Would an ‘Uncle’ Car Appeal to the Younger Generation? – Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry have always been branded as the ‘uncle’ car because majority of the buyers that bought a Camry are usually the more matured crowd. The Camry nameplate have always been link to words like reliable, and hassle free kind of motoring. It hardly spark any interest among the car enthusiast community. Moving towards the current generation of the Camry, Toyota finally puts in effort to try to attract the younger generation. We give it a go and see will the younger generation be interested with the latest Camry.

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Looks

The 8th generation of the Toyota Camry is the best looking Camry that Toyota ever produce. This current generation Camry has a sportier profile and sleeker look compare to the previous conservative design. From the front, the large grille takes center stage that is flank by 2 sleek looking LED headlights which blends in well with the whole front design.

At the back, the long LED taillights reflects the sleek look as the front that make the rear look wider. The twin tailpipes at the rear further enhanced the sporty looks at the back of the Camry. The 235/45 R18 tyres and rims may not fill up the wheel arch of the Camry, but I believe this was done to make the car comfortable to soak up the uneven roads of Malaysia.

Driver side

Hoping inside the Camry, you are greeted by a plush driver seat that have plenty of seating adjustment to allow different size people to get comfortable in the driver seat. When you’re in the driver seat, there is a sporty looking dashboard that wraps around the driver. The dashboard is lined with plenty of soft touch materials and a modern looking trim with a unique touch to it.

Taking center stage of the dashboard is the 8” capacitive touch screen infotainment system. Playing around the infotainment system, I was hoping to find Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but only manage to find the hard to use mirrorlink function. On the plus side, the infotainment system is hooked up to a 9 speakers JBL system that have clear high note and powerful bass.

Speaking about screen, there is also the 7” coloured Multi-Info Display that sits in between the analogue speedometer and tachometer that made up the whole instrument cluster. The instrument cluster is clear and easy to read. Is good that you get all the necessary information inside the instrument cluster, but Toyota did an unnecessary thing by hiding the activation switch for the rear sunshade deep inside the center instrument cluster screen.

On the other hand, Toyota did a good job by including the Camry with a wireless charger. If you rely on Waze rather than in-built GPS, you might find the wireless charger not usable due to the lack of connectivity options for the infotainment. Lastly, the heads-up display is huge and clear to see in the night, during the daytime, I would like the screen to be a little brighter to be able to make it easier to read.

Passengers

Being a passenger in the Camry is probably the best thing to do. The Camry have huge rear space for the bosses to stretch their legs as the legroom is very generous, and headroom is plentiful even for a car that have sleek profile. For all the bosses seating behind the front passenger, you are given 2 buttons at the left side of the front passenger seat to adjust the front chairs to allow more legspace if you so wish to.

The boot of the Camry measured in at 493L, which is plenty of boot space to load up to 4 golf bags if they wish to bring the Camry to their golf game. The 493L of boot space can be further increase when you fold down the rear seat back with the 60:40 split section.

Safety

Here are the standard safety system in the Toyota Camry:

  1. 7 airbags
  2. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  3. Traction Control (TC)
  4. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  5. Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  6. Brake Assist (BA)
  7. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
  8. Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)

As for active safety system:

  1. Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
  2. Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  3. Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  4. Pre-Collision System (PCS)
  5. Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist
  6. Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  7. Automatic High Beam (AHB)

The Drive

The Camry is powered by a tried and tested 2.5L inline 4 engine that is carried forward from the previous generation Camry. This power unit produces 184PS at 6,000rpm, and 235Nm of torque at 4,100rpm, and mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission that is also brought forward from the previous generation Camry. This engine give you a sense that you’re driving a bigger and wider CH-R. I’d say that is because the engine needed some inspiration to get going, and you really need to step on the throttle when you want to overtake. If all you want to do is just waft along, the Camry is more than capable to do so.

On the other hand, the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) do transform the Camry into a decent handling car. The Camry comes with simple McPherson Strut suspension upfront while the rear uses a more complicated double wishbone suspension. The suspension setup constantly keeps the wheels on the ground when you’re taking corner, this means you’ll get the maximum grip which translate to confidence when pushing the car through corners.

As a whole in terms of driving, the Camry have a good chassis, but was dull down by the mediocre engine performance. This is why I feel that the Camry gave me a Toyota CH-R vibe when driving it.

Price

RM 196,888 inclusive 5 years unlimited mileage warranty

Verdict

Would the Camry appeal to younger buyers? The answer would be unllikely. Even though the Camry comes with a good handling and that handsome good look, but the engine just dulls the whole driving experience of the Camry. Apart from that, the lack of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will also turn younger buyers away. On the other hand, if you’re someone who have always like big sedans especially a Toyota loyalist, Toyota manage to keep the right recipe of reliability and comfort to keep the loyal buyers happy.

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