Toyota Debuts 2025 Camry with Standard Hybrid PowertrainNovember 15, 2023
It was only a matter of time before Toyota would unveil the ninth-generation Camry, and they’ve now done so ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show. It shouldn’t surprise you to see this time-honored nameplate ride into the future; but, the latest iteration of this common sedan may surprise you in some meaningful ways.
During a time of electrification, Toyota is sticking with what they arguably do best: The new Camry will be offered exclusively as a hybrid. In detail, this is the first time Toyota has paired their 2.5-liter four-cylinder and its 5th generation Toyota Hybrid System (THS 5). Front-wheel drive models produce 225 horsepower; however, all-wheel drive is available on all grades, reaching up to 232 horsepower. That’s a 30 horsepower increase over its predecessor’s mechanical AWD version.
This is a good time to mention that the 2025 Camry’s all-wheel drive is electronic, allowing for front-rear torque distribution on the fly and depending on driving conditions. The new hybrid system also uses lighter and more compact electric motors, providing the increase in power; and along with a more potent powertrain, the Camry benefits from retuned suspension, with sport grades rocking a sport-tuned setup.
It’s easy to fall back on words like “chiseled” and “edgy” to describe modern vehicles, but here on the Camry those words are quite apt. The new Camry (designed by CALTY’s studios in Newport Beach, California and Ann Arbor, Michigan) is defined in the front by a distinctive “hammerhead” fascia, bookended by new lighting elements. The rear also sees new taillights, and sport models will be characterized by a unique rear diffuser, joined by additional (and, supposedly, functional) aerodynamic ducting, front canards and rear-lip spoiler. Each trim will boast its own spin on the new Camry’s digs, including color matched and black accent pieces, so it’s up to you to decide which fits your vibe best.
You have a certain level of choice in the interior, too, with each grade offering up something different. The most important pieces come via screen space, as a 7-inch gauge cluster and 8-inch touchscreen is standard; though, each can be upgraded to 12.3-inch units depending on trim. Smartphone integration is the norm here, as is a standard Qi wireless device charger. The 10-inch Head Up Display is available on the XLE and XSE.
As expected, the supplied upholstery is also trim-dependent– for example, the SE comes with SofTex-trimmed seats; the XSE features standard-leather, available in either black with blue perforations or a vibrant red. The XLE grade is the first Camry to use leather and Dinamica microfiber-trimmed seats, available in Light Gray or Black.
One thing you don’t have much choice in is the standard safety equipment, namely Toyota Safety Sense 3.0. This is the marquee’s suite of safety and convenience features, with things like Pre-Collision with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Road Sign Assist and automatic high beams all included.
The 2025 Toyota Camry is expected to reach dealerships in the spring of 2024. We’ll have plenty more info as we get closer to launch, and you can bet we’ll bring you a full-fledged Road Test as soon as we get a chance– stay tuned!