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Old 31st October 2009, 17:52   #1
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During my 2 months US visit I got a chance to experience/explore some cars in US, not so exciting as I was depended on my employer for refunding my car rental, and there was an upper limit. So I didn't got a chance to really burn some rubber or driving massive gas guzzlers. However most of those cars I driven there are sold in india as premium cars in the upper D segmentAnyway I will write another thread on all cars I used, this thread I is dedicated to new Camry 2.4L automatic, it is not the same engine used in Indian A/T versionafter a month changing few cars finally the rentel company gave me a new camery which had around 3000 miles on the clock I had this car for a month did almost 2500 miles in a monthfew details of the car







Engine
2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve dual VVT-i 4-cylinder;
179 hp @ 6000 rpm
171 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm



Varient SE

Features
6-speed electronically controlled automatic overdrive with intelligence (ECT-i) and sequential shift
Highlights
ABD with EBD, VSC with traction control


I was quiet impressed with this beauty, I had two long distance trips of 250 miles and 300 miles where I really enjoyed this car.

17-in. 5-spoke machined alloy wheels with P215/55R17 tires

Chrome-tipped Dual exhaust
Multi-adjustable power driver's seat with adjustable headrest, seatback pocket and lumbar support
Foot pedal parking brake


This car had pretty good features, but something I really missed was a multi function display, most if the American cars I found that as a standard fitment, even the base trim I used had a multi information display (even Honda follows Toyota on this matter, why Japanese cars feel this as a luxury)



Exterior

It is a nice looking car, with elegant curve, multi reflector head lamps and the Toyota grill gives this japanese beauty an awesome look. The rear lamp clusters fit well with the overall design
The dual chrome tipped exhaust gives a sporty look.

Interior
Nicely designed black interior, with silver console. Electrically adjustable driver seats adds comforts. The instrument cluster uses a light bluish display, and it is really nice. Pedals gives a sport looks and the parking break is next to the break pedals, usually you expect a foot rest, something took a while to get used to.
Cruise control switches are not on the steering wheel, it is another lever on the right side of the steering column.

The rear seats are quiet comfortable, I didn't had a chance to enjoy them though. Every time I was driving and my friends really enjoyed the rear seat journey. One big disappointment is there is no trip computer, which show the current fuel consumption or the average or the distance to empty. There is only a digital clock and outside temp display just above the centre A/C vents.




Instrument console




Parking break (not hand break )


Electrically adjustable driver seat


Cruise control




console


Front Seats


Rear seat


storage
The boot is really huge, There is plenty of storage spaces in it. Inside the cabin lots of storage options available. There is a sun glass holder next to rear view mirror, Spacious glove box (Don't compare it with Indica vista), and small storage in the console and underneath the centre had rest.

Boot

You can access the boot from the rear seat, unfold the rear armrest and open a small door you can access the boot, clever isn't it ?

Sunglass holder


Glove box




performance





I really liked the performance of this vehicle, I didn't had a chance to take it to the limits, as I was bit worried, as my friends told me that if I get a speed ticket, it will automatically transfer to my UK license (which I used to drive there). So I never had a chance to take this beauty beyond 75-80 MPH.
I really enjoyed the 270 mile drive from Syracuse to Philadelphia, I was all alone, playing jazz music in the radio, occasionally using my ipod to listen bollywood songs. while coming back it took only four hours, with out any stops in between. This trip gave me an opportunity to feel the cruise control, I set it just above 65 mile and sat there enjoying the drive, lonely roads thick forests. amazing views (may be I'll put that as different post in the travel experience). Gently press the accelerator when you want to speed during overtaking and leave it so that the cruise control will bring it back to the originally set speed.

There is an option to use the manual gear ****, but again it is supported by the automatic gearbox, hence it will override the manual gear if the rev is below or above certain limit


The power is descent and once it rev counter needle pass 2000 RPM you feel the power .

