Toyota Camry Interior
Most call the 2008 Camry's interior airy and modern and it receives one of the highest interior scores of its class. But just as our scores reflect, a handful of reviewers say the Camry's cabin still slightly trails the Accord's, especially in passenger room.
- "The Camry's interior is more modern and stylish than in past versions." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The cockpit is easily the best of any Camry yet." -- Orlando Sentinel
- "The interior is a work of swank modernity." -- Washington Post
- "Overall, it's hard to find any faults in the Camry's interior, but it's also hard to find anything that really stands out as something we like." -- Left Lane News
- "The Camry's cabin possesses an airier feel, giving the impression of even more space inside than there is." -- Road and Track
Generally reviews note the 2008 Camry's seats don't have adequate support.
- "Combining that steering wheel -- which finally telescopes -- with a driver's seat that now goes farther back than ever before means nearly anyone can get comfortable." -- Automotive.com
- "The Camry's driving position is good but we found the seats to be uncomfortable due to a large lumbar support that didn't have any kind of adjustment." -- Left Lane News
Though the Camry now has a more spacious cabin following its 2007 redesign, many say it still doesn't offer enough rear seat room.
- "The already ample rear-seat legroom is up by half an inch in the new model." --Newsday
- "Taller folks will likely find the lower seat cushions just too short, and the backrests are noticeably devoid of mid-back support." --
- "The Camry easily holds four people, but I wouldn't want to be the fifth, squeezed in the back seat for more than an hour or so." -- San Francisco Chronicle
Experts say the 2008 Toyota Camry provides plenty of practical standard features, regardless of trim. But several note the backlighting on the Camry's redesigned dashboard is hard to read in certain light.
- "As far as features go, the list is long and complete. Even the base CE comes equipped with a decent array of standard goodies." -- Automobile.com
- "It's no secret that the Camry is aimed at 50-something baby boomers. Just look at its center stack. The radio buttons are large, round, and exactly where they were in the '60s -- on/off control on the left, volume control on the right. Want to switch modes? The AM button is three inches long. The three rotary HVAC controls are even larger and equally intuitive and can be adjusted while you're wearing gloves." -- Car and Driver
- KBB lists the XLE trim's Plasmacluster Ionizer HVAC system as one of its favorite features for the 2008 Camry: "According to Toyota the dual-zone automatic climate system standard on the XLE and Hybrid reduces airborne odors, mold spores, microbes, fungi, germs and bacteria inside the cabin by creating positive and negative ions that seek out and surround them." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The standard upholstery is one of few Camry features that feel dated. It screams polyester, like hotel furniture. Very modern digital electronics offer the latest features, and audio controls on the steering wheel are standard. Other controls are within easy reach, with minimal clutter." -- U.S. News
Stereo and Entertainment
The 2008 Toyota Camry has a comprehensive list of standard audio features, as well as optional equipment like the JBL premium stereo that's standard on the high-end XLE trim. But many reviewers find the setup difficult to operate or enjoy.
- "All audio systems have MP3 and WMA playback capability, digital sound processors, and an auxiliary input for iPod and other portable audio devices. Bluetooth and GPS navigation are available as options." -- CNET
- "All Camrys now get MP3 compatibility and digital sound processing, along with the Auto Sound Levelizer, plus standard auxiliary input jacks for portable audio." --
- "This Camry was armed with the JBL Premium Audio system, which adds XM or Sirius radio, 6-disc CD capacity, increases speaker count to eight…and watts to 440. 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." --
- When operating the stereo along with the navigation system, A Car Place reports, "Turn the radio dial and you expect to hear something change, not a few seconds of silence before the next station comes on. 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."--
Reviews say the Camry's optional navigation system looks good, but majority find it unintuitive. The most frequent complaint is that is complicates audio functions and is hard to program.
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- "The nav system was easy to program and understand." -- Newsday
- In contrast, Consumer Guide's team report, "The navigation system is easy to program, but it absorbs and complicates some audio functions." -- Consumer Guide
- NCTD weighs both positives and negatives. "The pastel blue-green lighting around the optional navigation system reminds us of Miami Beach, and we love the separate on/off switches for the audio and navigation systems. The dual switches are a departure from most other vehicles today, which have a single on/off switch. So if you want the nav but no audio, you have to crank the volume all the way down, and still run the risk of picking up interference." -- New Car Test Drive
- "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." --
Instead of focusing on the 14.5 cubic feet of available cargo space inside the 2008 Toyota Camry and how that relates to the sedan's peers, most auto experts give a favorable report of the usefulness of the interior stowage areas.
- "Trunk space is adequate. Compared to the competition, Camry's maximum trunk space of 15 cubic feet trails all but the Accord." -- New Car Test Drive
- "The trunk shows signs of cost-cutting, though; 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." -- About.com
- Marketwatch's reviewer especially praises the Camry's center console in a 2007 review. "Just as it meets the dash, there's a deep bin that was just the right size for stashing several CDs without them rattling around. Move down the console, and there's a covered cupholder bin, followed by a bigger bin that easily handled larger bottles." -- MarketWatch
- "There's a nice selection of cubbies and compartments to collect whatever personal effects that may be accompanying you." -- Edmunds
- "Storage cubbies are plentiful and there are two 12-volt outlets in the console." -- Kelley Blue Book