[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car in the industry for 12 straight years. And it gets even better with the 2015 model.
After selling almost a million of the smart looking sedans since the current generation launched in 2011, Toyota engineers stripped the car down to its chassis and rebuilt it from the ground up, giving it a little more style, comfort and performance for 2015.
Designers and engineers re-imagined almost every exterior surface of the car. Only the roof remains unchanged. At the same time, the new, upscale interior has premium soft-touch materials throughout the spacious cabin. Advanced instrumentation with intuitive controls helps keep the driver’s eyes safely on the road ahead.
Beneath the striking new exterior, the chassis and body structure are bolstered with additional spot welds, enhancing rigidity for better ride quality. Are-tuned suspension takes the Camry’s handling to a whole new level of responsiveness.
Two new grades — the sporty, luxurious XSE and the Hybrid SE — join the entry LE and the premium XLE grades. I can’t help but wonder when Toyota will add a plug-in electric model to the Camry lineup.
The Toyota Camry 2015 exterior is more expressive and athletic, with prominent character lines. It is slightly longer (1.8 inches) and has a slightly widened track (0.4 inches) that deliver a dynamic look. A pronounced body line starts from the muscular front fender and spans the doors and rear quarter panel, conveying a sense of motion. The revised, more aggressive front bumper cover has a wider, more prominent trapezoidal grille shape, expressing a lower center of gravity.
The sleek new headlights complement the aggressive front fascia, while the front turn signal indicators and LED DRL’s are integrated. The taillights sweep into the tapered rear of the car. Exterior lighting with available LED low and high-beams and auto static leveling is available.
On the inside, the new Camry is more refined than ever with premium materials, a roomier feel and improved amenities. The center stack has a high-tech look that smoothly integrates with the console. The cockpit has intuitive in-car electronics and displays that help reduce driver stress and distraction. The instrument panel holds a new 4.2-inch TFT screen located between the three-dimensional Optitron gauges on the SE, XLE and XSE models.
The screen’s color animation displays a wide range of vehicle functions and coordinates with the multimedia system to display audio, navigation, warnings and communications.
Camry continues to be available with 2.5- liter four-cylinder or 3.5-liter V-6 gas engines paired with six-speed automatic transmissions. Also offered is a 2.5-liter Atkinson Cycle engine with Hybrid Synergy Drive matched to an E-CVT.
The MSRP on the 2015 Toyota Camry ranges from $19,300-$30,785.
[author image=”http://www.communitynewspapers.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Grant-Miller-4-C.jpg” ]Grant Miller is the publisher of Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277 or by addressing email to Grant@CommunityNewspapers.com.[/author]