So you might already know that we are a car family – we love cars, especially vintage cars. But what about the new cars hitting the market? How do they compare to the classics that first nurtured the bond between car and car owner – does this bond still exist? Do cars being built today still cause drivers to fall in love? What do you think – in fifty years will we see people still driving the 2015 models to car shows, cherishing the design, space and layout that went into them or will they be forgotten? This week we took a closer look at the new 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE to see if it is swoon worthy. Read on to find out our results.
2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE Sedan
After taking a walk around the exterior of the car, I quickly noticed that the car had quite a powerful looking stance – not at all what I was expecting for a hybrid. The design was sleek and had a little bit of a sports car appeal to it. This car definitely looked powerful – but again I remembered that one word: hybrid. I just wasn’t sure what type of performance I was going to get out of something battery powered – this was yet to be determined.
Things we loved about the exterior design of the car:
– 17 ” Allow Wheels with Graphite Finish
– Projector-Beam Headlights with Black Sport Trim
– Daytime Running Lights
– Color-Keyed Rear Spoiler
After working our way around the exterior of the car, my kids could not wait to jump inside – so we did a quick brush down of their clothes to remove all of the chalk dust and let them climb inside. The Ooh and Ahh’s were contagious as I joined them inside the Camry. My first thought was how clean and organized everything was – while their were a lot of buttons and controls, nothing looked overwhelming or cluttered.
The steering column had easy access controls for the radio volume and to adjust the multi-information display in the dashboard. There was the normal speedometer on the right, but on the left was a display to tells me the level of power being demanded from my driving. When the car is first started, the car will be in CHG mode (we’ll talk more about this later), as I started to accelerate the dial moved to ECO and was running on the electric motor – however if the battery no longer had enough charge or needed to add power to go up a hill, the dial would move into the PWR section. In a nutshell, this display helps me to get the best gas mileage possible out of the hybrid design by telling me what the car is doing and when it is using power vs. the electric motor.
There were also several other new upgrades to the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE that we loved:
– Touch Screen!
– Backup Camera
– Smart Key System with Push Button Start
– Navigation, Weather and Predictive Traffic Apps
– Power Tilt/ Slide Moonroof
– Wireless Charging Station for Cell Phones
Plus, for me it is the small things – check out how cool these drink cup holders are – they adjust in size to securely fit different sized drinks. I can’t be the only one who has turned a corner before to have my drink tip over in my lap, am I?
When our week was up and they came to pick up the car, I realized the answer to my question is yes – you can still fall in love with the design and performance of a new 2015 vehicle. The color, the design and the performance were all perfectly designed and it’s probably mainly because of the moonroof but I think my kids experienced their first ever new car crush.
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