2003 Toyota Camry Consumer Review: Good car, but overrated

2003 Toyota Camry - Consumer Review

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XLE Sedan (2.4L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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Good car, but overrated
By dsensing on


2003 Toyota Camry XLE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


This is an incredibly well-built car that does most everything competently but nothing really well. Mine's a tricked-out XLE (4-cyl) with leather, roof, JBL system, heated seats, etc. I have nothing to complain at 60K miles, but can't really brag about it, either. Fact is, this car is dull as dishwater. The I-4 is a slug. The JBL sound system barely qualifies as "premium." I don't feel any connection to the road through the steering, which is over-assisted and much too light at all speeds. Build quality is outstanding, as is reliability. Good back seat room and seats are 7.5 on the 10 scale for comfort (our Volvo V70 is the 10). But the Camry is dull, dull, dull.

Best Features

Nothing favorite. Nothing stands out. I will say the leather has held up extremely well. I guess Toyota quality and reliability would be favorites.

Worst Features

Man, build a car with some soul and that makes you want to drive it the next day! Also, fuel economy is not very good.
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