2015 Toyota Camry: This Is It

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Today I learned that 50 American families come home with a new Toyota Camry every hour. As such, my last act before I officially defect to North Korea will be to tell you about the heavily refreshed 2015 Toyota Camry. It's all about "attitude" now, Toyota says.

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Even though Americans are as addicted to buying Camrys as we are to abusing prescription pain medication, Toyota has decided just three years into the life cycle of the new Camry to revise it nearly completely. The exterior has been almost totally redone; the only body panel the new car shares with the old one is its roof.

Toyota wants the new Camry to be more "emotional," more "fun to drive," and more "waku doki," a Japanese term that means "heart-racing excitement." For them, that includes products like the new Avalon, Highlander and RAV4. So, yeah.

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Honestly, it's not unattractive from most angles, and in the visual department it's probably one of the least-boring Camrys ever made. I can't decide how I feel about the new grille. It's kind of Lexus spindle-y, but not.

As part of the 2015 Camry's sporting mission, it will have a twin-turbo V8 engine and rear-wheel drive a new trim level called XSE with 18 inch alloy wheels and an enhanced suspension. It boasts more responsive handling than the old Camry, so if you see someone in an XSE, note that they haven't given up entirely just yet, but they are close.

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In addition, the Camry Hybrid now gets an SE trim, because as Toyota's Bill Fay said at the press conference, "You can still have a little fun while being environmentally conscious."

In other news, there is no news on the next Supra.

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DISCUSSION

ash78
Ash78, voting early and often

I'm gonna tip my hat to the team behind the Camry. Because you know there's amazing design and engineering talent, probably unlimited resources (a budget that could fund dozens of boutique supercar makers, all rolled into 1 car), and the success of one of the world's largest carmakers riding on your shouders. And you have to give it all you've got just to create a plain mainstream sedan that gets 5% edgier each time, sort of like that pudgy middle-aged dad at your sons t-ball practice that wears all the UnderArmour but has never had the actual need for sweat wicking except for that one time Golden Corral told him they were out of Prime Rib and he almost blew a gasket.

That team is America, fuck yeah. It's passion and drive smothered by corporate mediocrity. Those of us in the working world know it, and this is no different. It's universal.