I purchased the 2015 XLE V6 fully loaded with the technology package. Lots of features to discuss. Performance: Acceleration is strong - this car has LOTS of get up and go! The V6 will not let you down. Just be sure to realize that when you're in the higher gears and drop the pedal, there will be a hesitation as the RPM increase in the engine is translated to the drive train. Speaking of the drivetrain, shifting from gear to gear is very much a non-event - barely noticeable. Dropping it into "manual" shift mode gives you some control over performance, but the car will still shift for you if you're exceeding limits. Steering is softer than I'm used to (previous car was '02 Honda Accord). The electric steering is very lightweight and allows some slop in handling, as a result road handling is lessened a bit. Body sway is noticeable on highway entrance ramps. Braking requires more pressure than the Accord. Comfort: All aspects are deemed "OK." Front seats are stiff - not sure yet how they'll be on long road trips. Back seat has plenty of legroom and supportive seating makes the ride comfortable. Exterior noise is minimal, and for the first 1500 miles there have not been any noticeable vibrations (knock on wood). Entering and exiting the car is easy as the doors swing wide open. Careful review of the backseat entrance should be made by anyone with limited mobility. Longer legs will need to be picked up before swinging them out in order to egress the vehicle. Interior: Instrumentation, controls, and design of the interior all get top marks. The car looks like a luxury car! That having been said, the weak spot on this car is the storage. Trunk size is sufficient, but interior storage is limited at best. Coming from an Accord where there was literally storage everywhere you turn, the Camry is sorely lacking in this realm. You get a panel console that doubles as a charging bay, the glove box is pretty much worthless for anything but the owners manuals, and the door storage bins will hold nothing bigger than a small umbrella. The armrest console in the middle is nothing but one big bin. In essence, if you have small cables (phone charging cables), small objects (I carry pens, chewing gum, and my daughter's hair accessories), or other items know that they'll end up in the big console without any sort of organization. To find them while driving down the road is nearly impossible, so you either have to plan ahead or just wait until you hit a stop light. As for the quality of materials, the leather used in the seating is fine, but the materials used for the ceiling panel is cheap. The doors are part leather and part hard plastic. Previous Toyota ownership shows that extreme care must be taken with the hard plastic as it scratches easily. Those scratches are permanent and will not come out no matter what you do. For a $30k+ car, I would think that Toyota could afford to finish the doors in leather and provide a better ceiling. Safety: Luckily, I haven't had to test out the safety features yet, but from what I can see they will perform as expected. The LED headlights are OUTSTANDING! Vision at night, even rainy nights, is perfect. The LED daytime running lights are bright enough to be seen in the sunniest of days, and on rainy nights help ward off the road glare of oncoming traffic. As mentioned above, I have the technology package on my car which includes the blind spot monitor, lane departure warning, pre-collision alarm system, and adaptive cruise control. The blind spot monitor and lane departure warning work perfectly, the later beeping softly when you get close to leaving the lane without a signal. I have noticed that it will occasionally warn of lane departure when the road markings suddenly end. The pre-collision does work. If you're accelerating when the person ahead of you is braking, the car starts braking and the beeping starts. Obviously, this is useful but it could be a real pain in the rear if you accelerate to change lanes when the car in front of you is slowing down. I have only tried the ACC once and it seems to work well. Technology: The head unit is relatively intuitive to use. Touch screens dominate the interaction between driver and unit. Aside from AM/FM/CD Player options, the unit allows for satellite radio, Bluetooth input from cellphone/music player, USB flash memory, and "Aux" in options. The Entune apps allow for use of cell phone data to play Pandora, IHeartRadio, Slacker Radio, as well as Facebook Places, OpenTable, and MovieTickets. You can also check weather maps and forecasts, review sports scores, check your stocks, and locate the nearest or lowest price gas station. Be aware that use of all of the Entune apps requires use of cell phone data so either have a large data package with your cell phone provider or limit your use of the Entune apps. I was able to change the greeting picture to something more meaningful to me than the Toyota logo,
purchased new in December 2015. Car is the base model LE in attitude black with the Black tinted windows. Car is roomy and super comfy. The ride is very smooth and quiet. The 2.5 liter is strong but certainly not fast. It is quiet and we have averaged about 29 mpg. The base entune audio is more than adequate but do miss the low end sound only a sub can reproduce. Wind noise at hiway speeds on drivers side was unexpected but it is apparent. Thats my only complaint thus far.
