2007 Toyota Camry | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

The Camry is consistently ranked as one of the most popular vehicles in the Middle East market. It is ’s “bread-and-butter” vehicle, so its marketing and sales strategy is cautious, aimed squarely at the centre of buyer demographics, as most Camry buyers are not car enthusiasts. The Camry is positioned directly below the Avalon in our market and is considered a sub-luxury mid-size sedan.

The name “Camry” comes from a phonetic transcription of the Japanese word kanmuri, which means “crown”, as did the names of the Toyota Crown and Toyota Corona. Also notable is that the word “Camry” is an anagram for “My car.” The Camry underwent major redesigns and upgrades in model years 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and most recently in . The Camry’s perennial competitor, the Honda Accord, is often described as sportier and has traditionally been equipped with a few more performance-oriented options. But with the all-new model year Camry and the Aurion Grande (in the V6 category), Toyota has rewritten the rule-book.

The sixth generation Camry is a significantly redesigned model. The length remains unchanged from the previous model but the wheelbase is longer. The rear of the car features a double lip boot line – a design feature fashioned by the BMW 7-Series. Overall the new Camry looks totally fresh and much tauter than its predecessor and very much in sync with the times.

It features the same 2.4-litre VVT-i I4 as the previous generation making 158 bhp and 221 Nm of torque with 3 trim levels: GL, GLX and the sportier SE. With a higher compression ratio, lighter pistons, and revised cam profiles (replete with variable valve timing), the performance of the engine sounds very promising. Two transmission options are available – a five-speed manual and the five-speed auto, the latter more suited to the character and positioning of the car.

Body TypeSedan
Price (in AED)71,000-100,000
Engine (litre)2.4
Power (bhp)150
Torque (Nm)221
Transmission5M/5A

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