2015 Toyota Camry Review and Prices
Past and Future Reviews
The 2015 Toyota Camry is the best car for you if your priority is an excellent value over an exciting vehicle.
The 2015 Toyota Camry probably will get revisions to styling and features, and perhaps a powertrain upgrade. Part of a “midcycle” freshening, the changes would seek to stoke interest in this midsize sedan as it nears the end of a design generation that’s likely to conclude with the 2016 Camry. Today’s Camry generation bowed for model-year 2012 and delivers uncommon comfort at hard-to-beat prices. However, it isn’t as engaging to drive as the latest Honda Accord and Ford Fusion, which were redesigned for model-year 2013, or the all-new 2014 Mazda 6.
Should you wait for the 2015 Toyota Camry or buy a 2014 Toyota Camry? Buy a 2014 Camry if you need a roomy and reliable five-passenger sedan in the near-term. Your pocketbook will benefit from liberal factory incentives Toyota’s been shelling out to help keep Camry American’s No. 1-selling car. The 2015 Camry’s main identifier would be freshened looks. But it isn’t apt to change in any that would make the 2014 feel truly outdated. The 2015 Camry is almost certain to cost more, though, especially if Toyota becomes less generous with incentives.
2015 Toyota Camry Changes back to top
Styling: The 2015 Toyota Camry’s styling changes probably will be limited to a reshaped grille and front fascia, perhaps some new wheel designs, and maybe slight alterations to the taillamps and rear bumper. Unchanged would be this sedan’s overall shape and the interior dimensions that make it among the more spacious cars in the class.
Although Toyota jazzed up Camry’s appearance with the 2012 redesign, it’ll likely remain more conservative than class extroverts like the Fusion and Hyundai Sonata, but busier-looking than such rivals as the Chevrolet Malibu and Volkswagen Passat.
The 2015 Camry’s basic lineup also will remain intact. It’ll likely start again with a base L model and climb through the volume-selling LE and sporty SE to the top-of-the line XLE. Expect the gas-electric 2015 Camry Hybrid to return in LE and XLE trim.
Styling differences between 2015 Camry models should again be limited to details. For example, look for the 2015 Camry XLE to retain an extra dose of exterior brightwork while the SE keeps its aero-inspired exterior addenda and a grille surround that’s body-colored instead of chrome.
Mechanical: The 2015 Toyota Camry almost certainly will continue with a choice of four- and six-cylinder engines as well as a hybrid that combines gas and electric power. Toyota is developing a turbocharged four-cylinder, but if it shows up in the Camry it probably won’t be until after the model 2017 redesign.
Most 2015 Camrys will again come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and there’s a chance it’ll get a technology upgrade as part of the midcycle refresh. Specifically, it would adopt direct fuel injection, a fuel-saving, power-boosting technology that most rivals already employ.
That could mean slight gains in output over the current 2.5-liter’s 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. (Think of torque as the force that gets a vehicle moving, horsepower as the energy that sustains momentum.) Direct fuel injection would only enhance this engine’s already laudable combination of performance and fuel economy has served Camry buyers well.
Along with the Accord, Passat, and Nissan Altima, the 2015 Camry will remain among the midsize-class holdouts that continue to offer a V-6 engine. It’ll again be a 3.5-liter and should repeat at 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Expect the V-6 to again be available only in SE and XLE models in place of the four-cylinder and to provide a surplus of smooth power.
No indication that either of these engines will continue to link with anything other than a well-matched six-speed automatic transmission. It’ll retain manual-type gear control via the floor shift lever that, in SEs, will be complemented by steering-wheel paddles.
Likely to repeat at 200 net horsepower, the 2015 Camry Hybrid would again be capable of driving on gasoline, electricity, or any combination that sensors decide provides the best blend of fuel economy and power. This isn’t a plug-in hybrid, though a dashboard button can set it in EV (electric vehicle) mode to lock in electric-only propulsion for short distances at low speed, battery charge permitting. The 2015 Camry Hybrid will again use a continuous variable transmission (CVT) that plays the role of an automatic transmission but without individual gear ratios.
