2023 Toyota Camry Nightshade Is a Whole Mood

Chris Paukert Former executive editor / Cars
Following stints in TV news production and as a record company publicist, Chris spent most of his career in automotive publishing. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded Davis as editor-in-chief of Winding Road, a pioneering e-mag, before serving as Autoblog's executive editor from 2008 to 2015. Chris is a Webby and Telly award-winning video producer and has served on the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. He joined the CNET team in 2015, bringing a small cache of odd, underappreciated cars with him.
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2023 Toyota Camry SE Nightshade front three-quarter view
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2023 Toyota Camry SE Nightshade front three-quarter view

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What's happening

Toyota has revealed changes to its Camry for 2023, including touches to its popular Nightshade trim.

Why it matters

America's best-selling family sedan is getting a bit more attitude.

What's next

These model tweaks will try to stem the industry's sales slide among all sedans as buyers move to SUVs.

America's best-selling sedan is getting a bit edgier and more brooding. The 2023 Toyota Camry Nightshade Special Edition is getting some additional visual tweaks for the new model year, including handsome new 19-inch matte-bronze alloy wheels and a slick Reservoir Blue paint color.

First introduced in 2018, the Nightshade package is now available on midgrade SE trims including front- and all-wheel-drive models, as well as the Camry Hybrid. The model is also available in Midnight Black and white paint offerings. If you're not feeling the new wheels but love the Reservoir Blue paint, fear not; this finish will be available on other Camry models, too.

As before, the Nightshade also receives black-painted side mirrors, spoiler and badges, and for 2023, the model adds blacked-out headlight and taillight trims for a slightly more aggressive look. The changes blend nicely with the SE's standard sport suspension and other model-specific visual cues.

2023 Toyota Camry Nightshade is a Bronzeworthy Family Sedan

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So what does America's best-selling midsize sedan for 20 years running have to be so moody about? Even with over 300,000 units sold in 2021, there's no doubt the model is losing a bit of its clout, both within sales charts and Toyota's own lineup, where the company's RAV4 SUV has solidly eclipsed the Camry as Toyota's biggest-selling and most-important vehicle. These new tweaks certainly won't reverse that trend, as consumers continue to leave traditional passenger cars en masse in favor of trucks and SUVs, but they're nice tweaks to a still-important industry stalwart.

Toyota has not yet released pricing or on-sale timing for the 2023 Camry range, but for reference, today's 2022 Camry Nightshade SE starts at $29,110 including $1,025 for delivery.