If you have a Toyota Camry as well as are thinking of purchasing a new one, you may also simply quit reading this review now; opportunities are you're mosting likely to acquire another one despite what's stated below in the following few paragraphs. Customer inertia is effective with the Camry, and also it's one big reason why Toyota continuouslies market numerous hundreds of them time after time.
The business has actually updated the Camry for the 2015 version year, yet the modifications are so subtle that if you really did not know it was being upgraded, you possibly would not discover any distinction (compare the 2014 and 2015 designs here). Big, dramatic adjustments to the company's very successful item have actually never ever been exactly how Toyota works, however this year some challengers are stepping up their video game-- namely the brand-new Hyundai Sonata and Subaru Legacy-- making the Camry's updates even more vital.
Toyota Camry 2016
Outside & Designing
The 2015 Camry's designing changes are refined, and not totally successful. The most obvious alteration comes to the front end, where a gaping black plastic grille now expands from the side of the hood completely to the street on the SE (it's replaced by a multi-bar plastic look on other trims). This is the least eye-catching styling adjustment, providing the front end a strangely incomplete look, like Toyota failed to remember to attach the last piece of paintinged plastic to the bumper.
Points improve from there, luckily, with new fronts lights as well as slightly revised sheet steel alongside the auto, leading to new taillights that sadly look as generic as a lot of the offerings in this group. Faulting the Camry for generic styling is possibly unjust; it resembles taking factors off a refrigerator for being blocky. Provided the constraints of developing an automobile for mass-market consumers who absolutely like feature over type, the Camry is appealing sufficient to proceed drawing satisfied purchasers. With the notable exemption of the new Ford Blend and Mazda6, the competitors isn't really winning any kind of style honors, either; other record-breakers in the sector, like the Honda Accord and also Nissan Altima, are just as generically car-shaped.
Just how It Drives
Two engines are readily available for the Camry, and also they must recognize by now. Standard (and existing in my SE test cars and truck) is a 178-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Optional in higher trim degrees 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. All-wheel drive is not offered and remains unusual in this course, with the exception of the Ford Blend as well as Chrysler 200, where it's optional, as well as the Subaru Heritage, where it's typical. The four-cylinder is fairly smooth and powerful, enabling the Camry to stay on top of freeway traffic or speed up quickly from a standing stop. The six-speed transmission changes smoothly, and also the entire experience is generally unremarkable.
Competitors additionally provide four-cylinder base engines, however their powertrains do have some variants: The Accord and Altima currently include constantly variable automatic transmissions basic, indicating revs and noise in those cars are above in the Camry. For a similar price, the Fusion provides a tiny, 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that's a few horse power more effective compared to the Camry's base four-cylinder and gives suitable seat-of-the-pants propelled. Both the Accord and Altima feature optional V-6 engines, while the Combination's bigger optional power plant is a more powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter engine.
The driving experience in the new Camry is mainly the like in the old Camry - calm, unchallenging and also uneventful. Guiding is light however not vague; in spite of considerable increase from its power guiding system to isolate the driver and supply a relaxed experience, it still feels precise. The trip was a little choppier than I bear in mind from my last experience in a Camry, with a loudness to bumps and also damaged sidewalk that wasn't also damped as in competing cars. The Camry tends to jump more than anticipated over dips in the road, as well as the general experience really feels much less innovative compared to in the Accord or Altima-- as well as much less sophisticated compared to the Fusion's excellent chassis. The Camry SE has a "sport-tuned suspension," according to Toyota, so that may represent the harsher ride. Stylish is not the word that enters your mind with this Camry, though, making the suggestion of a sporting activity model rather puzzling.
The base four-cylinder engine is fairly fuel-efficient, too, rated 25/35/28 mpg city/highway/combined. A 175-mile examination returned 29 mpg integrated in our test automobile. This compares favorably with the Combination furnished with the optional 1.5-liter, EcoBoost four-cylinder, which is rated 24/36/28 mpg, however lags behind the current Accord (27/36/31 mpg) and Altima (27/38/31 mpg), both which have the benefit of a CVT to boost fuel economy substantially.
Less has changed in the inside than on the exterior, with the general appearance of the dash and door panels staying mainly the very same (i.e., acres of gray plastic). Some upgrades to products appear, such as the really good-looking SofTex fabric material that emphasizes the seats in the SE, as well as some joints have been gotten rid of for a cleaner appearance. Still, this is essentially the outward bound automobile's interior.
There are staminas and weak points: Presence is quite good in all directions, with clear view lines and also relatively slim pillars aiding the driver see out. The tall roofline with upright styling indicates there's plenty of headroom for front or backseat owners. On the disadvantage, worldly top quality is still an action behind the leaders in the course, as are the refinement of the electronics as well as tranquility of the cabin: Roadway as well as wind sound are more evident here than in the Camry's rivals.
