If you have a Toyota Camry as well as are thinking of purchasing a brand-new one, you could too just quit reading this testimonial today; possibilities are you're mosting likely to buy one more one despite exactly what's claimed right here in the next couple of paragraphs. Purchaser inertia is powerful with the Camry, and it's one large reason Toyota continues to sell thousands of hundreds of them year after year.
The company has actually updated the Camry for the 2015 model year, however the changes are so refined that if you really did not understand it was being updated, you possibly wouldn't see any type of distinction (contrast the 2014 and also 2015 models right here). Big, dramatic modifications to the firm's very popular product have never ever been just how Toyota works, however this year some challengers are stepping up their game-- specifically the brand-new Hyundai Sonata and Subaru Tradition-- making the Camry's updates even more essential.
Toyota 2016 Camry
Exterior & Styling
The 2015 Camry's styling modifications are subtle, and not entirely successful. One of the most noticeable alteration concerns the front end, where an open black plastic grille now extends from the edge of the hood all the way down to the street on the SE (it's replaced by a multi-bar plastic look on some other trims). This is the least appealing styling change, providing the front end an oddly incomplete appearance, like Toyota neglected to connect the last item of painted plastic to the bumper.
Things get better from there, luckily, with brand-new fronts lights and somewhat changed sheet steel alongside the vehicle, bring about new taillights that unfortunately look as generic as most of the offerings in this classification. Faulting the Camry for generic designing is possibly unjust; it resembles taking factors off a fridge for being blocky. Offered the restrictions of creating a cars and truck for mass-market customers that truly choose feature over type, the Camry is eye-catching sufficient to proceed attracting delighted purchasers. With the significant exception of the new Ford Fusion as well as Mazda6, the competitors isn't winning any kind of style honors, either; various other best-sellers in the section, like the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima, are just as generically car-shaped.
Exactly how It Drives
Two engines are available for the Camry, and also they ought to be familiar by now. Criterion (as well as existing in my SE examination vehicle) is a 178-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed transmission. Optional in greater trim levels is a much more powerful 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6, still matched to the six-speed as well as routed just to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is not available and stays uncommon in this course, with the exception of the Ford Fusion and also Chrysler 200, where it's optional, and also the Subaru Heritage, where it's typical. The four-cylinder is fairly smooth as well as effective, permitting the Camry to stay up to date with highway website traffic or increase quickly from a standing stop. The six-speed automatic transmission changes smoothly, as well as the entire experience is generally average.
Competitors likewise use four-cylinder base engines, yet their powertrains do have some variants: The Accord as well as Altima now include constantly variable transmissions typical, meaning revs and also noise in those cars and trucks are above in the Camry. For a comparable cost, the Combination provides a tiny, 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that's a few horsepower extra powerful than the Camry's base four-cylinder as well as gives decent seat-of-the-pants thrust. Both the Accord and also Altima function optional V-6 engines, while the Fusion's larger optional power plant is a much more effective, turbocharged 2.0-liter engine.
The driving experience in the brand-new Camry is mostly the same as in the old Camry - calm, unchallenging as well as uneventful. Steering is light yet not vague; in spite of significant boost from its power guiding system to separate the motorist and provide an easygoing experience, it still feels precise. The flight was a little choppier compared to I remember from my last experience in a Camry, with a loudness to bumps as well as damaged sidewalk that wasn't too damped as in competing lorries. The Camry has the tendency to bounce greater than anticipated over dips in the roadway, as well as the overall experience really feels less innovative than in the Accord or Altima-- as well as much less sophisticated than the Fusion's outstanding framework. The Camry SE comes with a "sport-tuned suspension," according to Toyota, so that might make up the harsher trip. Stylish is not words that enters your mind with this Camry, however, making the idea of a sport version instead perplexing.
The base four-cylinder engine is sensibly fuel-efficient, too, ranked 25/35/28 mpg city/highway/combined. A 175-mile test returned 29 mpg combined in our test auto. This compares favorably with the Blend outfitted with the optional 1.5-liter, EcoBoost four-cylinder, which is rated 24/36/28 mpg, but hangs back the latest Accord (27/36/31 mpg) and Altima (27/38/31 mpg), both which have the advantage of a CVT to enhance gas economic climate dramatically.
Less has actually altered in the interior compared to on the exterior, with the total appearance of the dash as well as door panels continuing to be mainly the same (i.e., acres of grey plastic). Some upgrades to products appear, such as the genuinely attractive SofTex textile product that highlights the seats in the SE, and some seams have been removed for a cleaner appearance. Still, this is primarily the outward bound automobile's interior.
There are toughness and weak points: Exposure is rather excellent in all directions, with clear sight lines and relatively slim pillars helping the vehicle driver see out. The tall roofline with upright styling means there's plenty of clearance for front or backseat occupants. On the disadvantage, worldly high quality is still an action behind the leaders in the course, as are the elegance of the electronic devices and also quietness of the cabin: Road as well as wind sound are a lot more obvious right here compared to in the Camry's rivals.
