The least essential options are… The V-6 is available only on the XLE and XSE and just 10 percent of buyers order it. With 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, the performance advantages over the four’s 178 horses and 170 pound-feet are evident. But the four’s capabilities are perfectly compatible with Camry’s role, and the V-6’s $5,060 premium is a little steep, even if it does come with additional equipment. Adding onboard navigation to the Entune infotainment suite costs $710 and includes a premium JBL audio system. Imbedding navigation lets you maintain GPS mapping in the absence of a cell signal. But Navigation Scout works well enough otherwise to make the point debatable.
The Camry XLE is better than the… Nissan Altima SL, which feels less polished and suffers poorer powertrain refinement; the Ford Fusion SE, which handles well but is less spacious; and the Hyundai Sonata Limited, which costs more and has even less precise steering.
The Camry XLE is not as good as the… Honda Accord EX-L, which is the segment’s all-around gold standard; the Chevrolet Malibu 2LT, fully redesigned for 2016 and boasting a terrific turbocharged four-cylinder engine; and the Mazda 6 Grand Touring, a stylistic tour de force and the best handling car in the class.