2015 Camry XLE

'Every Camry Has a Story'
December 22, 2014 Updated: December 23, 2014

Toyota’s Camry offers four regular trims, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE, that are all powered by a 4-cylinder motor by default. Two of the trims, XLE and XSE, are also available with a V6 engine. Additionally, Camry has three hybrid models: LE, SE, and XLE from which to choose.

The XLE 4-cylinder (with Eco Mode) was just perfect for my driving personality. The Camry was comfortable with easy to use technology. Safe, luxurious, and powerful are words that describe my XLE as well.

The Camry 2.5-L 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve Dual VVT-i delivered 178 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 170 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,100 rpm. Great performance that provides a 25/35/28 (city/hwy/combined) estimated mileage anchored by a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The 2015 model is sleeker, more aggressive and stylish than previous models, with a more sculpted body highlighted by eye-catching fenders and a prominent grille. The grille appears to elevate the Camry’s stance, enhancing a strong-body look. Even the rear with its stylish tail lights makes Camry appear more striking.

Standard LED daytime running lights add quality to the already impressive-looking 17-inch alloy with super-chrome painted wheels and chrome tipped exhaust, as do heated power outside mirrors that increase the ensemble’s appeal. Soft-touch materials add style and sophistication.

Seats are leather-trimmed. The driver’s seat is 8-way power adjustable with lumbar support, and the front passenger seat is 4-way power adjustable. Comfort and convenience lead one to believe that Toyota engineers have designed a vehicle with beauty and brains.

Even the steering wheel is leather-trimmed and positioned to command with audio and Bluetooth controls, helping to establish that “beauty and brains” stuff.

The standard integrated backup camera was a great feature. The color image display was clear and crisp. Just put the Camry in reverse and watch on the touchscreen what the rearview camera sees. You are looking for obstacles and people to avoid an accident, while people are watching you, taking note of the Camry.

Located between the two round gauges in the dashboard, the Multi-Information Display is a 4.2-inch full-color screen that keeps track of your driving data. Miles driven on a particular trip, total number of miles driven, estimated number of miles left on the current tank of gas, and fuel economy are easily available. There are also features that display turn-by-turn navigation, incoming call information, and a tire monitoring system.

Rear seats split and fold forward so you can carry more things. While the ample leg room goes with the abundantly-sized seats to make a most relaxing ride.

There are numerous safety features in Camry. Items like anti-lock brakes stability control, traction control, 10 air bags, smart stop technology, and safety connect are some examples.

Manufacturers’ suggested retail price is $26,150 for the XLE.

There are two optional equipment packages that could add up to $1,600 that I would recommend. There is an Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite package that includes nav, app suite with Entune Multimedia Bundle (7-inch high resolution touch-screen with Bluetooth streaming that is hands-free, USB port with iPod connectivity and control, and advanced voice recognition), Entune App Suite, HD Radio, and SiriusXM. The Convenience Package adds to the Entune package items like Smart Key System, Push Button Start, auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink universal transceiver, and an anti-theft system with alarm.

Camry handled easily, assured by a stabilizer bar and stabilizer control system. It was a thrill to drive in the fast lane, and equally satisfying to find a little slower paced road and enjoy the leisure time and quietness one gets from driving a quality car that provides solid peace of mind.

There is no-cost maintenance for the first two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. On top of that, there is 24-hour roadside assistance for two years regardless of mileage.

Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at this paper or dcaussey@sbcglobal.net.