• Jan 31st 2006 at 7:00AM
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Toyota has held the 2007 Camry’s first driving event for the press and the web reviews are starting to roll in. Mark our words, nearly every review of the redesigned Camry will mention the word “vanilla” and also conclude that the new sedan will retain its position in 2006 as the country’s best selling car. (Read the Inside Line review and Family Car.com review)

None of this comes as a shocker, but we did learn something new about the Camry Hybrid in particular that’s news to us. According to the review by FamilyCar.com, in CA, MA, NY, NJ, VT, ME, NH and RI the hybrid components in the Camry Hybrid will have a 15-year/150,000-mile warranty and its batteries will be covered for 10 years/150,000 miles. For the rest of the country these components get an 8-year/100,000 mile warranty.

Does this mean Hyundai doesn’t have the biggest warranty in the auto biz any longer? Probably not, as the standard bumper-to-bumper warranty follows the industry average for three years or 36,000 miles and the powertrain is covered for five years or 60,000 miles. Regardless, adding a warranty of that size to its hybrid components will most likely go a long way in helping Toyota dispel fears about the long-term reliability of its hybrid powertrains.

[pic provided by FamilyCar.com - thanks to nsx280ps for the tip!]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I do not need someone from Japan telling me I am Lazy & Stupid. No need for that.

      I just bought a 2007 Camry LE 2.4L 4 cylinder. It was NOT the car I was trying to order. I was trying to Order a Corolla LE. It was put on hold (again) and was taking over three months to even get started in production. This is where the American car makers have the edge. I can get a car in three weeks from "order".

      That being said I ended up getting a Camry. It is a nice well made car. It doesn't have all the options I wanted, but I was NOT going to wait until they decide to build it. The safty features are really what I was "sold" on. 7 air bags. So far the economy with the 4 cylinder seems ok...not Corolla ok...but, better then most in its class.

      As for American cars being Land Yachts? Not really true. My 2000 Park Avenue is still running strong. It still has a better ride then this brand new Camry and the Park is 6 years old. The reliability of a Buick is right up there. They are well engineered cars also. I will get at least 300K miles out of that. My 1994 Lesabre Limited is still going strong with over 200K on it.(I am saving it for my Daughter's first car) The 3.8L 6 cylinder engine in both my Buicks is from the early 1960's. One of the best engines I have ever owned. Just remember it was us Lazy & Stupid Americans that allowed many peoples of the world to have the Freedom to build cars in their countries today.

      The 2007 Camry is a decent looking car compared to the 2006. Handles well...decent power even with the 2.4L engine. I am looking forward to still be driving this car well after 200K miles are on it.

      • 9 Years Ago
      "3. Its a nice looking car, much better then the previous design. I think while some may call it "Vanilla" there are more "Vanilla" type cars out there like the "Uber Vanilla" Impala, having an anemic motor and ultra plain design."

      huh? How is the Impala motor anemic when the range is 211 - 303 hp while the new Camry is 158 - 268?
      New Camry isn't bad... but I can't believe they still have luggage crushers in the trunk!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Toyota, please make your wheel-wells bigger, been an issue with me since the early 90's.

      And to think, that in 2007, this will be the soul of Toyota's North American racing effort in NASCAR. And I thought the Taurus was a bad racing image for Ford; but this takes the cake.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yes Ted K, it IS the best. It has the best hardware support. It has the best applications support and it has the best gaming support. I have tried to move to linux contantly but I have always moved back to windows. I have watched my cousin watching distro upon distro of Linux just to watch his wireless device fail each time. I'm sorry, but Windows just makes everyone's like so much easier.
      • 9 Years Ago
      got any more pics?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Despite all the very subjective and diverse views expressed here about brand image, appearance and styling (mainly from amatuer auto correspondent wannabees)rest assured the professional at Toyota have got it right. Just watch this baby increase it's lead at the top of the best sellers list. Put money on it. Never forget, the consumer drives the market share figures.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This car looks far better in person. The snout is far more vertical than other cars due to I think new European pedestrian impact standards. Toyota has brought to market another winner.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "My father once told me when I was a little lad, that GM could put a Chevrolet bow-tie on a donkey's ass and Chevrolet dealers could sell it. Well, dad, that day is gone. Yeah, the Chevies are still donkey's asses - but people aren't buying any more. "

      Amazingly Chevy is the best selling nameplate in America.....the fastest growing Europe and nearly that in Asia. Because they aren't donkey's asses any more.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Some of you thoughtless Camry bashers forgot that people have to fit comfortably in a sedan. That usually means no racy roof-lines or other styling exaggerations that some loons assume is "kewel" or other callow description.
      Some of us want cars tall enough to enter and exit easily with high enough seats so we're not looking up at almost all other cars. And some of us want decent rear visibility, too.
      Sometimes, maybe most of the time, cars that are "vanilla" are easier to live with for many years.
      As vanilla as it is, vanilla ice cream is still the most popular for good reasons.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Grizzly - You have to remember the target audience.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Is it ugly? Too bad...you will have to see A LOT of it everywhere very soon. It is the best selling car in the US whether you like it or not. Should wonder why.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Target audience" = "people who care more about reliability than outlandish style".
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