Car and Driver announced yesterday (Sept. 21,2014) that they’ve taken the 2015 Toyota Camry out for its first official test drive. Sleeker, bolder and for the most part completely refreshed, the 2015 Toyota Camry proves to the world that they’ve cornered and redefined the midsize family sedan market segment.
Base pricing for the 2015 Toyota Camry starts out with the
- LE trim at $22,790.
- SE for $24,665 adds a 4.2 inch display, tire monitoring system and grill/trunk trim.
- XSE for $26,975 adds leather, LED running lights and 18 inch rims.
- XSE V6 for $32,195 adds a V6 engine, a sunroof, start/stop button and a bigger display.
- XLE for the same price as XSE tones down the sportiness of the XSE (decreased rim size by an inch).
Hybrid pricing starts out with the
- LE trim at $27,615 but that gets you Camry Hybrid MPG of 41/43/39 (combined/city/highway)
- Hybrid SE for $28,820 adds sport fabric seats, a leather wrapped wheel and silver interior trim.
- Hybrid XLE for $30,805 adds leather seats and bigger rims.
Engine options surprisingly remain the same from last year. There’s the standard 4 cylinder with 178 HP and 170 lbs-ft of torque and the V6 option with 268 HP and 248 lbs-ft of torque. Performance is adequate for sports car enthusiasts and more than enough for your average Camry buyer.
The design language has been kicked up a notch. There’s clearly a Lexus inspired athletic touch all around with swooping front headlights, a swooped elegant side profile with taillights ending at a sharp point at the rear. 1.7 inches longer than the previous Camry, it somehow looks taut and sporty without being over the top. Every exterior panel is new except the roof. Adding 22 spot welds in the cowl and around the door apertures improves the stiffness of the uni body.
Inside, everything you touch has been upgraded from before. All seats have nice contrast stitching. Color schemes correspond to trim levels with XSE blacking out everything and adding red contrast touches with XLE bringing in the leather.
Driving dynamics have been greatly improved over last year. It’s still very much a Camry meaning if you push it hard enough, the all season tires will tell you quite loudly that you’ve approached and exceeded its limits. Nevertheless, Car and Driver reported that Toyota has significantly increased the uni-body rigidity while adding 30% more carpet sound deadening. Weight gain was kept at just 100 pounds. There’s a slightly wider wheel track, half an inch wider wheel and stiffer base level springs. All season radials wrap all four corners.
As one commenter so aptly put,
“Most of us just want to do our stuff, get home without any fuss. We want a car that starts every time and not having to call a tow truck once a week. The Camry is perfect for what I have just describe and that’s why it’s selling so well.”
As far as the Toyota Camry is concerned, it’s absolutely a home run. Camry owners are literally one of the most faithful car owners out there and oftentimes this is there second and third Camry purchase. This mid-cycle refresh should be more than enough to compete against Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima and Mazda 6.
Source: Car and Driver