Of course, the law enforcement officer did not stop for the revision of the first-aid kit and reconciliation of numbers. He, like many drivers and pedestrians, was interested in a car that had not yet been seen in Western Europe. And they won’t see …
THE PHILOSOPHY OF PLEASURE
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The sixth generation car was introduced in January 2006 in Detroit. Will be sold in Japan, USA, Russia, Kazakhstan, Israel and some countries of Eastern Europe.
Engines: gasoline 2.4 and 3.5 liters (167 and 277 hp). Will die in the USA "]
2006 Camry is in many ways not what it seems at first glance. Say, in the photo the car, especially in bright warm tones, looks a bit overweight, heavy. A living car looks elegant and elegant, although solidity and even a certain imposingness are present.
In design, I try to find motifs sung to Toyota stylists by other eminent models. Something seems to be reading … But to say that "Camry" repeats one of them - to frown. The car is recognizable and skillfully integrated into the current corporate style of Toyota. Buyers of solid, but relatively inexpensive sedans are people, as a rule, family, somewhat conservative. They are probably close to the motto "Camry": pleasure, but not sportiness. In an era when almost every second car - from city crumbs to tall off-road vehicles - is trying to be ranked among athletes, this recognition sounds surprisingly honest.
Yes, you should not expect a stunning acceleration from the 2.4-liter 167-horsepower engine. But he (again!) Is not at all as "malacholny" as you think about him. The car confidently behaves in a stream created by hot, not the most law-abiding Spanish drivers. Yes, and on mountain paths with steep climbs you do not feel impaired. Of course, the Camry with a 3.5-liter “six” power of 277 hp - quite another. It seems that he didn’t press the pedal too much, and the speedometer noticeably more than 120 km / h allowed in this section. Not the case for a solid business sedan: there were still not enough tires to whistle in turns!
AND STEERING AND CAPTAIN
Toyota swiftly swims the freeway. Yes, the bright interior, which visually seemed very spacious, is true.
I very rarely have the role of a passenger, the role of the driver is somehow closer. Having tested the back sofa in the parking lot, estimated the distance between it and the back of the front seat, involuntarily caught myself wanting to: who would ride! It really hurts here is spacious, cozy, comfortable.
Finding any button in Camry is no problem. But the finish, in my opinion, is controversial. Light techno-style plastic in a business sedan? Why not, but in the neighborhood with it, the inserts from the yellowish tree look foreign. True, many just like them. The radio-climate control unit, decorated with light green plastic, looks very strange: what car is it from?
Eclecticism makes you forget the behavior of the machine. It is not only convenient, but also very quiet. The engine reminds of itself only at the time of sharp acceleration in kick-down mode. Even at 140 km / h, the aerodynamic noise is not louder than the muffled purr of the radio. So everyone would swim and swim there, beyond the horizon. But how will this ship behave in an aggressive element?
LEFT STEERING, RIGHT STEERING
Again, Toyota did not live up to expectations! And again … it turned out to be better. It is no secret that the main export market for Camry is the United States. Therefore, I assumed that the car would be comfortable, but it would begin to swing on bumps and show a roll in sharp turns. Nothing like this! This cruiser waves nothing. By reconfiguring the suspension for Russia and Eastern Europe, the engineers achieved a very successful compromise: roughnesses, grooves are almost imperceptible, but there is no tedious buildup.
In addition, the ship is very obedient to the helm. On narrow mountain serpentines, where due to turns, sometimes catching oncoming traffic, expansive southerners fly out (sometimes by three tons by truck!), The car praised more than once. He clearly, without making him nervous and fussing, keeps the trajectory between the center line and the narrow roadside.
I also liked the brakes, which you do not need to get used to - the reaction to the pedal is exactly what you expect.
Summing up my impressions, I came up with a paradoxical formula: I could not fall in love with Camry, but living with her is easy and comfortable.
IN OUR HARBOR
Toyota Camry, like the previous model, will not be delivered to Western Europe. The first market for the company is North American, followed by Russia with a big lag.
The basic version with a 2.4-liter engine and a manual gearbox will be sold for $ 30, 900. The most expensive car with a 277-horsepower engine, a six-speed automatic, cruise control, parking sensors and other amenities will cost $ 43, 200. I recall that from December 2007 they plan to release Camry near St. Petersburg, in Shushary.
A large, comfortable ship has already docked in Russia - sales of cars assembled in Japan began in April.
Toyota Camry - A COMPLETE, LOCAL, RICH-EQUIPPED VEHICLE FOR REASONABLE MONEY.
+ Spacious interior, good handling, a good "compromise" suspension.
- Eclectic, "not to the rank" interior decoration.
|FOR THE SAME MONEY Nissan Maxima $ 29, 400–39, 000
In a car with motors with 140 and 200 hp. Russia has a good reputation: spacious, unpretentious, reliable. Alas, this model has not been updated for a very long time - now it looks a little boring. ZR, 2004, No. 12 Kia Opirus $ 29, 900–38, 000
The philosophy of the model is rich equipment for little money. However, the engine is only one, 198-horsepower. The design is at least controversial. ZR, 2005, No. 2