2023 Camry Nightshade is a beauty

BY H. THROTTLE
AUTOMOTIVE COLUMNIST

“Let’s Go Places” is the Toyota motto, and millions of dependable and reliable Toyota vehicles are on worldwide roads. The latest Toyota arriving for a week’s drive was the 2023 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE Nightshade model. Low roof design, and mesh racing grill, this sleek sedan looks like an “Indy 500” prospect. Camry has come a long way in design and appearance over many years. Camry hybrid technology has been tested for the past 16 years, now capable of propelling this SE model at high speeds with a 2.5L engine and hybrid synergy system drive achieving 208 horsepower. A six-cylinder Camry is also available at a higher price.

The appearance is the outstanding virtue of the 2023 hybrid Camry, and it has plenty of “going places” engineered into its systems. The car rides on exquisite matte beige finish alloy wheels and twin chrome dual exhausts. All-season winter tires should be added to Camry cars delivered in Colorado.

There is a choice of three drive modes-eco, normal and sport. While spending most of the week in the sport mode, the hybrid delivered 46 mpg. while using the engine/synergy system. Having performance using sport mode while climbing and eco while descending.

Loaded with safety equipment, the reverse camera is perfect, with warning colors proving the distance between rear objects and good for tight parking spaces. The rearview mirrors offer warning of approaching cars, and the Toyota comes with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 plus system and the Star Safety program. The vehicle has 10 airbags for driver and passenger safety. The 2023 model has not been given a safety rating at press time, but it will undoubtedly be five-star.

The Camry line has been awarded-winning, receiving multiple awards and being judged the best mid-size car in 2021 by U. S. News and World Report. Kelly Bluebook gave Camry the award for having the best resale value for consumers in 2021 and 2022.

The final assembly occurs in Georgetown, Kent, where the 259-V-Lithium-ion battery package is installed under the rear seat.  

This is a very attractive sedan at an attractive price of $30,615. Add extra for the blind-sport monitor and rear-cross traffic alert for $600 and all-weather mats for $295.

Appearance, performance, and economy rate this Camry high.