New Toyota Camry restyled with bolder, sportier look

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Toyota has redesigned its mid-size sedan for a bolder look packed with new technology. (KABC)

To say that the Toyota Camry is popular is an understatement. Toyota estimates that one is sold every 54 seconds, and it has been the bestselling car in the U.S. 12 years in a row.

"It is what you get for the money," said Jason Nunamaker, a Toyota spokesman. "It's a great handling car. It's a very comfortable car. It's a great looking car."

But there's a lot of competition in the mid-size sedan segment, so Toyota's design studio in California has given the car a restyle to make it a little bolder and more engaging.

"We now have a different driving dynamic. We have something that's very interesting to look at. It's very sporty looking," Nunamaker said.

There's also new optional technology, such as a wireless phone charging pad.

Car buyers can also still get a V6 engine. Some other mid-size cars only offer four cylinders, adding optional Turbo for more power. With higher-trim Camrys, buyers can choose V6 grunt.

"It drives a lot different than the Turbo 4's. Something frankly that our consumers are pretty happy with, so we've retained it," Nunamaker said.

They've also added a sportier trim level to notch things up. The new XSE trim level adds a visual flair, 18-inch wheels on the outside and a fairly bold interior.

For those interested in going the other direction, the Camry Hybrid remains an eco-friendly choice in the lineup. As before, an electric motor works in harmony with the gas engine.

Mileage estimates from the EPA range from 38 to 43 mpg. The Prius may do better and is the hallmark of Toyota Hybrids, but the Camry does the job in a more conventional package.

Toyota has managed to sell over 10 million Camrys since introducing it more than 30 years ago. Now, with strong competition all around, Toyota has turned up the wick on the car's style and features.

With that, its segment-leading sales pace should keep going well into the future.

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