Road Test Review – 2015 Toyota Camry LE and XLE V6 Bring Lexus-Infused Style and Comfort



INTRO

“Is that a Lexus?”

This question came from two families passing by the new Camry XLE as we snapped photos on a rare stormy afternoon in Florida the other week.  The next thing they both said?

“A Camry? Really?”

For 2015, the Camry XLE V6 is almost unrecognizably-stylish and premium. The XLE version here with its dark-grey horizontal bars grille is fresh and very distinct from the SE and XSE cars’ gloss-black nose treatment.

So does it just look like a Lexus, or is it a fairly convincing upgrade to Lexus levels of comfort, quality and refinement on the road? Let’s find out….!camry xle v6 gif

EXTERIOR

The latest Camry redesign’s trim accents and wheels might be traditional to the core for the LE and XLE models, but there is real appeal in the new surfaces and detailing.You can really see how the panel shapes capture and bend sunlight in the new profile and rising swage line from the front wheels upward toward the trunk.

The new nose is the most striking element, with a swept-back headlamp effect and an ultra-slim upper grille. Paired with the large contrast-color lower grille, the car feels wide and new and interesting from almost any angle. It is much more subtle than the giant grille on the Avalon, and plants the car in motion.

The biggest change noted here on the XLE versus the LE are the top model’s standard low and high-beam LED lights. The LE Camry for 2015 has round projector-beam lows and basic halogen highbeams. A detail thing during the day, the LED lights at night cut a clean and classy ultra-white signature on the roads at night.

All 2015 Camry’s have light in their lower bumper slashes, but it varies across trims. The LE wears amber blinkers in the full width of the slashes, while the XLE V6 has LED foglamps and the blinkers live in just the top part of the slash shape.Camry trims gif

2015 Camry SE and LE – Amber Lower Bumper lighting + Projector-beam Halogen low-beams, halogen highbeams (Camry SE Shown in both below photos)

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2015 Camry LE Hybrid – LED foglamps in lower bumper (like XSE and XLE) but projector-beam halogen main lights

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2015 Camry XLE V6 – LED foglamps, LED lowbeams and LED highbeams

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Besides the lighting, the XLE V6 adds a cool rear spoiler that is formed to leave a Toyota-badged shape. This long-tail style spoiler actually helps lower the aerodynamic drag on the car versus many of the style-oriented tall spoilers of decades past. (It is not noticeable on the road, but the long-spoiler lowers drag versus a tall-spoiler increasing downforce.) 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 26

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INTERIOR

Where the real differences in the Camry lines start to become clear is inside. The LE and XLE like this one have all-new fabrics and materials versus last year — and are generally lighter-colored and more relaxing than the dark-suede cabin accents of the SE and XSE. All are very comfortable, but the power seats and leather of the XLE V6 are fantastic — with extra-soft hides on the steering wheel and headrest that feel smoother than a baby’s cheek. Very plush, right where your skin touches it.

Besides materials, quietness and ride smoothness — the other huge update in the 2015 Camry comes in the technology package. The new XLE V6 has a helpful and multi-funtion central gauge display that is cool and high-res and easy-to-operate.

All Camry’s have a touch-screen but the new 7-inch Entune upgrade is definitely worth the $900 option price. Great audio quality and new voice-command tech is at least 3X better at understanding voice prompts than before. A new three-pane option is a cool way to see Nav, Media and Weather in one screen. Easy and nice to have buttons/knobs as well as touch controls. The HVAC is a separate unit and all is simple as pie to use. 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 53 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 52 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 51 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 502015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 562015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 552015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 57 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 17 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 16 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 15 2015_Toyota_Camry_XLE_016 2015_Toyota_Camry_XLE_014

TRIMS

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XLE COLORS

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PERFORMANCE

Toyota touts much better refinement and cruising smoothness thanks to quieter NVH materials and a more-rigid body. It is not too noticeable, but the Camry XLE V6 is indeed ultra-smooth and plush at all times.

The Lexus-style XLE here is extremely smooth and has a very lightweight steering rack versus the SE and XSE, and also lacks the XSE’s wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Most owners will not care, but it’s good to know.

The XLE V6 is just as quick as the XSE V6 in most scenarios, but does have cushier tires and is more prone to body roll in sharp corners. It prefers a more relaxed pace around bends than the XSE, but both are seriously fast in the straight line.

The six-speed auto and 3.5-liter, 268-horsepower V6 are still an amazing combination and are highly, highly recommended versus the LE four-cylinder. You save about 2.5-seconds in the 60-mph sprint and get close to 6.2-seconds in this XLE V6. Amazingly fast for how relaxed and comfortable the car is when tootling around.

Finally a new brake booster is in all 2015 Camry models — with a firm and confidence-inspiring feel to go along with ABS, EBD, and Brake Assist. It is never spongy and is very tactile and lets you control the amount of stopping power you want very intuitively. 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 49 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 48 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 47 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 46 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 45 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 44 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 37 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 38 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 39 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 43 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 36 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 34 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 33 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 32 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 31 2015 Toyota Camry XLE V6 30

2015 CAMRY PRICING

Model#

Grade

Engine

Transmission

2015 MSRP

2532

Camry LE

2.5 L 4-cyl.

6AT

$22,970

2546

Camry SE

2.5L 4-cyl.

6AT

$23,840

2540

Camry XLE

2.5L 4-cyl.

6AT

$26,150

2548

Camry XSE

2.5L 4-cyl.

6AT

$26,150

2550

Camry XSE

3.5L V6

6AT

$31,370

2554

Camry XLE

3.5L V6

6AT

$31,370

2559

Camry Hybrid LE

2.5L 4-cyl. Hybrid

E-CVT

$26,790

2561

Camry Hybrid SE

2.5L 4-cyl. Hybrid

E-CVT

$27,995

2560

Camry Hybrid XLE

2.5L 4-cyl. Hybrid

E-CVT

$29,980

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