Toyota Camry review

Category: Executive car

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Running costs are arguably the Camry’s strongest suit, especially if you’re a company car driver. The NEDC converted CO2 emissions figure is just 98g/km for the base model with its 17in wheels, rising to 101g/km for the Excel with its larger 18in wheels. The icing on the cake is that – being petrol powered – it doesn’t fall foul of the 4% Benefit-in-Kind surcharge that clobbers diesel company car drivers.

Economy is impressive, too. Depending on trim and options, the official combined figure is between 50.4 and 53.3mpg, while our varied test route, which included motorways, saw almost 50mpg achieved without much effort. And hybrids are particularly efficient in town, when they maximise their electric running.

Whichever trim you go for, equipment levels are high; even entry-level Design models get dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and ignition and auto lights and wipers, to go with their long list of infotainment features and visibility aids we've already mentioned.

However, considering the small price difference, we’d recommend stepping up to Excel trim with its LED fog lights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, wireless smartphone charging and lane-changing assistance.

All models come equipped with plenty of safety gear, though, including automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control. The Camry has yet to be crash tested by Euro NCAP, but we can get a good idea of how it'll perform by looking at the Lexus ES. It's is very similar underneath to the Camry and gets five stars, with very impressive scores in each of the categories.

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Overview

The Toyota Camry is rather disappointing, whether you're after comfort or fun, but it's spacious and very cheap to run. If you're a company car driver, focused mainly on cheap tax bills, it is a worthy proposition, but if you can live with a petrol or diesel instead, there are far better executive cars out there.

  • Low running costs, especially for company car drivers
  • Impressive rear leg room
  • Great boot space for a hybrid saloon
  • Poorly controlled ride
  • Fiddly touchscreen infotainment system
  • Hybrid power lacks flexibility of a diesel

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