Reliable and Practical
January 10, 2019
This is my 4th Camry. Two were the SE model in 2009 and 2011. Another was an XSP in 2014, which was my favorite look and my current 2017 XSE. While all Camry’s look similar, in my 2017 Camry XSE, there are some appreciated updates. The heated seats, which I love! They warm up fast and will be a must in every future vehicle. Finally, they improved the airflow quality, which is so important. When a passenger in the front or back seat has their window down, it doesn’t sound like a freight train. That was a major issue in models past. I really like the digital display. It allows you to set many different digital screens displays. I like mine to show the outside temperature and my speed.
Improvements still needed are the Camry gas tank. All four of the Camry’s I’ve had collect black soot in and around the gas cap and outside of the paint. There seems to be no known reason for this, but not normal for a vehicle with 5K miles. Another issue left to be desired is Toyota’s factory navigation. With my 2014, the entune display was beautiful, but was not user friendly. For my 2017, I was excited to have an additional Scout GPS app that works with my phone, but soon realized it would disconnect or drop when I was enroute somewhere. My other vehicle has a factory GPS and I can say with certainty, Toyota’s navi is lacking in comparison with their competitors. Next time, I will save money and use Free Google maps on my phone.
Overall the Camry is a practical, reliable car that I feel safe driving. I like the extra bells and whistles of the XSE “sports edition,” but can’t justify doing so again for the reasons given above aside from the additional $12K price tag. The XSE looks the same as the SE and many dealerships will add features to the SE you might want.