2015 Toyota Camry

What's new for 2015? The Toyota Camry receives a thorough overhaul for 2015, a mere three years after a complete redesign. Highlights include all-new exterior styling, improved handling and a revised interior with more equipment and better materials.

The generational lifecycle of Toyota cars and trucks is usually very consistent. Every five or six years, the company typically debuts a new version of a given car and, apart from some mild updates of a chrome strip here or a reshaped headlight design there, leaves it alone until the next redesign. The 2015 Toyota Camry represents a significant departure from the norm, however, as Toyota has thoroughly overhauled it a mere three years after a complete redesign. Whatever the reasons are for the change -- a good guess would be that Toyota feels the need to have a more competitive Camry this year -- the end result is certainly good news if you're shopping for a 2015 midsize family sedan.

The Camry's changes are obvious on the outside, where all but the roof has been restyled. The grille is bigger, more prominent and indicative. Overall, we think the Camry looks more refined, premium and grown up. Inside, the Camry's overall design and generous passenger space remain unchanged, but Toyota has improved the quality of plastics -- especially on the center console -- while most of the door panels are now covered in padded simulated leather or suede (depending on the trim level). The buttons and knobs for the climate controls are bigger and less toylike than before and, as a result, are not only easier to use but imbue a higher-end look and feel. Plus, every Camry now gets classier gauges and a user-friendly Entune touchscreen interface.

The 2015 Toyota Camry is a five-passenger midsize sedan available in LE, SE, XSE and XLE trim levels.

Standard equipment on the base LE includes 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, air-conditioning, keyless entry, a rearview camera, cruise control, an eight-way power driver seat (with two-way power lumbar adjustment), a 60/40-split folding rear seat, cloth upholstery, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 6.1-inch Entune touchscreen electronics interface, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB/iPod interface.

The SE builds upon that with 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, unique exterior styling and interior trim elements, sport fabric and simulated leather upholstery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and upgraded gauges.

Exterior Highlights
Available in XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring, Limited and XLE Touring Sport trim levels

Satellite radio, HD radio and a color trip computer display can be added to the LE and SE as part of the Entune Plus package. A sunroof is also optional. The XSE builds upon the SE's equipment with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED running lamps, leather and simulated suede upholstery, heated front seats with more aggressive side bolstering, a four-way power passenger seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio and HD radio.

The Convenience package available on the four-cylinder SE and XSE trims includes keyless ignition and entry, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The XLE is equipped similarly to the XSE, however, it has the LE's more comfort-oriented suspension tuning and lacks the SE/XSE's sporty styling elements. It has 17-inch alloy wheels and full leather upholstery.

The following items are optional on the four-cylinder XSE and XLE and standard on their V6-powered versions: LED headlights, a noise-reducing windshield, a sunroof, the Convenience package items, a 7-inch upgraded Entune touchscreen interface, a navigation system, Qi wireless smartphone charging and a suite of smartphone-integration apps.

Optional on the XSE and the XLE is a blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert system, the Advanced Technology package (lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision warning and braking system, and automatic high beam headlight control), and a 10-speaker JBL sound system. The XLE can be equipped with Safety Connect emergency telematics.

Toyota's Entune infotainment system, spacious and elegant interior, storage cubbies, large center console, Qi wireless charging system

The 2015 Toyota Camry is blessed with one of the most comfortable and spacious cabins in the midsize family sedan segment. Even tall adults will find plenty of space above their heads and in front of their knees, while a rear-facing child seat will fit in back with ease. The fixed rear headrests make it difficult to properly secure a front-facing child seat, though. Space in the trunk, at 15.4 cubic feet, is average for a midsize sedan.

In terms of controls, the center stack's buttons are big, easy to read at a glance and glove-friendly without being comically large or ugly. This is especially true of the sensibly designed climate controls. Every Camry gets a standard 6.1-inch Entune touchscreen interface, which controls the audio system, available smartphone-integrated apps and the optional navigation system. We would deem very few of these modern interfaces to be truly user-friendly, but Entune is one of the better and simpler ones available.

Every 2015 Toyota Camry comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front and rear side airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, front knee airbags and a rearview camera.

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