Toyota Camry has been among America's favorite sedan for many years. While altering its style factor, the Camry major concentration is on refinement and space which is what most buyers are looking for in their car's. The Camry range is largely split into two camps: normal and sport. Four variants are available. It comes with a newly redesigned headlamp cluster with LED projectors lamp & day-time running lights with an elegant strip going from one end to the other. The new grille looks perfect with the big Toyota logo at the centre, but what truly dominates its customers is something which makes it stylish like new circular fog lamps.
Toyota Camry is the car loved for generations, and the car which will be loved for generations to come. Launched in 1982, Toyota Camry is one of the two global cars of Toyota (alongside Toyota Corolla) from the time of "Just In Time" revolution. From the outside, Toyota Camry looks elite, although having sharper edges opposed to the current curved edges trend, Camry still in our heads holds a special place just for the legacy it has offered.
One of the more popular automobiles of Malaysia, Camry has ruled the roads for generations now. Currently Toyota Camry is available in 4 variants: Toyota Camry 2.5V, Toyota Camry 2.0G X, Toyota Camry 2.0G and the base variant 2.0E. The mid range premium is filled with new upgrades inside and out which include HID projector headlamps, Smart Entry & Start System, chrome door handles, drag reduction designing and wing mirrors to name a few on the outside. In the inside, the specifications are even more elite with leather seats appointed to all but base variant, wood trim stiching & wood grain trim, super quality audio display system, dual zone automatic air conditioning, cruise control, MID and many more.
The petrol engine offered for the top end variant 2.5V stands tall at 2.5-litre 4 cylinder In line 16 valve DOHC type with Dual VVT-i. While the other variants have a 2.0-litre 4 cylinder, in-line, 16 valve DOHC petrol engine with VVT-i. A tremendously high 181 PS maximum power at 6000 rpm bundled with a 231 Nm maximum torque at 4100 rpm makes Camry 2.5V one of the most "muscle-filled" sedan in the segment. For lower variants, the figures are less vis-a-vis there lower capacity engines. The maximum power is 148 PS at 6000 rpm and the maximum drawn torque is 190 Nm at 4000 rpm. All the models employ a 4 speed Automatic transmission with Sequential Shifter and Super ECT, however Toyota Camry 2.5 takes this to the next level with 6 speed automatic transmission.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
As expected, with a huge 2.5-litre engine, the top variant of Toyota Camry recieves an overall mileage of 11 km/l. The lower variants with a smaller 2.0-litre engine deliver a slightly higher fuel economy worth 12.3 km/l.
Toyota Camry has stepped its game up a notch with its top end luxury variants by employing 4 cylinder in line 16 valve DOHC engine with a Dual VVT-i technology and ACIS. As a result of this the maximum power output stands at 181 PS at 6000 rpm inline with a maximum torque of 231 Nm at 4100 rpm. The lower variants with a 2-litre 4 cylinder in-line 16 Valve DOHC engine employing VVT-i technology do not dissapoint either with a maximum power output of 148 PS at 6000 rpm alongside a maximum torque of 190 Nm at 4000 rpm.
Acceleration and Pick Up
Employed with Dual VVTi technology and ACIS in its 2.5-litre engine Toyota Camry brings delivers a top speed of 210 km/hr while the acceleration time count from 0-100 measures 9.7 seconds. These specifications drop down a notch with 2-litre variants where the 100 km mark is attained in 12.5 seconds while the car achieves a top speed of 187 km/hr.
Over the years, Toyota Camry has improved its design to a level that it reflects flair and vivacity like no other car does. From the edgy yet aerodynamic body styling, to highly ornamental rear combinational lamps, Camry impresses in all aspects. The front grille has been modified and the front now looks younger and elegant at the same time, driving in night has been been made safer with the introduction of HID projector headlamps, all variants barring the base model have been provided with Smart Entry and Start System for keyless entry, chrome door handles increase the overall appeal of the car all the more. For a more smooth ride an aero corner design has been provided to the front and rear bumper. The all sport Toyota Camry 2.0GX on the other hand is the lone variant to recieve dark bezel headlamps.
