The 2.4L Camry is a mid-sized car which feels like a mid-sized car inside, parks like a mid-size car outside, and sips gas like a compact... and drives with the slushy feel, vague steering, handling, and turning circle of a much larger car.
The driver's seat is extremely uncomfortable.
Some of the interior luxury features like heated seats are nice. The mpg computer over-states the gas mileage by a bit, but it still does very well for such a large car.
Reliability is where it all falls down. All 2006s are out of warranty now and repairs are very expensive. If you want a used 2006 be sure to get the V-6 which reportedly doesn't have the problems the 2.4L does.
Better than expected gas mileage
Better driver's seat.
Toyota should offer some extended repair program on this car.
After 8 years, we're planning to sell ours for parts. The 2.4 appears to have a major design flaw which causes complete engine failure in many of these cars. Some think it's a myth, you won't if it happens to you. Toyota seems to feel that if it is out of warranty it's not their fault. Fair enough, but don't buy one thinking it has a lot of life left in it. $7500 repair on a $6500 car means it is totaled. Toyota dealers are very poor too, slow, arrogant, and deny problems exist.
Before buying one of these, be sure to google "Toyota 2.4 Head Bolts"
I'll never own another Toyota.
I've had this car for several years now, i bought it toyota certified used with 50,000 miles on it. it's a great car.
very comfortable, reliable, not one problem with it and I have 100,000 miles on it now. just had to do oil changes and new tires.
The handling performance on this car is not great. that's why i call it my grandma car. It's the 1st sedan i've owned, i've always owned smaller cars or sports cars. if you want to drive like an old lady then you'll love it. If you drive like a crazy person with a lead foot, don't buy it.
We got this car in late 2006 just as the new 2007s were coming off and got about $3500-$4000 of the sticker price so I'd say it was a pretty good deal! The Performance is pretty good; however, it does occasionally take a second for the car to start accelerating after you push the gas causing the car to lurch but it doesn't really happen enough to be a real problem. I also did notice when I was driving the car through a turn and I pushed the gas the car downshifted when it really shouldn't have and the rpm's shot up like 1500-2000 but I probably just caught it in an awkward spot. The ride is pretty soft which I personally like (although it's not as soft as a Buick or something) and is very
comfortable on the highway.
ALSO the steering is VERY light.
If you don't want that I'd try the se model or a whole different car.
The interior is very nice.
It has a lot of soft touch materials and the only problem I've had is a tiny part of the ceiling coming detached on the border of the back window.
The inside is Plain, big, and bland but the quality of it is pretty much unbeatable.
The exterior styling is what my mom calls "an old mans car" and I kind of have to agree but nothing has fallen off yet and the only problems have been some tiny rust spots on the front end (The car is mostly driven on the highway and rocks chip the paint leaving the bare metal showing which rusts easily
I know almost nobody else would want this but I wish my camry came with a standard cassette and cd player instead of just the cd player but oh well.
Also I would suggest fixing the accelerating response thing (if they have not already)
Also I forgot to mention that the car gets very good gas mileage for its size.
We can get combined of around 30 mpg.
I know that our cars sticker says 34 mpg for highway and Im pretty sure the city was 24 or 26 or something like that.
Overall I would definitely recommend this car.
It's my first car that was handed down from my dad who just got a new Honda Fit and so far nothing bad has really happened to the car.
Great first car and great family car too.