To address that assumption, Toyota has actually provided the Camry a four-corners renovation for 2015. The previous dour and also heavyset visage gets sportier this year courtesy of a much longer, reduced, as well as angrier-looking nose, a lightly wrinkled and folded hood, recently carved and also shaped flanks, and a broader stance. Inside, there's new cheer, too, with more soft-touch surface areas, accent stitching, and also bright silver trim. The redesign also consists of the Camry crossbreed, which there are currently three trim degrees: LE, XLE, and also the new SE, the subject of this examination. The SE adds some red haze to its eco-friendly photo with a mesh grille, dark chrome trim, a looter, as well as 17-inch aluminum wheels.
2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid
Update on the Updates
All 2015 Camrys get structure-stiffening measures using added place welds in vital locations, such as the cowl and also door openings. Toyota additionally massaged the electrical power steering (to supposedly make it feel a lot more like a standard hydraulically boosted system) and also added a dual-stage brake booster in an effort to earn pedal reaction much more direct.
The SE crossbreed obtains certain suspension bushings, shock valving, and a back anti-roll bar tuned for a smidgeon better responsiveness. Its ride is a shade stronger than other Camrys' yet is still enhanced for comfort. Steering action, while linear, really feels rather wooden. And also brake-pedal response, despite Toyota's years of method mixing regenerative and also hydraulic systems, has a somewhat remote feel.
Stylish Appeals, Somnambulant Driving
We want to report that the SE hybrid's sportier appearance is matched by a similarly extra engaging driving experience. However that's not the instance, and the examination numbers expose no additional life, either. According to our gear, the 2015 Camry SE crossbreed took care of the exact same 178-foot 70-to-0-mph quiting range as well as 0.78 g of side hold as the last Camry crossbreed we checked, a 2012 XLE model.
In a feeling, all Camry crossbreeds are sportier compared to nonhybrid four-cylinder versions thanks to a much more powerful drivetrain. Whereas the conventional four-cylinder Camry makes do with just 178 horse power and 170 lb-ft of torque, the consolidated 200 horses of the hybrid's gas-electric powertrain and also the stout low-end torque of the electric motor get this gas-sipper off the line quickly. At 7.2 secs from rest to 60 mph, the 2015 Camry crossbreed was a complete 2nd quicker to that mark than a four-cylinder nonhybrid Camry.
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However let's not forget the major factor that 7 percent of Camry sales thus far this version year are hybrids: gas economy. Regardless of the tweaks Toyota saw upon the SE hybrid design-- consisting of wider, 215/55 rubber-- its EPA mileage rating 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 huge renovation over the base 2.5-liter's 25/35-mpg rankings. In several hundred miles of screening, we balanced 31 mpg with the SE hybrid, 5-mpg thriftier compared to the last standard four-cylinder Camry we reviewed.
The sportier versions have actually been amassing an increasing number of of nonhybrid Camry sales, so Toyota may be onto something by using an SE variation of the hybrid. When we're able to pitch one against the Ford Fusion hybrid, Hyundai Sonata crossbreed, as well as Kia Optima crossbreed we'll have the ability to see whether the Camry SE's touch of red mist aids it win the fight of the green sedans.