With one of the biggest dimensions in the segment, the overall spread of Toyota Camry measures at 4825mm x 1825mm x 1470mm ( L x B x H). The wheelbase appears extended as well, clocking in at 2,775 mm. The minimum turning radius is 5.5 metre which is sufficient enough to get you out of congested roads without exercising your hands much.
If you were impressed with what Toyota Camry offered on the outside, you are in for a treat when it comes to the inside of the new Camry. The leather seats available in all variants (barring the base model 2.0E) are highly comfortable. These leather seats are coupled with royal black interiors for 2.0G and 2.0 variants while the sporty 2.0G X recieves a dark brown color with black interior. The dashboard has a wooden trim stiching which always looks elegant inside any car and adds to the all luxury ambience. Even the air conditioning is super efficient with dual zone automatic climate control added to a rear duct. The MID display is futuristic and highly informative as well (odometer, temperature, average speed, crusing range, mileage and elapsed time). Cruise control has also been added as a standard feature (barring base variant).
You just cannot complain when you are inside this car, everything is within your reach. Alongside the basic controls additonal controls from the MID Display, Audio and bluetooth handsfree are also available right on your steering wheel(only for Camry 2.5V). Adding to your comfort level are the 8 way powered front seats for both driver and side passanger (not available in base model), for convineance of rear passangers headrest can be folded in the top variant to increase visibility of the rear passangers. Also in all variants except the base model a shoulder mounted switch is also available which allows them to make adjustments according to their convineance. Apart from all this, Camry 2.0GX features a back and rear window sunshade.
Interior dimensions of Toyota Camry are more than comfortable to say the least with a front headroom of 37.9 inches and a rear headroom measuring 38 inches. The leg room permitted for front passangers is 41.6 inches while the rear leg room is 38.9 inches.
Engine and Performance
The dual VVTi engine employed in 2.5V variant comes packing with optimal valve timing which suits any sort of driving condition. Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) also employed in the top variant optimises the startng torque to a new level. The 2.5-litre engine of 4-cylinder, in-line, 16-Valve DOHC engine draws a maximum power of 181 PS at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 231 Nm at 4100 rpm. Other variants sporting a 2.0 litre engine come with a 4 cylinder, In-line, 16 valve DOHC engine with VVT-i, as a result the maximum drawn power is 148 PS at 6000 rpm and maximum torque is 190 Nm at 4000 rpm. The Camry offers good performance when it comes to city driving and can also offer you an adrenaline filled weekend drive if the top 2.5-litre variant is considered.
The wheels of Toyota Camry adds aesthetic value to this premium mid-sized sedan. Except the base variant, all the other variants come equipped with 17 inch alloy wheels with tire specifications measuring at 215/55 R17. The base 2.0E variant however doesn't lag much behind with its 16 inch alloy wheels. The tire measurements for 2.0E are 215/60 R16.
Stereo and Accessories
The audio system of top end Toyota Camry 2.5V features 6.1 Inch Touch Screen Display Audio with DVD Player, Tuner, MP3, USB, AUX-Jack, iPod Compatibility, Bluetooth & Reverse Camera with Guide Lines. Step down a notch for all sport Toyota Camry 2.0 G SX which involves 2-DIN Head Unit DVD Player with 7 Inch Touch Screen, Tuner, MP3, AUX-Jack, USB, SD Card Slot, Bluetooth, Smartphone Link, Voice Recognition, Navigation System and Reverse Camera with Guide Lines. The other two basic variants include a standard Tuner, CD Player, MP3, AUX-Jack, USB and iPod compatibility.
Braking and Handling
Best in class suspension is employed in Camry to make the handling super smooth. Front MacPherson Struts and rear Dual link Independent struts come packing with stabilisers which provide you with highly improved linearity and response. On the front are ventilated disc brakes while solid disc brakes are appointed on the rear.
Safety and Security
Safety is a prime concern and Toyota knows it well. That is the reason why in its forte vehicle it has employed a long range of technology features such as Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control (barring the base model). For emergency situtions ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD and Brake Assist keep your car on track on slippery roads. 4 airbags (front and side) are employed on 2.5V and 2 airbags (front) are available in the lower variants, and these are just a few of the safety options made available to you.
Amazing Styling(Exterior and Interior)
Excellent Braking and Handling
All muscle Engine
Only two air bags appointed on base model.
No provision for manual transmission