12th May 2009, 01:17
I have to agree with the comment above, I rented both an Impala and a Chrysler 300 on work trips this year and have to say I found both of them much more comfortable than my wifes 08 Camry. Plus, I found that both of them got pretty much the same mileage as our Camry with the four cylinder, while both the Chrysler and Chevy and 6 cylinders.
I guess, from what I'm finding out, is that the Camry is incredibly overrated by all the automotive reviews, but this is, in fact, my opinion, and we will most likely will not own another Camry when we dump ours off in a year or so.
27th Jan 2010, 12:46
"On the highway, when I am going about 100-105 mph, it is only revving at about 3000! That's excellent if you are into getting somewhere fast without the engine stress"
Driving like that, you run a high risk of getting to the hospital (or worse) fast.
15th Jul 2010, 19:02
Listen, I grew up in Germany where people wouldn't drive like grandmas wherever they are going, oh and less accidents due to texting and talking on the phone. People in the U.S. drive slow as slow and need to keep right except to pass.
16th Jul 2010, 11:39
"Driving like that, you run a high risk of getting to the hospital (or worse) fast"
Well, if you're in a CAMRY, yes. But in a good-handling domestic, it's not nearly as likely.
17th Jul 2010, 05:58
There seems to be a few 'Speed Kills' serial dogooders, that had to comment above.
The original poster is right - use the inside lane, unless overtaking.
Irrespective of whether the reviewer chooses to cruise at 100+mph, it would appear that he or she is able to do that safely, hence the comment regarding correct lane discipline.
17th Jul 2010, 11:05
"Well, if you're in a CAMRY, yes. But in a good-handling domestic, it's not nearly as likely."
It doesn't matter what you're driving, speeds in excess of 100 MPH are not safe on public roads. Oh and it also doesn't matter what it is you're driving when you plow headlong into a wall at 100 MPH. If it doesn't kill you, you're gonna be hurting.
Let me guess, you're saying the Ford Fusion could handle 100 MPH situations better than the Toyota Camry? Well considering that both the Camry AND the Fusion were not designed to be traveling at 100 MPH all the time, I'd say there's absolutely no difference between the two in that aspect.
18th Jul 2010, 13:54
I've driven Camrys and own a Fusion I-4, and I definitely feel the Fusion is far safer at 100+mph than any Toyota. I have cruised at 115mph on deserted stretches of interstate in my Fusion with total confidence. It is rock solid, handles like a sports car and if it were not computer limited to 118mph, it would do far more than that. I seriously doubt that most Camrys would even DO 118mph, and I certainly would NOT feel safe in one. Have you not been reading the newspapers or watching TV news for the past year??
19th Jul 2010, 07:36
What's this fuss about this 100 mph driver (which is about 160 kph)? This speed is not very uncommon in most of Europe. I've driven in Germany doing 220-230 kph on unrestricted roads only to experience that people in large BMWs and Porsches using their headlights signaling "get out of my way". Even in speed restricted roads like with a 120 kph road, people are doing 150-160 kph which is about 100 mph. Even a normal compact car, like my current Golf Diesel, can easily cruise at 100 mph with a 130 mph top speed. My previous Ford "thirsty b*****d" Focus RS could top 150 (about 240 kph) mph and happily cruise for hours at 130-135 mph (210-220 kph), only interrupted by frequent visits to the petrol station.
19th Jul 2010, 12:14
It's more common in the U.S. than most people realize. On long, open stretches of interstate people routinely drive well over 100 mph here. A few years ago we were cruising across Oklahoma at 110 mph in our Dodge Omni and were literally rocked by the wind blast of cars passing us at much higher speeds. I might add that none of those cars were Camrys. I doubt they will go that fast even with a stuck accelerator!
19th Jul 2010, 18:20
Funny, I've got a mid '90s Corolla that feels fine at speeds over 100 MPH. It's governed to 105, and probably wouldn't go much faster than that, but it feels fine even at that speed.
However, my previous vehicle (a Dodge Neon) felt downright scary at any speed over 70 MPH. It wandered and got tossed by the slightest road imperfection. They may have had something to do with the sagging sub-frame though.
Personally, I don't travel at speeds over 100 often. I've only done it a few times. However I'd have to say that I really wouldn't feel to safe in ANY car like a Camry or a Fusion at speeds over 100. Although, I personally would pick the Camry if I had to.
20th Jul 2010, 17:01
Actually, with the exception of the Smart ForTwo (a glorified golf cart) any car sold in the U.S. is quite competent to be driven at speeds over 100 IF the tires are speed-rated for high speed. On straight, open stretches of interstate there is no danger in driving any car fast. Unless a tire blows, you will simply be continuing in a straight line. The speed doesn't really matter. There are modified Civics and Focuses that will easily do 150mph and do it safely and effortlessly. The Old Dodge Omni with the turbo would hit 150. I had my Dodge Omni up to 130 and it was solid as a rock.
20th Jul 2010, 20:22
"Camrys won't do 100mph"
I guess if they're models dating back to the early 80s, and in very poor mechanical condition, or there's been some kind of conservatively set speed limiter fitted to one, I would totally agree with you.
I used to own a 1993 Camry, with 2.2 litre 5S-FE engine, and 5 speed manual gearbox. On a flat stretch of road, that would top out at 203km/h (127mph), unlimited.
I've also driven V6 models, with the 3VZ-FE engine, and 4 speed automatic transmission. This tops out at 217km/h (135mph) without duress.
The 1MZ-FE V6 versions with automatic, and manual gearboxes are limited to 210km/h (131mph), primarily to suit using 'H' rated tyre usage, as 'H' rated tyres are rated to a maximum speed of 210km/h (131mph).
All the versions I've described are Australian specification versions, so, therefore, we don't have the wallowy, sponge like floaty suspension that the US and Canadian versions seem eternally committed to being specified with. Therefore, our versions actually handle well, and have a firmish, and well controlled ride.
19th Mar 2011, 12:50
Rock solid Ford! AAAAAahahahhahahahahahahahhaa. you made my day!
Owned a 2006 Fusion (incredibly cheap), 2005 Expedition, and 2010 F150. The list of problems is very long for such new cars! Let me name a few.
Fusion - all power windows died, failed to start on the 5th day of ownership (bought it new).
2005 Expedition - rusting tail gate, all power windows failed, cheap plastic around the ignition fell off (!!!), needed an alignment every couple of months, transmission is harsh.
2010 F150. Day 2 of ownership (bought it new), would not start - took it to the dealer, it got fixed (or so they said). Day 5 - would not start - dealer fixed it, but it stalled on my way home from the dealership!! Had to be towed. I got stuck with amazingly cheap Focus, which seemed like it was going to fall apart any moment (2010 model). Done with Ford now. I used them for my business, only because I got a good deal on them, but now I'm using Camry's, and was never affected by any recalls, problems, and I am happy because they are all (4) trouble free, and never left me stranded. Good luck with your Ford :)