If you have a Toyota Camry and also are thinking of getting a new one, you could also simply quit reading this evaluation right now; possibilities are you're mosting likely to buy an additional one regardless of just what's stated here in the next couple of paragraphs. Buyer inertia is powerful with the Camry, and also it's one large reason that Toyota continuouslies sell thousands of thousands of them time after time.
The business has updated the Camry for the 2015 design year, but the changes are so refined that if you didn't understand it was being updated, you most likely wouldn't observe any type of distinction (compare the 2014 and also 2015 designs right here). Big, significant adjustments to the business's very popular product have actually never ever been just how Toyota functions, yet this year some oppositions are stepping up their game-- namely the new Hyundai Sonata and also Subaru Tradition-- making the Camry's updates all the more vital.
2016 Toyota Camry
Exterior & Styling
The 2015 Camry's designing modifications are refined, as well as not totally effective. The most recognizable alteration comes to the front end, where a gaping black plastic grille currently extends from the side of the hood all the way down to the street on the SE (it's replaced by a multi-bar plastic view on other trims). This is the least attractive styling change, providing the front end an oddly incomplete appearance, like Toyota forgot to connect the last item of painted plastic to the bumper.
Things get better from there, luckily, with new headlights and also somewhat changed sheet steel along the sides of the cars and truck, causing brand-new taillights that regretfully look as common as most of the offerings in this classification. Faulting the Camry for common styling is most likely unreasonable; it's like taking factors off a fridge for being blocky. Given the restraints of developing an auto for mass-market customers that absolutely choose function over kind, the Camry is eye-catching enough to proceed drawing delighted purchasers. With the significant exception of the new Ford Combination and Mazda6, the competitors isn't really winning any design awards, either; other record-breakers in the segment, like the Honda Accord as well as Nissan Altima, are equally as generically car-shaped.
Just how It Drives
Two engines are available for the Camry, and also they ought to recognize by now. Criterion (as well as existing in my SE examination automobile) 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 effective 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6, still matched to the six-speed as well as routed only to the front wheels. Four-wheel drive is not readily available and also continues to be rare in this course, with the exception of the Ford Blend and Chrysler 200, where it's optional, as well as the Subaru Tradition, where it's typical. The four-cylinder is reasonably smooth as well as powerful, enabling the Camry to stay on top of freeway web traffic or accelerate briskly from a standing stop. The six-speed transmission changes efficiently, as well as the entire experience is usually plain.
Competitors likewise supply four-cylinder base engines, yet their powertrains do have some variants: The Accord as well as Altima now showcase continually variable automatic transmissions standard, indicating revs and also sound in those vehicles are higher than in the Camry. For a similar cost, the Blend uses a small, 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that's a few horsepower more effective compared to the Camry's base four-cylinder and also offers decent seat-of-the-pants thrust. Both the Accord and also Altima function optional V-6 engines, while the Fusion's bigger optional power plant is an extra powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter engine.
The driving experience in the new Camry is mostly the like in the old Camry - calm, unchallenging and also uneventful. Steering is light yet not vague; in spite of significant increase from its power guiding system to separate the vehicle driver as well as give an easygoing experience, it still really feels precise. The trip was a little choppier compared to I remember from my last experience in a Camry, with a volume to bumps as well as broken pavement that had not been as well damped as in competing lorries. The Camry has the tendency to bounce greater than expected over dips in the roadway, as well as the general experience really feels much less sophisticated compared to in the Accord or Altima-- and also much less sophisticated than the Combination's exceptional chassis. The Camry SE has a "sport-tuned suspension," according to Toyota, to make sure that might make up the harsher flight. Sporty is not the word that comes to mind with this Camry, however, making the idea of a sport model rather perplexing.
The base four-cylinder engine is reasonably fuel-efficient, also, rated 25/35/28 mpg city/highway/combined. A 175-mile test returned 29 mpg integrated in our test vehicle. This contrasts positively with the Fusion outfitted with the optional 1.5-liter, EcoBoost four-cylinder, which is ranked 24/36/28 mpg, yet lags behind the most up to date Accord (27/36/31 mpg) and Altima (27/38/31 mpg), both of which have the benefit of a CVT to enhance fuel economy substantially.
Less has actually transformed in the interior compared to on the outside, with the general appearance of the dashboard and door panels continuing to be mostly the same (i.e., acres of gray plastic). Some upgrades to materials are evident, such as the really fine-looking SofTex textile material that accentuates the seats in the SE, as well as some seams have actually been eliminated for a cleaner appearance. Still, this is essentially the outgoing cars and truck's inside.
There are staminas and also weak points: Presence is fairly excellent in all instructions, with clear sight lines and also reasonably slim columns helping the motorist see out. The tall roofline with upright styling implies there's a lot of clearance for front or backseat occupants. On the drawback, worldly quality is still a step behind the leaders in the class, as are the elegance of the electronics as well as quietness of the cabin: Road and also wind noise are more noticeable here than in the Camry's rivals.
