2022 Toyota Camry Adds Nightshade Hybrid, New Color Options
Toyota regularly sells more Camrys in the U.S. than it does of all Lexus models combined. In 2020, for example, it sold 294,348 Camrys and 275,041 Lexus vehicles, and the difference was even larger in 2019. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the automaker is sprucing up the decades-long bestselling passenger car for the 2022 model year.
For 2022, the Camry will get a Nightshade edition for the hybrid model as well as new exterior paints. In Toyota’s nomenclature, Nightshade refers to trims that feature black wheels, accents, and badging. For the Camry SE Hybrid Nightshade, that means 18-inch black wheels, a black shark-fin antenna, and black window trim, badging, door handles, and mirror caps. The Nightshade trim was previously available for nonhybrid Camrys.
Toyota debuted the sporty Camry TRD version in 2020 and sold it with an exclusive color—Ice Edge—last year. For 2022, Ice Edge joins the lineup of available exterior colors for non-TRD trims while the Camry TRD gets a new exclusive color: two-tone Cavalry Blue with a Midnight Black Metallic roof.
As before, the 2022 Camry TRD comes with a direct-injected, 301-hp DOHC 3.5-liter V-6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission inside a vehicle outfitted with an aerodynamic body kit and a gloss-black front grille. All powertrain options for the 2022 Camry match those available in the 2021 version.
The addition of Ice Edge to the standard lineup of paint options means Galactic Aqua went away but XSE grades of the 2022 Camry can still be had with two-tone body and roof color combinations. Supersonic Red, Wind Chill Pearl, and Celestial Silver Metallic can be paired with a Midnight Black Metallic roof and a rear spoiler.
All of the changes Toyota made for 2022 means that the Camry can now be purchased in 18 different trims. As before, there are three trims with the V-6 engine (XLE, XSE, TRD), five each with the four-cylinder in front- and all-wheel-drive versions (LE, XLE, SE, SE Nightshade, and XSE), and five hybrid trims (LE, XLE, SE, the new SE Nightshade option, and XSE). The different Camry trims feature distinctive front ends so that those in the know can tell them apart at a glance. The only way to tell from the outside that a 2022 Camry has a hybrid powertrain is from the simple hybrid badging on the trunklid.
All 2022 Camrys will come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+,which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection that also detects bicycles in daytime, as well as automated emergency braking. Available safety features include full-speed dynamic radar cruise control and intelligent clearance sonar with rear cross-traffic braking and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Other convenience options include a cold-weather package (contents differ depending on trim level), a 7.0-inch multi-information display in the instrument cluster and a 10-inch color head-up display.
For 2022, the Camry starts at $26,320 for the FWD LE trim while the AWD models start at $27,720 and the hybrid starts at $28,405.