Review Toyota Camry SL 2.5
When a child grows up in a leafy suburb, convertibles are the vehicle of choice for mothers and fathers. Together with two-and-a-half-year-olds, a quarter acre and Hills Hoist, cars are a major part of family life.
Among the many cars my parents owned, the first-generation upgrade of the Camry GLi was a striking product. Painted in silver, it is powered by a 2.0-liter engine that produces a modest 77kW of power in accordance with the five-speed manual. It’s not much to look at but it’s our family carriage for four years with no glorious trouble.
Fast-forward 30 years (ahem) and convertibles are doing it hard, with buyers flocking to premium SUVs. Any manufacturer launching a new or updated car in this market needs to offer something quite special to get buyers’ attention.
Enter the Toyota Camry SL 2018.
Sitting on the top of the Camry range, the SL comes with a choice of three engines – four-cylinder, hybrid and V6 with eight-speed automatic. Priced at $ 39,990, my test car was powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and was the cheapest of the three offered.
So, is this the new Camry worth considering as a modern family keeper? My child and I had the weekend to find out.
Today, our Camry SL is tasked with Christmas shopping involving launching between shopping malls and shops on local streets.
Dressed in what Toyota calls Red Red Emotions and sitting some 18-inch alloy wheels looking very smart, my first impression is that it doesn’t look quite like the Camry. And so I mean it looks good. Kudos came to Toyota to get the old boring beige car and produce something more eye-catching.
The overall styling is sportier up front with the clear design nuances of Lexus. Combined with a more downhill stance, it creates a strong and positive profile. The roof lines and the unique tapered side panel to the pointed rear are finished with four chrome exhaust pipes. Dare I say, it really looks like a genuine performance sedan.
Inside the levels of fit and finish are surprisingly good, with some nice high-end accents including a panoramic glass roof, 10.0-inch color display and leather seats.
Centralized on the dashboard is Toyota’s latest 8.0-inch multimedia system, featuring sat nav, which works alongside the six-speaker stereo. The touch screen is easy to use and is well complemented by the physical buttons surrounding it. A notable omission here is that Android Auto or Apple CarPlay is not even available as an option and there’s no indication from Toyota that this will change.
Our first destination of the day is the local mall to fight other Christmas shoppers for parking. Immediately noticeable on the first drive is how comfortable the ride is, with the SL soaking up the lumps and colliding with something subtly approaching. There is little to say about its composure.
The accented leather seats up front can be electrically adjustable and provide a comfortable amount. With outside temperatures in the mid-30s, seat ventilation is a welcome feature. Four-way electric adjustable steering column helps light work find a comfortable driving position.
Navigating the mall parking lot is an event not an event when we go in to find a place. In confined spaces, the length of the SL can be clearly seen at 4905mm (40mm longer than the Mazda 6), however, the parking sensors and reversing camera have matched the available parking position easily enough. easy.
As a result of leaving all our Christmas shopping last weekend before the big man stuffed himself into the chimney, the Camry SL took over as a shopping mall duty again today before we came out. beach in the afternoon.
My SL comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 135kW of power and 235 Nm of torque drive to the front wheels. It’s worth noting that this engine, passed through unchanged from the previous generation, is paired with a six-speed automatic that is adjustable and can run on 91 octane ULP.
From a standing start, the front end grips firmly but not enough to set the racing pulse. Acceleration from mid-range feels a bit less mature and frustrating believing in the promise of the shiny quad tailpipes adorning the rear. That said, the acceleration is extremely smooth and gear changes are relatively seamless and intuitive.
The compliance ride around the parts is largely translated into stable handling when pushed around zigzag roads, with some noticeable points. This vehicle certainly has a preference for softer driving.
Driving aids like a head-up display are a welcome addition. Projecting information such as speed and navigation on the windshield, it minimizes the need to take your eyes off the road. Its settings can be customized via the touchscreen on the dashboard, which is useful for taller drivers who need to adjust the display angle.
Awarded five stars by ANCAP, the SL comes with a safety kit that includes seven airbags, automatic emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning and will begin to assist and monitor. Blind spot and traffic warning behind the offer.
A depressing shopping weekend ended with a trip to the beach in the afternoon. With 524 liters of boot space, there’s enough room for shopping, beach towels and a few small planks. The rear seats can be folded down (split 60/40) if you need more space.
The trip calculator sets the fuel consumption for the weekend at 9.5 liters / 100km, including a combination of traffic driving on weekends and before Christmas. A little higher than the 8.3L / 100km figure declared for the four-cylinder engine, but not by much.