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Greater than the sum of its parts.
I wrote a review of a HiAce which would be quite the same for a Camry and going by those experiences I wouldnt hesitate to claim the following review is applicable to any Toyota in that it/they are very economical, efficient, reliable vehicles. The parts are readily available and cheap but dont let the word cheap fool you in terms of quality. They are quality parts. The thing is that they are so common so that everyone knows where to get parts and arnt hard to find like some other brands. But getting back to the whole vehicle the Camrys I have ...had experience with were mid 90s models and for their time and age they were comfortable and handle very well. Great size both small enough outside for traffic and parking and big enough inside for cargo and passengers and I drove a lot. With the right tire pressure and weather conditions I could get just shy of 700km on a single tank. That is pushing every corner and crevice of efficiency, wind direction or none at all, temperature... like I said I drove a lot.. even the gear you are in and the rpms and throwing into neutral down hills etc. But 700km on 1 tank in a Camry is very doable. Arigato Nippon.
Purchased in January 2000 for $5,000.
See my previous review and accolade (Dave) This car has now exceeded 860,000 kilometres (yes, again you read that correctly) The downside is its negative cachet and snob value though personally I consider it a plus. Another positive is its anti-theft system, the very best. Simply leave the keys in the ignition with the window open and no self-respecting car thief would want to steal it let alone find it has a manual transmission which they couldn't even drive.
Purchased in May 2002 for $28,000.
Thoroughly Decent Car
We purchased our Camry new in 2019. As of March 2022 it has travelled 45,000km. So far we have not had a single issue. It does what we expect without hassle. The fuel economy is excellent. Even on interstate trips it does around 5 litres per 100km at the speed limit with the A/C on. The hybrid system and the Atkinson cycle petrol engine combine well. We drive it in economy mode all the time which is fine for normal use. Fuel consumption around town is similar. Unlike normal cars, heavy traffic doesn't trash the fuel economy. We use E10 petrol b...ecause it needs this or 95RON. The hybrid system has other advantages. When sitting in the car waiting for the school pickup, the air conditioning can be left running with the engine only starting now and then to charge the battery. The car is quite low. You have to keep an eye on ground clearance. The suspension as a result is taught. With the car loaded it's easy to push suspension to its comfort limits. In normal situations it's fine. The steering is nice. The seating could be better. The drivers seat in typical Japanese fashion lacks the adjustability I have in my Falcon. The for-aft movement is electric which is a pain. My wife is shorter than me. I have to stand there in the rain waiting for the seat to motor back before I can get in. A quick bar adjuster would be preferable. I'm 184cm tall. Thankfully the seat goes back far enough. The Sat Nav is unwanted and unnecessarily difficult to use. You can't turn it off or remove it from the main screen. Toyota's method of keeping tabs on the vehicle and how it's driven I'm guessing. Like most people, I navigate with my phone. My other car is a 2013 Falcon XR6 ECOLPI. Also a great car, but the list of gripes, faults and technical issues would be far longer than the Camry. I'm a mechanic, the attention to detail under the bonnet is impressive. Overall, the Camry is an excellent vehicle. I'd recommend it without hesitation.
Purchased in April 2019.
Awesome every day car.
Bought my Camry Hybrid in 2012, new, built in Australia.
It is now 10 years old and it is an awesome car, especially while petrol prices are skyrocketing. I fill up every month to 6 weeks, saved the $4000 extra that hybrid costs before the car was even paid off.
It's been 10 years and it's only needed usual general maintenance, and yes, the battery is fine.
The CVT is excellent, can't imagine going back to a traditional transmission, and the torque at the get go takes out any petrol road car. If you can beat me from a flat start then it was driver error, not the car. Going up hills at 110, may as well be flat road, it doesn't even acknowledge hills.
Awesome everyday use car.
Purchased in September 2012.
Nearly $80 to fill this car up and gives at most 550kms and that's driving it like a turtle. Digital display constantly reads 11.3 liters per 100kms. To top it off, the engine is gutless.
Beautiful car to drive but the suspension is too low to the ground and the interior roof height is also very low.
The car is very comfy, but I just don't rate it
Purchased in December 2021.
I have had my 2021 SL Camry Hybrid for 12 months now and am loving it. This is my third new Camry and by far the best.
The most marked improvement over my previous 2015 Camry Hybrid is in the driving characteristics. The ride is super limo soft yet body roll is much more controlled and it glides over bumps. The tyres grip the road and the rear doesn’t skip over mid corner bumps like the previous one did.
