2009 Toyota Camry LE 2.4L DOHC VVT-i Inline 4-cylinder from North America

Summary:

Ask me, I drive one!

Faults:

Driver's door weatherstripping came loose. Dealer fixed it without question.

General Comments:

I purchased this Camry to replace my tired '07 Hyundai Elantra. I have a 130 mile daily commute, so I put miles on my cars very quickly.

My Elantra had a 5-speed manual, which I enjoyed, but it quickly got tiring on my long commute, so I got an automatic this time around. My Camry is so much more comfortable on the highway. The ride is smooth and quiet. No rattles, and the interior fit and finish is top notch (plastics are a little cheap, but everything fits correctly and works as it should.) This is the first car I've had with power seats though! And they are very comfortable. I feel as though I could take a very long trip in this car and not get uncomfortable. The backseat is nice and roomy (for my dog, all 95 pounds of her!) Legroom is awesome for people too.

The roads in my small hometown are very poorly paved, and so far this Camry has proven itself as being more than capable of handling them. As for handling, it'll go around just about any corner you want, but the wheel gives little feedback (typical Toyota.) Like almost all front-wheel drive vehicles, diving heavily into a corner will induce understeer.

The 2.4L engine, which produces 158 HP and 161 ft. lbs. of torque, has plenty of power to get this car moving on the highway. Cruises quietly at all speeds, and actually has a respectable growl at high RPMs. Runs so quietly at idle you can barely hear it. The 5-speed automatic shifts silky smooth, but can get a little confused on very steep hills. This is easily remedied by pushing the gear lever over to 4th. Have not yet assessed gas mileage.

Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase. I'm impressed with Toyota's resilience from their recent troubles, and I have complete confidence in my Camry to perform its job safely. My son's '96 Corolla is still humming along with 194,000 miles on it, so I expect nothing less from this Camry. I will report back with updates as often as possible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2011

17th Jul 2011, 17:31

Original Reviewer.

I've driven a little over a thousand miles now, so I figured I'd report on gas mileage. I have filled up 3 times, and have averaged 34 MPG so far. Not bad; this is only 2 MPG less than my Elantra averaged.

29th Jul 2011, 19:18

Original Reviewer again.

Well I have a little over 36,000 miles now. Since my last update, my MPG has increased to 35-36 MPG.

I'm just now getting used to the overall size of this car. My Hyundai and the car before it (a Ford Focus) were smaller than this Camry. It has more blindspots than my Hyundai did, and judging your distance from an object is made more difficult by the long hood. However, I've found that despite its size, it's very maneuverable. I can make a U-turn on some of the narrowest roads in my small hometown (not all of them though, on some of them the road is barely wide enough to fit width-wise).

I used to hate the Xenon-high intensity headlights on cars today. They were always blinding me at night. But now that I see what they're like from the other side, I love them. Night time visibility is excellent.

I will be taking the family on vacation next week. Heading up to a concert in New Hampshire! 450 mile drive one way. I will report on how it performed on a long haul after I get back.

2009 Toyota Camry LE gas from North America

Summary:

Bad painted Toyota Camry

Faults:

I ordered a new Camry from Toyota, and was called to pick it up when it arrived. I picked it up on a cloudy day, and drove it home to park inside of my garage. On a sunny day, I was shocked to see my paint was all messed up. Drove the car back to the dealer with less than total of 50 miles on it. After dealer, adjusters, and arbitration with Toyota, was told the warranty didn't cover it and the car was mine. I explained to the Toyota supervisor for the adjusters, that I had always been a Toyota man, who had purchased several new Toyotas in the past, and never had a claim before, and I would NEVER buy another if they didn't stand behind me on this one; only to be told by Toyota that they didn't care if I ever bought another Toyota, for one sale wouldn't hurt them any. Toyota buyers, BEWARE, Toyota is not what it use to be. Still got the messed-up car in my garage.

General Comments:

Toyota buyers, be very wary, for Toyota didn't back me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd July, 2011

3rd Jul 2011, 09:21

I am not sure where that car is made, but you and the plant that built it... might be a victim of some type of acid rain... this sometimes gets on the freshly painted cars that leave the factory. The good news is that it usually affects the top clear coat finish only and not the underneath paint... and color sanding might be a option for you... but finding a good color sander that knows what he/or she is doing is not always easy to find...

3rd Jul 2011, 17:44

I just bought a brand new 2011 Buick Lucerne, and also had 3 small defects in the paint. One only required some wet sanding, however the other two required to be re-painted. I am not satisfied with the results on the 2 areas that had to be painted, so I am going to have them re-done at another Buick dealer.

My point is, that even though my car had similar defects in the finish, Buick has completely stood behind the product, covering the repairs under warranty, and even paid for me to get a rented car. Buick even assured me that I could take the car to another dealer to have the work done, since I wasn't satisfied with the first job, I assumed I would have to go back to the same place. I have always owned GM products, and this is my first brand new car, so far I feel that they really stand behind their products.

5th Jul 2011, 07:15

Another problem is what you clean your cars with and how you do it. I am especially wary of wheel cleaners with acids as well. I use clean microfiber. There's a cloth that grabs a lot of water (heavily advertised) and it's really too rough for car finishes. Drag some dirt or dust over the paint and scratches can appear. Same with car polishes use clean cloths. I have had good luck with U S Auto Supply on line, or Maguires is also very good. Good luck.