Pulling out all the stops to remain the best-selling car in the U.S., the Toyota Camry has undergone a major update that gives it a more interesting appearance and higher quality interior. A new trim level also joins the party.
According to Toyota, the updated Camry has been “rebuilt from the ground up with almost 2,000 new parts.” Its front facia resembles that of the larger Avalon sedan and Highlander crossover, featuring rounder headlights, a more prominent grille and larger lower air intakes. The taillights are also new and are better integrate into the car’s design.
SE models have a sportier appearance thanks largely to mesh grille inserts and black accents.
The interior looks very familiar but benefits from more sound deadening material, a revised instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch TFT display, and a redesigned center console storage tray that now houses a 12V outlet, a USB port and an optional wireless smartphone charging system.
The Camry’s existing trim levels carry over from the previous model unchanged; however, there is a new XSE trim that the Japanese automaker described as the sportiest yet. The XSE models ride on a sports-tuned suspension with unique shock absorbers, firmer dampers and coil springs, and a revised power steering system. Inside their wheel wells are unique 18-inch alloys.
Also unchanged is the engine lineup, which includes:
- A 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit rated at 178 horsepower and 170 lb-ft (230 Nm) of torque
- A hybrid powertrain that utilizes a 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit with 200 hp
- A 3.5-liter V6 that makes 268 hp and 248 lb-ft (336 Nm) of torque
Unveiled at the 2014 New York Auto Show, the updated 2015 Toyota Camry goes on sale in fall 2014.