2016 toyota camry Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Toyota Camry gains a TFT display on the LE trim while the XLE and XSE grades gain the Entune infotainment system with navigation as standard (optional on LE and SE models). 16-inch alloy wheels are now optional in the LE trim.
A new special edition variant comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, smoked taillights, a unique exterior badge, blue contrast stitching, meter cluster, and ornamentation, the Entune infotainment system with navigation and apps suite, Qi wireless charging, and a smart key.
The 2016 Toyota Camry is a front-drive midsize sedan that slots above the compact Corolla and below the full-size Avalon. A hybrid variant is also available.
Three engines are available in the 2016 Camry: a 2.5-liter I-4 with 178 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, a 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 268 hp and 248 lb-ft, and a hybrid powertrain that pairs a 2.5-liter I-4 with an electric motor for a combined output of 200 hp. A six-speed automatic gearbox is standard with the I-4 and the V-6 while the hybrid comes with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Fuel economy is class competitive in the gas-powered at 25/35 mpg city/highway with the I-4 and 21/31 mpg with the more powerful V-6. The Hybrid’s fuel economy varies base on trim levels with the LE trim being the most efficient at 43/39 mpg and 40/38 mpg for SE and XLE. Trunk space is class competitive at 15.4 cubic feet and can be expanded via the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Hybrid models have less cargo space at 13.1 cubic feet due to the extra hybrid powertrain components and lacks a split-folding second row.
In addition to the standard dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the 2016 Camry also comes with knee airbags for the front occupants and rear side airbags. Blind spot warning is available as a standalone option while adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and the Pre-Collision system, which alerts the driver of an impending impact and brakes the car to lessen the severity of the crash, are bundled together as part of a package in the XLE and XSE grades.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard equipment on the base LE trim includes 16-inch steel wheels, the Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, cloth seats, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. The SE trim adds Sport Fabric SofTex leatherette front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, silver interior trim, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a rear spoiler. Stepping up to the XLE adds auto on/off LED headlights, a moonroof, dual-zone climate control, the Entune infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen, navigation, the Entune Apps Suite, Qi wireless charging, heated front seats, and leather upholstery. The XSE model comes with similar equipment as the XLE trim but adds a sport-tuned suspension, larger 18-inch alloy wheels, and front seats with Ultrasuede accents.
What We Think
After an extensive refresh for the 2015 model year, the 2016 Camry continues to be a good choice for those who prioritize reliability. In a 2015 Camry XSE V-6 First Test review, we said that the V-6 powered Camry proved reasonably responsive and quick. However, handling remains uninspiring despite the stiff suspension while tire noise can get excessive on rough roads. The less powerful I-4-powered Camry is more buttoned down on the road as we noted in a 2015 First Drive review, but like all Camrys, the steering doesn’t have much feel. Cabin materials in the base LE model were also disappointing because it retains the old instrument cluster and the plastics are not of high quality. Hybrid models continue to be the fuel economy leader of the Camry lineup, offering great gas mileage and surprising power from its hybrid powertrain. In a 2015 First Test review of the Camry Hybrid, we said that the car is much more capable than before. The interior of the Camry Hybrid also impressed with a more modern design and a user-friendly infotainment system.
The Camry is the best-selling midsize sedan in the United States.
- Hybrid has a great balance of fuel economy and power
- Higher trim levels have great cabin build quality
- User-friendly infotainment system
You Won’t Like:
- Subpar material quality in the LE grade
- XSE models have a stiff ride
- Excessive tire noise on rough roads with larger wheels