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Decisions, Decisions: Should You Buy the 2014.5 or 2015 Toyota Camry?

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So you may or may not have heard, but Toyota is all set to release an updated version of its popular Camry for the 2015 model year. In the meantime, the Japanese automaker decided to refresh its current model midway through the 2014 model year to include some cool new features ahead of the 2015’s release. If you’re in the market for a Camry, you’re probably wondering which car is the better buy. If that’s the case, let us break it down for you: should you buy the 2014.5 or 2015 Toyota Camry?

2014.5 Toyota Camry

should you buy the 2014.5 or 2015 Toyota Camry

2014 Toyota Camry

The 2014.5 Toyota Camry adds some impressive new features from the 2013 and 2014 models, including a backup camera standard on all trim levels. Additionally, the upper trim levels receive upgraded Entune audio systems, and the LE, and XLE hybrid and gasoline models are available in a new color, Parisian Night Pearl, which replaces the Clearwater Blue color. Not too many changes there, but the 2014.5 Camry also has slightly better crash test scores than its predecessor.

2015 Toyota Camry

should you buy the 2014.5 or 2015 Toyota Camry

2015 Toyota Camry

The 2015 Toyota Camry, which is set to hit dealerships this autumn, isn’t exactly an all-new model, but there are plenty of new features to get excited about. Call it a mid-generation makeover. The 2015 Camry’s exterior has received an extensive redesign, with the only body panel to carry over from 2014 being the roof. Apart from that, everything looks brand new. The 2015 Camry gains almost two inches in length with an additional half-inch of spacing between the car’s wheels. Additionally, the Camry’s grille is redesigned to more closely resemble current Lexus models. The engine choices remain the same, but inside the Camry, you’ll find a new wireless charging station, and options like lane departure warning and a cross-traffic alert system.

The 2014.5 Camry is available right now with a starting MSRP of $22,425. Pricing hasn’t yet been announced for the 2015 Camry, but we can assume it’s pretty similar. All in all, if you can hold out for the fall for your car purchase, we’d go with the 2015 simply because we prefer the design. But if you can’t wait, the 2014.5 is a pretty good bet—it’s no wonder the Camry is America’s best-selling car.

Gallery: 2015 Toyota Camry