I was recently car shopping with a friend, who was looking to get out of his awful four year old Toyota and into a real car. We looked at a GM dealer, and I was also blown away by the awesome new Buicks. They are very sporty and well-built cars. My friend ended up buying a Ford, which is also a great car, but the new GM vehicles are really nice.
I am an owner of an LE 4 cylinder Camry 2010, and have to agree, this car with its synthetic leather bucket seats is horrid when it comes to comfort.
With styling and advanced ergonomics, you typically hate driving your old car home. I thought my car looked new til I test drove some new ones. I buy every 3-4 years. I don't have warranty issues, as I don't keep them with high mileage. It's true driving should be fun. I am amazed with the new performance on newer domestics. 0-60 in 5 seconds is almost commonplace. And better ride and handling characteristics.
In my family my Mom, Aunt, and an Uncle own Camrys, and these range in age from around 2005-2010 or so. They had owned Camrys before too, and their experience with them have been the same as before: The cars are reliable and run for a decade or more without any major issue.
As far as how exciting these cars are, they were never exciting anyway. My mom has an '85 Camry and it was basically a box on wheels. Still - it ran for 250,000 miles at a time when you were lucky to get 100k out of a car. That is why these cars sell so well. They have been more or less the gold standard of reliability for over 30 years, and when people place importance on a car purchase, they generally want a brand and model that has a proven pedigree of reliable service.
"0-60 in 5 seconds is almost commonplace."
For the average family car? Right...
My Acura TL basic stock 4 door family sedan did 0-60 5 seconds. My new Corvette does it in 3.9 seconds.
Only a handful of cars do 0-60 in 5 seconds. Virtually no midsized sedans or full sized sedans do this except for the new Chevy SS model and the Cadillac CTS.
Those are the handful for me.
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