Vellum Venom Vignette: 2015 Camry Regression Analysis (Part II)

Sajeev Mehta
by Sajeev Mehta

I was wrong about the 2015 Camry: it’s a handsome family sedan. But not for us, for the Russians.


This is how you mildly refresh an existing model.

Yes, Toyota made a uniquely ugly 2015 Camry for us Yankees. They styled to the lowest common denominator (i.e. every frickin’ cliche in a modern designer’s toolkit) while the “Global” 2015 Camry has an upmarket presense. It apes the price point where Less is More, the place where Audi survives and thrives.

Sure, the Global 2015 Camry is no Audi. But it’s an object of desire relative to our imminent future of seeing the US-spec model on every highway, clogging our pores with mindless amounts of DLO FAIL for no good reason. Even the fascias are quite fetching, forgoing our Camry’s fake-Audi-Lexus schnoz.

Peep this video:

Now compare to what we get:

Is the grass greener on the other side? Off to you, Best and Brightest.

[Image: Toyota]

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  • Akear Akear on Nov 21, 2014

    double post - see above

  • Mechaman Mechaman on Dec 13, 2014

    Sajeev, you nailed it. Since the first shots of this, er, car, came out, I've been ranting about how ugly it is - my wife told me to calm down: maybe you'll like it better when you see one on the street, she said. Well, I did. Didn't change a thing. Just hope that other makers don't think imitating it would be a good idea. Hyundai, are you listening? The best thing about it is that so far, in Chicagoland anyway, the '15 Sonata outnumbers it greatly, even though it, and the Subaru Legacy, mimic the Fusion shamelessly ..

  • Lorenzo All the efforts made over decades to reduce/eliminate NVH in ICE cars, and now they're putting noise and vibration into electric cars. It reminds me of efforts to make veggie burgers taste like meat. Vegetarians don't want the taste of meat, and meat eaters will want meat, not veggie burgers.
  • Jalop1991 A true golf cart.Sure, it's a penalty box inside. But you're not in it for more than a few minutes at a time during commutes and in between charging stops.Ergo, it's the cart.
  • Zipper69 I'm sure it will sell just fine at all trim levels.I'd only note that IMHO the dashboard is a bit of a busy mess.
  • MaintenanceCosts Why do you have to accept two fewer cylinders in your gas engine to get an electric motor? (This question also applies to the CX-90.)
  • Zipper69 Do they have unique technology that might interest another manufacturer?