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Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#16370 of 20239 Re: Midsizers at the auto show [backy]
Mar 17, 2011 (4:20 am)
I totally agree with you here. Toyota interiors could use a lot of improvement. When current Camry generation came up for sale back in 2006 Toyota knew that they were only game in town and their real competition was only Honda Accord so they allowed themselves to cut corners. I bought my 2009 Camry back in the beginning of 2008 and even then I didn't have much choice. As far as car itself it is typical Toyota and performs the way I expected. No thrills, reliable, comfortable, easy on gas - and this is what I was looking for when I bought it. It is really nice to have such an improved competition these days and I'm glad that domestic manufacturers finally came with cars that attractive to buyers. Also we all know that current Camry is in the end of it's production life so competing cars that came up on the market in a last year or two should try to be better since every car manufacturer uses Camry as benchmark. If I'd be on the market for a new car today I'd definitely look at all the choices that present. If I could wait for some time I'd wait to see next generation Camry before buying anything else, I'm sure it will not disappoint.
#16371 of 20239 Re: Midsizers at the auto show [luckyseven]
Mar 17, 2011 (4:24 am)
If I could wait for some time I'd wait to see next generation Camry before buying anything else, I'm sure it will not disappoint.
I doubt Toyota will improve the interior quality. I just got a chance to drive and looked at the inside of my uncle 2011 Sienna and I can say...I'm very disappointed with the quality with hard plastic on every corner. His old Sienna was a lot better inside.
IMO, the quality in the 2011 Highlander (my brother has it) is marginal as well.
#16372 of 20239 Re: Midsizers at the auto show [gooddeal2]
Mar 17, 2011 (6:00 am)
I also own 2008 Highlander that pretty much the same as your brother's 2011 model. I agree that interior uses too much plastic but it doesn't bother me a bit because the rest of the car is top natch. That car came out in in the spring of 2007 (that's when I got it) so interior obviously dated. I'd expect Toyota to make some interior improvements for it's mid-life redesign done for 2010 model year but they decided to improve exterior instead. I guess Toyota feels that Highlanders sell as hot cakes and good as they are. For almost 4 years I've owned a Highlander, I've almost never seen it being advertised by local dealers in the auto section of local paper. That really surprises me, you could see ads for Camry, Corolla, Rav4 but never a HL. While interior in Toyota cars definitely lacks it is not a major deciding factor. It is what it is, buyers see it, and still buy a Toyota - your brother did. Toyota may not excel in interior, exterior, or handling comparing to other cars. It excels as a whole package and this is why they so hard to beat.
BTW. I don't know why you're thinking that HL is a "marginal quality". For almost 4 years of ownership it didn't break down once and performs the way I expected. I don't want to start a conversation on HL quality here because it is not going to take us anywhere.
#16373 of 20239 Re: Midsizers at the auto show [luckyseven]
Mar 17, 2011 (5:44 am)
I just pointed out the Sienna and HL b/c Sienna is all new for this year but Toyota even tries to cut more corners and the HL just get a mid-life refresh with nothing exciting to the interior...just the minor outside changes (which is normal).
IMO, I doubt Toyota will improve the interior quality of the new Camry. The new Camry will be more likely have the same amount of plastic as the current Camry or worst.
Oh, when I said marginal quality, I mean the plastic...nothing more.
#16374 of 20239 Re: Midsizers at the auto show [luckyseven]
Mar 17, 2011 (6:09 am)
Their only competition was the Honda Accord? Evidently you never looked at the KIA Optimas,Hyundai Sonatas,the Ford Fusions or the Nissan Altimas.
All of those that I mentioned have been excellent value cars,especially after 2006.They also look better than the Camry,inside and outside.
#16375 of 20239 Re: Midsizers at the auto show [gooddeal2]
Mar 17, 2011 (6:12 am)
It's only aesthetics then, not quality.
#16376 of 20239 Re: Midsizers at the auto show [mickeyrom]
Mar 17, 2011 (6:16 am)
evidently they were not as good back then as they are today otherwise best selling cars would be KIAs, not Toyota. It's all matter of personal preference. I did look at my options and decided on Toyota. You can buy whatever your heart tells you.
