2025 Toyota Camry XSE: Five thoughts

2025 Toyota Camry XSE: Five thoughts

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Sedans are one of the best examples of Darwinism in the automobile business. The companies that still make them — mainly Toyota, Honda, Hyundai — do a fine job with them. This notion came into sharp focus for me during a recent test drive of the 2025 Toyota Camry. Once derided as the color beige manifested onto four wheels, the latest Camry has sleek, edgy styling, a nicely appointed interior and hybrid power. I spent a week with an XSE model, and I have five thoughts.

The XSE is top of the line and worth it

I tested the top XSE all-wheel-drive trim that cost $45,431, including the designation charge and several options. That might sound high for a Camry, but it’s almost exactly the average price of a new car sold in the United States. For this price, you can get a lovely red interior (or other colors) with heated leather seats and a leather steering wheel, aluminum sport pedals, ambient lighting, a gloss black spoiler, a mesh grille and Toyota’s latest safety system with pre-collision sensing. 


The Premium Plus package costs $4,075 and adds a nine-speaker JBL audio, more safety features like a panoramic camera, and a moonroof. Scotch this and you pay closer to $41 grand out the door. I would keep it and also would splurge on the upgraded dark gray metallic 19-inch wheels ($1,500), which remind me of BMW M designs.

It’s a lot of stuff for a reasonable price.

The Camry is a looker