To deal with that perception, Toyota has offered the Camry a four-corners renovation for 2015. The previous ugly as well as heavyset visage gets sportier this year courtesy of a longer, lower, and also angrier-looking snout, a lightly creased and folded up hood, newly chiseled and also shaped flanks, as well as a bigger stance. Inside, there's new cheer, as well, with more soft-touch surface areas, accent stitching, as well as brilliant silver trim. The redesign additionally consists of the Camry crossbreed, of which there are currently three trim degrees: LE, XLE, as well as the new SE, the subject of this examination. The SE adds some red haze to its environment-friendly picture with a mesh grille, dark chrome trim, a spoiler, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.
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All 2015 Camrys obtain structure-stiffening measures by means of extra area welds in essential areas, such as the cowl and door openings. Toyota additionally massaged the electric power steering (to supposedly make it really feel much more like a typical hydraulically enhanced system) as well as added a dual-stage brake booster in an effort making pedal feedback a lot more linear.
The SE crossbreed obtains details suspension bushings, shock valving, and a rear anti-sway bar tuned for a smidgeon better responsiveness. Its trip is a shade stronger compared to other Camrys' however is still maximized for comfort. Steering reaction, while direct, really feels rather wood. And brake-pedal feedback, despite Toyota's years of technique blending regenerative as well as hydraulic systems, has a slightly remote feeling.
Sporty Aesthetics, Somnambulant Driving
We 'd like to report that the SE hybrid's sportier look is matched by a similarly much more appealing driving experience. Yet that's not the case, and also the test numbers disclose no extra spiritedness, either. According to our gear, the 2015 Camry SE crossbreed handled the exact same 178-foot 70-to-0-mph quiting distance and 0.78 g of lateral grip as the last Camry crossbreed we examined, a 2012 XLE design.
In a sense, all Camry crossbreeds are sportier compared to nonhybrid four-cylinder models thanks to a more powerful drivetrain. Whereas the traditional four-cylinder Camry uses simply 178 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque, the mixed 200 equines of the hybrid's gas-electric powertrain and also the stout low-end torque of the electrical motor get this gas-sipper off the line quickly. At 7.2 seconds from remainder to 60 mph, the 2015 Camry crossbreed was a complete second quicker to that mark compared to a four-cylinder nonhybrid Camry.
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However let's not fail to remember the primary factor that seven percent of Camry sales until now this model year are hybrids: fuel economy. Regardless of the tweaks Toyota went to upon the SE crossbreed design-- consisting of bigger, 215/55 rubber-- its EPA mileage score is the same 40/38 mpg city/highway as the XLE hybrid version. While those aren't the headline-grabbing 43/39-mpg numbers of the Camry LE hybrid that rolls on skinnier, ultra-low-rolling-resistance 205/65 -16 tires, it's a big renovation over the base 2.5-liter's 25/35-mpg scores. In several hundred miles of screening, we averaged 31 mpg with the SE crossbreed, 5-mpg thriftier compared to the last traditional four-cylinder Camry we examined.
The sportier designs have been garnering an increasing number of of nonhybrid Camry sales, so Toyota might be onto something by offering an SE variation of the crossbreed. When we're able to pitch one against the Ford Fusion crossbreed, Hyundai Sonata crossbreed, and Kia Optima hybrid we'll be able to see whether the Camry SE's touch of red haze helps it win the battle of the eco-friendly cars.