Drivetrain: Camry’s four-cylinder and V6 engines return unaltered, as does the Hybrid’s gasoline-electric power team.
Despite being one of the pack leaders in the mid-size sedan category for years, Toyota isn’t sitting still with the Camry. Being on top doesn’t automatically guarantee success with the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion and several other mid-size marques chasing your tailpipe. For the 2015 model year, to appeal to new and existing buyers alike, Toyota sharpened the Camry’s claws in one of the brand’s more dramatic adjustments. The most obvious change was the dramatically different front end where a new spindle-style grille/air intake had been installed. There are better gauges, a reshaped control panel and recovered seats with nicer-quality fabrics. One neat feature is an available wireless charging system located in a bin ahead of the shifter that will energize your smart phone or similar electronic device without having to plug it in. Back fo again are the three power teams that are proven stalwarts and remain competitive against the rest of the field. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder is the primary workhorse for the majority of Camrys and provides 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. The carryover Camry Hybrid drivetrain consists of a 156-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine linked to a 105-kilowatt (141 horsepower) electric motor for a net system output of 200 horsepower and 199 pound-feet. The Hybrid earns a rating of 39 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway; numbers that are attainable only if you keep a light touch on the gas pedal. Both gasoline engines are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions, while the Hybrid employs a continuously variable unit (CVT). The base Camry LE arrives with most of the expected content, but stepping up to the XSE and XLE will really make a difference with added sport and luxury content, including a power moonroof, acoustic noise-reducing windshield, push-button start and a premium audio package that’s combined with a navigation system. For 2016, all Camrys get upgraded Entune multimedia systems, including the XLE and XSE now sporting seven-inch screens instead of 6.1. Also, there’s a new special edition that includes smoked taillights and 18-inch wheels outside, and a moonroof, blue contrast stitching, integrated navigation and more inside.