For 2014, the Toyota Camry is unchanged apart from the addition of another trim level to the lineup, the SE Sport. It stands as a quietly competent midsize sedan. Though it’s not particularly glamorous, the Camry checks off most of the boxes for most folks shopping this segment.
Chief among this Toyota’s desirable traits is its peppy yet economical performance with either the four-cylinder or V6 engine. It also offers comfortable seating, solid build quality, a sterling reputation for reliability and low ownership costs.
The interior of the 2014 Camry feels roomy and its thin front pillars provide good outward visibility. What the cabin design lacks in cohesiveness, it makes up for with generally good materials quality, especially the handsome stitching on the dash and door panels of upper trims. The spacious rear seat is complemented by a nicely reclined seatback angle that helps the Camry match the Honda Accord for the most comfortable backseat in the class.
The 2014 Toyota Camry is offered in L, LE, SE, SE Sport and XLE trim levels. From here, though, you’ll need to find out when your particular Camry was built, as there are slight differences for models built through November 2013 compared with those following afterward (2014.5 Camry).
The 2014 SE includes a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, sport seats and unique interior and exterior styling treatments. The SE Sport (four-cylinder only) adds 18-inch wheels, a sunroof and an eight-way power driver seat. The SE V6 models don’t have the sunroof but do get the 18-inch wheels and power driver seat as well as keyless ignition/entry, a navigation system, voice controls, HD and satellite radio, and the Entune smartphone and Web integration system.
Every 2014 Toyota Camry features front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission. Base Camrys are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. In Edmunds performance testing, a Camry LE with this engine accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds, about average for a four-cylinder midsize sedan. With EPA-estimated fuel economy of 28 mpg combined (25 city/35 highways), the four-cylinder Camry is among the class leaders.
The 2014 Toyota Camry comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front- and rear-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and knee airbags for both driver and passenger. A blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert is also available for the Camry SE and XLE. The optional Safety Connect telematics system for the XLE includes roadside assistance, stolen vehicle location and automatic collision notification.