If you own a Toyota Camry and are considering getting a new one, you could too just stop reading this testimonial right now; possibilities are you're going to acquire an additional one despite what's claimed below in the next few paragraphs. Purchaser inertia is effective with the Camry, as well as it's one huge reason why Toyota continuouslies market thousands of countless them year after year.
The firm has updated the Camry for the 2015 version year, but the changes are so refined that if you didn't understand it was being updated, you probably wouldn't discover any kind of distinction (contrast the 2014 and 2015 models here). Big, dramatic adjustments to the business's best-selling item have never ever been just how Toyota functions, but this year some challengers are stepping up their video game-- specifically the new Hyundai Sonata and also Subaru Legacy-- making the Camry's updates even more important.
Toyota Camry Hybrid 2016
Outside & Designing
The 2015 Camry's designing modifications are subtle, and not entirely effective. The most obvious alteration comes to the front end, where an open black plastic grille currently prolongs from the side of the hood all the way down to the street on the SE (it's replaced by a multi-bar plastic search some other trims). This is the least attractive styling adjustment, offering the front end a strangely unfinished appearance, like Toyota forgot to connect the last piece of repainted plastic to the bumper.
Points improve from there, the good news is, with brand-new headlights and also a little changed sheet metal alongside the automobile, leading to new taillights that sadly look as common as the majority of the offerings in this group. Faulting the Camry for generic designing is probably unjust; it resembles taking factors off a fridge for being boxy. Offered the constraints of developing a car for mass-market customers who absolutely prefer feature over kind, the Camry is eye-catching enough to proceed drawing delighted purchasers. With the remarkable exemption of the new Ford Fusion and Mazda6, the competition isn't winning any kind of style honors, either; various other record-breakers in the sector, like the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima, are just as generically car-shaped.
Just how It Drives
Two engines are readily available for the Camry, as well as they ought to know by now. Requirement (and also present in my SE examination auto) is a 178-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed transmission. Optional in higher trim degrees is a a lot more powerful 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6, still matched to the six-speed as well as transmitted just to the front wheels. Four-wheel drive is not offered as well as stays uncommon in this class, with the exception of the Ford Fusion and also Chrysler 200, where it's optional, and also the Subaru Tradition, where it's conventional. The four-cylinder is sensibly smooth as well as effective, permitting the Camry to stay up to date with freeway web traffic or increase briskly from a standing quit. The six-speed transmission shifts smoothly, as well as the whole experience is typically unremarkable.
Competitors also supply four-cylinder base engines, however their powertrains do have some variations: The Accord and also Altima now include constantly variable transmissions common, meaning revs and also sound in those vehicles are above in the Camry. For a similar cost, the Blend supplies a little, 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that's a few horsepower much more powerful compared to the Camry's base four-cylinder and also offers decent seat-of-the-pants propelled. Both the Accord and also Altima attribute optional V-6 engines, while the Blend's bigger optional power plant is an extra powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter engine.
The driving experience in the brand-new Camry is largely the like in the old Camry - tranquil, unchallenging and uneventful. Guiding is light yet not vague; regardless of substantial boost from its power steering system to separate the chauffeur as well as supply an easygoing experience, it still feels precise. The flight was a little choppier compared to I keep in mind from my last experience in a Camry, with a volume to bumps and also damaged sidewalk that had not been as well damped as in contending lorries. The Camry tends to bounce more than expected over dips in the road, as well as the overall experience really feels less innovative than in the Accord or Altima-- as well as much less sophisticated than the Blend's superb chassis. The Camry SE has a "sport-tuned suspension," according to Toyota, so that could represent the harsher flight. Stylish is not words that enters your mind with this Camry, though, making the concept of a sporting activity design instead puzzling.
The base four-cylinder engine is fairly fuel-efficient, also, ranked 25/35/28 mpg city/highway/combined. A 175-mile examination returned 29 mpg integrated in our examination car. This compares positively with the Blend furnished with the optional 1.5-liter, EcoBoost four-cylinder, which is rated 24/36/28 mpg, yet hangs back the latest Accord (27/36/31 mpg) as well as Altima (27/38/31 mpg), both of which have the advantage of a CVT to improve fuel economy substantially.
Much less has actually transformed in the inside compared to on the exterior, with the overall look of the dash and door panels continuing to be mainly the exact same (i.e., acres of gray plastic). Some upgrades to materials appear, such as the genuinely fine-looking SofTex textile material that highlights the seats in the SE, as well as some seams have been eliminated for a cleaner look. Still, this is basically the outbound auto's inside.
There are toughness and also weak points: Exposure is quite great in all instructions, with clear view lines and also reasonably slim columns assisting the driver see out. The tall roofline with upright designing suggests there's plenty of headroom for front or rear seat passengers. On the disadvantage, material high quality is still an action behind the leaders in the class, as are the elegance of the electronic devices as well as tranquility of the cabin: Roadway and also wind sound are more evident below than in the Camry's competitors.
