2012 Toyota Camry SE: Gone Soft
June 27, 2012
I have, I admit it. No amount of pharmaceutical is going to help. These days, I'm easily impressed with things like keyless access and the "smart key" feature on our Camry. Approach the car, thumb the door handle and voila - access. It's like practicing to be a Jedi. Such a simple, lazy feature and one that, once accustomed to it, you start looking for it on every car.
You find yourself getting indignant. Why doesn't this $15,000 Hyundai Accent have it? Why not this $11,000 Nissan Versa sedan?
But keyless entry's getting harder to miss these days, especially in the Camry's class. It's
standard included with the Convenience package on our SE. Standard across the new Altima range. Standard across most Kia Optimi. Standard on the Acura ILX but, oddly, not the Accord. With the Accord redesign around the corner, we figure this is a short-lived oversight.
Eventually, I will require that the car bring itself around to my door, extend the driver seat out on a rail, and convey me into its quiet cocoon. It's happening. In 2012, they'll unlock the door for you, but some won't let you do a burnout. That's how it starts. Rise of the machines and all that. See you on the human farm.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor