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2016 Toyota Camry Special Edition: Chicago Auto Show

What Is It?

The 2016 Toyota Camry Special Edition brings sporty new flair to Toyota’s already stylish Camry midsize sedan, which was heavily updated last year with a new look. Limited to just 12,000 units that will be manufactured later this year, the Camry Special Edition offers some extra equipment and several alluring cosmetic changes.

The most obvious updates to the Camry Special Edition come on the outside, where the sedan boasts unique 18-inch alloy wheels finished with glossy black accents, a decidedly sporty look for a midsize sedan. There’s also a smoked taillight treatment that gives the car an especially bold appearance. And drivers can choose from one of two special colors: Blizzard Pearl and Blue Streak Metallic.

Inside, the Camry Special Edition shows off even more changes, including high-contrast blue stitching on the seats, shift boot and dashboard, and a sporty gauge cluster with blue detail work. There are also sport appearance seats trimmed with blue patterned inserts, along with floor mats that include the Special Edition’s unique logo.

Beyond its cosmetic upgrades, the Camry Special Edition adds a few new features to the regular Camry SE model on which it’s based. Those items include wireless charging, smart key with push-button start and a standard power sunroof.

How Much?

Although pricing has not yet been announced, expect a premium over the Camry SE’s $24,900 base price with shipping.

When Can You Get It?

Late summer 2015

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

We’re already highly impressed with the look of Toyota’s latest Camry, which was heavily updated for the 2015 model year. But the 2016 Toyota Camry Special Edition offers an even bolder look, both inside and out, thanks to some crucial cosmetic touches over the standard model. We’re also impressed with the Special Edition’s level of equipment, since it includes several important items that aren’t standard on a normal Camry SE. Like the newly released Corolla Special Edition also shown in Chicago, the Camry Special Edition is a good choice for those who want to combine Camry dependability with standout styling.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Ford Fusion — The midsize Ford Fusion sedan offers handsome styling and a surprisingly enjoyable driving experience. While there’s no unique special edition model, we think that just about every Fusion boasts good looks and a lot of equipment.

2015 Mazda6 — The handsome Mazda6 is one of the best-looking midsize sedans around, and while that alone doesn’t make it worthy of consideration, it’s a good start. The sedan also boasts a long list of standard and optional features, as well as some of the best gas mileage numbers in the business.

Used Infiniti Q50 — Formerly known as the G37 sedan, the Q50 offers an appealing look, a lot of high-tech gadgets and serious performance. Pricing runs high, though, so Camry shoppers may want to consider a used model.

Used Lexus IS — If you’re looking for sporty styling and a similar driving experience, the rear- or all-wheel-drive IS might have exactly what you need. It’s 

Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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  1. 2015 Camry does not have integrated or mounted turn signal on side mirrors, an important safety feature which is now a standard feature in all other vehicles.

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