2016 Toyota Camry Special Edition Fails To Impress

Toyota decided that the 2015 model year would see the complete re-engineering of its Camry mid-size sedan.

The idea was to leave behind the boring to look at and dull to drive reputation. The 2015 redesign did a lot to add a bit of spice to the looks, but the drive remained a touch dull.

According to Car and Driver magazine the 2015 Camry has, “bolder styling, upgraded interior trim and equipment, and minor chassis changes that will impress current owners, but don’t tempt enthusiasts into the fold.”

Toyota has again tried in vain to attract a more enthusiast audience by adding a Special Edition Camry to the lineup.

Based on the Camry SE, the Special Edition features sporty additions such as new 18” alloy wheels that have a machined face that is painted gloss black, a power tilt/slide moon-roof, smoked out tail lights, blue stitching on the seats dash and shifter boot, sport appearance seats and blue on white gauges.

Do you see the problem?

Toyota has merely tried to make the Camry appear sporty rather than deal with the dull driving dynamics that have always plagued the model.

New technology includes a smart key and push button start and Qi wireless charging.

This “sport” model is powered by a 2.5L 4 cylinder that is mated to a 6-speed automatic and pumps out 178 hp.

Other available powertrains in the lineup include a Hybrid that utilises a 2.5L Atkinson cycle engine tied to a Hybrid Synergy system, and a 3.5L V6 that develops 268 hp and will deliver a sporty 0 – 60 time of just 5.8 seconds ( according to testing performed by Car And Driver).

The Camry has always been a very reliable and comfortable family car with no sporting aspirations what-so-ever. It seems that some things will never change.

Consumer Expert Robert Nichols

Robert is a lifelong car nut. He works as a Technician with 16 years experience and has multiple trade licenses. Having worked on vehicles ranging from Porsche's, fire trucks, trains, and industrial/mining equipment, he has a varied and broad knowledge base to draw on. But his favorite thing to do is drive, be it on two or four wheels.