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2015 Toyota Camry to Offer Significant Updates

  • 2015 Camry will receive “significant attention”
  • Updates necessary to keep Camry popular in competitive class
  • We’ll know more about updates in the coming months

Toyota will refresh its popular midsize Camry sedan next year. That’s the latest from the automaker, which says the upcoming 2015 Toyota Camry won’t offer a full-scale redesign but rather “significant attention” in order to remain competitive.

According to an interview with Toyota sales head Bill Fay, the significant attention will be essential to keep Camry sales at their current pace. While the sedan has been the best-selling car in the U.S. for more than a decade, newly updated rivals — such as the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Volkswagen Passat — are threatening the Camry’s title.

“There were some who wanted to write Camry off this year, and it didn’t happen,” Fay told Bloomberg. “We’ll make some effort through the collective team to keep it No. 1 next year.”

Unfortunately, Fay didn’t say exactly what attention Toyota was planning to give to the Camry. The sedan was redesigned for the 2012 model year, which means next year will be its fourth on the market — usually too soon for another full redesign. Instead, we expect a comprehensive face-lift that will go beyond typical model-year updates.

As a result, look for a refreshed interior, updated exterior styling and maybe even some powertrain revisions. But don’t expect totally new styling or significant enhancements to the car’s pricing, trim levels or driving characteristics.

So why does the Camry need a larger update than usual? One word: competition. The sedan is facing greater competition than ever before, thanks to a host of new rivals. Such midsize sedan competitors include the Mazda6, which was redesigned for the 2014 model year; the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima, which were redesigned for 2013; and the Volkswagen Passat, which was redesigned for the 2012 model year.

We’ll find out more information about the 2015 Camry in the coming months, as the sedan is expected to go on sale next spring or summer.

What it means to you: If you’re considering a midsize sedan, you might want to wait until the updated 2015 Toyota Camry is revealed before making your final decision.

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

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5 COMMENTS

  1. I wonder if doing things like offering a 2014.5 Camry and mid-cycle redesigns will affect resale value in the long run? It seems that part of why Toyota maintains resale value is that the car you buy this year will typically be very similar to the car you would buy 3+ years from now.

    • I realize Toyota is calling this “significant attention” and not a redesign, but they are also claiming to replace the whole body except for the roof line and add 2000+ new parts. Seems a bit more than just “significant attention” to me.

  2. Camry needs to improve the quality of their cloth seats and the over-done chrome around the fog light is something that makes the car look odd. the center console is really cheap comparing to all other competitors.

    • Agreed. The chrome around the fog lights actually looks like cheap plastic and a design afterthought.

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