It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of the V-6 Toyota Camry. Its maker unveiled the new, flashy, modern, 2025 Camry, and like the rest of the world it has moved on from the simple, naturally aspirated V-6. It is a hybrid-only I-4 affair, and so the V-6 is dead.
"There will be no V6 Camry for MY 2025," a Toyota spokesperson told R&T via email. That was in response to an email asking if it was dead for now, and if there would be any V-6 version in the future, so it leaves some wiggle room should Toyota decide to revive it. We wouldn't bet on it, though.
The new Land Cruiser, the larger Crown, and even the gargantuan Grand Highlander are all now four-cylinder hybrid only. There's some hope that the Camry could get the Crown's 340-hp, 2.4-turbo, Hybrid Max powertrain, but that's just dreaming.
The reality, at least for now, is that the 225-hp (or 232-hp with all-wheel drive) powertrain is the only option. The 301-hp, 3.5-liter, 24-valve, DOHC V-6 that has been in countless Toyotas is now gone from the company's most popular car. It's also dead in the Highlander, Tacoma, and Sienna. It lives on in the Lexus IS, Lexus ES, Lexus RC, Lexus TX, and, of course, the Lotus Emira. The Emira's predecessor also used the Camry engine, leading to one of the best comparison tests in Road & Track history.
The V-6 Camry may not have won that comparison, but its robust, simple, reliable engine was so overbuilt for its task that it supported two generations of amazing British sports cars. Those who got it in a humble Japanese sedan were rewarded with wheel-spinning torque and smooth, natural power delivery. Its large displacement and mediocre fuel economy may make it a creature of a bygone world, but it's ok to admit that we're going to miss that world a little bit.
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