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 purchased my 2006 Camry only because my wife was retiring and we wanted to upgrade to a new car because of plans to travel. I traded in a 2003 Camry, and I must confess that I almost cried parting with that wonderful automobile; in hindsight, it would more than likely still be running fine. All of the reviews on the 2006, however, made me feel that it was a good decision. I currently have 60,000 miles on the car. Nothing has gone wrong. I replaced both the front and rear disc brakes just a week ago- such an easy job, the braking system was so clean. Replaced the factory tires at about 48,000 miles. The fuel economy of this car is simply outstanding. Always obtain 34- 36 mpg on the highway.
Fuel economy and reliability.
There is a definite funny jerk in the transmission when driving at low speeds in certain decelerating circumstances.
This is a solid car that has a LOT of features. It's extremely reliable and is great on gas. It is pretty comfortable inside and can easily accommodate 4 people in the back seat. I just got the car 2 weeks ago, as my dad convinced me into it, and it was a lot better than I anticipated.
Radio/CD controls on the steering wheel. Lots of features inside. The wood grain interior makes it look classy. Nice rims too!
I wish these cars had some more power. I was used to driving a V-6, so I like a car with strong acceleration.
I reviewed 12 months ago when I first bought the car. I loved it then and now I'm going to miss it. Last week we were hit broadside into the passengar side. The floor of the car absorbed all the impact and the airbags deployed. We all are just fine like it never happened!! The car is totaled : ( oh my baby... and I'm sure we'll be buying another one like it... but where it's most important the safety is superb!!!
Notice my previous post listed a couple down. But number one favorite is the SAFETY!
I didn't like the AC/heating controls, it lacks excitement.