Bought it in July '09 and coming up to 5,000 miles. Drives great, but will probably have the idle checked at 1st maint. & oil - idles a little rough occasionally when almost to a stop. The standard shift is fun to drive and everything I expected. Gas mileage is about 20 city/31 hwy. Added some upgrades; pin-striping, window tint, key fob and leather. Looks just like an LE and a stick-shift to boot ! Very roomy. Really like the "beefed-up" look of this generation. Was pleasantly surprised to see just how many amenities came with the base model. A lot of car for the money.
Stick shift ! Roomy interior and trunk. "Beefy" look.
Wish the base Camry came in a larger selection of colors. Cell phone port is difficult to access, especially while driving. Arc is off a tad - requiring more frequent front-end alignments and tire rotations. Glad I bought the Firestone lifetime alignments.
After driving Aud,s for the past 5 years and doing less driving decided on a less expensive CAR. I am quite happy with the XLE but do miss some of the toys on the Audi.But for half the price the Camry is an excellent value.
Over the past six weeks, drove to Florida and back. First car that doesn't aggravate my problem lower back, thanks to the power lumbar - great! Wife found the passenger seat to be very comfortable, even after 8 hours in the car on the first day with terrible weather in NY and Penn. She liked the cruise control, but would have preferred the buttons on the steering wheel like our Taurus had. I found the passenger seat could use power setup to get better sitting positions, although I had no trouble falling asleep. Probably because of the smooth and reasonably quiet ride. Came with Michelin Energy's which are fine, but noisy in turns.
Plenty of power, even though we were really loaded down both ways. Coming back (sunny), no prob going thru the big Penn hills on I-81. 6 speed really maximizes the available power. Excellent gas mileage. iPod connection really nice. Sunroof great in Florida. Car is a real pleasure to drive.
Offer fog lights as an option - I added aftermarket. Visibility poor when backing up (I am 5' 11"). Agree with others that transmission hunts and is rough in city traffic. Poor stereo system, speakers. Seating and carpet color too light. Memory seating. Cruise controls on steering wheel.
I purchased the SE model and enjoy it's spunk. What I don't like is the numb steering feedback and the feeling that the car is not solid in contact with the road. The driver seat feels like sitting on slats of metal giving it spring instead of cushion. It's caused back issues and hip issues to climb in and out. The transmission is not smooth at low speeds with a slack or jerk feeling on take-off and at slow speed. The transmission feels indecisive. The SE's special cloth is a nightmare to keep looking clean. Two recalls on this car make me "regret buying it" and recalls have already decreased the resale value. The stock Michelin tires seem to generate too much road noise.
The Camry is roomy and rides smoothly for the most part. The engine has plenty of power and is responsive. The SE suspension rides best when pushed on curvy roads. The SE looks great!
Road feel please! I like to know I'm in control of the car not floating on a marshmallow. Upgrade upholstery to more nonporous fabric or softer. Don't locate USB port in back of cubby where it can't be seen or accessed while driving. Smooth out the shift actuators in transmission.