Recently, the ninth-generation 2025 Toyota Camry made its debut, sporting a few notable powertrain upgrades. The Camry is now only offered as a four-cylinder hybrid for the first time. That implies that the beloved, long-running 3.5-liter V6 is no longer available. The aggressive TRD model is likewise absent from the roster.
For many years, Toyota has provided a V6 engine option for the Camry. For the 1988 model year, the third-generation vehicle brought the six-cylinder to the US market. The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine at the time only produced roughly 114 horsepower, while this 2.5-liter engine produced about 153 horsepower. The V6 has remained a dependable model in the Camry lineup ever since.
2025 Toyota Camry
When Websparkpk reached out to Toyota about the V6’s absence, a spokesperson told us the press release included “all model year 2025 grades and powertrains.” While that statement didn’t eliminate the possibility of the six-cylinder returning in the future, like in 2026, a separate Toyota spokesperson told us “the V6 is done,” which seems more definitive.
The situation is similar for the performance-focused TRD trim. That trim was conspicuously missing from the release of 2025 models. The Camry TRD was more of a cosmetic and handling package than a real performance model, delivering stiffer suspension and sporty looks, but no powertrain changes.
If you want a meaner-looking 2025 Camry, the XSE is your best choice among the available trim levels. It comes standard with two-tone paint and 19-inch wheels. Buyers can pick a two-tone color scheme with a Midnight Black Metallic roof and an Ocean Gem, Wind Chill Pearl, Heavy Metal, or Supersonic Red body.
As for the extra power missing from the no-longer-available V6, there is another powertrain in Toyota’s arsenal that could hill the whole. When and if the time comes for a faster Camry, we imagine it will use the turbocharged Hybrid Max powertrain from the Crown. That combines a 2.4 liter turbocharged four-cylinder with an electric motor on the rear axle to crank out 340 hp. If that does happen, maybe we won’t miss the V6 after all.