Although the SE model will again have relatively sporty road manners, the 2015 Camry’s forte will remain a comfortable, refined ride, not sharp handling.
Features: The 2015 Toyota Camry isn’t apt to add any features that’ll draw new buyers; it’s already available with most everything the midsize-car shopper could want. Toyota could use the expected midcycle refresh, though, to expand availability of some key features beyond, say, just the SE and XLE models.
For example, Toyota could make blind-spot detection available on the 2015 Camry LE, not just the SE and XLE. This useful safety adjunct warns of unseen vehicles in adjacent lanes. Similarly, it could extend beyond the XLE its Safety Connect system, which provides emergency assistance, automatic collision notification, and stolen vehicle location assistance.
A power driver’s seat is standard on some less expensive cars so it’ll be interesting to see if Toyota finally includes one in the base price of the 2015 Camry LE.
A power moonroof should remain available for LEs and SEs and continue as standard on XLEs. And by model-year 2015, all Camrys, with the possible exception of the L, probably will come with a rearview backup camera.
But will an option package with proximity unlocking and pushbutton ignition be extended to the LE? Thus far, it’s been an option on the SE and four-cylinder XLE and standard on the V-6 XLE.
And will 2015 Camry buyers still need to pop for an SE or XLE model to get a navigation system? Toyota has thus far confined navigation to a component of its Entunes system. Entunes works with smartphones to furnish in-car access to such Web-based services as Pandora Internet radio and text messaging. Toyota has treated Entunes in combination an elementary navigation system as an upgrade over the basic audio system, making it standard on V-6 SE and XLE Camrys and optional on four-cylinder SE and XLE models.
All 2015 Camrys will persist to come with a 6.1-inch dashboard touchscreen
But Toyota may persist in reserving the most complete infotainment option for V-6 XLE models. This one includes Entunes, a 10-speaker JBL audio setup, and a 7-inch touchscreen of greater clarity than the 6.1-inch screen.
To get leather upholstery and heated front seats, Camry buyers have had to add them as an option to a four-cylinder XLE or buy a V-6 XLE, where they’ve been standard.
It’s a good bet all 2015 Camrys will again come standard with air conditioning, cruise control, outside temperature gauge, and power windows, locks, and mirrors. Same for Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone connectivity and a USB iPod interface. Don’t look for the 2015 L model to join this others, however, with steering-wheel buttons for Bluetooth and audio control.
The L version would remain Camry’s rental-car and fleet special and by model-year 2015 just might gain the remote keyless entry that’s been standard on every other Camry trim level.
2015 Toyota Camry Prices back to top
Pricing for the 2015 Toyota Camry was not announced in time for this review but expect a base price range of around $23,900-$31,000. (Estimated base prices in this review include the manufacturer’s mandatory destination fee. For Toyota cars, that fee has been running around $800. Toyotas sold in Southeastern and Gulf states may carry a different fee.)
Among the top-selling midsize cars – in order, the Camry, Accord, Altima and Fusion -- Toyota has been the most generous with customer cash incentives. This is partly an effort to maintain Camry’s marketing edge as America’s most popular car. Helping those sales numbers are Camrys sold to fleet buyers, including rental-car agencies. Indeed, Toyota generally has been more willing than its import rivals to court fleet orders.
The downside is a potential hit to Camry’s residual values, which traditionally trail only those of the Accord in the midsize segment. Whether Toyota will continue incentives and fleet sales at this pace come model-year 2015 is open to conjecture. But chances are good that come price-negotiation time, 2015 Camry shoppers will indeed enjoy some advantages not available in rival showrooms.
Most Camrys sold at retail will continue to be LEs and they should start around $24,000 for model-year 2015 and add add to L version standard features such as variable intermittent windshield wipers and the steering-wheel Bluetooth and audio controls.
Estimated base price of the 2015 Camry SE is $25,000 with the four-cylinder engine and $29,000 with the V-6. In addition to the unique exterior trim, the 2015 SE will continue with handling-tuned steering and suspension and front bucket seats with extra side bolstering for support in fast turns.
