2007 Toyota Camry XLE 3.5L from North America
Not as good as I thought
Problems with suspension at 60,000 km. The struts are leaking oil and the car feels like it's on springs only. The slightest bump throws you around like a puppet. The soft ride also results in some serious body roll, so all that power is pretty useless.
The interior feels cheap. Plastic everywhere, even the leather on the seats and steering feels like vinyl almost. When driving over a bumpy road, the whole car makes zinging and squeaking noises. And the fake "wood" trim is so pathetic, it doesn't even try to mimic real wood.
Very powerful engine. In a straight line, this rivals most muscle cars. The engines revs up to 5,000 rpm with little effort and even makes a nice noise. If they could only fit this engine into a Subaru Impreza or a Honda S2000, what a car that would be! Mileage is not impressive, but what V6 is? 9L/100km on hwy and 12 city, and in the winter it's up to about 14 in the city and 10 on the hwy.
Smooth transmission. Six speed automatic with sport mode, gear shift is seamless. The onboard computer changes gears according to your driving style; if driving calm, it will shift earlier saving gas. But if you step on the pedal a bit more aggressively, it shifts a bit later, using all the power the engine has to offer. Nicely done.
Feels very safe. Braking is excellent thanks to four wheel disc brakes and ABS. There is no fish tailing, no matter what the surface, gravel, snow, wet road. Vehicle Stability Control is also present every time the wheels slip; it corrects the car immediately, never had a problem in winter.
Roomy interior and trunk. Not much to say here, except the rear seats recline just like airline seats, which your passengers will appreciate on a longer trip.
Overall, this car is good, but not great. It has a lot of potential, and it's too bad to see that they splurged on bluetooth, push button start, premium sound, leather, but they were cheap on more important things that make driving enjoyable, like a better suspension.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 16th March, 2011