First Toyota...not impressed
March 5, 2019
I have only ever driven American brands, this is my first foreign make. The good is the gas mileage, I can usually end a tank of combined highway/city at above 36 mpg, a satisfactory number. Another good is the styling, I don't understand all of the hate for the mesh front ends that Toyota/Lexus is currently using, I love this design.
Now the bad...Toyota entune, sweet Jesus this is awful, terrible, just stop it. My last vehicle was a '16 F-150 with Sync 3.0, light years ahead of entune. First off, no Apple carplay (boo, huge disappointment), the USB connection to my phone (for navigation purposes) is very unreliable, the connection will be lost often midway to my destination. The radio does not stay on after you turn the car off, this is a huge deal. My 2002 Pontiac Grand Am, my 2002 Silverado, my 2013 Ford Focus, and my 2016 F-150 have all kept the radio on after keys have been removed until the driver door is opened. The fact that my 2018 Camry doesn't do this is mind blowing.
Another bad...the transmission, first off, I hate the 8 speed setup, it is constantly wanting to downshift, it is pretty much impossible to cruise in 8th gear at above 60 MPH, unless you are going downhill. I have had this car about 9 months now and have only used cruise control MAYBE 5 times because it drives me crazy how often the car wants to shift gears, I can control this more if I have control of the gas. The transmission can also be very jerky. While accelerating up a hill, for whatever reason, the car will randomly jerk like a very rough shift...except the car isn't changing gears at this point. Toyota is supposed to be king of reliability, I'm not so sure after my experience, I have a feeling this is going to be a short lived relationship. I've also been reading how Honda is becoming less and less reliable, are we witnessing Japanese vehicles being dethroned as the most reliable brands? Perhaps South Korean manufacturers Kia and Hyundai are the future.
Planning on keeping this vehicle until just before the powertrain warranty runs out, so I'll probably have it for about 4 more years, but given the jerky nature of the transmission, I don't have the confidence in this vehicle to keep it outside of the warranty period. So sad, really wanted to be a Toyota fan.