Estimated starting price for the 2015 Camry XLE is $26,600 with the four-cylinder engine and $32,300 with the V-6. Dual-zone automatic climate control and power front seats should again be among standard XLE upgrades.
Estimated base price for the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid is $27,900 for the LE model, $29,400 for the XLE version. Except of course for powertrains -- and special hybrid-data instrumentation -- 2015 Camry Hybrids will be similarly equipped to their gas-only LE and XLE counterparts, with the moonroof and leather-upholstery options probably remaining exclusive to the XLE.
2015 Toyota Camry Fuel Economy back to top
EPA fuel-economy ratings for the 2015 Toyota Camry were not released in time for this review. Barring major powertrain changes, they should maintain levels established by the 2012-2014 Camrys.
However, if the 2.5-liter four-cylinder earns direct fuel injection that could mean an improvement over the 25/35/28 mpg city/highway/combined fuel-economy ratings established by this engine thus far. That would maintain four-cylinder 2015 Camrys among the higher-mileage midsize sedans.
By contrast, V-6 Camrys would remain slightly less fuel-efficient than the turbocharged four-cylinder engines rivals use in place of six-cylinders. Expect ratings of 21/30/25mpg city/highway/combined for V-6-equipped 2015 Camrys.
The 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE should repeat at 43/39/41 mpg city/highway/combined. That’s likely to again beat the slightly heavier Hybrid XLE model’s ratings of 41/38/40 mpg.
2015 Toyota Camry Release Date back to top
The 2015 Toyota Camry should be in showrooms by autumn 2014.
What's next for the 2015 Toyota Camry back to top
Camry’s model lifecycle points to a full redesign for model-year 2017. Regardless of the precise timing, a key question is whether the next-generation Camry would join such rivals as the Fusion, Sonata, Malibu, and Kia Optima with a transition to an all-four-cylinder-engine lineup.
Camry has maintained a traditional choice of four- and six-cylinder engines, partly because its platform has been shared with a host of other Toyota-corporation vehicles, from the Lexus ES350 premium sedan to theToyota Venza crossover. Those vehicles need a V-6 to compete in their classes.
But given tightening federal fuel-economy regulations, Toyota could put some engineering distance between the next-generation Camry and some of its platform-mates. It could pitch the larger Avalon sedan, for example, as the make’s V-6 passenger mainstay and base crossovers off its beefier platform, as needed.
An all-four-cylinder Camry lineup would have direct fuel injection across-the-board. It would include a gas-electric hybrid, possibly joined by a plug-in hybrid version.
Whether Toyota considers turbocharging appropriate for Camry, only it knows, though the company is preparing a turbo four-cylinder for use in its Lexus IS sedan as well as the Toyota RAV4 compact crossover SUV.
As for overall design, expect the next-generation Camry to continue trending toward styling that in Toyota’s view is more contemporary. Designers will be under pressure to reduce the car’s weight, so will likely reduce its exterior dimensions with no sacrifice in much passenger and cargo volume.
2015 Toyota Camry Competition back to top
Honda Accord: Accord will remain Camry’s archrival, topping the Toyota for road manners and fuel economy, if not for overall comfort and quietness. The 2015 Accord will return sedan and coupe body styles, both offering four-cylinder and V-6 power, plus conventional- and plug-in-hybrid sedans.
Nissan Altima: The model-year 2013 redesign of this popular sedan brought evolutionary styling and retained a sporty driving feel. It also produced fuel-economy ratings that contended for best in class. No major changes are expected for the 2015 Altima sedan. The Altima coupe body style could be back in production after sitting out model-year 2014. The attractively priced Altima will return a four-cylinder and a V-6, and for 2015 could add a gas-electric hybrid that employs a supercharged four-cylinder.
Ford Fusion: All-new for model-year 2013, Fusion has roots in Ford global design and looks and drives like a sporty European sedan, though its relatively tight rear-seating is an unfortunate part of that DNA, too. The 2015 Fusion will continue with a selection of four-cylinder engines, most of them turbocharged. And it’ll offer both conventional and plug-in hybrids. The 2015 Fusion likely will also continue to offer all-wheel drive in addition to the front-wheel drive that’s the rule in this competitive set.