The Toyota Camry has gone through something an existential crisis for 2015. Although the mid-size family sedan's sales have continued as strong as ever since its most recent redesign three years ago, Toyota's product planners have gifted the current model year car with a top-to-bottom refresh. I have to wonder what prompted this departure from Toyota's typical five-year lifecyle. Was it the pressure felt from increasingly competent offerings in the segment like the Ford Fusion, the Honda Accord, and the Hyundai Sonata, or was it the sense that the Camry's very successful formula of bland across-the-board excellence was at risk of becoming stale?
We might never find out the answer to that particular question, but ultimately the motivations behind the face-lifted 2015 Toyota Camry don't matter nearly as much as the results. After spending a week with the car, it's clear to me that Toyota is still very much on-message with the Camry, and that while the four-door commuter might present a more extroverted sheen than in years past, it's still got the same practical heart beating in its chest.