Comfort is largely a non-issue: The seats are flat and also mainly without strengthening-- despite the sporting pretentions of the SE trim-- however this implies they suit a larger variety of type of body and chauffeurs without grievance. The rear seats include respectable legroom as well as size for full-size grownups, yet it's the tall, official roofline as well as big back home windows that permit the cabin to really feel spacious for rear seat travelers. Space and also convenience are on the same level with the Honda Accord, even if the Camry's technology as well as worldly top quality are not. The Ford Combination really feels around as nice inside yet not nearly as roomy, due to a swoopy low roofline that seriously pains rear headroom. The Altima has extremely more-sculpted pole positions, however they're not to everybody's liking: On a current comparison test, I located them to be very soft and comfy, yet among my half-dozen coworkers, I was alone in that viewpoint.
Functional design & Electronic devices
When you choose a higher Camry trim level, you get bells and also whistles aplenty, but they still feel a step behind systems provided by competitors-- specifically the American brand names' units, like Chevrolet MyLink as well as Chrysler Uconnect. Opt for a midrange Camry, like my SE test auto, and also you obtain some fundamental features on a basic 6-inch touch-screen that's a significant renovation over the outward bound design's system. Toyota's Entune system has a reasonable variety of functions. Its USB port and Bluetooth allow for tool connectivity, iPod control and hands-free voice commands, but the basic system in the SE does not support applications like Pandora or Stitcher. Beyond the minimal multimedia system, there isn't much to talk about when it involves the Camry SE's typical electronic devices, though navigation and application collection rewards are optional on all trims from the SE on up.
Cargo & Storage space
A big part of the allure of midsize sedans is their capacity to transport people and things, as well as the Camry succeeds in both departments. With 15.4 cubic feet of trunk area, the Camry is completely competitive with the primary players in the section. It matches the Altima and also nearly matches the Accord (15.8 cubic feet), but comes up a little except the Combination's 16.0 cubic feet of trunk room. Longer things can be suited when the Camry's 60/40-split folding backseats are utilized.
Since magazine, the National Highway Website Traffic Safety Management had started crash-testing the 2015 Camry. Thus far, it has earned four from five stars in its frontal examination yet hasn't already undergone any extra testing. The Insurance Policy Institute for Highway Safety and security has additionally evaluated the Camry, declaring it "Excellent" overall and also awarding it the Top Security Pick Plus status. See the Camry's crash-test outcomes right here.
Very little extra security tools comes on a $24,665 midsize sedan like the SE; to get the complete digital suite of attributes like lane separation caution, front crash warning, dead spot monitors and also back cross-traffic alert, one has to update to the XSE trim then add these choices-- a $7,400 recommendation. A backup electronic camera is standard across the board. See what security tools comes standard on the sedan here.
Worth in Its Course
Camry cars offer surprisingly well thanks to their mix of dependability, convenience, space as well as convenience of use. The offer isn't as well shabby, either, starting at $23,795, including location, for a base LE. My test auto was an SE with simply one alternative, a rug collection, which rang in at $24,890. If you so need, you can choice a Camry approximately virtually $35,000, which will load it with natural leather trim, imitation timber panels, navigating, complete net connection as well as a powerful V-6 engine. Configure one your method right here.
There's so much competition for the 2015 Camry that in our 2014 $27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge, we had 10 contestants as well as still really did not include all the models in the sector. There are 2 that challenge the Camry for midsize sales leadership on a monthly basis, however, as well as another that's catching up. The Honda Accord as well as Nissan Altima match the Camry quite possibly in terms of space, simplicity of use, dependability, price as well as powertrains, but there are a few distinctions. The Accord is readily available in crossbreed and also plug-in-hybrid designs, for example, and also has some special safety and security functions, like a blind spot cam, that come conventional on its midlevel EX-SPOUSE trim. Both the Accord and also the Altima additionally edge the Camry in gas economic situation, thanks to their CVTs.
The third contender is the Ford Fusion, which has actually been gaining ground considering that its effective redesign. It offers no V-6 engine, just powerful, turbocharged four-cylinder engines, yet it does supply all-wheel drive, which is something only the Subaru Legacy as well as Chrysler 200 could match in this sector. Like the Accord, the Fusion is additionally readily available as a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. The Blend additionally has the edge in regards to offered electronic tools, using points like automated parking, once you start including all the alternatives to a Combination you swiftly approach $39,000. That's a great deal of cash for a midsize non-luxury automobile. Contrast the Camry with its top 3 competitors below.
Camry sales typically aren't likely to fail with this most current upgrade to the brand name's symbol, yet Toyota has actually not done anything to bring in new purchasers to the model. The new Camry is perfectly matched to maintaining existing owners happy for an additional generation when they sell their old design, but provided how great and also progressed the competitors has become, "I currently have one as well as want an additional" could be the only factor left to buy the Camry over its competitors.