If you have a Toyota Camry and also are thinking about acquiring a brand-new one, you might too simply quit reading this evaluation today; opportunities are you're going to acquire an additional one despite exactly what's said below in the following couple of paragraphs. Customer inertia is powerful with the Camry, and it's one big reason why Toyota continuouslies offer hundreds of countless them every year.
The business has updated the Camry for the 2015 version year, however the adjustments are so subtle that if you didn't know it was being upgraded, you most likely wouldn't observe any distinction (compare the 2014 as well as 2015 versions right here). Big, significant changes to the business's very popular product have never been how Toyota works, but this year some oppositions are stepping up their game-- particularly the new Hyundai Sonata and also Subaru Legacy-- making the Camry's updates all the more essential.
2016 Toyota Camry Se
Outside & Styling
The 2015 Camry's styling adjustments are refined, and also not completely successful. One of the most recognizable modification pertains to the front end, where an open black plastic grille now expands from the edge of the hood completely down to the street on the SE (it's changed by a multi-bar plastic look on other trims). This is the least attractive styling adjustment, providing the front end an unusually incomplete look, like Toyota neglected to attach the last piece of painted plastic to the bumper.
Points improve from there, fortunately, with brand-new headlights as well as a little changed sheet metal along the sides of the vehicle, resulting in new taillights that unfortunately look as generic as most of the offerings in this category. Faulting the Camry for generic styling is possibly unreasonable; it's like taking factors off a fridge for being blocky. Offered the restraints of developing a car for mass-market customers that genuinely favor function over type, the Camry is appealing enough to continue drawing happy buyers. With the notable exemption of the brand-new Ford Combination and also Mazda6, the competition isn't winning any style honors, either; other hot sellers in the section, like the Honda Accord and also Nissan Altima, are just as generically car-shaped.
How It Drives
2 engines are offered for the Camry, and also they need to recognize now. Criterion (and existing in my SE examination vehicle) is a 178-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Optional in greater trim degrees is a much more effective 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6, still matched to the six-speed and also transmitted only to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is not readily available as well as stays uncommon in this class, with the exception of the Ford Combination and Chrysler 200, where it's optional, as well as the Subaru Tradition, where it's typical. The four-cylinder is sensibly smooth and effective, allowing the Camry to stay on top of freeway web traffic or increase quickly from a standing quit. The six-speed transmission changes efficiently, and also the whole experience is generally unremarkable.
Competitors also supply four-cylinder base engines, but their powertrains do have some variants: The Accord and Altima now include continuously variable automatic transmissions standard, suggesting revs and sound in those cars and trucks are higher than in the Camry. For a comparable rate, the Fusion provides a little, 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that's a few horse power much more effective than the Camry's base four-cylinder and also gives respectable seat-of-the-pants thrust. Both the Accord and also Altima attribute optional V-6 engines, while the Fusion's larger optional nuclear power plant is an extra effective, turbocharged 2.0-liter engine.
The driving experience in the brand-new Camry is mainly the same as in the old Camry - calm, unchallenging and uneventful. Guiding is light but not vague; in spite of considerable boost from its power steering system to isolate the driver and provide an easygoing experience, it still feels accurate. The ride was a little choppier compared to I bear in mind from my last experience in a Camry, with a loudness to bumps and damaged sidewalk that had not been also damped as in completing automobiles. The Camry tends to jump more than anticipated over dips in the roadway, and the overall experience feels less innovative than in the Accord or Altima-- and a lot less sophisticated compared to the Combination's excellent chassis. The Camry SE includes a "sport-tuned suspension," according to Toyota, to make sure that might represent the harsher ride. Flashy is not words that comes to mind with this Camry, however, making the suggestion of a sport design rather confusing.
The base four-cylinder engine is fairly fuel-efficient, also, ranked 25/35/28 mpg city/highway/combined. A 175-mile test returned 29 mpg integrated in our test automobile. This compares positively with the Combination outfitted with the optional 1.5-liter, EcoBoost four-cylinder, which is ranked 24/36/28 mpg, yet hangs back the current Accord (27/36/31 mpg) and also Altima (27/38/31 mpg), both of which have the benefit of a CVT to improve fuel economy substantially.
Less has altered in the inside compared to on the outside, with the general look of the dashboard and also door panels remaining mainly the exact same (i.e., acres of grey plastic). Some upgrades to products are evident, such as the really attractive SofTex fabric product that emphasizes the seats in the SE, and some joints have actually been removed for a cleaner look. Still, this is generally the outbound vehicle's inside.
There are toughness as well as weak points: Visibility is rather great in all directions, with clear view lines as well as reasonably slim pillars helping the chauffeur see out. The tall roofline with upright designing means there's a lot of headroom for front or rear seat occupants. On the disadvantage, material top quality is still a step behind the leaders in the class, as are the elegance of the electronic devices and tranquility of the cabin: Roadway and also wind sound are more apparent right here compared to in the Camry's competitors.
