A controlled test reveals all.
The Toyota Camry is one of the most popular cars in America, but the AWD version is relatively new here. It's been getting rave reviews for its fuel economy ratings, and with us just approaching our first winter since the car launched, now is probably a good time to see if the Camry AWD is any good at finding traction on slippery surfaces. The Fast Lane Car thus decided to conduct a few tests using rollers on various corners of the car to determine if the car is more capable with its front or rear wheels having access to traction, and also to see if just one wheel having traction is too much of a challenge.
With the front wheels out of commission, so to speak, the rears have no problem engaging and propelling the car forward. Next, TFL Car conducts a diagonal slip test, with the front left wheel on a roller and the rear right on one too. This tests to see if the Camry can move with different wheels getting different levels of power. This test was a little more difficult for the Camry to overcome, but in the end, it does move off the rollers. The last test is a lot trickier though, as just one wheel is left on the tarmac.
This final test is a lot more challenging for the little Camry, but it eventually manages to push through. That being said, it does take quite a lot of gas to get the car going. Nevertheless, the car seems to justify its price, which is not too bad in the first place. Still, would you be happy to be behind the wheel of a Camry AWD in the snow, or would you feel more secure in something like a Subaru Legacy? Considering that most drivers are unlikely to regularly experience a scenario where only one wheel gets traction, we think a Camry is a fine choice.