This model Camry is much lower than previous Camrys and the cabin is not quite as spacious. There is a transmission tunnel as overseas has ...an awd version. The roofline is also lower so I have had to adjust my driving position to suit. The cabin finish is elevated far above previous versions and is almost luxurious with leather seats and trim and soft blue ambient lighting at night. The super cold Toyota air conditioning is appreciated in our Queensland climate as are the seat coolers that I leave permanently on all summer. I did also get ceramic window tint on all windows and reflective tint on the sunroof to help keep the heat out. On a recent 36 degree day I found the Camry cabin to be very pleasantly cool without the climate control fan having to blast to try to maintain it. The hybrid drivetrain makes city driving easy - the Camry can swiftly zip into a space in traffic and zooms up freeway on ramps with ease. The winding mountain roads in the Gold Coast hinterland are fun for a weekend drive. I have also driven the Camry up to Toowoomba and Stanthorpe and didn’t find it wanting for power and the smooth ride and quiet cabin meant I arrived relaxed and fresh.
Purchased in February 2021 for $45,000.
l bought a new toyota camry in 2003, l still have it and its done 320,000 and still drives very well, l have never had any serious problems with it and its never broken down once on the road, but l get it serviced regularly with a good mechanic, who knows it might last anther ten years and go to 500,000 km. l recommend if you want a reliable car, but l can only speak for the 2003 model l hope the other years are as good
Surprisingly nice to drive, but Toyota should take a leaf out of Tesla's book
I had to wait until the 2020 model was released to get Apple CarPlay support, which largely papers over the otherwise anaemic built in nav / computer. The 2019 model was missing this feature, which made it a hard-pass. Tesla has figured out that customers don't like to make a >$30K purchase and have its software go out-of-date within a couple of years and never get updates. At least with CarPlay, the software will update when my phone updates.
The hybrid model had a non-optional electric sunroof, which made the interior so low that my head tou...ched the headliner even with the seat at the bottom position! I'm only 180cm high, so this seemed to be a very strange design choice by Toyota, making the hybrid variant a hard pass as well. Another issue is that Toyota hybrids notoriously have very aggressive regenerative braking that is not non-adjustable. For comparison, Tesla allows the level to be adjusted. Again, this is just software, where Tesla is lightyears ahead, and Toyota lags very badly. I got the 2.5 L petrol variant, which is "efficient enough" for my needs. Factoring in the lower price and the relatively good reliability of the Toyota, it was a no-brainer. This is where Tesla is just far too expensive and will never win out, even if electricity is free! Fundamentally, the Camry has been a very nice car overall, and fantastic relative to its cost. It's smooth to drive, quiet, surprisingly powerful, and has almost every nice-to-have feature I want, but doesn't waste my money on features that are just gimmicks. Radar cruise control has been very useful on long trips, and the mirrors are set up "just right" so that I can drive confidently and safely. I've test-driven many cars, and rented many more, and it's these little things that are often done badly even in very expensive top-end models. Toyota generally gets everything "just right". I can rest my arm on the door panel comfortably, I can drive with one finger if I choose, and the indicators/controls are on the "correct" side for Australia. Not like Mercedes Benz -- they'll charge you twice as much, but sell you a car with the controls mirrored because their primary markets are right-hand drive. The one thing -- the only thing -- that annoys me about my purchase is that the built-in warnings about excessive speed or upcoming speed cameras uses voice recordings. That go on. And on... for like... a minute. I miss the "ding-ding" sound from my old Mitsubishi, which doesn't interrupt the conversation in the car, or talk over my phone call. Seriously, Toyota representatives, if you're reading this: It would cost nothing in real dollar terms to add a software feature to allow warnings to be simple "ding" noises instead of some woman reading a paragraph of text. Nothing.
Purchased in July 2020 at Toyota Dealers for $33,000.
Good car but a few things to keep in mind
Purchased used Toyota Camry Atara SX with 125,000km. Purchased with some reluctance as I had heard and read about the 2012-2014 models having some issues with the torque converter causing shuttering at speeds around 70-75kms.
The 2.5 4 Cylinder engine is great, fun
I have encountered the shuttering issue, at around speed 70km the car is a little shuddery and shaky and doesn’t feel smooth.
No recall for this issue in Australia, change transmission fluid very regularly and try to prolong transmission and converter
Purchased for $12,000.
Best economical car
Very happy with my car, cheaper than other similar models and cheap running, costs very little to maintain. Fuel consumption is better than other similar models. I have been driving Toyota for past 20 years and Camery comes on top.
This is without a doubt the best car that I have owned.
Being retired I use the car for local and city driving, as well as long distance for holidays.
I use the car , on average 5 times per week.
I get the car serviced on a regular basis as per the log book.
Purchased in October 2015 for $38,000.
