Toyota is turning up the fun factor with the heavily refreshed 2015 Camry, making it more exciting to drive, quieter inside, and more appealing to look at. A new interior includes better materials and even a handy wireless phone charger in the center console. This update comes only two years after the Camry’s last refresh, but in its quest to excite customers with a more upmarket sedan, Toyota is staying poised on its toes, jabbing at the competition.
Though much of the car’s underpinnings are not new, the car will have a fresh feel and character. Revised suspension components make the Camry a better handler while upgraded insulation keeps NVH levels to a minimum. Outside, every body panel except for the roof has been replaced in a effort to liven up the Camry’s demeanor.
While the Camry gets a new look, the greasy bits under the hood will carry over. The 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder and the 3.5-liter V-6 return, as does the six-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid trim carries over as well, utilizing the same Atkinson Cycle 2.5-liter I-4 mated to an E-CVT. All three engines are good performers and get impressive fuel economy numbers, though none of them will be setting lap time records or leaving burnout marks up Interstate on-ramps.
The Camry might not be setting records around a racetrack, but it sure has set plenty of sales records, leading the pack as the best selling sedan for the last 12 years. Toyota has sold nearly a million Camrys in the last two years alone. So is messing with success worth it? Click past the jump for all the details on the new 2015 Camry and decide for yourself.
Click past the jump for the low down on the 2015 Toyota Camry
While the car’s chassis is largely unchanged, the car is larger than the outgoing model. Longer by 1.8 inches and wider by 0.4 inches, the extra area gave designers the ability to create a more athletic look.
The 2015 Camry enjoys an almost completely redesigned exterior with only the roof panel being carried over. The bumpers, quarter panels, doors, truck lid, rear fascia, and wheels are all new. While the car’s chassis is largely unchanged, the car is larger than the outgoing model. Longer by 1.8 inches and wider by 0.4 inches, the extra area gave designers the ability to create a more athletic look.
That athletic look starts up front with an almost Lexus-like arching LED light fixture just under the LED headlights, which themselves now have a more premium, 3D appearance with loads of detailing under the clear covers. The blacked-out grille on the XSE model – especially contrasted with the red paint as seen the photos – makes the car much more playful than in the past. Another Lexus cue finds its way into the lower arch along the door panels, curving up towards the rear tires.
Around back, a large chrome piece sits over the license plate cutout and connects the two highly stylized taillights. Dual exhaust tips protrude from under a black aero diffuser with actual winglets under the car. On the sportier XSE models, a small spoiler resides along the trunk lid for added style.
That XSE trim level is all new for 2015 and puts the added sportiness into the SE trim package. Besides the styling, the XSE gets a few handling upgrades like 18-inch wheels with lower profile tires, firmer shocks and bushings, higher rate coil springs, and an edgier tuning within the EPS computer.
Also new is a Hybrid SE model that combines the hybrid drive systems with a more fun-to-drive suspension setup. A thicker front roll bar, different shocks, and control arm bushings lend themselves to a crisper-handling car.
The engineers also gave attention to the Camry’s list of safety features. Like every Toyota, the STAR safety system comes standard and includes stability control, traction control, ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and smart stop Technology. Beyond that, the car comes optional with Lane Departure Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision System, Auto High Beams, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
2015 Toyota Camry - Exterior Dimensions
|Overall height, unloaded||57.9 Inches|
|Overall width||72.1 Inches|
|Overall length||191 Inches|
|Wheelbase||109.3 Inches Inches|
French stitching along seams and detailed accent lighting are both a very nice touch. Even the gear shifter has become a classy item to admire with its piano black surround, leather boot, and contrasting stitching.
Inside the Camry is an all new cabin, but one that’s familiar to those who’ve sat in the 2015 Highlander. The car’s materials are more upmarket with better fit and finish. French stitching along seams and detailed accent lighting are both a very nice touch. Even the gear shifter has become a classy item to admire with its piano black surround, leather boot, and contrasting stitching.
Satin chrome accents and soft-touch leathers are found throughout the cabin and a nicely finished wood trim piece resides in the dashboard. Push button starting, dual-zone climate controls, and a multi-function steering wheel help cultivate an atmosphere of convenient luxury.
The cabins utility has also been increased thanks to a larger storage area at the base of the center stack. It has room enough for plenty of stuff and features a 12-volt charger and a USB port. However, the best trick up its sleeve is a wireless charging pad for cell phones. It’s a segment first that’s sure to catch on quickly.
Up above in the center stack is Toyota’s Entune infotainment system with an available 7-inch touch screen. Though Toyota hasn’t mentioned much about the system, it will likely feature the same capabilities found in other 2015 Toyota models. That includes Pandora, IHeartRadio, Facebook Places, Yelp, and others; along with navigation and voice recognition.
Over at the driver’s instrument cluster resides another display — a 4.2-inch TFT screen that displays important vehicle information along with redundant info from the main infotainment screen. Flanking that screen are two large analog gauges with white numbering. Coolant temperature and the fuel level are the only other physical gauges present.
