It looks like we agree!Originally posted by vanshmack+Jul 4 2004, 05:47 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (vanshmack @ Jul 4 2004, 05:47 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-AJR@Jul 3 2004, 09:58 PM
That is your opinion. Many people still buy Toyota and don't really care how boring it is to people. They like it. Not everybody cares about having a sports sedan or muscle car.
Boring does not enter into the equation for the typical Toyota buyer. They don't view cars as boring or exciting...only as transportation to get from point A to point B in relative comfort.
You are absolutely right, AJR, not everybody wants a sport sedan or a muscle car. Those are the people who buy Toyotas! [/b][/quote]
We agree, but I should have been more careful with the word boring. To me the Camry is boring, but somewhat attractive. The Malibu, on the other hand, is just boring. The drawings of the Malibu showed such promise, but the end result is a disappointment in the exterior styling to me. The interior does not inspire me either. What I think the Camry has going for it is its "quality" reputation, and its luxury like content. The cheap Camrys are cheap, but the upscale versions look like an affordable Lexus.
When I went to this year's St. Louis Auto Show, I got to sit in a Malibu and Camry. The solid grey interior on the Malibu just brought my whole day down. I could see that it was well put together, but the all grey, no matter how well put together, was so drab. I think it even had grey leather interior.
The Camrys I looked at differed. The base model Camry looked cheap and old. It had a grey interior, but wasn't all grey. The seats were cheap grey cloth and it seemed more like a car for rental company. Nothing to get excited about. The top model on the other hand was very nice - almost too nice for a family sedan. It had nice grey leather with wood trim and chrome accents. It even had an open sunroof that made the car seem more upscale and more open. The Malibu, I don't think, had that option. In any case, the Camry (and most Japanese cars) seem to have a more open ****pit than American cars.
That may sound boring to some, but I think there a lot more people are looking for a relaxing drive home than for a sports sedan. Maybe that explains the allure of the Camry. Our world is so fast, so demanding, that by the time we enter our car, we just want to turn the key and glide effortlessly home. Even though I have a Mustang Mach 1, I yearn for that relaxing, comfortable drive home sometimes where I do not need to one-up somebody.