Toyota Camry Interior
Reviewers find the reworked interior of the 2007 Toyota Camry simple, spacious, and comfortable. "The new Camry's cabin isn't revolutionary," asserts Automobile Magazine, "but it's well-crafted, comfortable, intelligently designed, and chock-full of useful storage bins."
Kelley Blue Book explains, "The new Camry's interior is more modern and stylish than before. The cowl (windshield base) is pushed forward, the two-tier instrument panel is lowered, the seatbacks are slimmed down and the front-seat adjustment travel is increased for added spaciousness." A longer wheelbase provides "benefits in terms of interior space" for five passengers, claims Edmunds. The states, "The interior is a work of swank modernity."
Most reviewers find the seating comfortable and supportive. Finding "plenty of room in the generally upscale interior," one MSN reviewer reports, "I immediately noticed how much quieter this new Camry is compared with its predecessors and how much better the new seats feel." Consumer Guide finds that the Camry provides "ample leg and knee space even for six-footers riding in tandem." However, the Camry's cabin is not necessarily more spacious than those of other cars in its class. New Car Test Drive notes, "Tempering the feel of roominess in the new Camry are direct comparisons with the competition. Today's midsize sedans are roomy vehicles."
In the front, combining a telescoping steering wheel "with a driver's seat that now goes farther back than ever before means nearly anyone can get comfortable," according to Automotive.com. The writes, "The new Camry has redesigned front seats with more fore-aft adjustment for taller occupants, and a more forward cowl enhances the sense of openness and room." Consumer Guide praises the "fine leg room on well-shaped, comfortably padded seats," and finds "good head room for all except the very tall." Voicing a pair of minor complaints, BusinessWeek says, "Taller folks will likely find the lower seat cushions just too short, and the backrests are noticeable devoid of mid-back support."
"The Camry easily holds four people," notes the New Car Test Drive, they will "enjoy a luxury heretofore unheard of in the class: reclining seatbacks.", "but I wouldn't want to be the fifth, squeezed in the back seat for more than an hour or so." The adds, "The rear seat is roomy for two adults, adequate for three." According to , "The rear seat provides generous leg and knee space, as good as some supposedly bigger cars. And the seat itself is comfortable." Rear passengers "will find no individual reading lights and no vents," the points out. However, in an XLE, adds
"As far as features, even the base-level 2007 Camry comes nicely equipped," says Edmunds. These features include air-conditioning, cruise control, a six-way adjustable driver's seat, power windows and mirrors, and a six-speaker stereo setup with a CD player and MP3 compatibility. Moving up, the LE adds features such as keyless entry and an eight-way adjustable driver's seat, while the XLE gets a four-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel, an upgraded stereo system, wood-grain trim, reclining rear seats, and other goodies. The instrumentation in the SE "differs from that in the rest of the Camry range," notes Car and Driver, "utilizing Toyota's so-called Optitron display technology with white-face gauges and black numerals."
Stereo and Entertainment
Reviewers are pleased that, as BusinessWeek points out, "all Camrys now get MP3 compatibility and digital sound processing, along with the Auto Sound Levelizer, plus standard auxiliary input jacks for portable audio." That said, many reviewers voice complaints about the system itself. "Turn the radio dial and you expect to hear something change, not a few seconds of silence before the next station comes on," gripes A Car Place. "Accomplishing simple tasks such as changing bass and treble was unnecessarily hard and involved a lot of distraction from the road and reading of the screen."
An option JBL premium stereo adds satellite radio, a six-disc CD player, more speakers, and more power. Automotive.com finds, "It sounds perfectly punchy when playing any digital source (CDs, MP3s) but the benefits to FM aren't especially clear; even less clear is why any sane individual would shell out the $1,000 Toyota's asking."
The A Car Place, agree: "The navigation system/stereo on our vehicle desperately needed a usability expert's time, and quite a bit of it. Though the screen is very attractive, with shadowing for detail, it proved to be rather hard to accomplish many simple tasks, and the tendency of the unit to respond with slowness did not help." Other reviewers like the system. New Car Test Drive, for example, writes, "A welcome touch is separate on/off switches for the audio and navigation system. This is a departure from most other systems today, which have a single on/off switch, meaning if you want the nav system but no audio, you have to crank the volume all the way down."suggests that the optional navigation system "complicates some audio functions." Some reviewers, such as
Reviewers are divided on the Camry's cargo space. On the one hand, the Camry has "plenty of cubbies and compartments," which "serve to hold CDs, cell phones and garage cards," as noted by Edmunds. And, as MSN points out, the "cargo area can be made more spacious in Camrys with 60/40 fold-down rear seatbacks." Other reviewers note changes that they believe are for the worse. Cars.com does the math, finding, "By the numbers, cargo and towing are what took a hit in the 2007 redesign. The trunk volume has decreased from 16.7 cubic feet to a maximum of 15 cubic feet in the CE and LE. The higher trim levels measure 14.5 cubic feet. Ultimately, shoppers must make their own decisions, but I think it's a major step backward to replace folding backseats in the SE and XLE with small pass-thru openings."
New Car Test Drive complains, "Despite a fully finished trunk, there are no pull downs inside to spare fingers the grime and grit that can accumulate on auto bodies in winter." Noting some other signs of "cost-cutting" in the trunk, About.com reports, "Grocery hooks are jammed into a corner, where they are almost useless, and the pass-through area when the seats are folded down is tiny."