Toyota Camry 2.0G 2011 Test Drive Review
Happy Chinese New Year 2013 to everyone! Another wonderful chinese new year has passed again. Other than the usual highlights of Chinese New Year for my family to gathered family members and sit down together to enjoyed the steamboat, this time my uncle drove his Toyota Camry 2.0G 2011 back to our grandparent house.
He requested me to fetch his daughter from the Penang Airport. His daughter has just married to a wonderful Hong Kong guy and she coming back from Hong Kong to celebrate chinese new year with us after celebrated CNY at HK with her husband and the family.
Of course, I accepted his favor to fetch my cousin provided my uncle let me drive his Toyota Camry 2.0G. Yes, I got to drive his Toyota Camry 2.0G to the airport :) Even though the car is not the latest 2012 Toyota Camry, his car is still attractive and was fun for me to drive around.
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 car. The dashboard is covered with beige colour and wooden trims giving the Toyota Camry 2.0G a class of it own.
The steering comes with switch controls for the audio, bluetooth control, and cruise control.
I was impressed by the spaciousness of the car. The driver seat seems too big for my height at 170cm. Perhaps I’m get to used to my Toyota Vios small seat. The Toyota Camry 2.0G rear seats are able accommodate 3 adults easily.
There are 2 air-con vents at 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 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 looks very pleasing for me
The trip was at night, so I got to turn ON the projector headlamps with HID. The white light scattered very well, the projector headlamps produced very bright light, enabling me to see clearly on the road. The headlamp design is very attractive, especially at the turning indicator with the 3 fines line.
The moment I stepped on the gas pedal, I felt a good response from the car as it moved immediately without lagging. The car comes with DOHC engine with VVT-i, 147PS @6000rpm, gave me very good acceleration even with 4 persons in the car, which is 2 adults and 2 kids in the car.
The gear shifting is excellent, the ratio of gears is superb and smooth that I hardly feel the gear changing during drive time. 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 Electronic Control Transmission (ECT) 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 it’s class. My confidence level was still high when I cruising at a speed of 110km/h. The engine sound remained low 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 am not really get used to the steering size, which is way bigger than my Toyota Vios steering. The whole journey was comfortable, quiet and stable. Thanks to the wonderful suspensions combined with the 215/60/16 wide tyre size. I even hardly noticed when I went over the potholes.
My 2 nieces were sleeping throughout the whole journey.
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, responsive and give us 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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