Last post on Dec 22, 2008 at 5:18 PM
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Toyota Camry, Sedan
#68 of 69 Re: Toyota Camry [djm2]
Dec 05, 2008 (4:07 pm)
We've been very happy with ours. It is comfortable, roomy, rides like a big car, but handles like a smaller one. We get low 30's mpg going 70-75 and low 20's in town. The 4 has plenty of power except it downshifts hard on steep hills. I've had several Impala's as rentals. Its not a bad car except I find the seats (cloth or leather) become uncomfortable after an hour or two. It also really doesn't have much, if any more usable room than the Camry, but all that extra heft results in noticeably less mpg because it is too heavy to run on a 4 cyl engine. Same for the Buick Lacrosse I rented. I didn't test drive the new Malibu because I felt it cost too much for what you get and I haven't gotten one as a rental yet. However the previous year Malibu's I had as rentals didn't ride very well and you felt every tar strip on the Interstate. Reading posts, it sounds like the new one is much improved, but I'm not sure it will be worth as much as a Camry at trade and around here at least it costs more upfront.
#69 of 69 No I wouldn't buy another toyota
Dec 22, 2008 (5:18 pm)
I have loved Toyota products, but my 2003 Camry V6 XLS has been a disappointment and I no longer think the value of Toyotas is worth the premium prices. The carpet wore out rather quickly where the side of my wife's shoe rests near the driver's side door. A rust spot developed near the rear license plate light. The electronic shifting is jerky and hesitant, which is annoying to say the least, and potentially dangerous. Speaking of dangerous, did you know that when the check engine light comes on, the VCS stability traction contol automatically goes off? Terrible for someone in snowy winter driving conditions. Also the latch for the console compartment broke and they want $325 for a new cover, because they can't just replace the latch. I haven't had engine sludge problems (knock on wood) but all of these nickel and dime repairs and quality issues remind me of the fords and chevys I used to drive (in fact, I joke that I bailed them out for years). I've heard they've gotten better, and frankly, if they are even close, the value may be greater because they cost quite a bit less.