg city/highway/combined. That's behind the redesigned 2013 Honda Accord's 27/36/30 mpg, while both lag behind the also recently redesigned 2013 Nissan Altima's 27/38/31 mpg.

Moving up to the V-6 option in any of these three impacts mileage significantly, with the Camry dropping to 21/31/25 mpg. The V-6 Accord is rated 21/34/25, and the Altima is 22/31/25 mpg.

Subjectively, our editors have always found the Camry to offer a quiet and comfortable ride that should appeal to commuters and road-trippers alike. In our $26,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge (see the results), judges scored the car well for its ride across the board, while other contenders had inconsistent results.

The SE model tries to deliver a sporty driving experience that is certainly not present in other Camry models we've tested. The handling and steering are slightly sharper here, but there was still that tire-slip issue. Also, a lot of ride comfort is sacrificed in the name of sportiness — a sacrifice I don't think Camry shoppers will want to make.

Over highway expansion joints, the SE's suspension delivered pronounced jolts that became an extreme annoyance on my commute. The 18-inch alloy wheels didn't help matters. They're standard on the SE V-6, while 17s are standard on both the four-cylinder SE and the XLE V-6.

Interior
As the competition heats up, Toyota finds itself facing not just Honda and Nissan, but also significant entries from Hyundai, Kia, Ford and Mazda. All produce impressive midsize sedans, especially in terms of their interiors.

Some, like the Altima and Hyundai Sonata, offer a similar level of comfort as the Camry, while the new Accord, Ford Fusion and Mazda6 deliver upscale interiors that the Camry cannot compete with.

The previous-generation Camry's interior held up over time as one of the classiest in the segment, but the redesigned model seemed cheap to many of us at the outset. That's not a good sign in an atmosphere where Honda had to overhaul its last Civic a year after a complete redesign thanks to similar sentiment.

The problem doesn't stem from the controls or layout, but mainly the use of varied textures along the dash, doors, armrests and other areas that are frequently touched by owners and gazed upon by all.

They feel somewhat spongy to the touch and look too much like vinyl to the eye. Even some stitching techniques that attempt to be upscale fail here. My wife, upon entering our $32,090 Camry test car (with options and destination), asked if she was in the Corolla, the Toyota compact sedan that starts at half that price.

The Camry still offers a spacious cabin that is comfortable for the driver and passengers. Both passenger and trunk volume — 102.7 cubic feet and 15.4 cubic feet, respectively — are in line with the rest of the class.

Safety
The Camry is equipped with a standard suite of airbags and is a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It also earned a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In a recent Car Seat Check by Cars.com's certified installers, the Camry scored well for fitting all types of child-safety seats in various positions, as well as for ease of installation. You can find all the safety-related features here.

Camry in the Market
As a four-cylinder with lots of comfort and space, the Camry is still a car to recommend. There are just more competitors today that also warrant a close look, no matter what type of ride a shopper wants in a midsize sedan.

In its most performance-oriented version, however, the Camry is no longer true to what has made it such a popular vehicle and yet fails to deliver well enough on the promise of thrills.

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Consumer Reviews

(4.5)

Average based on 188 reviews

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Great Sedan

by 843c from Manchester Township on December 7, 2017

Loved almost every aspect of the car except for visibility! Drove well. Handled well. Nice interior. Very dependable; excellent gas mileage.

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2014 Toyota Camry Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Camry L

Front
A
Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Camry L

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Overall evaluation
A
Retraints and dummy kinematics
A
Structure and safety cage
A

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Camry L

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Camry L

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $2,200 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

24mo/25,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

24mo/25,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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