The most popular car sold in America is the Toyota Camry. The 2015 Camry got there by delivering matchless quality and high residual values. The current model is the most stylish one yet, transforming this vanilla midsize sedan into an eye-pleasing model.
No car is as popular as the Camry and yet Toyota refuses to rest on its laurels. This five-passenger, front-wheel drive midsize sedan is the quintessential people mover, and now it has the styling to match.
Big changes came to the Camry in 2015, just two years after the seventh generation model was introduced. To stay competitive, Toyota rushed a mid-cycle refresh to the market, changing nearly everything about this model save for the roof.
The current Camry has a more athletic stance with a bold, hourglass-shaped grille and wraparound headlamps. The front fascia is punctuated by crescent-shaped LED daytime running lights set within distinctive grooves. Furthermore, the Camry’s demeanor is more menacing as its tamer features have been removed.
The Camry’s profile has distinctive character lines that are at the door handle level with additional creasing near the rocker panels. Wrap around tail lamps, a built in rear spoiler and dual exhaust ports bring up the rear.
Inside, the Toyota Camry has sufficient room for five with a pair of bucket seats up front and a 60/40 split-folding bench seat to the rear. The driver’s seat offers good support to the back, hip and thighs. There is sufficient headroom even for tall passengers. All models offer 8-way power adjustment with lumbar support for the driver.
A tilt and telescopic steering wheel is standard and the wheel comes with audio and Bluetooth controls. Air conditioning, a basic Entune package, Bluetooth connectivity, power accessories, two 12-volt outlets, four cup holders and six in-door bottle holders are standard.
Upgrades bring in simulated or genuine leather seats, enhanced audio system packages, keyless entry and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. The XLE edition adds woodgrain-style interior accents, a four-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, remote keyless entry and rear seat reading lamps. Opt for the XSE edition and dual-zone automatic climate control is added.
Toyota outfits the Camry with a two-analog instrument panel with tachometer and speedometer present. In the center of the panel is a digital driver’s information readout offering fuel, gas mileage and other driver information. Specifically, it is controlled by switches located on the face of the steering wheel.
The Camry’s center stack is sensibly arranged with switches and knobs on either side of the display screen. Climate control switches and knobs are found just below that, followed by a concealed storage area designed to accommodate your smartphone with the attendant connection points. The transmission stick, two cup holders, optional seat heating and cooling switches and a covered storage area doubling as an arm rest follow.
The rear seat offers sufficient head, shoulder, hip and leg room for three adults. Like other cars in its class, the Camry has been enlarged in recent years; much of that increase benefits rear seating passengers. Alternately, pulling down the center arm rest provides extra space for two passengers and supplies a pair of cup holders too.
As delivered, the test model came with a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine. That engine is available with the XLE and XSE editions only. All models are equipped with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 178 horsepower. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Having driven Toyota cars equipped with the four-cylinder engine, the smaller engine should be sufficient for most needs. The V6 is powerful and when all that power is sent to the front wheels, torque steer is evident. This means that the steering wheel may suddenly pull to the left or the right as the Camry zooms down the road.
Handling is uninvolved, but the steering shifts without much effort. The Toyota Camry offers a smooth and quiet ride and provides satisfactory braking.
Toyota’s Entune audio and navigation package is sensible and fairly easy to use. The App Suite package gives owners access to Bing search as well as iHeartRadio, OpenTable and MovieTickets.com. Furthermore, those data services extend to fuel prices, sports scores, stocks, traffic and weather.
Keying in directions is easy and can be accomplished through voice command or by the touch screen. Directions were accurately delivered and clear. Smartphone syncing typically involves simply connecting to the USB port and waiting for Entune to recognize your phone.
In crash testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2015 Toyota Camry received a Top Safety Pick+ score, the highest rating bestowed by the institute. Moreover, the IIHS gave the Camry its highest score in all five test categories.
All Toyota model are equipped with the brand’s Star Safety System composing stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and smart stop technology.
Ten air bags are standard, including driver and front passenger knee air bags. On select models a pre-collision system with adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert and automatic high beams is available. Separately, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert can also be obtained.
With a starting price of $22,970, the 2015 Toyota Camry competes effectively with the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, Hyundai Sonata and other midsize sedans. Stick with the four-cylinder engine and you will find the best value. Indeed, a Camry XLE edition with optional Entune audio and navigation will cost you about $27,000.
It doesn’t take much analysis to figure out why the Toyota Camry is the best-selling car in America. It offers the value, options, engine choices and a sporty look that buyers want along with dependability. Customers routinely buy this sedan and pass it on to their children when they are ready to purchase a new one.