#16377 of 20239 Re: Midsizers at the auto show [luckyseven]
Mar 17, 2011 (8:16 am)
Still, it's not rocket science to put soft, comfortable leather seats in a car like the old Park Avenue had. Nor is it such a stretch to put some soft cloth or other tactile materials on the doors and interior.
What irks me is how you get an interior that looks like it was stamped and extruded on a robotic assembly line and then screwed and glued into place. It's the same feeling you get when you look at the stuff from IKEA. Sure, at the price, it's functional and all of that, but the thing with a Camry (or several of the current Hondas) is that you'd expect that with the Yaris, but the Camry is almost 50% more expensive and has the same interior.
Adding manufactured "leather" to the seats and some fake wood trim doesn't solve anything, either. If anything, that's actually a downgrade because it often wears worse and feels less comfortable than the cloth seats did.
#16378 of 20239 Re: Midsizers at the auto show [luckyseven]
Mar 17, 2011 (8:56 am)
Don't get a chip on your shoulder. It's just conversation. People on many forums including this one just like to bash Toyota, Camry or their particular hated brand of the month.
Paraphrasing your comments might look like "Camry interior kind of sucks, exterior is so-so but they are comfortable, dependable and economical and lots of people buy them for the pluses and ignore the minuses because of reputation". I would agree you.
However, reputation has been tarnished somewhat rightfully or wrongly. They (and Honda IMO) are resting on their reputations and not addressing the changing quality and selection in the midsize class. Same with Corolla in realtion to the compact class but that is another discussion. I just can't understand why they can't improve their interiors like Chrysler has just done. It is night and day and can't be tremendously expensive to do as I don't believe Chrysler has tons of money to waste. They felt it necessary to compete. Obviously, Toyota doesn't think that way and they seem to be satisfied with a "it's good enough" attitude.
Camry might drive a little soft but IMO it has a lot of other things going for it. If they would improve their interiors greatly and exterior a little bit I would consider it if I was in the market for a midsizer.
#16379 of 20239 why such an aversion to interior plastics?
Mar 17, 2011 (8:53 am)
I often wonder why people have such an aversion to plastics use in a vehicle. The way I see it, these should be the criteria for plastics use. There are advantages on the exterior also, but it seems people are more concerned with interior use here for now.
The correct use of plastics:
- offers a substantial crash protection element that is very cost effective. Combined with correct windshield quality and installation, good interior dash and firewall steel and/or magnesium/aluminum dash bracing between lower A pillar areas, these all are instrumental in absorbing impact forces in a crash.
- it's relatively light compared to cost
- easy to clean and effectively clean as opposed to numerous plasticized or real chrome trim bits all over the place. Granted, some of these extraneous trim bits do give a certain presence and 3D depth, but also can become unglued or unattached and can be projectiles and impalers in a crash. Don't underestimate the importance of this. And the use of carpeting, while attractive when new will be difficult to keep clean unless they can make the portions removable and washable.
- resists stains from spilt drinks and snacks
- how well it resists static electricity compared to other choices that also has to meet these other criteria
- offers impressive crack resistance from the huge temperature changes
- doesn't create irritating reflections - everywhere from the windshield to your eyes from bits of chrome etc
- usually easy to remove and replace
- and is easily recyclable
- and a good plastic has to do all this AND have good fire-resistance in an ideal world.
Soft touch padding (on hard plastic beneath) can look and feel good and create more sound absorption, but is expensive to manufacture with the content that resists all (most) of the above, so is usually reserved for use in higher-end vehicles.
Now I did say above, correct use of plastics. I am fully aware that sometimes there is a reflection on the windshield right where you look down the road, or a premature crack etc, but this is not the fault of the plastic. These are design and execution flaws and is surprising how often it is overlooked when they design and build a car. Sometimes a plastic will be used that does not stand up the way its intended life was supposed to and this can be due to sourcing outside parts bidding on too tight of a budget etc.
I think what is more important than the amount of plastic used, is to look at previous cars and see how well they stood up over the test of time for the manufacturer that you are considering. This reflects on a vehicles overall down-the-road value both in actual and perceived value for that brand.