- The 2025 Toyota Camry marks the mid-size sedan’s ninth generation.
- For the first time, the Camry will be offered only in hybrid guise.
- A revamped cabin borrows much of its new look from the Crown sedan.
While SUVs dominate the automotive landscape like some sort of fender-cladded solar eclipse, mid-size sedans soldier on as family-friendly alternatives that are a little more down to earth (literally). The Hyundai Sonata has been given a recent refresh, and Honda released a new generation of Accord last year. Now, it’s time for the Toyota Camry to strut its stuff, and it’s leapfrogging both of its major competitors by going hybrid-only.
All Hybrid All the Time
If you’re familiar with any of Toyota’s other new hybrids like the Crown Signia, the 2025 Camry’s powertrain will seem quite familiar. This latest iteration of Toyota’s hybrid system combines a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine with either two or three electric motors. The first two motors live up front and help provide front-driven power, while optional all-wheel drive—a first for hybrid Camrys, and available on all four trims—throws a third motor out back for extra traction. FWD hybrids will make 225 horsepower, while AWD bumps that up by a whopping seven horses, to 232 hp. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard on both setups.
New Look Inside and Out
A few C/D editors have wondered aloud whether the Camry’s new look qualifies above a mid-cycle refresh, but there’s something to be said about sticking with what works. Of course, the ninth-gen Camry does look fairly different from the front, where new headlights pick up the same running-light style we’ve seen on the Prius and the Crown. Its beaky front bumper keeps that comparison going. From the side, it’s more traditional Camry, and the rear end’s new taillights look fresh but also familiar.
Meanwhile, the cabin features a bit more new stuff. A whole bunch of Crown influence has made its way into the Camry, including the same steering wheel as well as the medium-high center console and the console trim piece that rises and wraps around the passenger. (Thankfully, the Camry does not borrow the Crown’s limited headroom.) It comes standard with a wireless phone charger and five USB ports across both rows. An 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen and an 8.0-inch partially digital gauge cluster are standard on the LE and sportier SE trims, but both screens grow to 12.3 inches on XLE and XSE models.
Trim Levels and Pricing
Of the four trims on offer, they are bundled into two distinct halves. The LE and XLE reside on the cushier side, with the latter picking up front-side acoustic glass, larger wheels, fancier headlights, leather seating, a heated steering wheel, keyless entry, and ambient lighting. The SE and XSE are the sportier pair, carrying their own unique (and, obviously, stiffer) suspension tuning, in addition to black trim and different wheel designs. The XSE also picks up a giant black trim piece that spans the gap between the taillights, in addition to a body-colored rear diffuser and dual exhaust tips.
The 2025 Toyota Camry will make its way to the general public in 2024. Pricing is still a ways away, but for some context, the current Camry hybrid ranges from a hair under $30,000 to a bit over $35,000. Given the flashy kit crammed into the new one, we’d expect prices to rise a smidge but stay affordable overall.
Cars are Andrew Krok’s jam, along with boysenberry. After graduating with a degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009, Andrew cut his teeth writing freelance magazine features, and now he has a decade of full-time review experience under his belt. A Chicagoan by birth, he has been a Detroit resident since 2015. Maybe one day he’ll do something about that half-finished engineering degree.
Source: Motor - aranddriver.com