2012 Toyota Camry SE: Wobbly Knobs
January 17, 2012
The interior of the latest-generation Camry is a definite improvement over its predecessor. Soft-touch surfaces abound and the stitched and padded dash lend a slight upscale air. But the climate control knobs? They can use some help.
I noted in a previous post that I appreciated the big legible typeface on the infotainment pod, and I stand by that assessment, despite the fact that Magrath called me an old feeble man because of it. But the climate control knobs and buttons seem like they were plucked from an old parts bin.
The quality of the plastics on the silver knobs and buttons remind me of a child's toy. They lack a substantial feel and have a slight wobble when touched. The detents also have a plasticky feel. The black buttons are fine, and perhaps that's why I'm nitpicking the silver controls.
I've always been a proponent of the three-knob climate control layout, but the Camry's doesn't bother me that much. Then again, if our long-termer had automatic climate control, this wouldn't even be an issue. I normally just set it and forget it.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor