2007 Toyota Camry from North America

Summary:

Good buy

Faults:

- Transmission "problem"

General Comments:

My 3 gripes with the car:

- Transmission "problem"

Some of you may not call it a problem, but it is definitely an inconvenience. Basically, there is a lag when trying to accelerate the car. From the moment you push the pedal to when the motor actually responds takes around 1 second or slightly more. It may not be a serious issue, but the other day I had to keep up with another car and it was frustrating experience; the car felt unresponsive. But hey, who knows, as another reviewer said, maybe it was done on purpose.

- Interior of the car

My previous car was a *Japanese* Camry (I emphasize the word Japanese because the American and Japanese made Toyotas are different). The inside of the Japanese Camry, although austere, was finely and precisely put together. On the other hand, in the American model, the inside components do not fit that well and actually leave gaps in some places. Some components just look plain cheap (take the spring mechanism in the middle of the cup holder). I maybe nitpicking, but I have come to expect something close to perfection seeing that I am accustomed to the Japanese model.

- Finally, the rear seats are not that big. I'm 6 ft, but when sitting upright my knees touch the front seat.

Aside from these 3 things (being the 1st one by far the most important) I believe the Camry is an excellent buy. You get a roomy car that takes any type of gasoline (screw you Passat) for $19k (base model), and it's a Toyota. Also, I like the new styling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2007

21st Aug 2007, 08:08

I bought my 2007 Toyota Camry May 2006 and 15 months down the road have had no problems with it yet. I do agree with the "lag" you've noticed. My parents have owned Toyotas as long as I can remember and having driven their camrys in the past I have not felt the same hesitation with the older cars. I wonder if it is some characteristic of the newer cars. I don't really like it, but it's an inconvenience to me and not a real performance issue. I notice it more when trying to accelerate from a stop. When I'm over 40 mph it seems accelerates pretty nicely.

11th Sep 2007, 22:06

Haha, I loved the comment you made when talking about gasoline ("screw you Passat"). Although I am a Passat admirer, that was hilarious.

11th Jun 2008, 10:45

I bought an '06 Camry when the new '07 models were just coming in. I made sure it had a "J" VIN (ie, assembled in Japan). It has more headroom in the rear seat than the newer model does. I got it with the 4-cylinder and manual 5-speed; no lag, engine is very drivable with that tranny IMO, gets 35MPG on highway, 30 around town (don't need a hybrid IMO). With the J VIN, the car was impeccable and still is (46,000mi now) ; just oil changes and tire rotations.

2007 Toyota Camry LE V4, slow, boring, basic from North America

Summary:

A boring yawn-mobile, the perfect fleet car

Faults:

Nothing yet for 3 months!

I have been on a long road trip, (San Antonio to Los Angeles) so the oil was changed a few times.

General Comments:

I got this car from work, I did not pick it. I do not like Toyotas because they are boring in styling. Anyways, I got this car, its the base LE. I always get my cars with at least a sunroof or leather, this one had nothing. The interior trim is cheap and bland. The front seats for example are much less comfortable than a Pontiac Grand Am (my old car) or Honda Accord (my current private car). You can see that the Camry front dash is a cheap copy of the Accord. The tail lights are not sealed correctly so moisture gets in them and they get foggy. Transmission has already been recalled. I don't really care about running costs or gas mileage since the company pays for everything, but dealer service was terrible. I have been to 4 Toyota dealers in the area and none of them were ever able to change my oil because they don't have express oil service! Even on appointment, it takes days and none of them could do it because they don't take the company car credit cards!

Once I needed to get a small tube of paint because of a dent, and NONE of the 3 nearest Toyota dealers HAD IT IN STOCK, YOU NEEDED TO ORDER! 1 dealer had the paint, but was sold out. The Toyo dealers have been of no help to me and I just go to Jiffy Lube where they accept the card and do a quality job.

Now, about the car. The acceleration is very lazy and the car handles like a huge gorilla.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th July, 2007

6th Jul 2007, 16:34

Must be the "V-4" slowing you down.

First, there is no such thing as a v-4.

Second, what kind of acceleration are you expecting from a 4 cylinder family car? They're built for economy. It's not a racecar.

And third, Toyota's interiors are not cheaply made by any standard at all.