The all-new, sixth-generation 2007 Camry carries on the Toyota tradition of legendary quality, dependability, and reliability that has made the Toyota Camry America's best-selling car four years running and eight of the past nine years. Launched in spring 2006, the new Camry is completely redesigned for the 2007 model year and also offers the all-new Camry Hybrid equipped with Toyota's industry leading Hybrid Synergy Drive.
The 2007 Camry's athletic exterior design signals a departure from the more upright style of its predecessor. Fashion has not taken a back seat to function however, as the 2007 Toyota Camry delivers more room, comfort, and safety technology than before. At the same time, the new-generation Camry puts a sharper focus on driving dynamics, especially in the sporty SE grade. Performance has been enhanced across the line, with the Camry Hybrid setting a new standard for performance / fuel efficiency balance.
The Camry Hybrid, featuring a new version of Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive, joins the Prius and Highlander Hybrid as the third hybrid vehicle in Toyota's line-up. Other 2007 Camry models are available with a newly enhanced 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that is new to the line.
Along with its gains in performance, safety, and comfort, the 2007 Toyota Camry delivers the exceptional value that has helped make this model so popular. Integral to Camry's value is outstanding fuel efficiency, with EPA-estimated 40 mpg city/38 mpg highway ratings for the Camry Hybrid. Four-cylinder Camry models have city/highway fuel economy ratings of 24/34 mpg (24/33 with automatic transmission), and V6 Camry models return 22/31 mpg EPA estimated rating.
The 2007 Camry is built on a longer wheelbase than before (109.3 in., up from 107.1 in.), yet, with its shortened rear overhang, maintains the same overall length as the previous model. The track is wider, with the wheels pushed toward the extremes of the car's corners. The Camry front fascia conveys the Toyota identity with its distinctive new grille design. The headlights incorporate projector-type low beams for better illumination and distinctive style.
The new Camry offers more interior space – in particular, fore-and-aft space – but with about the same external footprint as before.
Structure and Safety
The Camry's body structure is designed to absorb collision-impact forces and help minimize impact deformation to the passenger cabin. High-strength steel is used for B-pillar and rocker panel reinforcements to help manage overall body deformation in the event of a side collision. Inside the cabin, even the seat frames are designed to help absorb side collision loads.
Dual-stage advanced SRS airbags, seat-mounted side airbags and side curtain airbags and a driver's knee airbag, are standard on all Camry models for 2007. The front seats use Toyota's Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) seat design.
All 2007 Toyota Camry models come equipped with a standard anti-lock brake system (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), and Brake Assist. The Brake Assist feature is designed to determine, if the driver is attempting emergency braking. If the driver has not stepped firmly enough on the brake pedal to engage the anti-lock brake system (ABS), Brake Assist supplements the applied braking power until the driver releases pedal pressure.
Available as an option, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with traction control regulates engine output and brake application on individual wheels to help control loss of traction in turns.
The Toyota Camry Hybrid is equipped with the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system that helps control vehicle traction and stability through throttle control, brake application on individual wheels, and even minor steering correction if circumstances require.
The 2007 Toyota Camry offers a more engaging driving experience than its predecessor. Front suspension is via MacPherson struts, and a dual-link strut rear suspension system helps provide an optimal balance between smooth ride and secure handling. Even with its lengthened wheelbase, the 2007 Camry has a reduced turning radius for even greater maneuverability than before.
Setting the stage for improved grip and road feel are upgraded wheel sizes for all Camry grades. For 2007, Camry CE, LE, XLE and Hybrid models ride on standard 16-inch wheels of either steel (CE, LE) or aluminum (XLE, Hybrid), with the sporty SE model getting aluminum six-spoke, 17-inch wheels as standard.
Toyota designed the Camry SE model to appeal even more to driving enthusiasts (or turn any sedan driver into a driving enthusiast). Numerous chassis modifications include springs, anti-roll bars, shock absorbers and bushings with firmer, sportier values than those used in the other grades. To increase torsional rigidity, the SE model gains underbody stabilizing braces and a V-shaped brace between the trunk and cabin.
