When you think of the Toyota Camry, some descriptions that probably come to mind are “practical,” “reliable,” and "perfectly fine." Now, with its 2015 Camry XSE model, Toyota is looking to include the phrase "grin-inducing."
The Camry XSE, released in conjunction with the Camry’s redesign for MY-2015, combines the luxury of the Camry XLE with the performance of the SE. Two engines are offered for the Camry XSE: a 2.5L four-cylinder that delivers 178 hp and 170 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 3.5L V6 that packs a punch of 268 hp and 248 lb.-ft. of torque.
I got the chance to drive the Camry XSE at a Toyota press event at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., and I was impressed by the vehicle’s tight handling and acceleration that pops. In addition, the Camry XSE's wheels sport 225/45R18 all-season tires, and I could tell: even when I was driving on windy roads, the vehicle gripped the asphalt well.
The interior of the Camry XSE (and standard on all 2015-MY Camrys except the Camry LE gas model) features a 4.2-inch TFT screen that, along with displaying various vehicle functions, allows drivers to look at the pressure in each tire through a direct tire pressure monitoring system.
And, the Camry XSE's fuel economy will make fleet managers happy: the four-cylinder gets 35 mpg highway, while the V-6 gets 31 mpg highway.
Year-to-date fleet Camry sales so far in 2014 have reached 51,482, and the best-selling fleet models are the four-cylinder LE and SE, Toyota told Automotive Fleet at press time. The XSE four-cylinder retails for $26,150, while the XSE V-6 retails for $31,370.
Overall, the Camry XSE is practical enough to please fleet managers while stylish and sporty enough to excite fleet drivers.
Adam Pringle is a former associate editor for the AutoGroup.View Bio