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Old 11-22-2006, 06:42 AM   #1
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MotorTrend: 2007 Car of the Year...

Toyota Camry



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http://www.motortrend.com/av/of_the_...7_toyota_camry

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DETROIT - The redesigned Toyota Camry, the hottest-selling car in America, is the winner of Motor Trend Magazine's 2007 Car of the Year award.

The award, announced Wednesday, went to all Camry variations, including the hybrid, because the car is innovative yet has a broad appeal, magazine Editor-in-Chief Angus MacKenzie said in a statement.

"The Camry is the one car rival automakers all wish they could build. It offers something for nearly everyone performance, efficiency and roominess at a price point most Americans can afford," MacKenzie said.

The Camry beat 26 other models that were totally new or redesigned in the year prior to Jan. 1, 2007, the magazine said.

Japanese automakers had 10 cars in the field, with six U.S. models, five from Korea, four from Germany, one from the United Kingdom and one from Sweden.

MacKenzie said the Camry won in a very strong field.

"There have never been more choices available to American car buyers. That is a fact of life in the 21st century," he said.

Through October, Toyota sold 350,481 Camrys this year to lead all cars in U.S. sales. The No. 2 car in sales is Toyota's Corolla at 330,995, according to Autodata Corp.

Staffers at the magazine evaluated the vehicles on their innovation in engineering, design, safety and technology; their performance and quality; and whether the vehicle delivers value to the consumer.

This is the first year the Camry has won the award.

Among competitors for Car of the Year were the Chrysler Sebring, Saturn Aura, Nissan Altima, Kia Rondo, Honda Fit, Mercedes-Benz S Class, Volvo C70 T5 and the Volkswagen Rabbit.

Last year's winner was the Honda Civic. Last month, the magazine named the Mercedes-Benz GL450 its sport utility vehicle of the year.













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Old 11-22-2006, 09:20 AM   #2
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That sure is a "strong" line of competitors
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Old 11-22-2006, 11:41 AM   #3
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That sure is a "strong" line of competitors
, yeah

what a blahmobile.
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Old 11-22-2006, 01:10 PM   #4
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This is why I cancelled my motortrend suscription years ago.

That and the "lets test it against the corvette" in every issue.
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Old 11-22-2006, 01:15 PM   #5
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I can't disagree with their choice. The Camry is a great car, comprable straight line performance with a WRX, reliable, and with excellent build quality.
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Old 11-22-2006, 01:23 PM   #6
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Wow, that interior is actually pretty nice
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Old 11-22-2006, 01:25 PM   #7
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comprable straight line performance with a WRX


On what planet does a Camry come close to WRX performance? It's a bland car built to purposely be blah and plain. They're boring to drive and Toyota just banks on the reputation (whether it's still true or not) to sell the vehicle.

Ignoring my obvious Subaru bias there are quite a few other vehicles out there that could be better choices. I think they're just happy they actually did SOMETHING to the design of that car.
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Old 11-22-2006, 01:40 PM   #8
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Whoa.. does the Camery really have that gawd-awful wood trim? Yeeech..
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Old 11-22-2006, 01:50 PM   #9
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On what planet does a Camry come close to WRX performance? It's a bland car built to purposely be blah and plain. They're boring to drive and Toyota just banks on the reputation (whether it's still true or not) to sell the vehicle.

Ignoring my obvious Subaru bias there are quite a few other vehicles out there that could be better choices. I think they're just happy they actually did SOMETHING to the design of that car.

0 to 60 in 6 seconds comes pretty close. Definitely better than an automatic WRX. I drove the 2 litre WRX and thought it was a joke. I got out of it thinking "you must have to launch this thing at 6000 rpms to get a sub 6 seconds zero to 60". Those 5.5 0 to 60 times on stock WRX's? Forget about it. Not going to happen unless you have a warhehouse of spare transmissions LOL.The Camry is a an awesome sleeper: You don't have to worry about people thinking you're a scrawny high school kid! Boring >Ugly

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Old 11-22-2006, 02:04 PM   #10
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If by sleeper you mean putting you asleep while driving I'd agree

