Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Toyota Camry Xli (Part 2)

Transmission: the five-speed automatic gearbox functions quickly, but it’s slightly obsolete. It’s the same as on the Avesis 2.4, although they are different in appearance: the gearbox on Avensis 2.4 has a manual mode, the one on the Camry 2.4 only D-4-3-2-1. But the same algorithm in operating system returns us to good 80’s:  If you have selected "3", the automatic transmission will look for the most suitable speed only among "1", "2" and "3". It looks like that the reliability of old gearboxes is of more importance for Toyota than the convenience of new ones. But on the other hand, Camry’s gearbox has a protection against “the fool”: on the Avensis, a premature downshift can lead to breakage. The Camry’s automatic transmission will really change, for instance, the downshifting “2” selected by you, only after accelerating the car to the maximum permissible speed for “2”.

 Just for your info:  the fuel consumption of the Camry 2.4 with automatic transmission is more by two liters than that of with manual transmission.
Ride performance: the engine is modified. Formerly, it was able to produce 163 hp at 5800 rpm, now, 167 hp at 6000rpm, which is enough to move the car easily. I really liked the logic of cruise control. The foot-throttle is absolutely needless on highways. By means of a switch under the steering wheel you can easily control the speed. By the way, the cruise control remembers the speed even after braking the car and can come back to it. The suspension is soft. The car drifts and sways on curves. But as you remember, I’ve already mentioned that this car is not for a fast drive. The Camry is created to carry you through all the bumps with comfort and in a relaxed atmosphere, although a friend of mine, having driven the Camry, complaint about stiffness.
Nothing to do-riding styles and preferences are different as well as people.

Engine
Petrol powered                   2.4 Litres
Power:                               167 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque:                              224 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm  (230 N·m)
Max. speed:                       210km/h

Fuel efficiency
City                                       11.6 l/100km
Highway                                6.7 l/100km
Autonomy                             750 km

Transmission:                      5-speed automatic 
Drivetrain:                           FWD

Dimensions
Length:                                       4815 mm
Width:                                        1820 mm
Height:                                       1,470 mm
Wheelbase:                                2,775 mm
Front track:                                1,585 mm
Rear track:                                 1,575 mm
Weight                                       1,441 kg

Capacities
Fuel tank:                                     64 L
Trunk:                                          436 L