Besides the nifty gadgets, the Camry’s cabin is a much better place to spend time thanks to improved NVH levels. The side mirrors are moved further away from the greenhouse to reduce wind noise and the carpet insulation has been thickened by 30 percent. The improvements stretch across the board on all trim levels that include SE, XSE, Hybrid SE, LE, XLE.
While the majority of the 2015 Camry has seen improvements, the powertrain will carry over from the current generation, though Toyota hasn’t said anything regarding improvements made to the existing units. Perhaps an increase in horsepower and torque will accompany the sportier exterior.
For now, we know these three engines will return: the standard 2.5-liiter inline four-cylinder, the premium 3.5-liter V-6 and the hybrid model’s 2.5-liter Atkinson Cycle I-4 with its Hybrid Synergy Drive. The hybrid is mated to the E-CVT transmission while the other two engines get a 6-speed automatic.
For 2014, the base 2.5-liter I-4 made 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque while the more powerful 3.5-liter V-6 made a respectable 268 horses and 248 pound-feet. The hybrid’s 2.5-liter makes a solid 200 ponies thanks to the extra grunt from the system’s electric motors.
Fuel economy for each engine tends to vary dependent on trim level, but the base 2.5-liter generally rates at 25/28/35 on the city/highway/combined loop. The larger 3.5-liter V-6 comes in at 21/25/31 while the most efficient 2.5-liter hybrid comes in at 43/41/39.
Perhaps like a bump in horsepower, each engine will also get a bump in fuel economy as those numbers are huge selling points in this category.
2014 Toyota Camry figures listed
|Type||2.5-liter four-cylinder||hybridized 2.5-liter four-cylinder||3.5-liter V6|
|Output level||178 HP||200 HP||268 HP|
|Torque||170 LBS-FT||-||248 LBS-FT|
Pricing is an unknown at this point as Toyota hasn’t released those numbers. We can expect them to be announced closer to the Camry’s launch date in the fall, but until then, we can only speculate. That said, it’s hard to imagine Toyota bumping the price too far beyond the 2014 Camry’s sticker price. Don’t count on anything more than a $500 increase.
Starting price for the 2014 model begins at $22,425 and moves into the low $30,000 region with the Hybrid in top-trim XLE form.
The Honda Accord has always been a top seller in the mid-size sedan category for more years than we can remember. It’s made its reputation of solidly-built, reliable transportation that somewhat sporty to drive. That recipe hasn’t changed much in the last 20 years as the Accord continues to rank near the top of the sales charts.
Powered by a sweet 3.5-liter V-6 featuring Honda’s i-VTEC variable valve timing system that helps the engine produce 278 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Sixty mph comes a quick 6.2 seconds.
Pricing for the Accord starts at $21,995 and rises to nearly $35,000 with all the boxes checked on the top trim level.
Gallery Honda Accord Touring - Driven
The Sonata is a relative newcomer to the midsize category, and this 2015 refresh is its first update since becoming a legitimate contender with its total makeover in 2011. Like the Camry’s refresh, the Sonata’s is mainly cosmetic as it returns with the same 2.4- and 2.0-liter I-4 engines. Though for 2015, both engines received a bump in power, especially in the lower RPM band.
The new, more mature Sonata will surely give the Camry a strong competitor, but whether its changes will be enough to dethrone King Camry is yet to be seen.
Hyundai hasn’t released any details on pricing at this point, though we can expect to hear more closer to the car’s forth-quarter sales launch.
Gallery Hyundai Sonata
The improvements made to the new Camry are significant in all the right places. It’s all improvements in areas buyers can see, feel, or easily perceive. Though we’ve yet to take it for a drive, it seems Toyota did their homework in improving an already good car. Sure, there isn’t much wrong with the current Camry, but there is so much more right with the new 2015 model.
- New sporty attitude
- Better interior materials
- Reduced NVH levels
- No word on powertrain improvements
- No word on pricing
Gallery Toyota Camry
Toyota Camry rebuilt from the ground up with almost 2,000 new parts
New, sporty XSE and Hybrid SE grades amp up driving dynamics
Most upscale interior in segment with soft-touch materials throughout
Produced by over 7,000 American team members
April 16, 2014
NEW YORK (April 16, 2014) - So what do you do when you have the best-selling car in the industry for 12 straight years? You find ways to make it even better. That’s exactly what Toyota did with the introduction of the new 2015 Camry. After selling almost a million of the industry’s benchmark sedan since the current generation launched in 2011, Toyota stripped it down to its chassis and rebuilt it from the ground up, raising the bar yet again in the ultra-competitive mid-size sedan segment.
“Customers today love the durability, quality and value that the Camry represents, but they are looking for a little more style, comfort and performance, and this 2015 Camry has all of the above,” said Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. “This is the new Camry, and it’s coming from the new Toyota.”
