To attend to that assumption, Toyota has actually given the Camry a four-corners facelift for 2015. The previous ugly and also heavyset visage gets sportier this year thanks to a much longer, lower, and also angrier-looking nose, a lightly wrinkled as well as folded up hood, recently chiseled and formed flanks, as well as a broader position. Inside, there's new joy, too, with even more soft-touch surfaces, accent sewing, and also brilliant silver trim. The remodel likewise includes the Camry crossbreed, which there are currently three trim levels: LE, XLE, and also the brand-new SE, the topic of this examination. The SE includes some red mist to its eco-friendly image with a mesh grille, dark chrome trim, a looter, and also 17-inch light weight aluminum wheels.
2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid Xle
Update on the Updates
All 2015 Camrys get structure-stiffening actions using additional place welds in crucial areas, such as the cowl and also door openings. Toyota also massaged the electrical power guiding (to presumably make it really feel much more like a traditional hydraulically improved system) and included a dual-stage brake booster in an effort to earn pedal action a lot more direct.
The SE hybrid obtains specific suspension bushings, shock valving, and also a back anti-sway bar tuned for a smidgeon much better responsiveness. Its ride is a color firmer compared to various other Camrys' however is still optimized for convenience. Guiding reaction, while linear, really feels rather wood. And also brake-pedal reaction, despite Toyota's years of practice blending regenerative and also hydraulic systems, has a slightly remote feel.
Stylish Appeals, Somnambulant Driving
We want to report that the SE crossbreed's sportier look is matched by a just as extra appealing driving experience. However that's not the case, and the examination numbers reveal no extra life, either. Inning accordance with our equipment, the 2015 Camry SE hybrid managed the exact same 178-foot 70-to-0-mph quiting distance and 0.78 g of lateral hold as the last Camry hybrid we evaluated, a 2012 XLE model.
In a feeling, all Camry hybrids are sportier compared to nonhybrid four-cylinder models thanks to a more powerful drivetrain. Whereas the standard four-cylinder Camry uses simply 178 horse power and also 170 lb-ft of torque, the consolidated 200 steeds of the crossbreed's gas-electric powertrain and the stout low-end torque of the electrical motor get this gas-sipper off the line briskly. At 7.2 seconds from rest to 60 mph, the 2015 Camry hybrid was a full second quicker to that mark compared to a four-cylinder nonhybrid Camry.
But let's not neglect the primary reason that 7 percent of Camry sales until now this version year are hybrids: fuel economic situation. Regardless of the tweaks Toyota visited upon the SE hybrid model-- including larger, 215/55 rubber-- its EPA mileage score coincides 40/38 mpg city/highway as the XLE crossbreed 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 scores. In numerous hundred miles of testing, we averaged 31 mpg with the SE hybrid, 5-mpg thriftier than the last traditional four-cylinder Camry we reviewed.
The sportier models have actually been gathering more and more of nonhybrid Camry sales, so Toyota could be into something by providing an SE variation of the crossbreed. When we're able to pitch one against the Ford Fusion hybrid, Hyundai Sonata hybrid, and also Kia Optima hybrid we'll have the ability to see whether the Camry SE's touch of red haze assists it win the battle of the eco-friendly cars.