The least costly Camry, the Altise, rolls on 16-inch wheels and has cloth trim on the seats.
Spend more for the Altise Hybrid and you also get smart key entry, which means doors can be unlocked without taking the key out of your pocket or handbag. There is dual-zone air-conditioning, which lets the driver and front passenger set temperatures independently.
The Atara S adds satellite navigation, and five-way powered adjustment for the driver’s seat. Wheel diameter rises to 17 inches, and they mount slightly shallower – or lower profile – tyres in the same width.
The Atara SX adds partial leather seats (they’re a mix of real and fake leather), unique headlamps, a rear window blind that can be deployed electrically, and sporty design touches such as alloy pedals and a body kit. It also gets firmer suspension, for more stable cornering, and bigger, 18-inch tyres that are slightly wider and with an even lower profile.
The Atara SL shuns the SX’s sporty touches and instead ramps up the luxury features. Seat trim remains part-leather, but both front seats are power-adjustable. Windscreen wipers operate automatically when it rains, and headlamps dip automatically for oncoming traffic. There is a more powerful, 10-speaker sound system. Place a compatible smartphone on the centre console and you can charge it wirelessly.
The SL also has active cruise control – which can automatically match the speed of a slower car on the highway – and several active safety features designed to avoid a crash. They comprise auto emergency braking, lane departure alert, a blind-spot warning system, and a rear cross-traffic alert. (For more on these features, please open the Safety section below).
You can get the Atara S and SL in Hybrid versions. There is no hybrid Atara SX.
(Toyota has also offered a special edition named the Camry RZ, which is a sports-themed version of the cloth-trimmed, petrol-engined Altise. In its most recent form, released in November 2016, the RZ brings you a 7.0-inch touchscreen with digital radio, satellite navigation, dual-zone air-con, and smart-key entry. A firmer suspension tune controls 18-inch wheels. A marginally more powerful engine with twin exhaust tailpipes, and sporty visual touches, complete the package for the 700 Camry RZs produced.)