.6 seconds 0-60 difference isn't really "close" That's like saying the WRX is close to the STi 0-60
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Old 11-22-2006, 02:34 PM   #11
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It isn't all just 0 to 60 times. It's about build quality, economy, versatility. Toyota did a nice job on this car. They will sell tons of them, just like Toyota does every year. For what it is, it's a great car.
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Old 11-22-2006, 02:46 PM   #12
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i used to have a camry and an avalon. yes they dont handle like a wrx, yes they arent as aggressive looking. but christ almighty, the cars never broke down, they were cheap to maintain, they did have very good acceleration (could smoke a auto-mustang), they pulled on many a integra and sentra se-r, got outstanding gas mileage, and was a smooth ride. toyota makes an excellent car, and by no means is it a wrx or sti, but for the general consumer, it is the best buy and everyone talking smack about it knows it.
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Old 11-22-2006, 02:54 PM   #13
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I'm not the one saying it's a WRX... nor do I think the WRX belongs in Car of the Year considering it hasn't been truly redone in quite some time. However the Camry is about average in everything and that doesn't scream "Car of the Year" in any way, shape or form. They just went with the car that sold the most and called it a day.
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Old 11-22-2006, 03:51 PM   #14
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On what planet does a Camry come close to WRX performance? It's a bland car built to purposely be blah and plain. They're boring to drive and Toyota just banks on the reputation (whether it's still true or not) to sell the vehicle.

Ignoring my obvious Subaru bias there are quite a few other vehicles out there that could be better choices. I think they're just happy they actually did SOMETHING to the design of that car.
I bet the camry traps the same in the 1/4. Take out the AWD launch and a V6 Camry will run door to door with a stock WRX.

Same for a V6 Accord...
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Old 11-22-2006, 03:54 PM   #15
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If by sleeper you mean putting you asleep while driving I'd agree

.6 seconds 0-60 difference isn't really "close" That's like saying the WRX is close to the STi 0-60
Forget about the god-damn standing starts already. That does NOT show acceleration.

They have almost identical acceleration, the WRX just cuts a quick 60' from teh launch.

Get out on the highway/stragiht away of a road course, and the WRX will NOT pull away from MANY MANY MANY V6 Family sedans.

STOP CONFUSING AN AWD LAUNCH WITH ACCELERATION.

Power/weight and acceleration is best indicated by a 1/4 trap speed, not a 0-whatever test.

Case in point....take a look at a 5-60 time for the two...

In a staright line, those cars are near equals. As with a V6 Camry/Maxima/Altima etc. etc. A 2.0l WRX vs. a V6 Accord...forget about it. The Honda is pulling away ALL day, even though it runs .8 seconds slow to 60 from a stading start.
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Old 11-22-2006, 04:35 PM   #16
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Last I checked the 2007 WRX was not a 2.0L. Please don't go comparing a 2002 vehicle with a 2007 vehicle. I still run v6performance.net and used to have a V6 accord..... I'd never go back to one either. Call me crazy but I enjoy torque. If you're going to compare two vehicles go drive an 07 WRX, then go drive an 07 Camry. Or better yet, go drive a Legacy GT and tell me the Camry has a better fit and finish
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Or better yet, go drive a Legacy GT and tell me the Camry has a better fit and finish
Amen... the Camry's interior is teh cheapness. If you're going to make comparisons... compare apples and apples. Legacy vs. Camry... 2007 vs. 2007. The Camry is not a bad car... and the styling is pretty nice.
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Old 11-22-2006, 05:06 PM   #18
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Case in point....take a look at a 5-60 time for the two....
while i agree that both cars are equal in a straight line, 5-60 times of turbo cars are never all that good compared to NA cars for obvious reasons..turbolag

low displacement cars with large turbos are especially vulnurable at these types of contests.
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Old 11-22-2006, 05:49 PM   #19
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cant wait to see the new accord
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Old 11-22-2006, 05:56 PM   #20
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lol... waiting for revised camry or accord is like watching grass grow
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Old 11-22-2006, 07:39 PM   #21
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It's not all about performance...especially in America where trucks and midsize family sedans rule. The Camry is an excellent car for it's intended market. If all I wanted was a reliable & comfortable daily driver...that'd be it.
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It's the boring man's car of the year.
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Old 11-22-2006, 08:01 PM   #23
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You're just as well off with a Hyundai Sonata or Kia Optima over the Camry. Hell the new Hyundai Azera is VERY nice for the money.
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Damn....i guess i shouldn't have posted stock pics of the car...

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And you guys make fun of the front of the 06+ imprezas
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