Shopping for a midsize 4-door sedan is one thing, but finding a reliable one is another. The best-selling 2015 Toyota Camry should already be on your radar. If not, here’s why it should be.
The 2015 Camry did receive a major facelift, making it much more upscale and aggressive-looking compared to previous models. It also received quite a few engineering tweaks to enhance ride comfort and handling.
The 4-cylinder versions have a 2.5L engine returning 25 miles per gallon city/35 mpg highway. The more powerful V6 Camry returns slightly lower fuel economy of 21 mpg city/31 mpg highway. The V6 was a pricey option new, but shouldn’t add much to the price of a used Camry. It’s worth it for those drivers who would rather have the additional 90 horsepower. Both engines run on regular unleaded, which should save you some cash at the pump.
Behind the wheel, the 2015 Toyota Camry has a solid feel with a smoother ride and sharper handling. And thanks to sound absorption technology, it’s quieter than previous models. If you want more responsive handling and a sportier feel, look into the SE or XSE. The XSE is new for 2015 and is like the combination of the more luxury-oriented XLE and the sport SE.
Inside, the fit and finish are also much improved with a streamlined cockpit, a sleeker center stack and more soft-touch materials. Even the steering wheel is quite substantial.
Even the base model LE comes with quite a few standard features like a rear view camera and a 6.1-inch touchscreen. There’s also an 8-way power driver seat, keyless entry and optional sunroof. Move up to the SE and receive a sport tuned suspension, rear spoiler and chrome exhaust. You even get a paddle shifter and 17-in wheels. Look for options like navigation and smart key to get the most bang for your buck at the SE level.
If upgraded seats, infotainment and climate control are a priority, consider moving up to the XSE. The V6 version adds a 7-in touchscreen with navigation, LED headlamps and 18-in wheels.
If you want a more luxurious ride, the XLE V6 is the way to go with wood grain trim, heated front seats and dual zone climate control with rear vents.
As for comfort, the front seats received mixed reviews. If you spend more time on the road, take the Camry on a longer test drive to ensure you’ll be comfortable. The back seats are spacious, and parents out there should know it can easily accommodate rear or front facing car seats. The split-folding seats also help to make the most of the trunk’s cargo space.
On the Technology front, the basics are covered. There’s Bluetooth to stream your favorite music or podcast, and some base trim levels will feature an upgraded Entune package that includes satellite and HD radio — so look out for that. There’s also a wireless charging pad available on select models that helps cut down on cord clutter.
The only weak spot may be Toyota’s Entune interface, which won’t appeal to everyone. It isn’t the most intuitive, but it is simple. Unfortunately, it also lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, something a few cars from 2015 have. But if you like everything else about the Camry, this likely won’t make it or break it for you.
As far as safety goes, the higher trim levels receive a decent amount of advanced safety technology. The optional blind spot and rear cross-traffic alert systems improve on the Camry’s already great visibility. Look for the XLE or XSE models that have the technology package to get pre-collision monitoring with brake assist, lane-departure warning, automatic high beams and dynamic cruise control.
While Toyota is known for reliability, a used car always comes with some risk. For extra peace of mind, consider buying a certified pre-owned Camry. It has certain qualifications: It can’t have more than 85,000 miles on it, and it can’t be more than six years old. It also must go through a 160-point inspection, and it gets a Carfax report. The Toyota CPO warranty covers the whole car bumper-to-bumper for one year or 12,000 miles, extends the original powertrain warranty to seven years/100,000 miles and also includes one year of roadside assistance.
If you’re looking for a used Camry, the 2015 model is the one that offers the best combination of modern features at a less-than-new-car price. Remember, Toyotas hold their value well, so it might be worth comparing a used 2015 model to a newer one.