2005 Toyota Camry
There are 13 user reviews for the LE V6 trim shown below
- smooth ride, nice engine, very quiet, decent gas mileage for a V6
- minor quality issues, no telescoping steering wheel, like Accord seats better
Overall I'm glad I purchased this car. I have had it for around a year and half now (it's a 2004, approx. 34000 kilometres). I traded in a 1998 Corolla, which is the car that got me hooked on Toyotas in the first place.
Here in Canada the Camry LE V6 is (or at least was) the least expensive Japanese 6 cylinder family sedan. Also considered an Accord V6, but found the Camry to be a slightly better value (e.g I was able to get a moonroof and alloys for less than the price of a non-moonroof, plastic wheel covered Accord).
I was somewhat surprised that premium fuel is recommended for the peak performance in the V6s (this wasn't disclosed in my 2004 brochure, and doesn't apply to the Accord V6; I think this point is now footnoted in the 2005 Cdn. brochure). Regular fuel apparently can be used safely based on what it says in the manual, but expect less power (confirmed in seat of the pants testing by me).
Didn't like the OEM tires though (Goodyear Integritys). And I've heard the Bridgestones on some of the newer models are truly dreadful (e.g. in snow, and treadwear rating). Took the opportunity to upgrade to some Dunlop A2 Sports when I had a flat tire, and am glad I did. It's surprising what a difference a good tire can make.
On the negative side, have had a three minor quality problems (1 leaking rear window when going through a high pressure car wash, a poor fitting window trim piece, and the moonroof had to be "re-programmed" by the dealer). In defence of Toyota (and the dealer) all problems were fixed right away, with no hassles. Toyota Canada even had the dealer call me to see if everything else was OK when I complained on a survey Toyota Canada sent me. These quality issues are the reason I have assigned 3 stars for overall satisfaction. Everything has been fine for around a year now.
One final pet peeve -- I don't know why Toyota continues to restrict the availability of the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) option to the more expensive XLE model. This is an important safety feaure that shouldn't be restricted to the well-off. Volkswagen for instance offers it for a reasonable price in the majority of their lineup. I find Toyota's stance slightly hypocritical given their that they profess to be big believers in social responsibility (e.g. see their 2004 Annual Report, p 13). Come on Toyota, take a leadership position!
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