Tuning the SE chassis went together with optimizing underbody aerodynamics. Making the underbody as flat as possible helps to smooth and speed the airflow under the car. Engineers also tuned the balance between front and rear downforce.
Brake discs also were enlarged for improved stopping power and brake feel, with ventilated 11.65-inch front discs and solid 11.06-inch rear discs on all Camry models for 2007.
The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is standard across the Camry line has been upgraded for 2007 for enhanced performance and smoothness. Intake and exhaust systems have been optimized, internal friction reduced, and engine block rigidity increased. The 2.4-liter engine develops 158 SAE horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 161 lb.-ft. peak torque at 4,000 rpm and can be mated to a five-speed manual transmission or an electronically controlled five-speed automatic.
The DOHC 3.5L V6 available in the LE, SE and XLE grades delivers a substantial performance boost over the 3.0-liter and 3.3-liter V6 engines offered in the 2006 model year Camry. The V6 produces 268 SAE horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb.-ft. peak torque at 4,700 rpm. The chain-driven camshafts employ Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i) for optimal performance and efficiency at all engine speeds.
The V6 Camry models come equipped exclusively with a new six-speed automatic transmission that offers a sequential mode for manual shifting when desired. The compact six-speed unit uses 21 percent fewer parts than the five-speed automatic transmission it replaces. A newly developed gear train featuring a Ravigneaux-type compound planetary gear set reduces transmission size and weight, as well as internal friction.
An array of technologies helps to enhance transmission smoothness and efficiency, including a quick-response, low-friction clutch pack; an ultra-flat, low-inertia torque converter; and high-response and low-slip clutch packs. In addition, new electronic and hydraulic control systems incorporate an intelligent shift control that adapts shifting strategy in response to driver input. Kick-down response is twice as fast as the previous Camry automatic.
Toyota Camry Hybrid
The 2007 Camry Hybrid builds on the Toyota's decade of award winning automotive hybrid technology. Its Hybrid Synergy Drive System produces a combined 187 horsepower – or nearly the same as the 2006 model year Camry 3.0-liter V6 engine. This system varies power between gas and electric, or combines both, as needed.
The first half of Hybrid Synergy Drive consists of a 147-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine coupled to a electronic continuously-variable transmission. The second half combines a small, high-torque 40-hp electric motor, an ultra-small inverter with a specially designed compact battery, and a transaxle to seamlessly combine power from the electric and gasoline engines.
Because there are driving situations in which the gas engine in a Toyota hybrid completely shuts down, air conditioning and power steering systems are driven electrically, rather than by the gasoline engine. In addition, an “ECO” button limits energy consumption by the climate control system and under certain conditions can help improve fuel economy.
Special attention paid to vehicle underbody aerodynamics, including the use of wheel spats and underbelly pans, helps yield a coefficient of drag (Cd) of just 0.27, which helps increase fuel economy. The 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid is certified as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV), just one of a handful of cars that meets this strict standard (Toyota Prius is another.) It is over 70% cleaner for smog-forming emissions than the average new car.
In addition to its Hybrid Synergy Drive technology, the Camry Hybrid features a wide assortment of comfort and convenience features as standard equipment. With a base price of $25,900, only $1,200 over the base price of the premium XLE four-cylinder Camry sedan, the Camry Hybrid proves an excellent value.
The 2007 Camry's roomier interior shows the attention to detail that has helped America's most popular passenger car set such high standards for sedan comfort. Redesigned front seats played a role in adding a feeling of spaciousness to the Camry cabin, and increased fore-aft adjustment length helps to enhance comfort for larger drivers and passengers.
A more forward cowl enhances the sense of openness and room. The two-level dash and console improve instrument visibility, the sense of roominess and usability of all controls. Gauges are larger than before, with larger lettering and longer needle pointers. The odometer and trip meters are illuminated at all times to improve daytime visibility.
The audio/climate control panel switches are slimmer and neater than before, with larger lettering and with surface illumination for easier use at night. A standard multi-information display provides outside temperature readings, estimated range, average speed, average fuel consumption and trip odometer.
