Carpool Rescue - 2012 Toyota Camry Long-Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Camry Long Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Camry SE: Carpool Rescue

August 22, 2012

2012 Toyota Camry

Caller ID told me it was Vehicle Coordinator Rex Tokeshi-Torres ringing my desk phone even before I picked up.

"Can you check the box for a spare key for our long-term Mazda 3?" he asked.

I checked, and there wasn't one. But it's not unusual for us not to hold the spare to a car that's owned by the manufacturer. Often times they retain the primary spare in case we, uh, temporarily misplace our key.

Turns out, Erin Riches was stranded in Hollywood with the Mazda 3, sans key. (I'll let her tell you her story in a separate post).

So not wanting Erin to wait on the curb of Sunset Blvd. while we recovered another Mazda key from 45 miles south in Orange County, I grabbed the keys to the Toyota Camry, and drove the 7.5 miles to collect her.

Traffic was bad going across town, and Erin was a bit over-caffeinated by the time I reached her 35 minutes later. But at least she hadn't yet bought any I Heart Hollywood t-shirts or donned a Wonder Woman costume.

I dropped her off at home, and picked her up this morning before heading into the office to sort out the Mazda 3 biz.

Kinda nice having a carpool buddy for an otherwise mundane Camry commute.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 11,922 miles

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