A new trim level: XLE Touring Sport Edition. (I think it's time they dropped XLE as a prefix; the names are just getting to long.) Available only in a special black with dark blue special interior, the only additional equipment is HID headlights from the Limited trim. Limited models now sport a wireless charging tray for phones and devices with wireless charging, or you can buy a wireless charging case for most phones. Paddle shifters standard on all V6 Avalons. Blind Spot Warning and Cross Traffic Alert (warns if a cars is approaching while you back up) are standard on the XLE Touring, Limited and XLE Touring Sport. They were previously optional. Voice control is now standard across all models.
The Camry gets another redesign after being "all-new" for the 2012 model year. This redesign, like the last, doesn't touch the engines or transmissions. Even the fuel mileage are exactly the same as the 2014 models. Unlike many "mid-size" (some of which, unlike the Camry, have become full-size as the EPA measures) competitors, the Camry still retains it's V6 option, and no engine in the line-up has direct fuel injection. Also missing: CVT transmissions (like in the Accord and Altima) or transmissions with more than 6 forward gears (like in the new Chrysler 200 and its nine-speed). What has been touched is the sheet metal. A much more aggressive grille, fascia and fenders attack the perennial Camry lament: "too boring." Finding its market share eroded by swoopy Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion models, Toyota has finally amped up the Camry's sportiness. (Ironically, after increasing its market share, the newest Sonata is much more conservatively styled.) Like Ford borrowed the trapezoidal snout of its prior high-end boutique brand, Aston Martin, Toyota has borrowed a spindle-like grille from big brother Lexus. It's a different take on the shape, and without comparing the two it isn't obvious where Camry got it. On the safety front, while they had its clothes off, Toyota got serious about the chassis, aiming for Top Pick Plus status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The frame is stiffer and uses a lot more spot welds. Safety technologies were heavily sprinkled on the new Camry: options include Lane Departure Warning, Blind Sport Warning, Collision Warning (necessary for the "Plus" in Top Pick Plus), Pre-Collision System with automated braking (to improve the IIHS rating and keep "Plus" ranking in the event they make the standards higher), Auto High Beams, and even Adaptive Cruise Control. Other convenience features are included, such as a wireless charging station for compatible electronics to get juice without having to plug in. For even more high-tech credibility, Camry XLE and XSE have LED daytime running lights and Camry V6 has full LED headlights. To answer the question, "Why do I have to give up luxury to get the meanest looking Camry?" a new XSE trim merges the SE and XLE. The bargain-basement Camry L is gone.
The tiniest Prius gets a refresh to its front end, including the only LED headlights on a car this inexpensive. It also gets fancy new colors like "Tangerine Splash." A rear backup camera is now standard on Prius c Four, the top trim level. Voice control is now standard across the board.
The Prius v gets a refreshed exterior, resulting in a weight gain of almost 70 pounds and over a half inch in overall length. Bumpers, grill, lights are all refreshed. Lane Departure Warning and automatic high beams are now available, part of the Prius v Five optional Advanced Technology Package. All models get standard voice control for radio, bluetooth and navigation (if present). For the first time, the Prius v offers a power driver's seat, an eight-way unit with power adjustable lumbar. The entry-level Prius v Two (I don't make this stuff up) loses its standard rear center armrest and power driver's lumbar. Upgrade to the Prius v Three, Four or Five. (Cue the Count on Sesame Street laughing as lightning flashes.) Price drops by $75. Interior dimensions are unchanged.
A mild refresh sees new grilles and tail lights. Out of sight the body receives 140 additional welds for increased strength and rigidity. This may be in anticipation of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Small Overlap front crash tests, which see the Sienna getting the highest possible score and a Top Safety Pick (Top Safety Pick Plus on the Sienna Limited FWD with the optional Pre-Collision System(. Backup camera is now standard on all trims. A blind spot convex mirror has been added to the side view mirrors to eliminate blind spots. Cross Traffic Alert has been added to the optional Blind Spot Monitoring system, warning drivers if a car is coming from the side when they back up. Automatic headlights, automatic climate control, bluetooth and advanced voice control are now standard across the board. SE models now have leather heated front seats. A heated steering wheel is now offered, standard on Limited models.
Regular Cab Tacomas have been discontinued, leaving only the Access Cab and Double Cab. The Tacoma TRD Pro becomes the new off-road big dog. Available on V6 4x4 Double Cab or Access Cab, the package includes unique trim and Bilstein shocks with a separate oil reservoir to increase their ability to take punishment and to increase the suspension travel. TRD Pro Tacoma starts at $36,410, including destination at most Toyota dealers. A new Utility Package deletes the rear seat on Access Cab to make more room for interior storage.
The 2015 Toyota Yaris gets a new look. The Yaris L now has standard 60/40 split folding rear seats in place of the previous one-piece seat; it also now has power windows. Navigation is now a port-installed option.