Review - 2023 Toyota Camry

By Alexi Falson on 13 Oct 2023
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OnlineAuto Rating
out of 10
  • Smooth, fuel-efficient powertrain
  • Spacious and practical cabin
  • Comfortable suspension hardware
  • Base model misses out on some key safety tech
  • Prices moving north
  • Uninspiring interior design for base model
    • 50L
    • 103
    • 5700 / 3600
    • 5 star
    • Automatic
The Toyota Camry sedan is one of the most famous names in the automotive game.

For 2023, Toyota has expanded the number of hybrid engine options across the range, offering one of the most fuel-efficient sedans on the market.

Just how good is the 2023 Toyota Camry, then, and how does it stack up against its more popular sedan rivals when it comes to comfort, features and practicality? Let’s take a closer look to find out.

Toyota Camry Competition

Toyota Camry

Mazda 6
Skoda Octavia
Hyundai Sonata
Honda Accord
Hyundai i30 Sedan

Starting Price: $34,320

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How Much Does It Cost?

The 2023 Toyota Camry range kicks off from $34,320 for the entry-level Camry Ascent automatic, with prices rising to $36,820 for the Camry Ascent Hybrid.

Stepping up to the Camry Ascent Sport Hybrid brings the price to $39,620, while the Camry SX Hybrid is priced at $43,020.

Finally, the range-topping Camry SL is priced at $50,320.

Keep in mind that these prices are subject to change and do not include on-road costs.

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Toyota Camry (ASCENT SPORT HYBRID) Specifications

Model Date 2023
Series AXVH70R
Drive FWD
Engine MPFI
Engine capacity 2487
Engine configuration VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM / 16 valves
Engine RPM 5700 / 3600
Cylinders 4
Torque 221
KW 131
Fuel tank size 50.0
Fuel usage specs 4.5 / 0
CO2 103
ANCAP security rating 5

What Features Does the Toyota Camry Have?

Toyota’s entry-level Camry Ascent comes riding on a set of 17-inch alloys, and receives a reversing camera, auto-levelling LED headlights with a set of LED daytime running lamps, fabric upholstery, active cruise control, a reversing camera and air conditioning.

You’ll also pick up a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, DAB+ digital radio and bluetooth which is paired with a six-speaker sound system, as well as three-years access to Toyota Connected Services, including emergency calls, collision notifications and stolen vehicle tracking.

Opting for the Ascent Hybrid adds a dual-zone climate control system as well as keyless entry and start.

Buyers opting for the Camry Ascent Sport pick up dual-zone climate control, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, front and rear mounted parking sensors, keyless entry and start, an upgraded 9.0-inch infotainment system with satellite navigation, a surround-view camera, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alerts.

The Camry SX comes packaged with a set of 19-inch alloy wheels, paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel, leather sport seats as well as a sport suspension system.

Finally, Toyota’s flagship Camry SL comes packaged with a hands-free boot lift, a set of heated and ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, head-up display for the driver, surround-view camera, auto-dimming rear view mirror and a nine-speaker sound system from JBL.

Range Features:

  • 17-inch alloys 

  • Automatic LED headlights with LED daytime running lamps 

  • Cloth upholstery 

  • Adaptive cruise control 

  • 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto 

  • Dual-zone climate control (Ascent Hybrid)

  • Keyless entry & start (Ascent Hybrid)

  • 9.0-inch infotainment system (Ascent Sport)

  • Surround-view camera (Ascent Sport) 

  • 19-inch alloys (SX)

  • Leather seats (SX) 

  • Sports suspension (SX) 

  • Panoramic sunroof (SL)

  • Heated & ventilated front seats (SL)

Is the Toyota Camry Comfortable to Drive?

The Toyota Camry has been lugging around Australian families for decades now, and widely used as taxis for good reason.

The driving experience on offer in the latest generation Camry is super comfortable, making for a very relaxing and user-friendly package that can handle Australian road conditions with confidence.

Power for the base model comes supplied by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder pushing out 152kW of power and 243Nm of torque, powering the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic.

The majority of the range, though, picks up Toyota’s clever and super fuel-efficient hybrid that pairs a 2.5-litre four-cylinder with two electric motors producing 160kW of power and picks up a CVT automatic.

Around town, the Camry is smooth and relaxing to drive, picking up speed without a hassle, particularly in the case of the Camry Hybrid’s electrical assistance.

Manoeuvring and parking in tight spaces is also quite simple thanks to the lightweight steering rack.

Leave the smooth city streets and the Camry feels planted and confident on the open road, while the SX picks up a sports suspension package that gives it some added abilities in the curves.

All up, the latest Camry is fantastic on pretty much everything you can throw at it - remaining smooth around town while offering great long-distance touring abilities.

Is it Fuel Efficient?

Toyota’s non-hybrid base model returns relatively fuel efficient figures of 6.8L/100km on the combined cycle.

By far the fuel economy hero, though, comes in the form of Toyota’s super-efficient hybrid engine which returns fuel economy figures of 4.2L/100km in the Ascent & Ascent Sport, rising to 4.5L/100km in the SL and up to 4.7L/100km in the SX.

Is it Practical and Spacious?

The Toyota Camry offers SUV-rivalling space and practicality inside the cabin, making for a great package for Australian families.

Up front, the driver and front passenger pick up a straightforward and familiar design, while being separated by a substantial centre console, with more than enough headroom and width in the front of the cabin for a variety of shapes and sizes.

Practical touches in the front of the cabin include a pair of cup holders, large door bins, some storage at the base of the dashboard and a large folding armrest with additional storage inside.

Move to the rear of the cabin and there’s more than enough space for adults to get comfortable on long journeys, with the only complaint for interior space in the second row being a slight reduction in headroom from the flagship SL’s panoramic sunroof.

Other than that, though, things are spacious and comfortable in the front and rear of the Camry’s cabin, making for a super family-friendly sedan.

The second row offers a pair of ISOFIX anchors and three top tether mounts, while the Camry’s boot measures in at 524L with the space-saver spare wheel, dropping to 493L with the full-sized spare tyre.

Is it Safe?

The Toyota Camry has been awarded ANCAP’s maximum five-star safety rating, while the base model picks up a decent list of safety equipment.

The entry-level Camry receives autonomous emergency braking, a rear-view camera with parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure alerts, turn assist, traffic sign detection and emergency steering assist.

If you’re looking for blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts, though, you’ll have to upgrade to the Ascent Sport or higher.

Our Verdict: Is the Toyota Camry Worth it?

If you’re looking for a car that offers all the space and practicality without the bulkiness, the Toyota Camry remains one of the best options on the market.

With Toyota expanding the number of hybrid options within the range, the Camry offers a super fuel-efficient and comfortable driving dynamic while keeping all members of the family safe and comfortable.

Tossing up your best options for a new car? Be sure to reach out to one of our automotive specialists who can help find your dream car at a great price.

Five Specs You Need to Know

  1. Five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty 

  2. 524L boot space drops to 493L with full-sized spare tyre 

  3. Five-star ANCAP safety rating 

  4. 6.8L/100km fuel economy figures drop to 4.2L/100km in hybrid 

  5. 12-month/15,000km service intervals 


Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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