The 2015 Toyota Camry isn’t fully redesigned, but it certainly does offer some big changes. Toyota has given its best-selling sedan a huge makeover for the latest model year, changing the Camry’s styling, updating its interior, and adding a host of new standard and optional features. In our latest article, we’re taking a closer look at all the major revisions.
Inside and Out
The first thing that you’re sure to notice about the new Camry is its exterior styling, which has been substantially updated for 2015 — far more than you’d usually expect from a simple facelift. In fact, nearly every panel has changed, with most updates concentrated in the front — where narrow, aggressive headlights complement a large, bold new grille — and in back, where the latest Camry features new taillights, a new trunk lid and more pronounced rear wheel arches.
Changes to the Camry’s interior aren’t as dramatic, but they’re still noticeable. Gone is last year’s segmented center control stack, replaced instead by a more flowing design that gives the interior a more modern look. The car’s clock is integrated into the center touchscreen, while a new steering wheel and a newly available 4.2-inch thin-film-transistor (TFT) screen — mounted in the gauge cluster — round out the major updates.
Revisions to the 2015 Camry are more than just skin-deep: There are also a wide variety of new features and gadgets for drivers and passengers to enjoy. The TFT screen, for instance, comes standard on all Camry models except the base-level LE, and it displays vehicle alerts, navigation directions, audio information and other pertinent facts. The Camry also adds a standard power driver’s seat, a standard backup camera and available LED running lights. Of course, the brand’s Entune infotainment system remains available, offering 6.1- or 7-in touchscreen options and a wide variety of available app functions.
The latest Camry also offers a long list of totally new safety features. Although none of the new items come standard, the Camry adds sought-after options such as adaptive cruise control, lane-departure alert and a pre-collision system for the 2015 model year. Of course, last year’s rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitoring systems are also carried over.
Tuned for Drivers
According to Toyota, the Camry also offers some updates for shoppers interested in getting a more enjoyable driving experience from their midsize sedan. We’ll have driving impressions coming soon, but for now, the automaker says that handling is improved with a stiffer chassis, revised suspension tuning, and an updated power-steering system designed to offer a better on-center feel and a more direct connection between the car and the driver.
In addition to crafting a series of updates inside and out, Toyota is also changing around the Camry’s familiar trim levels. While last year’s sporty Camry SE sticks around, the automaker is also adding a new model with an even stronger focus on performance: the Camry XSE. The XSE adds larger 18-in alloy wheels, a revised suspension with a sporty feel, and a specially tuned power-steering system designed to maximize handling prowess. SE and XSE models also offer special automatic-transmission tuning that’s designed to provide quicker upshifts and downshifts.
Under the Hood
Perhaps the only area of the 2015 Camry that doesn’t see major updates is the powertrain. Gas-powered models will still use last year’s engine choices (a 178-horsepower 4-cylinder or a 268-hp V6), while hybrids retain the outgoing model’s 200-hp 2.5-liter hybrid 4-cylinder. Fuel economy also remains the same: 4-cylinder Camry models will still return 25 miles per gallon in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, while the efficient Camry Hybrid will keep its 43 mpg city/39 mpg hwy rating.
Although it isn’t fully redesigned, the 2015 Toyota Camry comes about as close as you can get to a comprehensive facelift, and we look forward to spending some time behind the wheel to see how all the changes affect the car’s driving experience.