Comfort is greatly a non-issue: The seats are flat and mostly without strengthening-- despite the sporting pretentions of the SE trim-- but this implies they suit a bigger variety of body types and also vehicle drivers without issue. The back seats include good legroom and also size for full-size adults, however it's the tall, official roofline and also big rear windows that allow the cabin to feel roomy for rear seat guests. Area and also convenience are on par with the Honda Accord, even if the Camry's technology and material quality are not. The Ford Combination really feels about as wonderful inside but not virtually as large, as a result of a swoopy low roofline that seriously cramps back clearance. The Altima has decidedly more-sculpted front seats, but they're not to everybody's preference: On a current contrast examination, I located them to be very agreeable as well as comfy, yet among my half-dozen associates, I was alone because viewpoint.
Ergonomics & Electronics
When you go with a higher Camry trim level, you get bells as well as whistles aplenty, but they still really feel an action behind systems offered by competitors-- specifically the American brands' systems, like Chevrolet MyLink and also Chrysler Uconnect. Opt for a midrange Camry, like my SE test cars and truck, as well as you obtain some fundamental features on a conventional 6-inch touch-screen that's a major enhancement over the outward bound version's unit. Toyota's Entune system has a fair variety of functions. Its USB port as well as Bluetooth enable gadget connection, iPod control as well as hands-free voice commands, however the basic system in the SE does not sustain applications like Pandora or Stitcher. Beyond the minimal multimedia system, there isn't much to discuss when it comes to the Camry SE's conventional electronics, though navigating as well as application suite goodies are optional on all trims from the SE on up.
Cargo & Storage
A large part of the appeal of midsize sedans is their capacity to haul individuals as well as things, and also the Camry succeeds in both divisions. With 15.4 cubic feet of trunk room, the Camry is completely affordable with the primary players in the sector. It matches the Altima and almost matches the Accord (15.8 cubic feet), but shows up a little short of the Fusion's 16.0 cubic feet of trunk space. Longer items can be suited when the Camry's 60/40-split folding backseats are used.
As of publication, the National Freeway Traffic Safety Administration had actually begun crash-testing the 2015 Camry. Thus far, it has gained 4 out of 5 star in its frontal examination however hasn't already undergone any type of additional testing. The Insurance Institute for Freeway Safety has likewise examined the Camry, stating it "Great" general and also awarding it the Top Security Select Plus condition. See the Camry's crash-test results right here.
Not much added safety and security equipment begins a $24,665 midsize sedan like the SE; to get the complete electronic suite of features like lane separation warning, front crash warning, unseen area displays and also back cross-traffic alert, one needs to upgrade to the XSE trim after that include these alternatives-- a $7,400 suggestion. A backup video camera is typical across the board. See exactly what security devices comes requirement on the sedan here.
Worth in Its Class
Camry sedans market surprisingly well thanks to their mix of integrity, comfort, area as well as convenience of use. The offer isn't as well worn-out, either, beginning at $23,795, including location, for a base LE. My examination car was an SE with just one alternative, a carpeting set, which supplanted at $24,890. If you so need, you could choice a Camry approximately almost $35,000, which will load it with natural leather trim, imitation wood panels, navigation, complete net connection and a powerful V-6 engine. Configure one your means below.
There's so much competitors for the 2015 Camry that in our 2014 $27,000 Midsize Car Difficulty, we had 10 participants as well as still didn't consist of all the versions in the section. There are 2 that challenge the Camry for midsize sales management on a monthly basis, nevertheless, as well as another that's catching up. The Honda Accord and also Nissan Altima match the Camry very well in terms of area, simplicity of use, dependability, rate and also powertrains, but there are a few differences. The Accord is available in hybrid as well as plug-in-hybrid designs, for instance, as well as has some one-of-a-kind safety and security functions, like a blind spot cam, that come common on its midlevel Ex Lover trim. Both the Accord as well as the Altima additionally border the Camry in gas economic climate, thanks to their CVTs.
The third competitor is the Ford Combination, which has actually been making headway since its effective redesign. It uses no V-6 engine, just effective, turbocharged four-cylinder engines, however it does offer all-wheel drive, which is something only the Subaru Legacy and also Chrysler 200 could match in this segment. Like the Accord, the Blend is likewise available as a crossbreed and a plug-in crossbreed. The Blend also has the edge in terms of readily available electronic equipment, supplying things like automatic car parking, but once you start adding all the options to a Combination you promptly approach $39,000. That's a great deal of cash for a midsize non-luxury car. Contrast the Camry with its leading three rivals below.
Camry sales aren't most likely to fail with this latest update to the brand's icon, however Toyota has actually done nothing to bring in new purchasers to the version. The new Camry is perfectly suited to keeping current proprietors satisfied for an additional generation when they trade in their old model, but given just how good as well as advanced the competition has actually become, "I already have one and also want one more" might be the only factor entrusted to buy the Camry over its competitors.