“Thanks to the more rigid unibody and 30-percent more undercarpet sound deadening, even the base Camry is a smooth, quiet runner. All front bucket seats have wrapping backrests and grippy coverings resistant to side slip. Life in back is commendably free of tire and wind noise, and the rear seat accommodates three adults in comfort. Backrests split and fold even on the hybrid to expand the roomy trunk. All powertrains are polite and reasonably well behaved though lacking in verve. If passing other cars is on your agenda, skip the 178-hp four-cylinder, as it has a tendency to leave you hanging far too long in the oncoming-traffic lane. The drone that plagues Toyota Priuses is pleasantly muted in all three Camry hybrid trim levels.” -- Car and Driver
Toyota Camry, after nip and tuck, shows a pulse
“This latest Camry still isn’t what we would call a sporty family sedan like a Mazda6 or Ford Fusion, but it is more responsive and generally better to drive.
That also applies to the popular SE trim, which not only dials up the driving engagement factor further but also boasts more aggressive styling cues. For 2015, though, it is joined by an XSE trim that for the first time allows customers to pair the SE’s visual and suspension enhancements with the more luxurious XLE’s greater comfort and convenience features. This provides a greater amount of customer choice and creates two distinct flavors of Camry that makes it stand out in the family sedan segment.
Indeed, standing out is something that the Camry has not done in a very long time. If anything, its previously so-so interior quality and forgettable driving experience made it stand out from top-rated family sedans like the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Mazda6 and Nissan Altima in a negative way.” -- Edmunds.com
“If the Camry is a letdown in any particular respect, it’s that the gas powertrains are virtually 100-percent carryover from before, and not surprisingly, they feel about as scintillating (which is to say not very) as ever. The standard 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder makes decent power -- 178 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 170 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm -- though it requires one to wind it out pretty good to get to it, and the six-speed automatic is none too playful a dance partner, even using the SE’s manual shift paddles.
With 268 hp at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 rpm, the 3.5-liter V6 available only with XLE and XSE models is much stronger than the four-pot, of course, but its coarseness at high revs makes it none too enjoyable to access that power. … And finally, EPA fuel economy estimates remain the same as before, at 25 miles per gallon city, 35 mpg highway for the four-cylinder and 21/31 for the V6.” -- Autoblog
“Camry faithful have no fear: The rethought Camry still qualifies as one of the most comfortable, easy-to-drive midsize sedans you can buy.
But it’s also a little livelier now, thanks in large part to revised steering, braking and suspension tuning. The changes haven’t shaken up the segment’s fun-to-drive rankings, but the 2015 Camry definitely offers a more direct, more satisfying connection between car and driver. In a good way, driving a Camry is now more like driving many of its contemporaries.
Our first hands-on experience with the 2015 Camry included time in a 4-cylinder Camry SE -- the most popular trim level -- as well as 6-cylinder XLE and new premium-sport XSE models. The 178-horsepower 4-cylinder engine remains the right choice for most buyers, but the smooth 268-horsepower V6 does have its appeal (and its combined fuel economy figure is just 3 mpg shy of the 4-cylinder’s).” -- KBB.com
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