A-List Rides: Classic Cruisin In Toyota’s Camry

Toyota makes good cars! That’s not a secret. Just recently, I attended a corporate dinner unrelated to the automobile industry and as I sat around with a group of entertainment industry executives, all of them shared stories about recently shopping for cars and wanting a vehicle that was “built well” and “had a good engine, like a Lexus or a Toyota.” I thought in that moment, “It must be nice for a brand to have other people base all shopping options around their opinion of your product.”

The standard of the Toyota brand is their Camry, which has boasts it own reputation for safety, reliability and quality! Because it has been a staple in the Toyota collection since it debuted in 1983, the vehicle has seen many tweets and design changes over the year while still being able to maintain the integrity of why folks love it.

And how loved is the Camry? Toyota has manufactured and sold 15 million Camry models across 100 countries since it made its debut. That astonishing number, according to a report, means that if all of those Camry’s were lined up in a dealership today, there would be one for every man, woman and child in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. combined, and you’d still have a almost a million vehicles left over. Impressive right?

I spent some time in the 2012 Toyota Camry XLE Sedan, which has been completely redesigned both inside and out, and completely understand while consumers rave about this classic Toyota vehicle. The five-passenger, four-door sedan featured with a 268-hp 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission. It also delivers 25 miles per gallon in the city, 35 mpg highway or 28 mpg combined. That’s a three mpg increase in the city and two mpg bump on the highway and combined over the old model. It was quiet to drive, no loud hum or unnecessary engine noise. The vehicle maneuvered easily on the highway and in the city as well.

Tech features for the Camry include Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, garage door opener, rear camera, navigation with touch screen, HD and satellite radio, and the new Entune mobile app and services system.

Spin Control: The Toyota Camry is a rock solid investment! You get every bit of the $28,033 you would spend on the model I test drove. These cars are built to last and are worth every dime.

Industry Status: Grade A

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