2015 Toyota Camry Atara SX review filed by Matt Calvitto.
Toyota’s recently revised and refreshed Camry range is a swansong for a nameplate that has been made locally for nearly 30 years, so it, like the equivalent efforts from Ford and Holden, need to send the last Australian made model out with a bang.
In terms of revisions and updates from the previous model, the heavily reworked exterior styling is the biggest change, while alternations in the cabin are restricted to some new materials and switch-gear.
Priced from $31,990, the 2015 Toyota Camry Atara SX is the “sportiest” Camry.
The engine is responsive for a four-cylinder unit and motivates the Camry with ease, without being a fireball. The six-speed automatic is equally smooth.
Toyota claims combined fuel consumption of 7.8L/100km, though the best I could achieve was 8.7 litres.
On the road the 2015 Toyota Camry Atara SX handles rather tidily. It isn’t sports car sharp, but it turns in crisply and handles corners rather well with minimal body roll. There’s also a great sense of ease of use around town, rendering the Camry a good urban companion.
Unfortunately, while that sports suspension may deliver reasonable dynamics, the ride it serves up is less than savoury. Even the smallest pockmarks and imperfections on road surfaces are sent straight into the cabin, rattling interior trim and partially detracting from the Camry’s build quality.
Large amounts of road noise also permeated the cabin at freeway speeds, often prompting me to turn up the volume on the rather excellent sound system just a little bit more.
The reversing camera is of high quality and the guidance lines are very useful, and there’s even special markings for reversing a trailer, should one wish to fit their Camry with a towbar.
Standard fare is generous, and includes specially tuned sports suspension, sports pedals, 18” alloy wheels, leather trim, dual-zone climate control, key-less entry and start, parking sensors, reversing camera and a body kit.
The 2015 Toyota Camry interior is simple and logical.
The instrument cluster is clear and very easy to read and the touch screen infotainment system allows users to make selections quickly and easily.
The Toyota Camry Atara SX is generally well specified, so the lack of satellite navigation is a strange omission. Seats are big and comfortable with good under-thigh and back support and space is generous for all those on board.
Fit and finish is of a satisfactory standard. Some of the plastics feel a little cheap, particularly around the centre console lid and other portions of the dash. There was the also the odd squeak and rattle too and I think this could be partially attributed to the hard(ish) ride.
Boot space is rated at a family friendly 515 litres.
A five-star ANCAP safety rating features across the entire 2015 Camry line-up, including the Atara SX.
Summing it up; the 2015 Toyota Camry Atara SX is a value for money, boasts acceptable looks and is an easy to drive mid-size sedan. If only it had cushier ride quality.
NUTS and BOLTS - 2015 Toyota Camry Atara SX
Engine: 2.5 litre petrol producing 135kW and 235Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic (only)
Price: from $31,990
Matt Calvitto is the founder of automotive website – themotoringguru.com