The Toyota Camry is Nigeria’s best-selling midsized family car in a competitive segment that includes strong entries such as the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Volkswagen Passat and Subaru Legacy. The Camry was most recently overhauled in 2015, and this year’s model carries over largely unchanged.

It’s a a comfortable commuter without much pretension; a very good appliance for car buyers who prefer substance over style.

Styling and performance

From the exterior, the Camry looks largely reserved with brief flashes of bold styling. Most notably, its “mechanical catfish” grille returns from last year and could be the car’s most polarizing statement. It’s unusually bold for Toyota and something that may not turn off many buyers from considering a Camry, but almost certainly won’t turn many on. Around the sides and rear, the Camry is handsome without overstating or relying on modern language like a floating roof or a too-high window line.

Under the hood, most buyers will find a modest 2.5-liter inline-4 that makes 178 horsepower, which is the base powerplant. That engine is mated to a conventional 6-speed automatic (many competitors now use continuously variable transmissions) that helps wring out the best from the busy 4-cylinder. The engine isn’t overwhelming, but it should be fine for most commuters.

A more potent 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 268 hp and a Hybrid battery-engine combo that makes 200 hp are both available in Nigeria but you will need a few additional millions to procure. The V-6 has enough pedal to be confident anywhere.

Quality, safety, and features

Inside is where the Camry comes alive. Its interior is spacious and considerate, with plenty of interior storage and sound-deadening, and places a premium on seating for adults—perhaps at a cost of versatility and cargo storage. Its 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space is in line with the rest of the segment, and isn’t heavily compromised by batteries if buyers opt for the Camry Hybrid.

The Camry performs well in safety tests, but not as good as others in its class. It has been given a five-star overall rating, despite four-star ratings in side impact and rollover crash safety.

The 2017 Camry comes equipped as standard with mostly acceptable features for cars in its class, but adds a 6.1-inch touchscreen on base models. The Camry comes in two flavors with different looks: LE and XLE models are plain-clothes models with more luxurious touches to the latter; SE and XSE are sportier-looking variants with the XSE more handsomely equipped.

In hybrid configuration, which is not readily available (except in the tokunbo car market), the Camry can be very fuel efficient.

 

 

The Camry LE comes equipped as standard with cloth seats, and suede-like material comes on SE models. XLE editions step up to leather and XSE models have sport leather ultrasuede upholstery. Most models get a 6.1-inch touchscreen front and center as base, while V-6 models are upgraded to a 7.0-inch touchscreen, and the center stack has large knobs and buttons. The dash is also accented by stitching to add both texture and eye appeal.