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2017 Toyota Camry Versus the 2017 Hyundai Sonata

March 14, 2017 lacarguy Toyota Santa Monica Tags: , , ,

Family cars are one of the most popular ways to get around these days if you’re not in a crossover, and mid-sized sedans are the most common way to do it. Among these sedans, the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata are two major contenders that people are always comparing to one another. To help out all those families trying to pick between these two vehicles, we’ll take some time to consider the different features and what each has to offer overall.

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Power

Power doesn’t matter to many drivers that are just looking for a car to get them to work and back, but it’s an important consideration for some. This is an area that both vehicles are very close in at the base level. They both offer about 178 HP at base, but the Sonata incorporates direct injection into the system, making it more powerful and responsive. If you don’t mind spending extra for a more powerful vehicle, the 2017 Camry can be found with power levels as high as 268 HP, while the Sonata only goes to 245, making the Camry the clear higher range winner when it comes to power.

Fuel Efficiency

When you’re commuting regularly or you have many driving demands, it’s important for your vehicle to be fuel efficient. The best bet overall between the two vehicles when efficiency is important to you is the hybrid Camry that offers up to 38 MPG. If you don’t want to deal with a hybrid vehicle though, the Sonata is slightly more efficient than the base Camry, offering about 36 MPG highway and 28 MPG in the city.

Handling

One of the biggest factors that people consider when deciding on a new car is how it feels while turning. The steering wheel should be responsive while offering plenty of road feel at the same time. This is exactly what the Camry has to offer, which is one of the reasons that many people prefer it to the Sonata. The Hyundai Sonata comes with a soft steering wheel that isn’t as responsive and doesn’t offer the same level of road feel as the Camry. This creates a less satisfying driving experience.

Reliability

A good reliable car is a joy to drive around and more affordable to own as well. Toyota vehicles are known for their reliability and can be counted on in most instances. Sonatas are known as good quality vehicles as well, but don’t have the same reputation for reliability as the Camry, this means it will likely cost a bit more to maintain over time.

Resale Value

After considering the features of a vehicle, it’s also important to think of the economics of owning one. While the Camry and Sonata are priced similarly, the Camry becomes considerably more affordable when you factor in resale value most of the time. That’s because the Camry holds its value longer than the Sonata does in most tests. If you plan on selling your car later on down the road, you will most likely get more for your money if you decide on the Camry.

There’s a lot to consider for both the Camry and the Sonata. If you care most about drive feel, efficiency, resale value and upper power levels, the Camry is likely the best option for you. If you’re more interested in base power or base fuel efficiency, the Sonata has a lot to offer.

Toyota Redesigns the 2018 Camry

January 10, 2017 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , ,

The Toyota Camry has long been the best-selling vehicle in America, but it’s beginning to lose a bit of market share. Sure it’s still going strong, and it’s only second to a few pickup trucks, but Toyota doesn’t like to see numbers dipping down, which is why the automaker went for a dramatic redesign of the product.

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Dimension Changes

The 2018 Toyota Camry has a set of readjusted dimensions that give it a sportier look. Toyota dropped the hood 1.6 inches lower to the ground. The automaker also increased the wheelbase by two inches, creating more interior space, while dropping the roof down a full inch, to give the interior a more streamlined look.

The dimensional changes are meant to create the sleek appearance of a sports car. It’s important to create this differentiation from crossovers and SUVs so that the Camry will appeal to all those drivers out there that don’t want a big and bulky vehicle.

New Powertrain Options

On top of the sleeker and longer looks, Toyota is adding in some additional powertrain options to the 2018 Camry as well. There are going to be three new options for buyers to pick and choose from. The first is a 6-cylinder 3.5 liter engine. The second is a four-cylinder 2.5 liter engine and the final is a hybrid engine. The gasoline options are paired with a nice smooth eight-speed automatic transmission that Toyota fans will really enjoy.

