Excellent Preset Design - 2012 Toyota Camry Long-Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Camry Long Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Camry: Excellent Preset Design

January 27, 2012

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I know in this age of portable music devices, the radio is old-fashioned to some people. Great, good for some people. I like listening to the radio, both terrestial and satellite, and Camry makes it easy with the way it lays out presets.

This is totally a play on GM's Favorites system, which mixes and matches AM/FM/XM on several different lists of 6 presets. If there is a problem with GM system, is that the favorites button is often placed too far away from the preset buttons (see Volt), and I've always wished there was a redundant favorites button includedon the steering wheel.

Well, withToyota's new touchscreen layout, both issues are satisfied. The directional buttons on the steering wheel, as well as the touchscreen icons next to the preset list allow you to go through the favorites list. Toyota goes a step further by allowing you to go forward and backward through the favorites lists. GM only can go forward.

This is a great example of taking a really good idea and making it even better. Well done.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 3,005 miles

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