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New 2025 Toyota Camry unveiled with more powerful standard hybrid engine

Ninth-generation Toyota Camry simplifies options with a single hybrid engine

  • Available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions

  • The hybrid engine will produce 232 hp, 30 more than the previous Camry Hybrid

  • Camry 2025 goes on sale in spring 2024


The 2025 Toyota Camry was introduced this evening, a few days before AutoMobility LA. The ninth-generation Toyota Camry receives a brand-new and now standard hybrid powertrain while also getting a reengineered suspension and improved braking that Toyota says will provide a better balance of sportiness and comfort. This new Camry continues the path of recent Camry generations, moving further away from the boring, comfort-focused midsize sedan the Camry was known for 10 years ago, and towards an edgier, more dynamic model that will appeal to buyers who seek balance.

New standard hybrid powertrain with 232 horsepower

2025 Toyota Camry | Photo: Toyota

The changes start under the hood with the new 2025 Toyota Camry getting the fifth-generation Toyota Hybrid System with 232 horsepower, a 30 hp improvement over the previous Camry’s powertrain. The V6 option despite a distinct appeal, bids farewell as the auto industry gradually shifts away from six-cylinder engines. On a brighter note, the new hybrid powertrain will be offered with all-wheel drive as an option. Interested buyers will therefore be able to enjoy the efficiency benefits of Toyota‘s proven hybrid system along with the extra stability that comes with all-wheel drive. Although fuel economy numbers have not been released, if other Toyota models are any indication, the addition of AWD should not compromise efficiency.

Moreover, with 232 horsepower, the Camry promises class-leading performance, at least on paper. Its most significant rival, the Honda Accord Hybrid, has less power and does not offer an all-wheel drive option. The new Sonata will also deliver slightly less horsepower that the redesigned Toyota Camry and it also is FWD-only.

Redesigned interior and exterior

2025 Toyota Camry | Photo: Toyota

Unlike recently redesigned Toyota models like the Prius, Tacoma, or Sequoia, the redesigned 2025 Toyota Camry isn’t going in a completely new direction styling-wise. The rear of the model resembles the previous generation, albeit with bolder, rounder lines. The front-end does get distinct new slim LED headlights as well as daytime running lights which will make this new Camry quickly recognizable on the road. You could describe the styling as more muscular and refined.

The sportier SE and XSE grades feature functional aerodynamic air ducts as well as a rear diffuser, and dual-tip exhaust despite not getting a different powertrain. The XSE models take it up a notch with 19-inch standard wheels while the SE models get their own set of 18-inch standard wheels. XSE models return the two-tone paint option.

Inside, everything has been redesigned. There is quite a bit of thought that went into seating with Toyota engineers modifying the shape and density of the cushion as well as increasing its length to improve comfort. Toyota also says the headrest has been softened and moved back to provide a more ergonomic seating position. The new Camry gets more standard features as well, including dual-zone climate controls, push-button start, and a standard power panoramic roof on the XLE and XSE models. These models also get standard front heated and ventilated seats.

More connectivity features

2025 Toyota Camry | Photo: Toyota

The new Camry gets more screens inside as well. A 7-inch digital gauge cluster is standard while a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is found on the higher trims. An available 10-inch head-up display is also offered as well as a standard 8-inch centre touchscreen or available 12.3-inch screen, both housing the new Toyota Multimedia system. This system allows for voice-activated control using the “Hey Toyota” command. Doing so allows you to control various functions such as adjusting climate controls or asking for information from the navigation system.

The new Camry comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 as well as standard blind-spot monitoring. Top XLE and XSE grades will feature even more driver assistance features including traffic jam assist, front cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, panoramic view monitor, and front and rear parking assist with automatic braking.

While some may lament the end of the V6 Camry, the previous Camry simply had too many engine options and too many versions. For a segment that is not as popular as it once was, three engine options, two powertrains, and over 20 versions was too much, not to mention the headache it caused dealerships when it came to inventory. Now, the Camry offers a more powerful hybrid engine, and it can pair this new powertrain with all-wheel drive, providing an alluring combination of decent power, impressive efficiency, and all-weather stability. The new 2025 Toyota Camry will arrive on the market next spring.

2025 Toyota Camry | Photo: Charles Jolicoeur
2025 Toyota Camry | Photo: Toyota
2025 Toyota Camry | Photo: Toyota
2025 Toyota Camry | Photo: Toyota
2025 Toyota Camry | Photo: Toyota
2025 Toyota Camry | Photo: Toyota
2025 Toyota Camry | Photo: Toyota
2025 Toyota Camry | Photo: Toyota
2025 Toyota Camry | Photo: Toyota

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Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including EcoloAuto.com and MotorIllustrated.com as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email

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