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Toyota Camry, Oil, Sedan
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Dec 30, 2004 (1:18 pm)
Interesting how times change- in Jan 2002, when the LE 4 was last tested, acceleration was about the same. But now, as cars have become quicker, its listed as a l"LOW", despite being decent (9.7 to 60 by CR's watch).
Braking and slalom speed continue to be an issue in empirical terms because of Toyota's poor tire choice for the basic 4 cylinder Camrys. (The drum rear brakes on the Camry LE 4 do nothing to help braking either). These are significant areas of improvement for the next gen Camry, which is only a year and a half away (can you believe it???!!).
That said, I wish CR had tested an XLE 4 or an SE 4 this time around. After all, the representative Accord they've tested is the EX 4, which gets larger tires and rear disc brakes as compared to the higher volume selling LX 4. (Conversely, perhaps CR should have thrown in an Accord LX for this test). The better tires and rear discs of the Camry SE/XLE 4s would likely have remedied the debits that Consumer Reports logs against the 4 cylinder Camry.
As a final note of interest- Check out how the price of the 2005 Camry tested by CR, which includes a sunroof, is basically the same as the Camry LE w/ABS that was tested for the Jan 1994 issue, while being over 2 seconds faster to 60, having better crashworthiness, more features, more room, etc.
Amazing how competitive the market has become. Good for us!
#7404 of 8465 Re: Camry in CR [alpha01]
Dec 30, 2004 (2:41 pm)
So the next gen Camry will be the 2006, right?
#7405 of 8465 Introduced in 2006
Dec 30, 2004 (2:49 pm)
It will be a 2007 model year vehicle. Rumor has it that it will debut earlier than the Camry's typical fall introduction- probably the summer of 2006.
#7406 of 8465 Again: Lighted Controls?
Dec 30, 2004 (7:44 pm)
Can somebody confirm for me my question above [#7402]?
Do the '05 Camry have lighted controls for power windows & door locks?
#7407 of 8465 Re: Again: Lighted Controls? [samnoe]
Dec 30, 2004 (9:39 pm)
I drove an '05 Camry LE 4-cylinder today and noted that only one button on the driver's door was lighted (driver's window button I believe). I drove a '05 Camry XLE V6 with Navi also.
FWIW, compared to the '05 Accord LX that I've driven for 1,700 miles:
- The Camry's softer seats were more comfortable but also less supportive. Between the two, I'd pick the Camry seats for a family sedan, the Accord seats for a sportier car.
- Engine and road isolation were noticeably better in the Camry than in my Accord. I didn't drive fast enough to compare wind noise levels.
- The difference between I4 and V6 versions seemed much less distinct in a Camry than in an Accord. The Toyota 4-cylinder seemed significantly smoother and quieter off idle than the Honda 4-cylinder (still, the Honda 4-cylinder is as smooth and quiet as you could wish for at highway cruising speeds or around 2,200rpm).
- I missed the auto-up driver's window from the Accord but liked that you could pull the interior door handle on a locked car and still open the door. On the Accord, time and again I still pull the handle and get nothing, stop to unlock the door, and then pull again to open the door on the second try. I don't know why it's like that.
- I didn't like the interior of either model Camry. The layout, the design, the instruments, the plastics used - none of it gave me a great feeling. Not that it was bad really, just not to my liking. I like the Accord interior better than just about any other car that I've ever sat in. I say that having been to several huge international car shows and sitting in over a hundred different cars in a day.
- Overall, I drove away happy with my choice in an Accord. On the other hand, I can easily see why someone would prefer the smoother, quieter Camry.
#7408 of 8465 Re: Again: Lighted Controls? [ktnr]
Dec 31, 2004 (9:58 am)
Neat perspective. You should post this in the comparisons forum, if you havent already. Also, take another go-round and drive the SE V6 Camry. Theres a much bigger difference in performance from the Camry 4 to the Camry 3.3L V6, which is only available in the SE, and that model also handles more similarly to the Accord, without sacrificing much in ride.
#7409 of 8465 Re: I love my Camry [mcgirl0730]
Dec 31, 2004 (12:30 pm)
I was 25 when I bought my brand new 98' Camry.
I bought mine for the same reasons you did, + I wanted to be one of the first people around town (my age) to have a car that was different. Everyone else had Civics, Accords, Jettas.
To give the car a different look, I bought a nice set of rims and it really changed the appearance.
I had (and still have) great compliments about my car.
You made a very wise decision in your purchase.
Have fun with it! =)
#7410 of 8465 Re: I love my Camry [mistasven]
Dec 31, 2004 (5:57 pm)
I just leased an '05 Camry 4 LE today. The dealership has great lease deals going on right now. I'm 29 and I don't care if people see Camry's as an "old peoples" type of car because I like it and that's all that matters to me.
#7411 of 8465 Re: mileage theory [phd86]
Dec 31, 2004 (11:47 pm)
I have a 2002 4 cyl XLE
Actual measured mpg is consistently at 21 mpg. Mix of city and highway. The computer display shows 23 mpg which is not accurate.
Anyone knows why gas consumption is so high. All reviews and literature say mileage should be 24 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. I do not get close to those numbers.
#7412 of 8465 Uncomfortable Seats
Jan 01, 2005 (3:12 pm)
Due to some back pain experienced when driving the 2005 Camry I am considering replacing the seat with one from a VW Passat. Can this be done with minimal effort? Has anyone changed their seat because of the pain incurred? Will the Toyota warranty be void if this is done? Any insight into this would be appreciated. I have tried a number of supports, foam padding and nothing seems to work.