Top Level Fuel Economy

The 2018 Camry is supposed to offer top-level fuel economy, but Toyota doesn’t say how it plans to accomplish that goal. Instead the automaker simply promises to lead the way when it comes to fuel economy, which means you should expect figures in the high 30’s or low 40’s when the 2018 model is released.

Top Safety

Just like with most other new Toyota vehicles, the 2018 Camry is going to come with excellent safety features as standard. It will come with 10 air bags, a lane-departure system, auto headlights that switch between high and low, adaptive cruise control and a steering assist system that works with the lane departure to keep the vehicle within the lines.

Overall the newest Camry comes with plenty of welcome enhancements, but it’s tough to say whether they will be enough to prevent the loss of market share or not.

LAcarGUY Exclusive!! 8th Generation Camry To Debut At 2017 Detroit Auto Show

December 1, 2016 lacarguy Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: ,

A few hours ago Toyota Group Vice President Bill Fay announced at an industry lunch that Toyota would debut the all new 8th generation Toyota Camry at the North American International (Detroit) Auto Show on January 9th.

Toyota released this teaser image and we can’t wait to see it in person!  Yes, that’s correct, we will be on the floor of the show in January and will bring exclusive photos to our blog and to our Social Media channels, so make sure you have liked and followed us on Facebook and Twitter!

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This Used Camry is Selling for 160,000

June 3, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , ,

If you thought brand-new Camry’s were a good deal in the low 20,000 range, you’ll really love the $160,000 price tag on this special edition 2010 Camry. Wait, what?

That’s right, there’s a Toyota Camry that’s 6 years old and that’s selling for around the same price as a brand new Porsche 911 Turbo. It’s hard to imagine a Camry that would be worth the kind of money that a 911 Turbo is worth brand new, let alone a used model that’s been around for the past six years, but one does exist, and it’s a pretty impressive ride.

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The 160,000 Toyota Camry

Like the 6 Million Dollar Man, there’s more to the $160K Toyota Camry than meets the eye. For starters it’s fitted with a NASCAR V8 engine that will allow the car to perform in a very non-Camry way. It comes with 680 HP all straight to the rear wheels and it was built from scratch from the ground up. Just imagine how fast this performance-focused Camry travels down the road. You’ll be able to blaze past those sports cars with ease, and blitz around a track with childish delight.

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This RK Motors SEMA Special

The car was built from scratch starting from a Toyota Solara shell and working its way up to a very nice looking body. The car was first spotted by Autoweek on Ebay, listed with a buy-it-now price of $159,900, and it’s hard not to imagine picking up this seemingly spruced up Camry and using it to scare the heck out of anyone out on the road alongside you. Imagine blasting off ahead of a sports car in this powerful Camry. Sure it’s hard to imagine ever spending that much money on a Camry, but one outfitted with such a cool custom setup certainly warrants consideration.

The project was built with such skill that this ground-up car looks like it went straight through a Toyota factory. Besides for the body enhancements and the improved wheels, the car will blend in nicely out on the road. That just makes it that much cooler to drive around, and really adds to the overall appeal of the vehicle.  If you’re a Toyota fan and interested in this one-of-a-kind construction, check out Ebay, it’s possible that it’s still listed up for sale. A car this rare and unique will likely take some time to sell off, but I’m sure the new owner is going to be awfully happy when he climbs behind the wheel for the first time.

Camry Rumored to Get Turbocharger Engine

July 27, 2015 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , ,

With one of the most fuel efficient lineups in the United States currently, Toyota doesn’t have anything to prove to the public about efficiency. That doesn’t stop the company from continuing to improve on what it’s already done, and that is precisely why the 2016 Toyota Camry is expected to receive a four-cylinder turbocharged engine. While most people think of turbo engines as a way to produce more power and go faster, for Toyota, it’s actually a way to continue going the same speed while doing so more efficiently.

