Sometimes, an icon - like the 2014 Toyota Camry - is an icon for a reason. It might seem like a sin to canonize a sedan like the Camry, a vehicle whose ubiquity and all-around competence has seen it dodge accusations of being too vanilla, almost the automotive equivalent of wallpaper. After spending quality time with the car, however, my eyes have been opened to the glory of the status quo, the wonder of the benchmark, and the joy to be taken in being all things to all people.
The Toyota Camry - more so than rivals like the Ford Fusion, the Hyundai Sonata, or the Mazda Mazda6 - sacrifices character in order to broadcast the kind of universal appeal that has made it the leading light in the family segment for over a decade. There are one thousand roads to Mecca, and it would seem that the Camry has carved out the widest, smoothest path for its legions of repeat buyers.