Convenience is mainly a non-issue: The seats are level as well as largely without strengthening-- despite the sporting pretentions of the SE trim-- yet this implies they suit a larger range of body types and also vehicle drivers without issue. The rear seats include decent legroom as well as width for full-size grownups, but it's the tall, official roofline as well as huge back home windows that allow the cabin to feel roomy for backseat passengers. Room and convenience are on par with the Honda Accord, even if the Camry's innovation as well as material high quality are not. The Ford Blend feels around as wonderful inside yet not virtually as large, due to a swoopy low roofline that seriously cramps rear clearance. The Altima has distinctly more-sculpted front seats, however they're not to everyone's liking: On a recent comparison test, I discovered them to be very agreeable as well as comfortable, however amongst my half-dozen associates, I was alone because viewpoint.
Comfort design & Electronics
When you go with a greater Camry trim degree, you get bells and also whistles aplenty, but they still feel an action behind systems offered by rivals-- especially the American brands' systems, like Chevrolet MyLink as well as Chrysler Uconnect. Go with a midrange Camry, like my SE test car, and you get some fundamental functions on a basic 6-inch touch-screen that's a significant renovation over the outward bound model's unit. Toyota's Entune system has a reasonable number of functions. Its USB port as well as Bluetooth enable device connectivity, iPod control and also hands-free voice commands, yet the basic device in the SE does not support apps like Pandora or Stitcher. Past the minimal multimedia system, there isn't much to speak about when it comes to the Camry SE's standard electronics, though navigating and also app suite rewards are optional on all trims from the SE on up.
Freight & Storage
A large part of the allure of midsize cars is their capacity to carry people and also stuff, and the Camry does well in both departments. With 15.4 cubic feet of trunk room, the Camry is completely competitive with the primary players in the segment. It matches the Altima as well as almost matches the Accord (15.8 cubic feet), yet turns up a little short of the Fusion's 16.0 cubic feet of trunk area. Longer products can be suited when the Camry's 60/40-split folding backseats are utilized.
Safety and security
As of magazine, the National Freeway Traffic Safety Management had actually started crash-testing the 2015 Camry. So far, it has actually earned four out of five stars in its frontal examination however hasn't been subjected to any kind of extra screening. The Insurance Institute for Freeway Security has actually additionally examined the Camry, declaring it "Good" general as well as granting it the Top Security Choose Plus standing. See the Camry's crash-test results below.
Not much extra security tools comes on a $24,665 midsize sedan like the SE; to get the complete electronic collection of features like lane separation warning, front crash caution, blind spot screens as well as rear cross-traffic alert, one needs to upgrade to the XSE trim then include these choices-- a $7,400 recommendation. A backup electronic camera is typical across the board. See what safety and security tools comes criterion on the car here.
Value in Its Course
Camry sedans offer exceptionally well thanks to their mix of reliability, convenience, space and ease of use. The deal isn't really as well worn-out, either, starting at $23,795, consisting of location, for a base LE. My examination auto was an SE with just one alternative, a rug collection, which rang in at $24,890. If you so wish, you can choice a Camry as much as virtually $35,000, which will fill it with natural leather trim, replica wood panels, navigating, full web connection and an effective V-6 engine. Configure one your way right here.
There's so much competitors for the 2015 Camry that in our 2014 $27,000 Midsize Sedan Difficulty, we had 10 candidates and also still really did not include all the designs in the sector. There are two that challenge the Camry for midsize sales leadership on a monthly basis, nonetheless, as well as one more that's catching up. The Honda Accord and Nissan Altima match the Camry quite possibly in regards to space, simplicity of use, reliability, price as well as powertrains, however there are a couple of distinctions. The Accord is available in hybrid and plug-in-hybrid models, for example, and has some distinct safety functions, like a blind spot video camera, that come typical on its midlevel EX-SPOUSE trim. Both the Accord as well as the Altima also edge the Camry in gas economic climate, thanks to their CVTs.
The 3rd contender is the Ford Blend, which has actually been making headway since its successful redesign. It offers no V-6 engine, only powerful, turbocharged four-cylinder engines, however it does use all-wheel drive, which is something just the Subaru Legacy as well as Chrysler 200 can match in this segment. Like the Accord, the Combination is also readily available as a crossbreed and also a plug-in crossbreed. The Blend also has the edge in terms of readily available digital equipment, offering things like automatic car park, but once you begin including all the options to a Fusion you promptly come close to $39,000. That's a great deal of loan for a midsize non-luxury automobile. Compare the Camry with its leading 3 competitors below.
Camry sales aren't most likely to falter with this newest update to the brand name's icon, yet Toyota has actually not done anything to attract brand-new customers to the design. The brand-new Camry is perfectly suited to maintaining current proprietors delighted for one more generation when they sell their old design, however provided just how excellent and also progressed the competition has actually ended up being, "I already possess one as well as want another" may be the only factor left to buy the Camry over its rivals.