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Upsizing Fuel Efficiency

The 2015 Camry floats between 25 and 28 MPG combined depending on the engine size and trim level that you get. These models are capable of getting between 31 and 35 MPG in highway driving conditions. While these figures don’t stand up to hybrid tech, and they won’t be trumping some of the new compact diesels out on the market, they are impressive in the mid-sized sedan segment. In-fact, they are some of the best efficiency figures that you can get.

Even with those figures behind the vehicle, Toyota is likely to switch over to four-cylinder engines that rely on a turbo for the added power necessary. This enables the automaker to shrink down the naturally aspirated engine used, and rely on a more efficient version instead. The change will likely improve fuel efficiency figures noticeably and make the Camry an even more desirable option for families looking to shave fuel costs further.

Turbos are Part of Toyota’s Heritage

Toyota seems to be naturally drawn to turbochargers as a company. Many people have already forgotten about the Supra and MR2 projects that Toyota worked on back in the day. They were up against some real automotive giants at the time, and went with turbocharger technology that many people didn’t think made sense at the time. Turbo charging its lineup can only help extend that heritage, while making every Toyota even more competitive and desirable.

Preparing for the Future

Even though Toyota is leading the market for fuel efficiency, later restrictions by the EPA will require automakers to improve the fuel efficiency levels of their entire lineup noticeably. Working to make the improvements now rather than later makes a lot of sense for an auto giant like Toyota, and that could be part of the reason they seem to be tirelessly working toward more efficient vehicles.

The Toyota Camry is about to get even more fuel efficient, and that’s good news for any Toyota fan looking for a reason to upgrade. It’s bound to have a whole slew of improvements, but a turbocharged engine that runs more efficiently would be one of the best reasons to make the upgrade.

The Toyota Camry is the Most American Vehicle Out on the Road

July 7, 2015 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , ,

For years people interested in getting an American vehicle would pick out a Ford or a Chevy. These models are known for being made in America and even if they aren’t produced in America their profits are going back into the country right? Well now it seems that an even more American choice than a Ford F150 would be a Toyota Camry. Blasphemy! You say. I know, it seems crazy to make such a statement, especially to American car lovers, but I have some legitimate reasons behind what I say and they might even persuade you that the Camry makes a lot of sense.

Kyle Busch Toyota Camry America Car
Kyle Busch Toyota Camry America Car

It’s the Most American According to Cars.com

Cars.com has what’s called the American-Made Index. This simple testing criteria considers where the vehicles are built, where their total sales are and whether the parts are produced domestically or abroad. Surprisingly the Ford F150 doesn’t even make the list at all, and Toyota took the top two spots. The Toyota Camry sits at spot number one and the Sienna at number two. Each of these vehicles are built in America and they rely on more domestic parts than most of the competition.

Offering American Jobs

Not only are the vehicles made in America, but Toyota is providing a great number of American jobs through the vehicle production here as well. These are jobs that could be made available to Japanese or Mexican citizens, but jobs that we have here because of decisions that Toyota made. That’s not something that you can say for many of the other automakers out there today looking to cut costs as much as you can.

While Toyota didn’t start off in American and the main headquarters is still in Japan, it would be hard to argue against the vehicle being a highly American brand. More Camry’s are sold in the United States than any other car out on the road, and as it turns out it’s the most domestic of the bunch. Everyone who thought they were buying a Japanese vehicle for all these years were actually buying American-made, and if you’re interested in supporting the local economy you may want to consider picking up a Camry for your next purchase. At the very least stop calling it un-American.

Ford commented on the results of the test and said that it’s domestic content varies from year to year. The company goes on to say that many of the challenges of the new redesign required it to go out of the country to meet demands, but it plans on relying more heavily on domestic production in the future. We’ll just have to wait and see if Ford lives up to the claim, but for now the Camry is looking pretty good for American buyers.

3 Vehicles that Might Improve from the Mazda Partnership

May 24, 2015 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , , , ,

The new Mazda-Toyota partnership has some people completely perplexed. After all Toyota is much larger and more powerful than Mazda, what could Mazda possibly bring to the table? As it turns out Mazda has a lot to offer Toyota, despite the company’s compact size. Mazda excels at making fun-to-drive and efficient compact cars, something Toyota could learn a thing or two about still. Here’s a list of three different Toyota cars that are likely to improve in the future with help from Mazda.