Rear seat passenger comfort, always a priority in the Camry, is even greater in the 2007 models. Available rear legroom now measures 38.3 inches, up from 37.8 inches in the previous-generation Camry. A 60/40 non-reclining fold-down rear seat is standard on CE and LE grades.
To enhance comfort for rear-seat XLE passengers, seatbacks now recline eight degrees from their standard position. Rear-seat passengers also get dedicated personal reading lamps on moonroof-equipped Camry models.
The four-cylinder XLE model is exclusively equipped with special seat fabric designed to be gentle on the skin. This new fabric is treated by the Fraichir process, in which it is coated with a naturally occurring component called Sericin that has been extracted from silkworm cocoons and refined. This substance contains a natural moisturizing component. All Toyota Camry models equipped with the V6 engine feature available leather-trimmed seats.
With the 60/40 fold down rear seats, Camry offers 15 cubic feet of luggage space (14.5 cu. ft. with the reclining or fixed rear seats, and 10.6 cu. ft. in the Camry Hybrid). The trunk is equipped with a grocery hook, a utility box and a luggage net (on XLE) for added convenience.
Designers built in many storage spaces around the front-passenger area, including console side-pockets, marking the first use of this storage option in a sedan. Storage options also include a large front console box equipped with an accessory power socket and an auxiliary audio jack - this box is big enough to store nine CD jewel cases. Other storage areas include an accessory box behind the shift lever containing another accessory power socket, a 354 square inch rear-console box with a card holder and a movable tray, and, adjacent to the shift lever, holders for two large cups.
A new dual-zone automatic climate-control system that is standard on the XLE and Hybrid models uses Plasmacluster™ ionizer technology to help reduce airborne mold spores, microbes, fungi, odors, germs and bacteria inside the passenger cabin.
The 2007 Toyota Camry CE grade comes equipped as standard with air conditioning with micro dust and pollen filter; power windows and door locks; color-keyed power side mirrors; cruise control; halogen headlamps with automatic on/off feature; tilt and telescopic steering wheel; vehicle immobilizer, and a six speaker 160-watt digital AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary audio jack. All Camry audio systems can play CDs with MP3 files.
The Camry LE adds an in-key remote keyless entry and eight-way-adjustable power driver's seat.
The Camry SE gets a distinctive look with a standard full body kit that positions the car 0.4-inches (10 mm) lower than other Camry grades, plus 17-inch aluminum wheels, a distinct black, honeycomb-style grille and smoked tint halogen headlamps. Inside, the SE is distinguished by a unique sport-trimmed interior in dark charcoal or Ash gray with a leather-wrapped, three-spoke steering wheel and blue-colored optitron gauges.
The XLE's list of standard features includes an upgraded dual-zone automatic climate control system with steering-wheel controls, Plasmacluster™ ionizer and rear vents; a premium 440-watt JBL audio system with Bluetooth™ technology for hands-free calling with compatible phones; wood-style trim; power glass moonroof; reclining rear seats; fog lamps, and aluminum wheels.
The Toyota Camry Hybrid offers a standard equipment level similar to the XLE grade and adds a standard Smart Entry and Smart Start system – push-button start allows drivers to lock, unlock, or start the car just by carrying the Smart Key on his/her person.
The premium JBL system, standard in the Camry XLE and Hybrid, includes an AM/FM/six-disc in-dash CD changer with eight speakers and an eight-channel, 440-watt digital amplifier for low distortion and faithful reproduction of a wide range of musical types. The system includes Bluetooth® technology for hands-free telephone compatibility.
Options available on select Camry grades include a power tilt/slide moonroof; heated front seats; voice-command DVD navigation system; leather-trimmed seating; rear spoiler, and the Smart Entry and Smart Start system.
When the available, fifth-generation voice-activated DVD navigation system is added to the Camry (SE, XLE, Hybrid), the premium JBL audio system integrates that system and comes with a four-disc in-dash CD changer.