toyota camry

 

Specs:

  • JDM Engine Option 1: 2.0L Valvematic
  • JDM Engine Option 2: 2.5 L Dual VVT-i
  • JDM Engine Option 3: 3.5 Dual VVT-I
  • Curb Weight: 1,460 kg
  • Size: L 4,850 mm x W 1825 mm x H 1480 mm

The Good

The Toyota Camry is probably one of the best-selling Toyotas in the United States and one of the most least popular in Europe. In Japan we would say semi decent, but not that far from Europe. And it’s easy to see why the market is like this…

First of all, it is a saloon class car which can accommodate 5 people and their luggage with ease. It comes in 3 trim levels, in which the base model is actually pretty good when it comes to safety and technology.

Engine-wise you can only choose from a range of 3 petrol models with only one that is truly worth having. Yes, we are referring to the very well-engineered 3.5 Dual VVT-I with about 250 BHP.  The bad part is that if you live in Europe or Japan, you would have to pay very huge taxes for this engine, whereas in some of the states from USA you don’t. We’re not saying that the other engines are bad, it’s just that they lack the power to pull around the Camrys weight.

The ride quality is very good. You get a sensation on how it would be to float on a cloud. Soft suspension was always one of Toyota’s biggest pluses.

The 2016/2017 Camry looks actually good, pretty good, especially the 2017 edition that is coming up.

 The Bad

The car lacks feel. You don’t feel anything in the car. You don’t feel when it accelerates, you don’t feel the steering wheel, because it is very numb, you don’t feel the brakes and shortly you will see why this car is one of the most sold Toyotas in the US.

Fuel consumption is pretty bad to be honest. The 2.0 L and the 2.5 l can get around 7.5 L / 100 km if you are very careful with the throttle, but the 3.5 L can go over 10L/ 100 km with ease.

Braking is not bad, it’s terrible. You really don’t get any feel when pushing the brake pedal and it seems that you really have to floor it to get some response from it. It actually gets very annoying very quickly.

The interior is a bit boring, as you get to play with the latest technologies that come with this class of cars, but a lot of owners had complained about some of the trim starting to squeak.

Another aspect drivers complain about is the sound quality of the stereo. We are really disappointed with Toyota on this one. Interior and sound quality were always good, even on the cheapest Japanese cars.

It really doesn’t compete with its other Japanese and European rivals.

 Conclusion

In this section we would like to summarize why the Camry is perfect only for the United States: because it’s more of a straight line cruiser. Fuel consumption isn’t really a big concern in the United States and the roads are mostly straight and wide, so you don’t really need perfect handling and brakes.

Its starting price, with the 2.0L engine, is around 24.000 USD and in all honesty, it isn’t really cheap, but you get a 5-year warranty and excellent Toyota service. It’s a commodity car, something that takes you from A to B without any worries.

What others say

http://www.caranddriver.com/ – “Proof that good enough sells.”

http://www.carsguide.com.au/ – “It’s one thing to be a victim of your own success, another thing entirely to be a victim of how you became successful”