Toyota’s new midsize sedan looks surprisingly good... and sporty

Hello BMW fans and welcome to the article most of you will probably spend 10 seconds on average to just scan it before rushing to comments section to give me a piece of your mind. For the blasphemous title above, of course.

How dare I compared a luxurious, powerful Bimmer to a not-so-fast, not-so-good-looking Toyota that only drivers over 45 would buy? Well, have you seen the eighth-generation Camry? If not, have a look at the gallery section to see the photos we just took at the Detroit Auto Show. I’ll be right here...

Good, now that you’ve seen it, you probably agree that the new design is a significant improvement over the previous generation and one of the sportiest midsize sedans built for the U.S. market. If you don’t agree, you’re a BMW fanboy. I’m entitled to my own opinion, right? And no, you cannot compare the Camry to any model with M, AMG, and RS badges.

Continue reading for the full story.

Design

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Without further ado, let’s have a side-by-side comparison between the Camry and the non-M 5 Series. The German sedan certainly looks good and sharper body lines add a bit of sportiness to the sedan’s already elegant lines. But no matter how you look at it, it’s still a shrunken 7 Series. It has almost the same lights and grille, similar bumper, and it even got the hockey stick character line above the side skirts. Not to mention that it’s not all that different from its predecessor. It can’t be great design simply because it was penned by BMW, right?

Moving over to the Camry, the eighth-gen model makes a bigger impact on the eye. It’s more aggressive thanks to the new angular lines and the Lexus-like cues make it as stylish as a German sedan. If you haven’t noticed it yet, the swoopy character line just below the windows has a lot in common with the brand-new Lexus LS, as do the muscular rear haunches. And although it may sound ludicrous at first, the headlamps are also inspired by those on the LS. Can’t see it? Here, we did all the Photoshop work for you.

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There are a few similarities around back too, especially the taillights. Now I know what you’re thinking: the LS’ extend toward the wheel arches at each lower corner, while the Camry’s do not. Well, that’s why Toyota added those fake vents on the sportier model. And speaking of sportier, have you noticed that the vents are complemented by a quad-exhaust pipe arrangement on the same version? Shocking, right? Also consider the narrow trunk lid that highlights the beefed-up and rather wide rear fenders, a feature also borrowed from the LS. Damn, the Camry’s sporty trim is sexy as heck, while the 5 Series is just meh without any M-related elements.

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2017 BMW 5 Series High Resolution Exterior
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Everything Else?

Sure, now you’re going to argue that the BMW comes with the more luxurious interior and all that jazz. I can’t say that you would be wrong, because that would make me an idiot, but let’s be honest now, is a 530i or 540i that much fancier than the Camry. Just look at that unique V-shaped center stack, big display and overall clean lines everywhere else. Did I hear someone say fit and finish? Sure, BMW is known to provide good things in that area, but I didn’t hear too many complain about the previous-gen Camry. And the new-generation is definitely better.

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Moving over to the drivetrain, I can’t really discuss it since Toyota has yet to reveal specs, but the V-6 model will generate a bit more oomph than the 530i, so there’s no real concern as far as performance goes. Finally, the range-topping Camry will come in at less than $30,000, whereas the 5 Series will start from around $50,000 in base trim. This leaves you with enough cash to get just about every option available and still have enough to place a down payment for a Toyota 86 sports car. Or maybe you can use 10 grand to get some TRD or aftermarket upgrades and smoke just about every 5 Series model up to the M5.

That’s it for me. What would you choose?

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