Toyota designers and engineers re-imagined nearly every exterior surface of the car. Only the roof remains unchanged. The new, upscale interior features premium, soft-touch materials throughout the spacious cabin. Advanced instrumentation with intuitive controls helps keep the driver’s eyes safely on the road ahead.
Underneath the striking new exterior, the chassis and body structure are bolstered with additional spot welds, enhancing rigidity for better ride quality. A retuned suspension takes the Camry’s handling to a whole new level of responsiveness.
Two new grades, the sporty and luxurious XSE and the eco-fun Hybrid SE, join the well-equipped entry LE and the premium XLE grade, giving customers more choice than ever before.
An Expressive and Athletic Exterior
The 2015 Camry’s exterior is more expressive and athletic with prominent character lines. The new car is slightly longer (1.8 inches or 45 mm) and features a widened track (0.4 inches or 10 mm) that communicates a dynamic stance and presence.
A pronounced body line starts from the Camry’s muscular front fender and spans across the doors and rear quarter panel, conveying a sense of motion. The completely revised, more aggressive front bumper cover features a wider more prominent trapezoidal grille shape, expressing a lower center of gravity.
The 2015 Camry will be available in 10 colors, including the new Celestial Silver Metallic and Ruby Flare Pearl.
New Lighting Shines with Form and Function
The new sleek headlamps complement the aggressive front fascia, while the front turn signal indicators and LED DRL’s are integrated for an elegant appearance. The 2015 Camry will offer exterior lighting with available LED low and high-beams and auto static leveling. The Camry’s rear tail lamps sweep into the tapered sheet metal at the rear of the car. A decorative garnish connects
the tail lamps across the trunk lid and emphasizes its new sporty stance.
A Modern, Refined Interior
The interior of the new Camry is more refined than ever with premium materials, roomier feel and improved amenities. The center stack features a high-tech, upscale look that smoothly integrates with the console.
The center console tray has been redesigned to increase capacity while offering a convenient power source in the storage box. The new enclosed bin in front of the shifter now offers 12v, USB and a segment-first, available wireless charging system for select smart phones.
The 2015 Camry’s cockpit offers intuitive top-flight in-car electronics and displays that help reduce driver stress and distraction. The instrument panel features a new 4.2-inch TFT screen nestled between the three-dimensional Optitron gauges on the SE, XLE and XSE models. The screen’s color animation displays a wide range of vehicle functions and coordinates with the multimedia system to display audio, navigation, warnings and communications.
Detailed stitching and trim elements finished in satin chrome convey a sophisticated appearance. Varying by model, seat cover textures range from premium cloth all of the way to genuine leather and Ultrasuede with durable, high contrast French-stitching.
The Quietest Camry Ever
Toyota engineers focused on reducing unwanted wind and road noise to offer an even quieter cabin. Window and door seals were improved to keep noise outside. The carpet features 30 percent more insulating material. Even the Camry’s side mirrors were redesigned to better control air flow reducing turbulence and noise.
Dialing Up Driving Dynamics
Additional spot welds were added to the door opening flanges to increase rigidity and enable spirited handling. A combination of Macpherson struts up front, a multi-link arrangement at the rear and a stiffer body structure allows for unique suspension tuning across trim levels.
The electric power steering on all Camry models is tuned for better on-center feel, better straight line stability and more direct-feeling steering inputs. In addition to improvements in steering feel, the new Camry’s hydraulic system has been revised with a two-stage brake booster to improve brake feel.
The Camry will continue to be available with 2.5-liter four-cylinder or 3.5-liter V6 gas engines paired with 6-speed automatic transmissions, or a 2.5-liter Atkinson Cycle engine with Hybrid Synergy drive matched to an E-CVT.
Making the Grade
In 2011, Toyota launched the sporty Camry SE grade, resulting in attracting buyers that were 12 years younger than the rest of the segment average. The SE model now accounts for 45 percent of the Camry sales mix, proving that drivers want sportier models.
Building on this success, the Camry XSE grade gives customers more of what they want with enthusiastic driving dynamics and luxurious amenities. The Camry SE and XSE are distinguished by a unique mesh grille and fascia treatment. The Camry XSE adds to its edgier look with model-specific 18-inch wheels, unique shock absorbers, firmer bushings, higher rate coil springs, and unique EPS tuning, making it the sportiest Camry yet.
Also for 2015, a Camry Hybrid SE has been added to the lineup with unique dynamic suspension tuning that delivers an eco-fun driving experience. Up front, a stabilizer bar, absorber valve structure, and control arm bushing components were enhanced to offer improved ride quality while sharpening steering feel. The Hybrid SE’s vehicle stability control system has been retuned for smoother intervention and a more natural driving feel.
Advanced Safety Features
All Toyota vehicles come standard with the STAR Safety System. In addition, Camry will offer safety-focused driver aids including Lane Departure Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision System with Auto High Beams, and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Every Camry sold in North America is the product of over 7,000 skilled American team members. From design and engineering in Michigan, to assembly in Kentucky, a unique American touch goes into each Camry that rolls off of the line. The new 2015 Camry will arrive in dealerships this fall.