I decided it was time to update from my 2010 Camry LE to something more fun but still smart. This 2015 SE-trim Camry does exactly that for me. I like the exterior design a lot better than the previous car. I've seen other SEs in my mirror, and it looks mean, not to mention I've gotten compliments on the blacked-out, high-gloss grill. The wheels look great as well, I must say. Inside, there's leatherette and textured cloth that feels durable. It's not premium, but it's comfortable enough (with enough cargo space, too) for a couple of long drives my fiancee and I have taken. Only complaints: Sometimes power is lacking off the line, even though passing power on the highway is more than sufficient. Sometimes, interior pieces creak under stress. If I lean my leg against the plastic under the center stack, it creaks a bit, which I didn't experience in the 2010 Camry I had before. Update: After 13,250 miles, and 15 months, this car has had no issues. Once in a while, however, there's a creak which seems to be in the headliner right above the driver's seat. It comes and goes, and seems to have gone away now that winter's over. The interior has been fairly easy to clean, and it in general has been a nice place to spend time, complete with compliments from co-workers. On back roads, it's actually quite fun to drive it with the paddle shifters, even if it's silly-feeling in a Camry... But, downshifting into second gear at 40 MPH results in a nice throttle blip that gets me for some reason. So far, so good! Update: After another 5,525 miles, now at 18,875, I must say the car's been ticking along just fine. It's still entertaining when I want it to be, but very easy to drive smoothly when I want to take my girlfriend out for dinner, for instance. There's a bit of a rattle that seems to have developed since my last update coming from the driver's side dash speaker grille, but I can easily have that looked at during my next service and can evade it by simply turning on the radio or avoiding bumpy roads. Gas mileage has also been a bit better than previously - I've been averaging about 28 with a decent split of city and highway driving, whereas this time last year I was getting only 25-26. Overall it's continuing to be worry-free.
This is my second Camry. I have always owned Fords prior to my first Camry and will probably never go back. My first Camry was an XLE and my wife loved it. I wanted one a little more sporty so got the XSE model and it delivers. I looks great and handles like a dream. The V6 is powerful enough to get you out of any situation you may encounter. I love the new instrumentation. It is better then the XLE I had. The XM radio is as good as any I have ever had. The fuel economy is within reason of other cars in its class. The only thing I can say I don't like is the road noise on the interstate at 70-80mph. It seems a little loud in the cabin when trying to listen to the radio or have a conversation. It is within reason though because I drove a Cadillac before getting the XSE and the Caddy was just as noisy and a lot more money. The seats in the XSE are a little more restrictive then the previous XLE but I chalked that up to the sport package. I also chauffer two grand children around and the back seat room is great for them. All in all the Camry is a good deal for the money. After having the vehicle 6 months now I am not pleased with the overall ride from the "sport" tires. They are low profile & give a harder ride. Also a rattle in the dash has become apparent and the dealership cannot seem to eliminate it. On last thing is the Bluetooth seems to have trouble pairing with my phone, but, this could be a phone problem and not the car. I have had the car over a year now and am still quite pleased with it except for the tires that came on it originally. They were just to hard and made an uncomfortable ride. I took them off and put another set on and the ride has improved greatly. After two years the car still runs and handles well. The tech. overwhelms us older people a little bit especially if you accidently hit a wrong button. Sometimes you need to get the book out to find out how to get back. The book is more like an encyclopedia then an operators manual.
This 2015 Camry XLE is gorgeous. The exterior is bold enough but not drastic. The interior is high-end and luxurious. Driving the vehicle is very smooth and quiet. After riding in friends Malibu's, Accords, Mazda 6's - the difference is obvious. Toyota makes a quality machine-simply the best over the others.
Entune Premium JBL Audio with Navigation and App Suite ($805 -- includes 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen display, 10-speaker JBL GreenEdge sound system, voice control, Entune App Suite, HD radio, HD weather and traffic, satellite radio); Technology Package ($750 -- includes pre-collision system, lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams); Safety Connect ($515 -- includes automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle locator and on-demand roadside assistance); Blind-Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert ($500); Carpet/Trunk Mat Set ($225)
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
268 @ 6,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
248 @ 4,700
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
This car is very quiet at idle and even well-isolated while accelerating. Because this V6 is strong from the get-go, the traction control system (TCS) clamps down aggressively on the throttle if the driver simply floors the gas pedal. We found the "S" transmission mode allows the Camry to accelerate quicker (by a full second) to 60 mph than standard Drive. We also found some more time by temporarily disabling TCS (it automatically reengages at speed) to avoid the initial stumble it normally causes. The transmission is a smooth operator regardless of mode, and upshifts are very smooth. The Camry V6 remains one of the quickest cars in its class.
There's a very short amount of brake pedal travel before it firms up and the brakes begin to slow the car. There was noticeable nose dive, but all stops were straight and well-controlled with only a minor loss of pedal firmness and feel. The first stop was the shortest of four total, with the last being 4 feet longer -- an acceptable amount of brake fade without any odor from the pads.
While we still wouldn't say the Camry's steering has genuine road feel, it does have more life and provides more feedback than previous generations. The precision is quite good, allowing a driver to place the car well, and the back-and-forth response in our slalom test is also quite good. At its limit, the electronic stability control system (ESC) is highly effective without being overly intrusive. ESC quickly dabs a brake to manage the car's heading and then recedes without making a fuss about it. On the skid pad test, ESC gently closes the throttle to slow the car to prevent skidding, and it's unlikely most people would ever sense it was happening.