What will change? Styling details and convenience features. A mild freshening is likely in store for America’s No.1-selling car. Toyota will want to keep its bread-and-butter sedan as fresh as possible to keep up with strong competition in the segment, so expect some styling and feature updates for the 2015 Camry.
Why wait for the 2015 Toyota Camry: To have the latest version of an extraordinarily popular sedan. Changes most likely will include updated front and rear fascias, plus enhanced safety and convenience features. The 2015 Camry will almost certainly receive the latest edition of Toyota’s Entune infotainment suite. Conventional gasoline and gas/electric hybrid versions should continue to be part of the lineup.
Why buy a 2014 Toyota Camry: Because you’re happy with the way the current car looks, and you want to get in before the inevitable price increase that will accompany the 2015 model. For 2014, Toyota made a few under-skin changes to the Camry that are designed to improve its performance in side-impact collisions. The car doesn’t look or drive any differently, but the updates will help gives buyers more peace of mind, and that’s always a good thing. The company also added a new trim level called the SE Sport, which has some more standard equipment than the “regular” SE.
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The 2015 Toyota Camry should retain the same general shape as the 2012-2014 models but with a few minor revisions to the grille and taillights. Interior alterations should be minimal.
Under the hood, Toyota will probably not make any changes to the 2015 Camry. The vast majority of sales will come from models equipped with a 178-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. As more and more competitors shift to turbocharged four-cylinder motors to boost performance, Camry will likely remain one of the few midsize sedans to offer buyers a V-6. It’s the same 268-horsepower 3.5-liter unit found in many other Toyota and Lexus vehicles. These engines will team exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission. The fuel-economy leader will be the 2015 Camry Hybrid, which pairs a 2.5-liter gasoline four-cylinder engine with a battery-powered electric motor for a combined 200 horsepower. It uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that operates like an automatic.
Non-hybrid versions of the 2014 Toyota Camry have EPA estimated fuel economy ratings of 25/35/28 city/highway/combined with the four-cylinder engine and 21/31/25 with the V-6. Hybrids are a bit different in that the base LE trim rates 43/39/41 and the top-line XLE scores 40/38/40. The discrepancy likely comes down to the XLE being heavier and having tires with greater rolling resistance. Should the 2015 Toyota Camry receive a freshening, projected fuel economy for all models could increase by 1-2 mpg.
The conventional 2015 Toyota Camry should return in base L, volume LE, sport-themed SE and SE Sport, and luxury-oriented XLE trim levels. All have a standard four-cylinder engine. The SE (but not the SE Sport) and XLE are available with the V-6. The Hybrid would come as the LE or XLE. The L is fairly basic, designed mostly for fleet buyers, though it does have full power accessories, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and Bluetooth phone connectivity. LE adds remote entry. SE has a sport suspension and unique exterior and interior trim. SE Sport versions have a standard power sunroof and larger wheels. The XLE has dual-zone automatic climate control and power front seats. Standard on the XLE V-6 and available on the XLE four-cylinder are leather upholstery with heated front seats and a rearview camera. A navigation system with Toyota’s Entune App Suite is standard on V-6-powered Camrys and optional on the four-cylinder SE, SE Sport, and XLE. The Hybrid LE and XLE have similar standard and optional features as their conventional counterparts. Blind-spot alert is an option exclusive to all XLE variants, Hybrid included.
Pricing for the 2015 Toyota Camry should range from about $23,000 for the L to $36,000 for a loaded XLE Hybrid, including destination fee. The LE, which should account for most sales, should carry a sticker price of about $25,000.
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