2015 Toyota Camry

2015 Toyota Camry

2015 Toyota Camry

absolutely! AUTO REVIEW | By Steve Kursar –

The Toyota Camry is the best-selling car in the country, and it holds that distinction for a reason. It’s simply a very well designed and made car. But it has also suffered from the reputation of a car that was boring to drive and bland as plain vanilla.  The 2015 Toyota Camry blows that reputation away with an all-new design that will turn heads and change minds. The new car looks more like a sports sedan than the family mover that has been a mainstay on the American highways for decades.

The credit for this transformation goes to Toyota’s race car enthusiast, President and CEO Akio Toyoda, for recognizing that the family sedan deserves to be as exciting as a roadster. But it wasn’t always that way. The Toyota Camry first made its appearance on American highways back in the early 1980s, and it was boxy, relatively underpowered and pretty undistinguished. It caught on with U.S. car buyers because it was remarkably reliable, especially compared to its American competitors.

This new Camry is very different from past generations at first glance. The big, aggressive grill reflects the Toyota family resemblance with its luxury cousins at Lexus, as well as its sportier cousins at Scion. The bold exterior design carries through to the interior, where the driver is the star. The steering wheel has a more contemporary, thicker feel, and the stick shift hints at being a sporty manual transmission even though it’s an automatic. These design cues cleverly combine to enable this new Camry to throw off the boring characteristics that bedeviled past iterations.

The base 2015 Toyota Camry comes with a MSRP sticker price of $22,970 and is equipped with a 178 hp, 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine that delivers EPA fuel economy ratings of 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. It’s not the peppiest engine on the road, but the reward is impressive gas mileage. And for those of you who need a bit more zip, the Camry’s 268 hp, 3.5 liter V6 engine gives it some of the best acceleration of any car in its segment and makes for a fun ride every time you get behind the wheel.

The 2015 Camry’s makeover may shock some Toyota owners who in the past happily traded dull design for engineering reliability. This new car is sure to win over families who realize they can have it all.

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