Convenience is mainly a non-issue: The seats are flat and also greatly without bolstering-- regardless of the sporting pretentions of the SE trim-- however this means they suit a broader variety of type of body and also vehicle drivers without problem. The rear seats feature good legroom and size for full-size grownups, however it's the high, formal roofline and also huge back windows that allow the cabin to feel spacious for backseat passengers. Room as well as convenience are on the same level with the Honda Accord, even if the Camry's innovation as well as worldly high quality are not. The Ford Fusion feels about as good inside but not nearly as roomy, as a result of a swoopy reduced roofline that seriously cramps rear clearance. The Altima has decidedly more-sculpted front seats, yet they're not to everybody's liking: On a current comparison test, I discovered them to be very soft and also comfortable, however amongst my half-dozen coworkers, I was alone in that opinion.
Comfort design & Electronic devices
When you select a higher Camry trim level, you get bells and also whistles aplenty, yet they still feel an action behind systems used by rivals-- especially the American brand names' systems, like Chevrolet MyLink as well as Chrysler Uconnect. Opt for a midrange Camry, like my SE examination vehicle, and also you obtain some standard functions on a common 6-inch touch-screen that's a major enhancement over the outward bound version's unit. Toyota's Entune system has a fair number of functions. Its USB port and Bluetooth enable device connectivity, iPod control and hands-free voice commands, however the typical system in the SE does not sustain applications like Pandora or Stitcher. Past the minimal multimedia system, there isn't really much to talk about when it involves the Camry SE's basic electronics, though navigation as well as application collection goodies are optional on all trims from the SE on up.
Cargo & Storage space
A huge part of the charm of midsize cars is their ability to transport individuals and also things, and the Camry does well in both divisions. With 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space, the Camry is completely affordable with the primary players in the segment. It matches the Altima and also virtually matches the Accord (15.8 cubic feet), however turns up a little except the Fusion's 16.0 cubic feet of trunk area. Longer things can be fit when the Camry's 60/40-split folding rear seats are utilized.
Since publication, the National Freeway Website Traffic Safety and security Management had actually begun crash-testing the 2015 Camry. Thus far, it has made 4 out of 5 star in its frontal examination however hasn't been subjected to any kind of extra testing. The Insurance Policy Institute for Freeway Security has actually additionally checked the Camry, declaring it "Excellent" general and also granting it the Top Security Select Plus status. See the Camry's crash-test outcomes below.
Not much additional safety and security devices comes on a $24,665 midsize car like the SE; in order to get the complete electronic collection of attributes like lane departure caution, front collision warning, dead spot screens as well as rear cross-traffic alert, one has to upgrade to the XSE trim after that add these options-- a $7,400 proposition. A backup camera is basic across the board. See exactly what safety tools comes standard on the car here.
Value in Its Course
Camry sedans market remarkably well thanks to their mix of integrity, convenience, room as well as ease of use. The deal isn't also worn-out, either, starting at $23,795, consisting of destination, for a base LE. My examination cars and truck was an SE with simply one alternative, a carpeting set, which supplanted at $24,890. If you so need, you could choice a Camry as much as virtually $35,000, which will load it with leather trim, imitation timber panels, navigation, complete internet connectivity and an effective V-6 engine. Set up one your method right here.
There's so much competition for the 2015 Camry that in our 2014 $27,000 Midsize Sedan Difficulty, we had 10 participants as well as still really did not include all the versions in the sector. There are two that challenge the Camry for midsize sales management each month, nevertheless, and also another that's catching up. The Honda Accord and Nissan Altima match the Camry quite possibly in terms of room, convenience of use, dependability, cost as well as powertrains, but there are a couple of distinctions. The Accord is available in crossbreed and plug-in-hybrid versions, as an example, and has some distinct security attributes, like a blind spot camera, that come standard on its midlevel EX-SPOUSE trim. Both the Accord and the Altima additionally edge the Camry in fuel economic climate, thanks to their CVTs.
The 3rd competitor is the Ford Fusion, which has actually been picking up speed given that its successful redesign. It supplies no V-6 engine, only effective, turbocharged four-cylinder engines, but it does supply all-wheel drive, which is something just the Subaru Heritage and also Chrysler 200 can match in this sector. Like the Accord, the Fusion is likewise readily available as a hybrid and also a plug-in crossbreed. The Fusion likewise has the edge in terms of readily available digital equipment, supplying things like automated vehicle parking, once you begin adding all the alternatives to a Fusion you rapidly come close to $39,000. That's a lot of cash for a midsize non-luxury vehicle. Contrast the Camry with its top three competitors right here.
Camry sales typically aren't likely to fail with this most recent upgrade to the brand name's icon, however Toyota has not done anything to draw in new purchasers to the model. The new Camry is completely matched to keeping existing owners happy for an additional generation when they sell their old model, yet provided just how great as well as advanced the competitors has actually ended up being, "I currently own one and also want an additional" may be the only factor delegated buy the Camry over its competitors.