Toyota Motor Corp President Akio Toyoda (L) and Mazda Motor Corp President and CEO Masamichi Kogai shake hands during their joint news conference in Tokyo May 13, 2015. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Toyota Motor Corp President Akio Toyoda (L) and Mazda Motor Corp President and CEO Masamichi Kogai shake hands during their joint news conference in Tokyo May 13, 2015. REUTERS/Issei Kato

The Corolla

The highly popular Toyota Corolla is built like a tank and holds value better than most, but it lacks the personality had by the Mazda3. By adapting some of the performance qualities and fun styling cues of the 3 the Corolla could be even more exceptional. As long as Toyota figures out a way to add to the Corolla without taking away it will become even more popular while growing a larger fan-base than it already has.

The Camry

The Toyota Camry is one of the most reliable appliances on the market today. It’s not particularly exciting but it has impressive resale values and consumers expect this vehicle to stand the test of time. The Mazda 6, though while not nearly as reliable takes a similar price point as the Camry and injects it with upscale styling and improved handling mechanics making it feel higher quality. These are elements that Toyota could bring to the Camry to make it an even stronger offering.

The Yaris

In recent years the iconic Yaris has been taking over the roadways. It’s tiny, it’s cute and it’s an exceptional value. Unfortunately the Yaris feels a bit underpowered and Spartan on the interior. The Mazda2 is another vehicle that may not offer as much in the way of reliability or value as the Yaris, but offers superior handling and styling while residing in the same price range. It’s exciting to think about what Toyota and Mazda can do together and Mazda is already working with the automaker to help them develop a more lively compact.

With a bit of guidance from Mazda Toyota can take each of these three highly reliable vehicles and make them even more enjoyable to drive around. Toyota owners confidently pick up new models each year for reliability and safety reasons, but in the future perhaps they will pick them up for entertainment as well.

 

Buying at Many Dealerships versus Sticking with One You Trust

May 6, 2015 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , , ,

New or used car buyers have a real dilemma that they face each time they go to pick up a new vehicle. Whether you’re shopping for a brand new Camry or you’re picking up a nice used Corolla you have to decide whether you will shop at the same dealership you’re familiar with and trust, or if you’ll venture out and compare prices at many different dealerships before making your decision. Both options have their benefits and it can be tough deciding which approach to go with when selecting your next vehicle.

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Get Lower Prices by Shopping Around

With the power of the Internet it is easier than ever before to find the best deals out there by looking at many different dealerships all at the same time. There are apps that allow you to compare many different prices with one another to figure out who is asking a good rate for their vehicles and who is charging too much. With it being so easy to compare prices it makes a lot of sense to look to see who is offering the best deals. To get these deals you might have to drive a little farther and even work with a dealership that you don’t trust, but that often makes sense to bargain hunters looking to save a bit more on their next purchase.

Enjoying Quality Assurance and Familiar Faces

It’s tough to buy a car, especially a used one, from someone you don’t trust or know very well. If you’ve been buying cars for a while there is probably someone that you know and trust already. You might have a good relationship established with one dealership and that’s a good reason to keep going back to them. You’ll know what to expect from the buying experience and can even rest assured that you are going to get a quality product if that was your experience in the past. You may even get to deal with the same people when you buy another car, which is nice. There is something nice about dealing with the same familiar people when you are making important decisions, and that’s why you should strongly consider heading back to the same dealership every time you buy a vehicle, even if you don’t get the best prices out there. Many times security is worth the extra cost, especially if you are saving money already by buying used.

