Toyota Camry Review

By   |  January 21, 2015

Overview

The Toyota Camry is a car that is recognized all over the globe. Toyota has engineered this sedan to be an amalgamation of power, presence, technology and comfort. The impressively designed wide body, stylish contours and aerodynamic looks make it quite appealing. The new designed roofline, lending to more headroom, enhances its dynamic character. The Toyota Camry is available in an array of the following colours - Silver, Dark Brown Mica, True Blue Mica, White Pearl Crystal Shine, Attitude Black, Grey or Greyish Blue Mica.


Powertrain & Performance

The Toyota Camry is equipped with a petrol engine having a displacement of 2.5 litres. This 4 cylinder engine churns out a maximum power of 178 bhp and a torque output of 233 Nm @ 4100 rpm. The Camry is also available as a hybrid. The petrol engine is mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission with a sequential shift which enhances the acceleration, fuel efficiency and low emission. The suspension system comprises of McPherson struts with a stabilizer bar in the front and dual link suspension with stabilizer bar at the rear. This setup provides for very precise handling and a comfortable ride even on bumpy roads. Another aspect of this powertrain is that it has been tuned to operate as quietly as possible. Stopping power comes from ventilated disc brakes at the front and solid disc brakes at the rear.


Build & Styling

The Toyota Camry is endowed with best in excellent features. The new, wider automatic HID headlamps have a better light throw. The fine accents to the front grille impart a more distinguished look to the Camry. The stylish, chrome-rimmed fog lamps, the eye-catching turn signals which are mounted on the side rear-view mirrors and the sleek front bumper add to the appeal of the car. The new designed roof-line provides more headroom.

The intelligent wipers can sense raindrops on the windshield and get to work immediately. The interior truly depicts the luxury in supreme, ergonomic and designer comfort. It comprises of a 4.2 inch multi information display in the instrument binnacle, 8-way power adjust passenger seat with easy access buttons, 8-way power adjust driver seat with lumbar support and illuminated entry system. The steering wheel has embedded multifunctional keys which empower you with more control while driving. It has best in class cabin space and excellent rear seat comfort with dual-zone AC and AC vents. The audio system comes with 6 speakers, touchscreen and support for DVD, USB, Bluetooth, MP3 and aux-in; rear view mirrors with memory function, 3 zone climate control and so on. The backlit Optitron Combimeter displays all the necessary parameters to the driver clearly and the eco driving indicator displays whether the car is being driven economically or not, and gives the real time updates on the driving style.

The Toyota Camry is equipped with impeccable world-class safety features. It has 7 airbags, an impact absorbing body structure that features a crushable front and rear and a high structural integrity cabin. It creates energy absorbing zones in the front and the rear which absorbs impact energy during a collision and thus reducing the impact on the occupants. The Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with EBD and BA helps it to stop safely while still allowing the driver to steer under hard braking. Other safety features present are impact sensing and fuel cut-off, rear camera and sonar, hill start assist with slope detection, automatic wipers, vehicle stability control, speed sensing door lock, Smart Key reminder warning, seatbelts with pre-tensioner and force limiter, immobiliser and alarm.


Verdict

The Camry is quite possibly one of the most successful cars not just by Toyota, but by any manufacturer, all across the world. The Japanese car maker could not replicate that success in the Indian car market so far but that is only due to the high costs and taxes involved here. Although it is still quite on the expensive side and facing stiff competition, the Camry is better than ever before and will ensure complete peace of mind if you decide to put one on your driveway.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Styling
    • 7 airbags
    • 3-zone climate control
  • Cons

    • Highly Priced