2009 Toyota Camry | new car review

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 by

Camry

 

The Camry has since long been one of the best selling family sedans in the Middle East.

In fact the Camry is so popular in this region that it needs no introduction and almost everyone reading this would have sat in one at some point of time – just look at regional taxi fleets. Its large and plush interiors, refined engine and bullet proof reliability have been the cornerstones of its success and things have only gotten better in the current sixth generation model. The current Camry has donned a much more aggressive and defined look as opposed to the previous generation model.

The deep inset sharp headlights and the bold chrome grille give the Camry oodles of appeal. The high shoulder line and narrow greenhouse make the Camry look full-bodied from the side however. The wrap around tail lamps follow the design theme of the head lights and look rather cool but the bulbous rear bumper makes the Camry look rather stout from the rear.

2009 Toyota CamryThe Camry comes only a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine with makes 157bhp and 218Nm  – no more powerful V6 engine like in the Honda Accord. The engine is mated to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

The Camry comes in three trim levels; GL, GLX and the sportier SE with only the GL coming with a manual gearbox.

On the inside there is more space than the previous generation thanks to increased wheelbase, even though the length remains the same. As a result both front and rear occupants get more space to spread their legs while enjoying the relatively posh and well laid interiors of the Camry. The boot is humongous and looks like it has an enormous appetite for luggage.

2009 Toyota CamryThe SE variant caters to buyers wanting a sportier sedan and offers a stiffer suspension which improves handling. It also has more bling and comes with fabric sport seats, front and rear spoilers, larger 17-inch alloy wheels and low profile tires. Strangely, none of the variants come with leather upholstery. Safety is average with ABS with EBD, driver and passenger airbags but no side or curtain airbags as standard fitment. Thanks to the Camry’s popularity its resale value hold up quite well and it’s also not a very expensive car to maintain, not needing attention too often.

2009 Toyota CamryPriced competitively the Camry is a comfortable family sedan which can give years of fault free service and comes with a three year or 100,000 km warranty.

Specification

Body TypeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission
Sedan2.4157218M/A

Price Range (AED) 75,000-93,000

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