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2015 Toyota Camry

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/21/2015

New for 2015

The refreshed 2015 Toyota Camry gains a host of new features including a wireless charging system, a new 4.2-inch TFT screen positioned in between the gauges, a new HDD navigation system with a seven-inch touchscreen and a new JBL GreenEdge audio system on higher grades. Toyota has also added the XSE trim to gas-powered Camry's featuring a sportier suspension setup, unique styling, available 18-inch wheels, three-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters, and front seats with more side bolstering. Hybrids are also now available in the SE trim. The 2015 Camry's exterior styling has been extensively revised with a less conservative new front fascia.

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Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Camry is a midsize family sedan slotting between the Corolla compact sedan and the full-size Avalon. It is available with a choice of I-4, V-6, and I-4 hybrid powertrains.

Overview

Most 2015 Camrys will come with a 2.5-liter I-4 producing 178 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy in this model is respectable at 25/35 mpg city/highway. For those looking for the most powerful Camry, a 3.5-liter V-6 with 268 hp and 248 lb-ft is available, giving the car brisk acceleration for a family sedan while maintaining a decent 21/31 mpg. Both gas-powered engines are carried over from the pre-face-lift model and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

For those looking for the best gas mileage, the 2015 Camry Hybrid returns with a carry over 2.5-liter hybrid I-4 with a total system output of 200 hp. It achieves the most impressive fuel economy with LE models rated at 43/39 mpg and 40/38 mpg for SE and XLE variants.

The 2015 Camry has an improved suspension, with reduced body roll, more responsive electric power steer system, and better brake pedal feel. However, the Camry is no sports sedan due to it feeling "very dispassionate and business-like." SE and XSE models handle better with their unique chassis tuning, making them "feel more buttoned-down and confident" without ruining the car's smooth ride.

Interior space is generous with ample room for passengers and up to 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space. Build quality, however, is mixed with LE trims getting cheap materials while the higher-grade SE and XLE have a cabin constructed of higher-grade plastics and upholstery that make it a pleasant place to spend time in. An improved version of Toyota's Entune system helps make the cabin feel more modern and is more responsive than previous iterations. Center stack controls remain user-friendly and intuitive to use with large buttons.

The 2015 Camry has a four-star frontal crash and rollover safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and is considered a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, scoring Good in five categories (Good is the highest possible score) and providing Advanced frontal crash prevention (front crash prevention awards include Basic, Advanced and Superior).

What We Think

The 2015 Camry is significantly enhanced with a more confident chassis that doesn't detract from its smooth ride and better -built interior. In a First Drive review, we said that while the car is not a sport sedan, it handles better than the pre-refresh model particularly V-6-equipped SE and XSE sedans with their unique suspension tuning. Interior quality in upper trim levels is an improvement over the previous car with better quality materials and a user-friendly infotainment system. However, we observed during a First Drive review of I-4 and hybrid Camrys that lower-grade LE cars have a cheap interior that "leaves something to be desired." Furthermore, the conservative design accentuates the appliance-like nature of car particularly in LE guise.

You'll Like

  • Available V-6
  • Impressive hybrid fuel economy
  • Quiet cabin in higher trim levels

You Won't Like

  • Cheap interior on LE models
  • Conservatively designed cabin
  • Aging powertrains

Key Competitors

  • Honda Accord
  • Nissan Altima
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Mazda6
  • Ford Fusion

Rating

3 star

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