Conclusion

Overall a nice car very good package, will be great if it comes to India with 15L :-)
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Old 31st October 2009, 18:34   #2
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We had an option of either this or the '09 Accord A/T to rent for an 1800-mile long trip. We picked the Accord because, well, it was a little bigger, thats all. Also the Camry was rather old and not very well-kept. Almost 14,000 miles on the odo. While the Accord we picked was about 400 miles done Wonder how different my experience would have been with a Camry. Nice colour, btw !
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Just to add my 2 cents; I was lucky since i had booked a Civic and ended up with a Subaru Impreza WRX STi since they failed to hold my booking and i have a Gold corporate account with Hertz. My my, it was 2 wonder full months of cruising the Interstates of New-York, New England & Massachusetts. Its one awesome car.

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Too bad My Camry A/T doesn't have triptronic(or manual override) controls.
the Sunglasses holder is tad to small to accommodate my Aviators overall nice illustrated review.

P.S she looks stunning in Blue.
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Thats a nice review of your American Beauty!!

One question though, how much does a Toyota Camry cost in the United States??
The same spec as yours.
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Thats a nice review of your American Beauty!!

One question though, how much does a Toyota Camry cost in the United States??
The same spec as yours.
i bet you its the half the price compared to india. (i dont know about onroad prices and taxes) but i know its damn cheap. in india its a CBU.

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I own a Camry 2.2L year 2000 A/T model in US and have driven it to many long and short trips in California and Nevada. In all I have covered 22,000 miles in 11 months and I must admit the 2000 old horse is real smooth and accurate in road handling of all kinds be it hills, freeways, cities, treks.
After observing the newer camry in person many a times at my local mechanic shop I feel that the old camry has better built quality and ride. My mechanic who specialise in Toyota cars only also agrees with me.
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We used 3 different Camrys (all 2008 models AVIS cars), but prefered Accord.

We even did a Atlanta - Niagra Falls - New York - Atlanta trip in a Camry

I remember once we booked a CAMRY in AVIS, when we went to take the car lady at the front desk told they are extremely sorry they do not have Camry now, but If we want we can take a Mustang (Red) with no additional cost:-)))))))).

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Thats a nice review of your American Beauty!!

One question though, how much does a Toyota Camry cost in the United States??
The same spec as yours.
I think it would be around 21-22,000$. Not 100% sure, though.
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That's a great choice.Jap will never go wrong with anything.
Pls post the travelogue with pics
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We used 3 different Camrys (all 2008 models AVIS cars), but prefered Accord.

We even did a Atlanta - Niagra Falls - New York - Atlanta trip in a Camry

I remember once we booked a CAMRY in AVIS, when we went to take the car lady at the front desk told they are extremely sorry they do not have Camry now, but If we want we can take a Mustang (Red) with no additional cost:-)))))))).
The big rental companies in the US (Avis, Hertz etc) mostly stock only American cars - GM, Ford etc.
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The problem with getting a Mustang is if you are paying for the gas & it's can't be expensed. I am pretty sure you would be spending far more gassing a Mustang as compared to a Camry.
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yes carboy we were AVIS customer for almost 2 years, and taken than 50 cars from them on rent. The offer Mustang was given when the gas price was around $2.50 (early 2007), since the rent and gas expense was paid by our company we did not hesitate to take Mustang.

I also remember when the gas price crossed $4 (late 2008) there were no takers for big gas guzzlers and they used to offer this as "free upgrade", But we mostly used to take Jap cars.

Coming back to topic - when it comes to saving fuel we preferred Camry and Sonata

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if i am not wrong camry has a very powerful engine.
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i bet you its the half the price compared to india. (i dont know about onroad prices and taxes) but i know its damn cheap. in india its a CBU.
Thanks,
Actually I am aware of the fact that the Camry is sold via the CBU route, just wanted to know as to how much do hotels save by the usage of the EPCG scheme.

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