REGISTERED 2015 TOYOTA CAMRY SE
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2015 Toyota Camry review: Our expert's take
Exterior & Styling
The 2015 Toyota Camry’s styling changes are subtle, and not entirely successful. The most noticeable alteration comes to the front end, where a gaping black plastic grille now extends from the edge of the hood all the way down to the street on the SE (it’s replaced by a multi-bar plastic look on some other trims). This is the least attractive styling change, giving the front end an oddly unfinished look, like Toyota forgot to attach the last piece of painted plastic to the bumper.
Things get better from there, thankfully, with new headlights and slightly revised sheet metal along the sides of the car, leading to new taillights that sadly look as generic as most of the offerings in this category. Faulting the Camry for generic styling is probably unfair; it’s like taking points off a refrigerator for being boxy. Given the constraints of designing a car for mass-market consumers who truly prefer function over form, the Camry is attractive enough to continue drawing happy buyers.
How It Drives
Two engines are available for the Toyota Camry, and they should be familiar by now. Standard (and present in my SE test car) is a 178-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Optional in higher trim levels is a much more powerful 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6, still matched to the six-speed and routed only to the front wheels.
Less has changed in the interior than on the exterior, with the overall look of the dash and door panels remaining largely the same (i.e., acres of gray plastic). Some upgrades to materials are evident, such as the genuinely good-looking SofTex fabric material that accents the seats in the SE, and some seams have been eliminated for a cleaner look.