2015 Toyota Camry
As of this writing, the Chinese car market is still the largest in the world. Americans are expected to purchase around 14.5 million vehicles this year. But that astronomical number still trails the Chinese' vehicular consumption by several million.
Even with the rise of a hot new market, the American car scene is still vitally important to most car makers. Toyota for instance, is the second largest car company in the world. And a considerable portion of their revenue comes from the American market. Needless to say, Toyota spends a massive amount of money developing cars that we'll buy.
One such Americanized Toyota is the 2015 Toyota Camry. It's big, comfy, and oh-so luxurious. Sort of like a Buick, but with Japanese build quality. This formula seems to work, because the Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car in America since anyone can remember. Following its complete redesign last year, Camry sales are up 37%, which amounts to around 34,000 Camry sales each month. Apparently, Toyota knows what we like.
2015 Toyota Camry - What's new this year?
With its complete redesign last year, no significant changes are planned for the 2015 Toyota Camry. The Entune smartphone-based infotainment system will get some functionality upgrades, including better iPhone integration. But that's about it. And that's okay, because Toyota addressed most of the Camry's glaring issues last year.
The sinfully boring style (or lack thereof) was rethought, and the 2015 Toyota Camry now looks like the premium midsize sedan that it is. From the front, the prominent chrome grille (body-colored on the "Sport" models), and angular front fascia suggest aggression, in a very dignified sort of way. The previous slab-sided look is gone, and the 2015 Toyota Camry now gets pronounced lower side sills, and a selection of (much) better looking wheels. Overall, the styling isn't "dramatically" changed. But this isn't supposed to be a dramatic car.
Continuing with the "Refinement & Reliability" theme, the 2015 Toyota Camry benefits from last year's redecorated interior. And the changes here, are far more dramatic. Gone are the rental car looks, and hard plastic trim. Replaced by a stylish new center stack, flanked by a multi-contour padded dash, with elegant stitching details, and premium-feeling materials. The seats are all-new, and even more comfortable. Plus, the new cabin is so quiet, you can actually hear other people think.
The 2015 Toyota Camry handles more confidently than previous generations, thanks to better suspension tuning, and more capable brakes. The 2015 Toyota Camry V6 (3.5 liter, 268-hp, 21/30/25) drives brilliantly, mostly due to its Electric steering calibration and the recalibrated suspension. The 4-cyl models (2.5 liter, 178-hp, 25/35/28) however, get the loosey-goosey steering calibration, making them feel very much like the aforementioned Buick. But the 2015 Toyota Camry is still one of the most refined and reliable midsize sedans on the American market.