2022 Toyota Camry XSE for Sale – The Toyota Camry has gone from a stunning family sedan to anonymous four-door and now back to its former glory. That’s right. Toyota is again a really desirable option in a segment that is shrinking but still very competitive. If it weren’t for the 10Best Dynasty that is the Honda Accord, the Camry would be even more desirable. Still, credit its diverse powertrain fad for its mass appeal. There’s a frugal four-cylinder, an even more frugal hybrid option, and a strong V-6. The best way to experience the latter is with the sport-tuned TRD model, which showcases Toyota’s rediscovered fun factor. Those who simply prefer a stylish and comfortable family sedan, with driver assists and popular features galore, will also love the 2022 Camry.
Toyota only makes small changes to the 2022 Camry lineup. The base L model is now gone, making THE LE the cheapest Camry. The sedan’s fore end also gets revised styling, and there are new paint colors as well as wheel design. Inside, there are new tablet-like touchscreens that measure either 7.0 or 9.0 inches. The sporty XSE model is now available with the hybrid powertrain, and the luxurious XLE gets new leather upholstery. Finally, each Camry receives enhanced driver assists, including technology that better recognizes cyclists and pedestrians.
Pricing and which one to buy
LE: $26,000 (est.)
SEE: $27,000 (est.)
XLE: $30,500 (est.)
XSE: $31,000 (est.)
TRD: $32,000 (est.)
We would choose the spiciest Camry of the bunch, which is tuned up the TRD model. It is only available with 301 hp V-6 and 8-speed automatic transmission. In addition to its racier body kit-complete with a discreet rear spoiler and a few prominent exhaust tips-sedan sports a retuned suspension that is 0.6 inches lower than on the regular models. Other performance-enhancing features include larger front brake rotors and black 18-inch rims that can be had with all year or summer tires. The upgrades make the Camry TRD more engaging to run than the rest of the lineup, although its cat-back exhaust system doesn’t sound as exciting as its many aerodynamic add-on suggests. While supersonic red and a black-painted roof are the most flamboyant paint scheme among the four choices, we’d take ours in White Chill Pearl.
The standard four-cylinder engine pairs with a silky eight-speed automatic, but its acceleration numbers are disappointing. A less powerful version of this engine works with a battery and two electric motors to power the Camry hybrid, which is no more exciting to run than the base powertrain. The real gem of this lineup is the velvety 301-hp V-6 that is available on XLE and XSE models as well as the TRD variant. We are also happy to say that we no longer hate running the Camry. It has a controlled ride and surprisingly responsive handling. The steering is pleasantly weighted and feels significant when turns and lights when manoeuvring in parking lots. We found the Camry’s brake pedal responsive and not too soft, even in hybrid, where it must meld friction with regenerative braking (where the energy from braking is used to recharge the hybrid’s battery). At lower speeds, however, the hybrid’s brake pedal is hypersensitive, making parking maneuvers a bit of a herky-jerky affair.
The entire Camry lineup performed extremely well in epa’s testing, and a four-cylinder model did brilliantly in our real-world highway testing. But the hybrid’s upper trimofder sacrifices some efficiency at the luxury altar. A four-cylinder Camry SE back 45 mpg in our highway test, beating its own EPA rating by 6 mpg-and making it the most economical nonhybrid car we’ve ever tested. It even beat the Camry XLE hybrid we tested by 1 mpg.
We have run the Camry in both top-level XLE disguise and in its more plebeian SE trim. Both are spacious and comfortable, and the XLE is downright luxurious. But there is a serious gap in material quality between the base models and the more expensive versions, and the middle part of the dashboard some left of us cold with its uninspired design. The Camry is a large sedan and there are plenty of cargo space and interior storage in both the trunk and in the cabin with the back seat folded. It’s not the best in all storage categories, but overall it’s quite competitive. Toyota moved the Camry hybrid battery from the trunk to under the rear seats so hybrid owners don’t have to sacrifice carrying capacity for the extra mpg.
Toyota’s touchscreen infotainment system, called Entune 3.0, is standard across the Camry lineup, with an improved version available as an option. Entune has lots of features and responded reasonably to user input in our tests, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility are standard.
While the 2022 Camry has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, the Camry 2020 received a five-star NHTSA rating and was named IIHS Top Safety Pick+. We continue to commend Toyota’s decision to make driver-assistance technology standard across its lineup.
While rivals like the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima have longer warranty periods in this class, Toyota holds its own with two years of free scheduled maintenance.
Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
Free maintenance is covered for two years or 25,000 miles