The Toyota Camry has built itself a reputation for being the indisputable “uncle-car”, thanks to its sedate driving experience, and its weird penchant for beige seats and wooden trims on the interior. But that notion has begun to change since the introduction of the latest-generation model in 2018, and with the latest 2022 update for the model here in Malaysia this year, it’s probably as far away from “uncle-car” as you can get.
On the outside, the XV70-generation Toyota Camry has ditched the safe, boring look commonly associated with the model, for a sleek – or even mildly sporty – sedan silhouette. It’s also the same story for the interior, with black carbon fibre-looking trims replacing the gaudy shiny wood veneers, and black leather in place of beige.
Despite all its new youthful amenities, the 2022 Toyota Camry still does what a Camry does best – or even better. The rear seats now even come with electronic recline adjustability, which you can control via the Lexus-esque control panel located in the centre arm rest.
The main highlight of this 2022 Toyota Camry, however, is actually found underneath its bonnet. The Dynamic Force 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated engine, having eluded us in the pre-facelift model, finally makes its way onto the Camry on this 2022 update, giving the D-segment sedan a big boost in driving performance.
While it doesn’t have the same low-end kick as the forced-induction engines on most of its competitors, the 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated inline-four mill still makes a respectable 209 hp and 253 Nm of torque – all of which delivered in a gentle yet assertive manner, almost like riding on a big wave.
There’s a lot more good news on the new 2022 Toyota Camry, enough to make even an almost-30-year-old like yours truly truly infatuated with an “uncle-car” like this. We won’t spoil it any further, watch the full review video above!