"I "traded down""4.5 starson by mlieber1
Pros: Good looking, lots of tech toys, mileage
Cons: Occasional rattle
Summary: I had a hard time going for a Camry. What a stodgy car. Something you buy your kid used for their first car, and they wish they had something better. The new body styling changes a lot of that. OK, I'm a car snob. My last car, a Q45. Done the Jaguar already, yep Beemer, too. Hard to go to the Camry. I was seriously considering buying an M35 (the 35 instead of the 45 for the mileage).
Then I decided that I don't want my son to get drafted to fight for oil for my gas guzzler. The Camry was perfect. I paid list after waiting about 10 days. Got it loaded: leather, moonroof, NAV, yep, even seat heaters. I fell in love with it on the way home from the dealer. It drives well, the tech toys are great, it looks good. Even the hybrid is a new tow to play with. On my first tank I've done over 34 mpg. Good enough acceleration (okay not in the league of the M35). This car is fabulous. What is it missing? Coming from the Q45 I miss the burl finishes, leather wheel, extra vibration dampening. The stereo sound seems to leave something to be desired. Occasionally I have heard some squeaks that I can't identify, but some may be the garbage I've already strewn around the cabin. After driving the Camry for 3 days, I drove my Q again since I still own it. I like the Camry better! You will be happy with this car.Updated
My second tank is averaging 38 mpg, 100% better than the Q. The hybrid system is fun to play with and I love all the gadgets. I am really glad I bought this instead of the M35.Updated
So far so good. Over 11000 miles. 2 $40 maintenance stops at the dealer. Only repair was blown fuse ($11 but covered by warranty). Waiting for my $2600 income tax rebate! The unexpected pleasure is the long time between fill ups--usually 500 miles. You can tell the difference. When I pass an M35 I don't regret the decision.