Comfort is largely a non-issue: The seats are level and largely without boosting-- in spite of the showing off pretentions of the SE trim-- but this suggests they suit a wider range of type of body and motorists without complaint. The rear seats feature decent legroom as well as width for full-size adults, however it's the tall, official roofline and big rear home windows that enable the cabin to feel sizable for rear seat travelers. Room and also comfort get on the same level with the Honda Accord, even if the Camry's innovation and worldly top quality are not. The Ford Fusion really feels around as good inside yet not nearly as sizable, as a result of a swoopy reduced roofline that seriously aches back clearance. The Altima has extremely more-sculpted pole positions, however they're not to everybody's taste: On a recent comparison test, I discovered them to be supremely comfy and comfortable, yet among my half-dozen colleagues, I was alone in that point of view.
Functional design & Electronic devices
When you go with a higher Camry trim level, you obtain bells and also whistles aplenty, however they still feel a step behind systems offered by rivals-- particularly the American brands' systems, like Chevrolet MyLink and also Chrysler Uconnect. Choose a midrange Camry, like my SE examination vehicle, as well as you obtain some fundamental functions on a standard 6-inch touch-screen that's a significant renovation over the outgoing model's unit. Toyota's Entune system has a reasonable variety of attributes. Its USB port as well as Bluetooth permit gadget connection, iPod control and also hands-free voice commands, yet the conventional device in the SE does not sustain apps like Pandora or Stitcher. Beyond the minimal multimedia system, there isn't much to discuss when it concerns the Camry SE's common electronic devices, though navigating as well as application suite rewards are optional on all trims from the SE on up.
Freight & Storage space
A large part of the appeal of midsize sedans is their capability to carry individuals and stuff, as well as the Camry succeeds in both departments. With 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space, the Camry is completely competitive with the major gamers in the section. It matches the Altima and nearly matches the Accord (15.8 cubic feet), however turns up a little except the Fusion's 16.0 cubic feet of trunk area. Longer items can be fit when the Camry's 60/40-split folding rear seats are used.
Since publication, the National Highway Web Traffic Security Administration had begun crash-testing the 2015 Camry. Thus far, it has gained four out of five stars in its frontal test however hasn't been subjected to any type of extra screening. The Insurance Coverage Institute for Highway Safety and security has actually likewise examined the Camry, stating it "Excellent" overall and awarding it the Top Security Choose Plus condition. See the Camry's crash-test results here.
Very little additional security devices begins a $24,665 midsize sedan like the SE; in order to get the full electronic suite of functions like lane separation caution, front accident caution, dead spot screens and also back cross-traffic alert, one needs to upgrade to the XSE trim then include these alternatives-- a $7,400 recommendation. A backup electronic camera is common across the board. See just what safety tools comes standard on the car below.
Value in Its Course
Camry sedans sell amazingly well thanks to their mix of integrity, convenience, area and also simplicity of use. The bargain isn't also shoddy, either, beginning at $23,795, including destination, for a base LE. My examination auto was an SE with simply one option, a carpeting collection, which supplanted at $24,890. If you so need, you can option a Camry approximately almost $35,000, which will certainly load it with natural leather trim, replica wood panels, navigation, complete web connectivity as well as a powerful V-6 engine. Configure one your way below.
There's so much competitors for the 2015 Camry that in our 2014 $27,000 Midsize Car Challenge, we had 10 candidates as well as still really did not consist of all the versions in the sector. There are 2 that challenge the Camry for midsize sales leadership on a monthly basis, however, and also an additional that's catching up. The Honda Accord and also Nissan Altima match the Camry very well in terms of space, convenience of use, integrity, cost and powertrains, but there are a few distinctions. The Accord is readily available in hybrid and plug-in-hybrid versions, as an example, and also has some one-of-a-kind security attributes, like a blind spot cam, that come conventional on its midlevel EX-SPOUSE trim. Both the Accord as well as the Altima likewise edge the Camry in fuel economic situation, thanks to their CVTs.
The 3rd competitor is the Ford Combination, which has been pushing on given that its effective redesign. It provides no V-6 engine, just powerful, turbocharged four-cylinder engines, however it does use all-wheel drive, which is something only the Subaru Tradition and Chrysler 200 could match in this sector. Like the Accord, the Combination is likewise offered as a crossbreed and also a plug-in hybrid. The Blend likewise has the edge in regards to readily available electronic devices, using points like automated vehicle parking, once you begin adding all the alternatives to a Fusion you swiftly come close to $39,000. That's a great deal of cash for a midsize non-luxury vehicle. Compare the Camry with its top 3 rivals here.
Camry sales aren't likely to fail with this newest update to the brand's icon, however Toyota has actually not done anything to attract new buyers to the version. The new Camry is flawlessly matched to maintaining present owners delighted for an additional generation when they sell their old model, however provided exactly how great as well as progressed the competitors has actually ended up being, "I currently possess one and also want another" may be the only factor entrusted to buy the Camry over its competitors.