If you own a Toyota Camry and are thinking about getting a new one, you could too just quit reading this testimonial now; possibilities are you're mosting likely to buy one more one no matter what's stated right here in the next couple of paragraphs. Buyer inertia is powerful with the Camry, and it's one big reason why Toyota continues to market numerous countless them year after year.
The firm has actually updated the Camry for the 2015 design year, yet the adjustments are so refined that if you really did not understand it was being updated, you most likely would not notice any distinction (compare the 2014 and 2015 models right here). Big, dramatic changes to the firm's very successful product have never ever been just how Toyota works, yet this year some challengers are stepping up their game-- specifically the new Hyundai Sonata and also Subaru Tradition-- making the Camry's updates all the more essential.
Toyota Camry 2016 Model
Outside & Styling
The 2015 Camry's styling changes are refined, and not entirely effective. One of the most visible alteration concerns the front end, where a gaping black plastic grille currently prolongs from the edge of the hood right to the street on the SE (it's replaced by a multi-bar plastic look on a few other trims). This is the least attractive styling change, providing the front end an unusually unfinished appearance, like Toyota forgot to attach the last piece of repainted plastic to the bumper.
Points get better from there, luckily, with new fronts lights as well as slightly revised sheet metal alongside the vehicle, leading to brand-new taillights that sadly look as generic as a lot of the offerings in this category. Faulting the Camry for common designing is most likely unjust; it's like taking factors off a refrigerator for being boxy. Provided the restraints of making a car for mass-market customers who really prefer feature over type, the Camry is attractive enough to continue drawing satisfied customers. With the noteworthy exception of the brand-new Ford Blend and also Mazda6, the competition isn't winning any kind of design awards, either; other hot sellers in the section, like the Honda Accord and also Nissan Altima, are just as generically car-shaped.
Just how It Drives
Two engines are available for the Camry, as well as they ought to recognize by now. Requirement (and also present in my SE test vehicle) is a 178-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Optional in higher trim levels is a a lot more powerful 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6, still matched to the six-speed and routed just to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is not readily available and also remains rare in this class, with the exception of the Ford Fusion as well as Chrysler 200, where it's optional, and the Subaru Tradition, where it's standard. The four-cylinder is reasonably smooth as well as powerful, enabling the Camry to stay on top of freeway web traffic or increase briskly from a standing stop. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts efficiently, and also the whole experience is generally average.
Rivals likewise provide four-cylinder base engines, but their powertrains do have some variations: The Accord and Altima currently feature continuously variable transmissions standard, implying revs and sound in those cars and trucks are above in the Camry. For a comparable price, the Fusion offers a tiny, 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that's a few horsepower extra effective than the Camry's base four-cylinder and offers good seat-of-the-pants thrust. Both the Accord and Altima attribute optional V-6 engines, while the Combination's bigger optional nuclear power plant is a more powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter engine.
The driving experience in the new Camry is mostly the same as in the old Camry - tranquil, unchallenging as well as uneventful. Steering is light yet not vague; in spite of substantial increase from its power guiding system to separate the driver and also give an easygoing experience, it still feels accurate. The flight was a little choppier than I remember from my last experience in a Camry, with a volume to bumps and also broken sidewalk that had not been too damped as in competing automobiles. The Camry tends to bounce greater than expected over dips in the roadway, as well as the general experience really feels less advanced than in the Accord or Altima-- and also a lot less sophisticated than the Fusion's exceptional chassis. The Camry SE features a "sport-tuned suspension," inning accordance with Toyota, to make sure that might represent the harsher trip. Sporty is not words that enters your mind with this Camry, though, making the idea of a sporting activity version instead puzzling.
The base four-cylinder engine is fairly fuel-efficient, also, rated 25/35/28 mpg city/highway/combined. A 175-mile examination returned 29 mpg integrated in our examination auto. This compares favorably with the Blend furnished with the optional 1.5-liter, EcoBoost four-cylinder, which is rated 24/36/28 mpg, however lags behind the most recent Accord (27/36/31 mpg) and Altima (27/38/31 mpg), both of which have the advantage of a CVT to improve gas economic climate substantially.
Much less has actually altered in the inside than on the outside, with the total look of the dash and door panels continuing to be mainly the very same (i.e., acres of grey plastic). Some upgrades to products are evident, such as the truly fine-looking SofTex fabric product that emphasizes the seats in the SE, as well as some seams have actually been gotten rid of for a cleaner appearance. Still, this is primarily the outward bound car's inside.
There are toughness and weaknesses: Exposure is quite great in all directions, with clear sight lines and also reasonably slim columns aiding the motorist see out. The tall roofline with upright styling suggests there's lots of headroom for front or rear seat owners. On the drawback, worldly high quality is still a step behind the leaders in the class, as are the refinement of the electronic devices and tranquility of the cabin: Road as well as wind noise are much more noticeable below compared to in the Camry's competitors.
