Even though the last Australian-built Camry signals the end of vehicle manufacturing down under, Toyota’s venerable mid-sizer is leaving our shores on a high.
We drove the latest Camry to see what the last local Toyota brings to the table.
The Camry was never the model to grab headlines. It was happy to do the work in the background and always reliably dependable.
But in recent years, Toyota moved to make the Camry a little more stylish, then sportier – and now, the latest model is built on a reputation of unflappable reliability, and incorporates Toyota’s efforts over the last 10 years to bring a touch of flair to their range.
We got into the Camry Atara SL in Wildfire Red, from Motorama Toyota. The SL is the top model of the comfort-focused models, while the Atara SX is the flagship replacing the performance-oriented Sportivo models.
Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels are predictably quiet and refined, even in the petrol version and the Hybrid would be even quieter with the electric motor. All in all, the revamped Camry has shed its conservative clothes to reveal a sharp new look that will impress anyone who steps into the mid-size sedan.
Acceleration from a standstill pushes the Camry along nicely, and at speed, it will get you to the limit without breaking a sweat and fly down a highway like it didn’t weigh 2.1 tonnes. The Australian-tuned suspension is well suited to every road condition, with the smoothest blacktop to the most jarring potholes all soaked up without any disturbance to the passengers.
A reversing camera is standard across the range, while the Atara SL adds front and rear parking sensors, as well as moving guidelines to the camera so you can be more responsive when steering backwards. Also standard on the SL, the Electro Chromatic rear view mirror cuts out glare and reduces ambient light to make driving at night and in weather conditions a lot safer.
Servicing costs are capped for 4 years or 75,000km under Toyota Service Advantage for up to 5 standard scheduled service appointments at $140. The Camry should come in for service every 9 months or 15,000km.
Previously seen as the conservative option, Toyota has done much to style the Camry to appeal to broader tastes and this has largely worked. A revision of the previous model adds value to an already well-sorted package, and sends Australia’s best-selling brand out on a high that will be a tough act to follow as Toyota switches to become a full-line importer in 2017.
To test drive the new Camry range, including the Atara SL, Hybrids and the sporty Atara SX, contact Motorama Toyota and be impressed.
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