As some of you may know, my wife and I always rent a car to take trips or shuttle our visitors around when they come. She doesn't want people trashing her CTS and I don't want them in my GTO. For a few bucks one can rent from Enterprise any vehicle that meets the needs of the moment.
Usually, we won't accept an import, yet, a couple years ago our only choice was a Honda Accord or Ford F150. We took the Accord and since then I've been scratching my head as to why those sell so well. To me, the road noise was intolerable for long trips, and I didn't find anything particularly special about the four banger engine. But, whatever.
Friday, my wife picked up our granddaughter and for the occasion, she rented a 2013 Camry. EVERYTHING about this car feels CHEAP!!!!! Upon startup, the engine sounds like it's mad at somebody, very unrefined. Personally, I have a hard time distinguishing between a good fourbanger and a not-so-good fourbanger. They all sound the same to me at virtually any rpm. Compared to the Cruze we had just a few short weeks ago, this Camry sounded awful.
Looking at this UGLY blob in my driveway, again, I was scratching my head trying to objectively understand what drew people to such a POS. When this car first came out, I viewed it on the dealer's lot through the locked door window. I thought the interior LOOKED improved and was of high quality appearance wise. Boy was I wrong! If I ever applied the old adage about "looks are deceiving", this is where it's highly appropriate. There is more plastic in this car than any other car I've been in lately. Even the carpet is nothing more than a few fibers glued to some cardboard. Nothing feels, or looks robust.
I've only owned ONE Toyota in my life, and while that Supra wasn't what I thought was Toyota quality, this Camry rewrites the entire chapter in deception. Maybe you folks who only buy Toyotas should test drive some American iron and see what you're missing out on. There's stuff out there with worse reputations but better driving experiences. And, BETTER all around cars. I'm not trying to trash Toyota but they clearly know that they are surviving on their past reputation. However, they should be ashamed to sell this POS. As much as I hate the Hyundai Sonata, I'd choose it over this Camry.