Congrats on the new car! I too got around 8K for my trade-in but was okay w/ it as I felt selling it privately my be cumbersome even though I probs would have gotten a higher value.Nice thread! I especially like the parking light/turn signal upgrades in the front. We just picked up my gf's 2015 Camry SE in Blizzard Pearl and it's a sweet ride. We were tired so we haven't done anything yet, but we have all the old LEDs from her 2009 Camry. The incandescent license plate lights look so ugly.. we haven't had those on any of our cars in ages!
She sold her 2009 Camry privately for $11K (dealer was offering $8500 max trade-in value) and is very happy with the upgrade. Her old Camry was a plain LE like your old 2010 so she's loving having the rims and stuff. So sad, guess my 2005 Camry is now the "junk car" we will take to places with crappy parking lots. My car only has 56K miles on it so I'll probably keep it for at least a few more years. I detail it every week and added OEM fogs and OEM rims so it's not super plain, but dang, I like the 2015 SE!
But I agree, going from a 10' LE to a 15' SE was quite the jump for me as well. The redesign on the 15' SE inspired me to customize it to my hearts content -- as I too disliked the default halogen interior & exterior lighting & the amber parking/turn signal -- but I don't intend on making changes such as installing lowering springs as those are challenging to undo & affect the ride & handling.
Out of curiosity, how many miles was on your gf's camry when you sold it? Moreover, did you sell it through a site like auto-trader or car gurus? If not, how did you guys go about selling it privately?