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Drive week days to work 162km, mostly freeway only 5 traffic lights to negotiate each way. Uses 7.2L/100km on freeways, about 9L/100km city driving. Service personnel report vehicle is in good condition. Very good suspension really solid even when gone into big potholes, tyre service personnel reports not having to do alignment. Interior is doing well after 10 years. Seats have not sagged after 144,000 km of driving.
Purchased in March 2010 at Toyota Dealers for $26,000.
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The most reliable car
I have owned many cars when i was in middle east my first car was lancer which was good on fuel but less spacious and weak body, then I bought nissan altima which was a pleasure to drive but still not the best in terms of room and space, I even bought Mitsubishi Challenger. I use to have concerns with Camry over its price and shape. But when I drove Camry for the first time, it was like magic
The leg space the boot, the driving pleasure ofeven a 2005 model was awsome, further the body is tough and it doesnt require that maintenance, drives smooth and am in love with my Camry 2005
Purchased in December 2018 for $3,500.
2020 Hybrid Sport Camry
Bought this Camry hybrid from a local dealer. It was a demo with only 12k klm on the clock. Picked the Sport version over the base model as it has a few more little extras that I wanted. This is basically a get around town and occasional tourer for my wife and I. We are both retired. The car has heaps of room in the cabin and the boot is enormous. Didn't particularly want a hybrid but at the time it was the only choice. Having now had the car for a couple of months I've become a convert.
Over all this has been a great choice. My wife and I dro...
Purchased in June 2021 for $37,000.
23 yo and still going
This my daily ride since 2009, I got it second hand at a car yard. It had a lot of genuine extras, mag wheels, tow bar, window shields. It hasn't been an expensive car to run, the 2.2 Lt motor has been reliable and lean. Over the years I've replaced the timing belt twice, head gaskets, front and back suspension, oil pump, water pump, radiator and a few other small things. I like it's level of comfort, speed, reliability and handling. It's 138 Hp is more than enough for highway use, it tows 500 Kg without problems. It's name is 'Zippy' because of it's quick response from stop. I've got a feeling we are going to be a team until I'm forced to buy an electric car, he'll last another 20 years.
Purchased in August 2009.
Questions & Answers
Does the camry 2022 petrol only assent with 8 speed require 95 octane as a minium?Its recommended in the manual,but what will happen if people run it on 91octane?
I have had the car (2021/2022) for almost 4 weeks, and it has been great. However, as I am slowly learning about things and watching youtube videos for setting up, I now realise that a number of things do not work with the car that should, mainly to do with the Infotainment and phone.
The downloaded to phone apps such as "MyToyota Connect" and "MyToyota Link" do not work as shown in the Australian videos, where the phone and vehicle pass information to each other, such as searching business/location, etc with Link and then sending the resulting location to the car! It seems the app isn't available in the car to capture this navigation link! Actually, there are no Apps shown in the Infotainment Apps area, is this normal?
With the "MyToyota Connect", once registered it is supposed to send details of your car to your phone app, regarding Drive Pulse, Fuel Levels, Odometer, Car Location, etc. Absolutely nothing is shown, none of the details mentioned, no matter how many times I pair the car to the phone.
The trouble is, for the exact same hybrid car and year in the US and Canada, it has a lot of features available, especially regarding car default Communication and Navigation (not counting Apple Carplay or Android Auto), but I have no idea if Australia is supposed to match these default features as local detail content and setup is rare! It is like the car setup of the infotainment package before delivery, was missed, in this area, so it's incomplete.
Would this be correct? Or am I missing something?
My car was delivered to me without Apple CarPlay or Android Auto installed and I had to return it to the dealer for a software update. Toyotalink isn’t worth bothering with to be honest. Check with yo...ur Toyota dealer - your car may need a software update to get all the functionality.
That is what I assumed. However, I don't have a problem with Android Auto (but I may not have the phone cable connected occasionally), just the cars default inbuilt systems, that should work as advertised.
I am keenly interested in purchasing this unit ""Toyota CAMRY XV40 (2007-2011) Silver and wish to be furnished with all the full details. Any help?
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|Transmission||Automatic||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Automatic||Continuously Variable (CVT)|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||17" Alloy||17" Alloy||17" Alloy||17" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||7.8 L/100km||4.2 L/100km||8.3 L/100km||4.2 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||60 L||50 L||60 L||50 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.5L||4 Cylinder 2.5L||4 Cylinder 2.5L||4 Cylinder 2.5L|
|Max Power||133kW @ 6000rpm||131kW @ 5700rpm||135kW @ 6000rpm||131kW @ 5700rpm|
|Max Torque||231Nm @ 4100rpm||221Nm @ 3600-5200rpm||235Nm @ 4100rpm||221Nm @ 3600-5200rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan||Japan||Japan||Japan|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2017||Jan 2017||Jan 2017||Jan 2017|
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