Dave Conole road tests and reviews the Toyota Camry Atara SL.
The Toyota Camry remains one of the nation’s favourite mid-size offerings and recently underwent a pretty significant face-lift.
If you’re considering a 2015 Toyota Camry then you will have a choice of two different drive-trains – four-cylinder petrol or petrol/electric hybrid and things kick-off with the Camry Altise.
I had the flagship Camry model, the Atara SL, powered by a 2.5 litre four-cylinder engine that produces 135kW and 235Nm. All variants of the Camry in 2015 are automatic, the Atara SL boasting a smooth six-speed unit.
I’m pleased to report that the engine does a very respectable job of moving the 1505kg sedan around. When pushed though the engine is perhaps a little noisier than what you might expect from an otherwise quite civilized vehicle.
The transmission does a great job of maximizing the power and torque supplied and shifts quickly when extra assistance is needed.
Fuel economy is only acceptable, not impressive. I averaged a touch over 10.0L/100km in my week in the Camry Atara, for the record, the official claimed combined economy rating is 7.8L/100km.
On the road, well the 2015 Toyota Camry is surprisingly quite un-Toyota like! The ride is taut and firm and the mid-size sedans suspension nicely soaks up the bumps. In the turns though you would say that the Camry has a bit of a skittish feel upfront if pushed a little hard.
Steering and brakes get a tick and the turning circle is adequately small.
Inside the cabin of the Camry Atara SL you will find an interior design and layout that boasts an impressive look and feel.
There’s plenty of room, comfortable seats (electric adjustment up front) and the ergonomics are mostly well thought out. Other good bits include a nice dashboard layout and well-placed and easy to use 6.1” touchscreen infotainment system.
Standard features in the SL grade of the Camry Atara include dual-zone climate control, ten speaker stereo with digital radio, sat-nav, forward (low speed) collision mitigation, distance control cruise control and push-button ignition.
Optional extras include an electric sunroof ($1,950), or a pack that includes a moonroof, sports suspension and larger 18” alloy wheels which will set you back an additional $2,950.
And finally, all grades of the 2015 Toyota Camry come with a five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up; the Australian-built Toyota Camry is going out on a high.
The update has delivered possibly the best looking, nay, sexiest Camry we’ve seen. The engine may not be cutting-edge but it keeps the Camry in the hunt against some pretty stiff mid-size competition.
Best bits include the ride, the roomy interior, generous standard features and that famous Toyota build quality.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Toyota Camry Atara SL
Engine: 2.5 litre petrol producing 135kW and 235Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic (only)
Price: Atara SL from $37,440
Dave Conole owns and writes the independent vehicle review and news website – A Wheel Thing.
With over 15 years of automotive journalism and reviewing experience, plus front line experience in vehicle sales, Dave is proud to be aligned with Behind the Wheel.