Toyota to discontinue Camry V6 and TRD in 2025

Toyota to discontinue Camry V6 and TRD in 2025

The ninth-generation 2025 Toyota Camry has just made its debut, with some major changes to the powertrain. For the first time, the Camry is available exclusively as a four-cylinder hybrid. That means the 3.5-liter V6 we know and love is gone. And there's also a lack of a sporty TRD model.

For decades, Toyota has offered a V6 engine option with the Camry. The third-generation model introduced the six-cylinder to the U.S. for the 1988 model year. The 2.5-liter engine made about 153 horsepower, while the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder at the time only had about 114 horsepower. Since then, V6 engines have been a mainstay of the Camry lineup.

For 2025, that's changed. The hybrid-assisted 2.5-liter four-cylinder produces 225 horsepower when driving the front wheels and 232 hp with all-wheel drive, which is significantly less than the outgoing V6's 301 ponies.

According to a Toyota insider, the press release includes "all 2025 model grades and powertrains." While that statement doesn't eliminate the possibility of the six-cylinder returning in the future, such as 2026, another Toyota insider said that "the V6 is done," which seems more definitive.

It's a similar story for the performance-focused TRD trim. This trim is noticeably missing from the 2025 model release. The Camry TRD is more of an appearance and handling package than a true performance model, offering a firmer suspension and sportier looks, but no powertrain changes.

If you want a more plain-looking 2025 Camry, the XSE is your best bet among the available trim levels. It comes standard with two-tone paint and 19-inch wheels. Buyers can choose between a two-tone color scheme: Midnight Black Metallic roof and Ocean Gem, Air Cooled Pearl, Heavy Metal, or Supersonic Red bodywork.

As for the extra power missing from the no longer available V6, Toyota has another powertrain in its arsenal that could boost overall performance. When the time comes for a faster Camry, we imagine it will use the Turbo Hybrid Max powertrain from the Crown. It combines a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an electric motor on the rear axle to pump out 340 horsepower. If that happens, maybe we won't miss the V6.

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