Long-term update: 2012 Toyota Camry in Las Vegas
Hey look, our Toyota Camry went to Las Vegas. Or rather, as close as you can get to Las Vegas without leaving Dubai soil. But why are we talking about Las Vegas anyway? Considering we neither drink nor gamble, the only interest we have in Las Vegas is that CSI TV show.
Speaking of TV shows, we spotted our exact same test car on a documentary called MBC Action Driven. We guess it was filmed before the car was handed over to us. It’s kind of awesome seeing the car we’re driving around in on television.
As for the car itself, it is the perfect commuter-mobile. As long as you don’t have any pretensions of throwing it violently into corners like a Honda S2000, the car will conduct itself with adequate poise. Think of it as a poor man’s Rolls-Royce Ghost, and drive it that way. On the highway, there is a tinge of jitteriness and a tad more wind noise than a Rolls-Royce, but we doubt most drivers are that sensitive.
However, the 2.5-litre engine is sensitive to how you treat the throttle pedal. Our fuel-consumption average has largely hovered around 11 litres/100 km because we step on it every once in a while to make the four-banger sing. To put things in perspective, we got the same numbers from our 3.6-litre Volkswagen Passat CC V6 as well as the 1.8-litre Chevrolet Cruze. We suspect you’d need to be very soft with it to really get even better economy.
The new Camry is, undoubtedly, a very nice car. And while the threat from the Koreans is always looming in the background, Toyota has nothing to worry about for now, as their car gets the basics very right.
Original Mileage When Borrowed: 5,883 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 7,900 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 11.5 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 0
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 0
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Borrowed: Dhs 0
umm…i get the same mileage with my accord v6 and i dont actually have a soft foot. so..my question is..how is this a fuel saver car as most people put it?