Toyota Camry 2.0G 2011 Test Drive Review
Happy Chinese New Year 2013! Another wonderful chinese new year has passed again. Other than the usual highlights of Chinese New Year for my family, gathering and steamboat, this time my uncle drove his Toyota Camry 2.0G 2011 back to Butterworth, Penang. He requested me to fetch his daughter from the Penang Airport. His daughter has just got married to a wonderful Hong Kong guy and she coming back from Hong Kong to celebrate with us after celebrating there with her husband and his family. LOL.
Of course, I accepted his offer, but not without getting him to let me use his Toyota Camry 2.0G to fetch his daughter. Yes, I got to drive his Toyota Camry 2.0G to the airport :) Even though it is not the latest 2012 Toyota Camry, his car is still attractive and was fun for me to drive. The Toyota Camry 2.0G comes with full leather seats and has electronically adjustable front seats. The Camry 2.0G comes with sophisticated colours which creates a comfortable environment for everyone inside the ride. The dashboard is covered with beige coloured and wooden trims giving the Camry a class of it own. The steering comes with switch controls for the audio, bluetooth control, and cruise control.
I was amazed by the spaciousness of the car. The driver’s seat seems too big for my height at 170cm. Perhaps I’m too used to my Vios’s seat. Rear seats can accommodate 3 adults easily with more than enough room for each of them. There are 2 air-con vents for the rear seats too. The air-con comes with Plasma Cluster and Ion features that ensures the air inside the cabin is clean and healthy for passengers. The air con comes with automatic dual zone air conditioning.
The engine was quiet but not as quiet as the Honda Civic 1.8S’s which I managed to test drive a few weeks back. The seats and steering are user friendly when it comes to adjustments, it just takes less than a minutes for me to adjust them, including the rear and side mirrors to an optimum position for me. The panel meter is illuminated with white back light which is pleasing to the driver’s eye.
The trip was at night, so I got to turn ON the projector headlamps with HID. The white light scattered very well, giving me very bright light, enabling me to see clearly. The headlamps’ design seem pretty attractive especially on the turning indicator with the 3 lines.
I felt a good response from the car as it moved effortlessly when I stepped on the pedal yet it does not go over torque at low RPM. It is not underpowered and starts accelerating easily. The car’s engine DOHC with VVT-i, 147PS @6000rpm gave me very good acceleration even with almost a full load, 2 adults and 2 kids in the car. Gear shifting is excellent, the ratio of gears is superb and smooth that I hardly feel the gear changing. Thanks to 4-speed automatic transmission with Super ECT (Electronic Control Transmission). My uncle says the car is not powerful enough for overtaking on the highway. He was right, this Toyota Camry 2.0G may not be a car that gives you good sprinting on the highway, but is more than sufficient for everyone to enjoy a comfortable ride. The Toyota Camry 2.0G is equipped with ECT ON and OFF feature. When you switch ON the ECT mode, the switching of gears will be delayed to make your ride more powerful and responsive. Most of the time, people won’t switch it ON as it will consume more petrol since it delays switching to a larger gear.
The handling of this Toyota Camry 2.0G is up to its class. My confidence level was still high as I cruised at a speed of 110km/h. The engine sound remained silent even at that speed. The steering feel is great too as it is not too light and provides a solid and confident feeling when driving at high speed. I just couldn’t get used to the steering size, which is way bigger than my Vios’s steering. The whole car ride was comfortable, quiet and stable thanks to the wonderful suspensions combined with the 215/60/16 wide tyre size that I hardly noticed when I went over the potholes. My 2 nieces were sleeping throughout the whole journey, while I was driving, which just shows us how comfortable this Toyota Camry 2.0G.
Toyota Camry 2.0G comes with rich chromed parts, from the front grill to the rear license plate outline. Safety features of this Toyota Camry 2.0G include 2 airbags, ABS, EBD, BA and the immobilizer alarm system.
Overall, the Toyota Camry 2.0G is a very comfortable car, with spacious and very pleasant interior. It is ideal for families with 5-6 members. Handling is solid, giving a comfortable feeling and confidence when cruising on long journeys. One drawback is that the car isn’t really designed for performance. It doesn’t really give you the acceleration power you would expect on 2.0 engine. The suspensions are not rigid, thus providing superb comfort especially when going over bumps and potholes. However, it is not built for harsh cornering.
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