AUTO RECON: An Insider's Guide to New Cars & Trucks

2016 Toyota Camry XSE

The 2016 Toyota Camry is one of the most popular 5-passenger midsize sedans in America. The current Camry was fully redesigned in 2015 with new exterior styling, improved handling and an upgraded interior. The 2016 version just has some minor upgrades.

The 2016 Camry comes in eight trim levels, including the sporty XSE in either a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine starting at $26,310 or a 3.5-liter V6 engine starting at $31,370. Both models offer 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive configurations. A fully loaded 2016 XSE tops out closer to $35,000.

This Camry XSE gets nice gas mileage … 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg highway, making it a strong option for summer road trips.

The XSE is equipped with a leather-trimmed ultrasuede interior, adding comfort and style that is a major upgrade over the standard cloth seats.

The Camry XSE makes it easier to stay fully charged on the go with available Qi wireless charging -- so no more juggling USB cables every time your phone needs a charge.

The Camry XSE has plenty of standard safety features, but choosing the Technology Package adds a Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise, Control, Lane Departure Alert and Automatic High Beam. It’s well worth it.

To stand out from other Camrys on the road, the XSE is macked out with 18-inch machined-face alloy wheels with black painted accents. It looks very sharp.

Nearly 90-percent of Camry buyers will opt for the 178-horsepower, four-cylinder engine. Don’t do it.

In summary, the 2016 Toyota Camry is a solid 4-door Sedan that will be very popular with families across America. Many will prefer its unassuming styling, but if you want to make it sportier and more fun, opt for the XSE version. With eight trim levels, there is a Camry for everyone.

Vital Stats:

  • Price as tested: $34,855
  • Engine: 3.5L V6
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
  • MPG: 25 city/35 hwy
  • ​0-60: 5.8 seconds

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