Introduced in the early 1980s as a sedan or hatchback, the Toyota Camry immediately made a lasting impression in the American market because of its practical and economical design. Before long, the Camry became renowned for its reliability and became the best-selling sedan in the segment, a tradition that the 2023 Toyota Camry proudly continues today. What makes the Camry so remarkable beyond what the Toyota name stands for in the American automotive landscape?
The 2023 Camry embodies eight generations of innovation and celebrates its rich legacy in the Toyota lineup with unique choices that answer the style and budget needs of drivers from coast to coast. Starting at $25,945, it’s hard to find a better value sedan, especially with a base trim outfitted with amenities like dual-zone automatic climate control and an expansive touchscreen display.[a] The Camry’s hybrid lineup is even more enticing, blending the sedan's efficiency with a hybrid powertrain that averages 51 MPG in the city and 53 MPG on the highway.
The Camry’s expansive suite of standard features adds value to the best-selling sedan and gives drivers a practical and affordable alternative to the gas-guzzling crossovers and SUVs that flood the market. In addition, new technology and unique trims like the Nightshade Edition make the Camry more alluring and prove Toyota is acutely aware of what drivers want and need in a sedan. For 2023, those needs run the gamut from efficient hybrid powertrains to luxuries like panoramic glass roofs, premium sound systems, and cutting-edge safety, driver-assist, and connectivity features that enhance any time spent in the driver’s seat.
The 2023 Camry is available with a gas or hybrid powertrain that reflects Toyota’s commitment to building a greener future and giving drivers more opportunities to save on fuel. The Camry’s multi-engine lineup starts with its 2.5L Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The powerplant, which outfits the sedan with Eco, Normal, and Sport drive modes, delivers 202 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque. When you opt for the all-wheel drive Camry, you'll have enhanced traction on slippery surfaces.
If you’re looking for more power, Toyota answers the need by offering a hearty 3.5L V6 engine that blends performance and efficiency. Also equipped with Eco, Normal, and Sport drive modes, the V6 powerplant is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It boosts the sedan to 301 horsepower, a notable jump from the 2.5L at 203 horsepower. Torque output is also impressive, pushing the sedan to 267 lb-ft.
The Camry’s hybrid powertrain builds on Toyota’s Dynamic Force 2.5L four-cylinder engine by mating it to an electric motor and a smooth-shifting CVT (continuously variable transmission). With the transmission optimizing the Camry’s shift patterns, the powerplant delivers 176 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of near-instant torque. This power isn’t mutually exclusive with efficiency, with the Camry hybrid offering an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 52 MPG combined. In contrast, the gas-only 2.5L Camry engine averages 32 MPG combined, which is still impressive.
Toyota capitalizes on the Camry’s gas and hybrid performance by offering the sedan with all-wheel drive and a sport-tuned suspension. The all-wheel drive system enhances the Camry’s overall traction, sending 50% more torque to the rear wheels to prevent spin in slippery conditions. Top-tier trims like the SE and XSE add to this performance with a sport-tuned suspension that delivers crisp handling and a smooth ride, allowing you to enjoy the engine's full power wherever the road takes you.
The 2023 Camry celebrates its reign as the best-selling sedan over the last two decades by offering the latest technology. From the driver’s seat, the Camry’s digital cockpit puts everything you need within view or reach. This intuitive technology begins with the seven-inch Multi-Information Display, a color screen that gives you turn-by-turn directions, alerts, safety cues, fuel economy, and audio presets at a glance behind the steering wheel. Toyota makes this data easier to see with the available 10-inch head-up color display. This cutting-edge technology projects vital data in a crisp display at the bottom of the windshield so that you never have to take your eyes off the road ahead.
From the driver’s seat, you and your copilot will also have access to an expansive center touchscreen that features Toyota’s infotainment system. The standard seven-inch display, which can be upgraded to a nine-inch multimedia touchscreen, gives you access to your smartphone via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. With pinch-and-zoom controls, the layout is intuitive and mimics your smartphone, so there’s no learning curve to familiarize yourself with the system. Along with accessing your favorite apps, you can also use the display to calculate the fastest and most efficient route via Toyota's navigation system.
Beyond keeping you connected, Toyota ensures you stay in control even when you’re not in the driver’s seat. For example, the Camry’s Remote Connect feature puts everything you need in the palm of your hand via an app on your smartphone. You can use the app to start the engine, lock and unlock the doors, find the sedan, get vehicle health reports, and more.
While Remote Connect keeps you informed, advanced tech features like the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ engineer peace of mind when you’re on the road. This suite includes advanced safety and driver-assist technology that equips the Camry with a virtual spotter that’s always keeping an eye on the front, sides, and rear of the sedan. For example, the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection monitors ahead of the Camry for traffic and pedestrians, enhancing your braking to avoid potential collisions. Other features like Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control improve your experience driving at highway speeds, monitoring the flow of traffic, and adjusting the Camry’s cruising speed as needed to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
For 2023, Toyota celebrates the Camry’s rich history in the fleet with an expansive lineup designed to meet every style, driving, and budget need. The lineup starts with the entry-level LE, which comes standard with a seven-inch touchscreen display, six-speaker audio system, 17-inch alloy wheels, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Its hybrid counterpart adds a Smart Key System with Push Button Start for enhanced convenience and a four-mode switch that lets you customize the hybrid’s performance via EV, Eco, Normal, and Sport modes.
Moving up the lineup, the SE adds larger 18-inch black machined-finish alloy wheels, a black front grille with a sport mesh insert, and Sport SofTex trimmed front seats for an athletic appearance. The all-new Nightshade Special Edition enhances this design by adding 19-inch matte bronze-finished wheels, black mirror caps, black badging, and black window trim. The package is available on the SE with the gas or hybrid engine and front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
While the XLE exudes luxury with its leather-trimmed, heated front seats that you can upgrade with ventilation, the Camry XSE is designed to perform with its sport-tuned suspension. It even looks the part with its dual exhaust with quad chrome tips distinguishing it from every other Camry in the lineup. The XSE Hybrid adds to this aesthetic with a leather-trimmed steering wheel with paddle shifters. The TRD is a stark contrast to the rest of the lineup and gives off a unique vibe with its matte-black alloy wheels, TRD gloss-black front splitter, side aero skirts, and rear diffuser with red pinstriping.
The Camry XLE V6 and XSE V6 are the top of the line, giving drivers every amenity and luxury available. These trims come standard with Toyota’s 3.5L V6 engine, ensuring you have all the power needed to explore the open road. Inside, the interior is replete with cutting-edge technology and amenities. For example, you’ll find the panoramic glass roof adds spaciousness to the cabin and the premium JBL sound system delivers a concert-like listening experience to every seat in the sedan.