The 2016 Toyota Camry Special Edition

by Craig and Deanne Conover :: posted in Reviews on April 5th, 2016
The Toyota Camry has become the best-selling mid-sized sedan in the United States, with an evolution that started with its introduction in 1982, to a total of over 400,000 cars sold in 2014. We think it has something to do with the dependability, reliability and overall appealing design, all of which continue to keep consumers happy.

The tagline “demands respect at every corner” greeted us on the Toyota website and when the new special edition vehicle arrived on Tuesday for our week-long test drive, it was pretty much shouting that line at us every time we slipped a glance in its direction or had the opportunity to spend time in it.

The current version of the Camry was introduced in 2011 and has received minor changes and enhancements over the past five years, and has come to have what we would consider almost a Lexus like look with a lower stance and dynamic lines on the exterior. The front end now features LED headlamps along with LED running lights built into the sides of a stylish new black grill that sweeps around the front of the vehicle giving it an aggressive look.

Our test ride came in a blue streak metallic color, or a very deep and beautiful summer sky blue that was highlighted by awesome 18- inch machined alloy wheels with black painted inlays. The rear was accented with the perfect spoiler on the trunk, dual chrome-tipped tail pipes and special edition badge. As we mentioned above, at first glance we would have thought we had been delivered a new Lexus, the exterior looked that good.

The beautiful blue exterior would not have been complete without the special editions updates to the interior of the Camry. The seats are made of a SofTex material with blue accent stitching and blue seat inserts. Both front seats are powered and adjustable in eight different ways. With blue being the design look that Toyota has taken in the special edition, the meter configuration took on a new look with mostly blue numbers and dials.

The Special Edition Camry also comes with a new Qi wireless charging pad. This is a new technology that allows certain wireless devices such as phones and music units to be charged simply by putting the device on top the pad. It is an opt-in technology run by the Wireless Power Consortium, and Apple has not yet joined the group, so their devices do not work.

This year with the new Special Edition there are five different trim levels that can be had in the Camry along with three different hybrid versions. The two top levels XSE and XLE can be had with a V6 motor that put out a very nice 268 horsepower and 248 ft.-lbs. of torque. The Special Edition SE and Le come with a 4 cylinder 2.5-liter motor that gets 178 horsepower and 170 ft.-lbs. or torque.

Craig had a couple of opportunities to take the Camry on longer drives. Passing on the freeway was no problem, not even in the 80 mph zone heading into Nephi, and the handling was fantastic on the canyon roads, and did well in the snow. We were also able to manage a nice 29.1 miles per gallon for the week.

Standard in the Special Edition is keyless entry that included a pushbutton start. There is also a powered moon roof, along with the 7” touch screen that controls all of the audio functions, along with monitoring other vital vehicle functions. You can also use a smart phone to put navigation on the screen.

The 2016 Camry also comes with the new Toyota Entune system that uses an app downloaded to a smart phone to access a number of different functions such as IHeart Radio, and Pandora radio. 

Riding in the Special Edition Camry was more comfortable than we ever expected, but make sure and give the Camry a test ride before the final decision; we would expect everyone to be as pleasantly surprised as we were. 

Craig and Deanne Conover have been test-driving vehicles for over six years and have had the opportunity to drive many makes and models. They receive a new car each week for a weeklong test drive. They both love having the unique opportunity of trying out new cars. 
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