I had the '05 Base Camry with a manual trans and got 240K from it.
The new version still has everything I need as a big-time highway commuter.
Comfort, quiet, power, reliable, good mpg.
I drive in the Mts. so prefer the manual trans and it's hard to find a stick in a mid-sized quiet sedan like the Camry.
This car is seen everywhere of course but that's why you want it - everyone knows how to fix it and parts always available.
Base model still has a couple quirks - no keyless entry and only one power plug.
Quiet but powerful engine that delivers 30 mpg in a super reliable and comfortable sedan under 20K.
Got mine for 18K at 0%.
EVERY car should have 2 power ports for charger and GPS (this base has only 1).
Could easily have keyless entry even in the base.
Lack of lots of cupholders is not a bid deal to me.
Installed SiriusXM would have been nice as well as alloy rims but the smaller tires on the base rims are more affordable. I bought a power splitter and keyless entry system from BestBuy - $200 total installed - and this car now has everything I wanted.
Yes, with automatic, you get two power outlets - only one with manual under the heater controls behind the door.
The 2 things I don't like about my '10 base manual 6 speed is the forward cup holder is not very usable around town, because the shifter hits most things you have in it.
The other negative thing is the shifter is too long - should be about 3 inches shorter.
I've used my S on the auto shift, and wondered what manual might have been like.
Definitely made the car more fun to drive on the back roads.
I saw a picture of the manual, and saw the cup holder difference.
That's a shame.
How is the transmission/clutch to drive?
Is it fun?
I imagine you'd get more power out of the engine that way.
Update- 8K miles now at good highway speeds and cannot get 30mpg.
Consistent 27ish is a bit worse than the 2005 version I had.
The gas light comes on with about 5/6 gallons left in the tank-
a bit early.
Overall, quiet comfortable highway cruiser but the newer bigger engine did affect the mpg more than expected.
Of course the manual trans is more fun but the 6th gear seems useless-only worth about 300 rpms on the highway. Still need to go back to 4th to accelerate up hills at all.
Will be interesting to see the 2012.
How is the transmission/clutch to drive? Is it fun? I imagine you'd get more power out of the engine that way.
To answer your question, it definitely makes the Camry more fun to drive vs. automatic, but I think that a manual tranny makes ANY car more fun.
Too bad most people seem to hate manuals, or they've never driven one.
For a midsize 4 cylinder car, it accelerates pretty quickly.
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