Comfort is mostly a non-issue: The seats are flat as well as mostly without reinforcing-- regardless of the showing off pretentions of the SE trim-- however this indicates they accommodate a broader range of physique as well as chauffeurs without grievance. The rear seats showcase suitable legroom and also size for full-size grownups, however it's the tall, formal roofline as well as huge back windows that allow the cabin to feel sizable for rear seat guests. Space and also convenience are on the same level with the Honda Accord, even if the Camry's modern technology and material high quality are not. The Ford Fusion feels about as nice inside yet not virtually as sizable, as a result of a swoopy reduced roofline that seriously cramps back clearance. The Altima has decidedly more-sculpted pole positions, yet they're not to every person's liking: On a recent contrast test, I discovered them to be very agreeable and comfy, however amongst my half-dozen coworkers, I was alone because point of view.
Ergonomics & Electronics
When you select a higher Camry trim level, you get bells and whistles aplenty, but they still really feel an action behind systems supplied by rivals-- especially the American brands' units, like Chevrolet MyLink and Chrysler Uconnect. Opt for a midrange Camry, like my SE test car, as well as you obtain some basic features on a common 6-inch touch-screen that's a significant enhancement over the outbound model's device. Toyota's Entune system has a reasonable variety of features. Its USB port as well as Bluetooth allow for device connectivity, iPod control as well as hands-free voice commands, however the common system in the SE does not support apps like Pandora or Stitcher. Beyond the minimal multimedia system, there isn't really much to speak about when it concerns the Camry SE's basic electronics, though navigating and also application collection goodies are optional on all trims from the SE on up.
Freight & Storage
A big part of the appeal of midsize cars is their ability to haul individuals and also things, and also the Camry does well in both divisions. With 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space, the Camry is fully affordable with the main gamers in the section. It matches the Altima and also almost matches the Accord (15.8 cubic feet), yet turns up a little except the Combination's 16.0 cubic feet of trunk space. Longer things can be suited when the Camry's 60/40-split folding backseats are utilized.
Safety and security
As of magazine, the National Freeway Website Traffic Safety Administration had started crash-testing the 2015 Camry. So far, it has actually gained 4 out of five stars in its frontal examination however hasn't already been subjected to any extra screening. The Insurance Coverage Institute for Freeway Safety has additionally checked the Camry, declaring it "Great" general and also awarding it the Top Security Select Plus condition. See the Camry's crash-test outcomes right here.
Very little extra safety devices begins a $24,665 midsize car like the SE; so as to get the complete digital collection of attributes like lane separation caution, front accident warning, dead spot monitors and back cross-traffic alert, one has to update to the XSE trim after that include these alternatives-- a $7,400 proposal. A backup cam is typical across the board. See just what security tools comes criterion on the sedan here.
Worth in Its Class
Camry cars sell surprisingly well thanks to their mix of dependability, convenience, space and also ease of use. The offer isn't really too shoddy, either, starting at $23,795, consisting of destination, for a base LE. My test car was an SE with just one alternative, a rug collection, which rang in at $24,890. If you so wish, you can alternative a Camry as much as virtually $35,000, which will certainly fill it with natural leather trim, replica wood panels, navigating, full web connection as well as an effective V-6 engine. Configure one your way right here.
There's a lot competitors for the 2015 Camry that in our 2014 $27,000 Midsize Sedan Obstacle, we had 10 contestants as well as still didn't include all the versions in the section. There are 2 that test the Camry for midsize sales leadership every month, nevertheless, and one more that's catching up. The Honda Accord and Nissan Altima match the Camry effectively in terms of room, convenience of use, integrity, price and also powertrains, however there are a couple of differences. The Accord is available in crossbreed as well as plug-in-hybrid versions, for example, and also has some one-of-a-kind safety functions, like a dead spot camera, that come conventional on its midlevel EX-SPOUSE trim. Both the Accord as well as the Altima likewise edge the Camry in gas economic climate, thanks to their CVTs.
The third contender is the Ford Blend, which has actually been making headway considering that its successful redesign. It uses no V-6 engine, just effective, turbocharged four-cylinder engines, but it does offer four-wheel drive, which is something just the Subaru Tradition as well as Chrysler 200 could match in this sector. Like the Accord, the Combination is additionally available as a crossbreed and also a plug-in hybrid. The Combination additionally has the edge in regards to readily available electronic equipment, supplying things like automatic auto parking, once you begin adding all the alternatives to a Combination you rapidly approach $39,000. That's a great deal of loan for a midsize non-luxury car. Compare the Camry with its leading three rivals below.
Camry sales aren't likely to falter with this latest upgrade to the brand's symbol, but Toyota has done nothing to bring in brand-new purchasers to the version. The brand-new Camry is perfectly matched to keeping present proprietors satisfied for another generation when they trade in their old version, however given how good and also advanced the competition has actually come to be, "I currently have one and want another" might be the only factor delegated purchase the Camry over its rivals.