America’s favorite car, the Camry, gets a plum of a redesign!
By Tara Weingarten
America’s favorite car, the Camry, gets a plum of a redesign!
Ten Things to Know About the 2015 Toyota Camry
Do you think the Camry is reliable, a good value…and just a bit boring? You’re not alone. For many, the Camry is like a Hallmark card – absolutely gets the job done but without imagination or humor (sure, a car can have whimsey). For 2015 Toyota Camry is new – a mid-cycle redesign that injects charm, style, even an athletic and fun look, along with its tried and true reliability and good price. Toyota reworked nearly a third of the Camry’s 6,000 parts to be all new. The result: what the Camry should have been all along, a delightful mid-size sedan that’s actually fun to drive and pretty to look at.
Super premium is the buzzword. From the 2015 Camry’s exterior – a bolder front end, headlamps that are swept back along the sides, and on some models, chromed dual exhaust pipes (sporty!) – to the contrast French stitching on seats and dashboard, and a new multi-info display on the gauge cluster that monitors a bevy of important safety features and creature comforts.
Even though the Camry has been America’s best-selling car for the last dozen years, Toyota execs decided it was time to inject some personality. They stripped the Camry down to its chassis and started over. What emerged is touches like satin chrome plating trim on the interior for a more premium look, flared fenders and wider wheels for an athletic, masculine appearance, and soft-touch materials on everything the driver’s fingers touch.
The 2015 Toyota Camry drives entirely differently from the previous model. Tighter steering, tighter ride – though still quite comfy on rough roads – and noticeably better handling. We took the Camry on a twisty mountain highway and loved the way it hunkered down, giving us confidence that we were safe, even at highway speeds.
Speaking of safety, the 2015 Camry has 10 airbags standard.
Additional safety technology is available, including: a pre-collision warning system that automatically closes all windows and tightens everyone’s seat belts if a crash is imminent; lane departure warning which flashes a light and/or beeps when the vehicle drifts outside its lane; adaptive cruise control, which automatically keeps pace with the car in front – speeding up or slowing down as the traffic in front moves and brakes; automatic high beam headlights, which dim for oncoming cars and then relight when the vehicle has passed; and rear cross-traffic warning, which beeps when a car, pedestrian or anything crosses the Camry’s path as it is backing up – takes the worry out of blind spot accidents.
The 2015 Toyota Camry is expected to receive the 2015 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA) Five Star rating and be a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The 2015 Camry is quieter, too. It carries 30 percent more sound insulation than the previous generation, which blocks out more wind and road noise.
VroomGirls loves the Toyota Camry’s new upgrades in the interior. Padded armrests both on the center console and the door panels make for a more relaxed ride. The deep cubby for phone storage and charging (which can include the inductive wireless charger) is large enough to hold several devices at once. And the huge covered center console storage, with concealed 12V charger and USB port, handily accommodates a tablet or small purse.
For an added charge, the redesigned Camry can be loaded with fun new options. Charge your phone wirelessly with the charging plate. Just lay your phone down on pad set into the center console and it’ll charge automatically, no need to fidget with wires. The 2015 Camry also has adjustable mood lighting – change the colors in your car just like a mood ring! Suede-like inserts on the door trim and a satin-feel vinyl on seats in the XSE model is downright posh.
The only demerits we’d give the 2015 Toyota Camry is for the small size of its audio/info/navigation screen, and the lack of backseat A/C vents on the base model LE. The Camry’s standard size info screen for lower trim levels is 4.2″, smaller than we’d like. The upper-tier Camrys receive a 7″ screen, which is better, but still too small for the premium expectations at this trim level. We would prefer the low trim levels to receive a 7″ screen and the higher trims to wear an 8″ or even 9″ screen.
As for the missing backseat air conditioning vents on the entry model Camry, we ask why? Don’t backseat riders get hot, too?
Just the facts: the 2015 Toyota Camry has eight cup holders, five seats, an enormous trunk, an eyeglass case above the rear-view mirror, and sun visors with slide-out extensions. As for fuel economy, during our day-long drive in mixed stop-and-go-traffic, highway speeds and twisty mountain roads, we got 21.7 mpg in the V6 model (which has an EPA rating of 21 city/31 hwy).
The SE trim level 2015 Toyota Camry now comes in a hybrid version. Not only does the 2015 Toyota Camry SE Hybrid get 43 mpg city/39 hwy EPA mileage, it comes standard with a sport suspension for a tighter ride, and sport fabric front seats, which resist stains better and feel more premium. It sells for $28,820.
Made in America! We are happy to report that 7,000 American workers build the Camry in Georgetown, Ky. And each Camry is comprised of 75 percent North American content.
Say buh-bye to boring. The 2015 Toyota Camry really is fun and stylish. This is the daily driver American families have wanted.
Truly stylish and contemporary in every way
Comfortable seating, smooth ride, improved handling, loaded with standard safety features
Small info display screen
One Response to “Toyota Camry”
Hi, I really wish you would have a section on comfort: how well the ride absorbs bumps (which you have for one trim I guess but not clear which trim and the SE is kinda brutal compared with the other trims), and also how comfortable the seats are for a long ride. The seat comfort is especially valuable from a female perspective, since most women are maybe 5’5″, our bodies curve into the seatback differently, and the upper back is narrower than men’s. Also, seat-depth is sometimes so deep in a car that only women with the longest legs will fit the seat. As an example, for me, the VW Passat was too deep. I’ve been driving a lot of cars lately and the degree of seat support and comfort is really wide.