Getting the Best of Both Worlds

It’s nice to see familiar faces when you go to pick up a car, especially when it is a used one that isn’t guaranteed to run as nicely as one right off the assembly line. That being said, it’s also nice to avoid overpaying for a vehicle by picking from some of the most affordable options available today. Now that you know the benefits of each type of car shopping it’s time to try and enjoy benefits from both ends of the spectrum. You can often get better prices at your local dealership that you’re used to by printing off prices from other local dealerships to compare to. Bring those printouts with you when you go and shop for a vehicle and you may be able to negotiate a better deal. Even if you don’t get the price as low as that other unfamiliar dealership, you should be able to get a more affordable rate while going with the team that you know and trust. This allows you to get the most out of your car buying experience without feeling like you are sacrificing.

Toyota Celebrates the 10 Millionth Vehicle Produced in their Kentucky Plant

June 2, 2014 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , , , 0 Comments

Toyota recently celebrated the 10 millionth vehicle produced at their Kentucky plant marking a major milestone over 26 years in the making. This plant is one of the major production centers for Toyota in North America and offers a great source of job security to the people of Kentucky.

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The Ceremony

During the ceremony the very first Camry to come off that Kentucky line was placed next to the 10 millionth vehicle which also happens to be a Camry. This is what Wil James, factory president had to say during his ceremony speech. Standing next to the first and 10 millionth Camry James states “Obviously, these two vehicles are worlds apart in many ways, but, at the same time, identical in others – particularly when it comes to craftsmanship and the care and love that went into their production.”

Toyota is proud of the team work and craftsmanship that goes into creating their products and they attribute their success to all of the hard work that goes into creating reliable vehicles at their factories. James remarks that the factory “is all about family, working together to make the best product for the customer.”

Perhaps that’s why Toyota vehicles have a reputation for reliability. Victoria Walker, a team member at the plant, owns a Sienna produced at her facility with over 300,000 miles on it. It says something special about the vehicles produced there when the workers responsible for them are willing to buy them and hold them for such an extended period.

 

What Happens to the 10 Millionth Camry

The very first Camry that rolled off the line in Kentucky was preserved to show team members what they could accomplish and to help them remember the hard work and craftsmanship that goes into each and every vehicle made. The 10 millionth vehicle, a white Camry hybrid, is not going to share the same fate. Instead a single team member from the company has the opportunity to win the vehicle through a blind drawing. One lucky member of the company is going to have this milestone vehicle and hopefully take great care of it. The blind drawing won’t occur until late into the summer.

About the Plant

This Kentucky plant has been open for more than 26 years now and during that time has produced a variety of vehicles. Today it is used to make the standard Camry as well as the hybrid version. IT also produces the Venza, the Avalon and pretty soon will be the only plant in the United States to produce a Lexus vehicle with the ES 350.

Today it provides jobs for over 7,000 team members currently and the plant will expand adding another 750 jobs when Lexus production begins.

 

Toyota Camry Sales Hit 10 Million Models Sold

July 8, 2013 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

Last week, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc. reported the 10 millionth sale of the Toyota Camry, America’s top-selling car over the past 11 years and representing nearly 20 percent of all the Toyota vehicles ever sold in the U.S. This milestone comes in the same year that the Camry celebrates its 30 year anniversary in the U.S.

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The first generation Toyota Camry was introduced to the North American market back in 1983. In its first full year of sales, Camry sold 52,651 units and three decades later, 773 of those Camrys are still on the road.

“We couldn’t be more excited about Camry‘s 10 millionth sale in the U.S.,” said Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. “With the support of so many loyal customers, Camry has truly become part of the country’s fiber. For seven generations, Toyota dealers have also been instrumental in getting Americans behind the wheel of a Camry. Camry is definitely helping Toyota Go Places.”

In May 1988, Toyota brought production of the Camry to U.S. shores at the plant in Georgetown, KY, demonstrating Toyota’s commitment to investing in North America. In October 2006, the first Camry hybrid was produced, strengthening Toyota’s hybrid leadership position in the U.S.

In total, there are approximately 6.4 million Camrys on the road, further demonstrating the quality, reliability, and durability still found in the Camry even after seven generations down the line. This year, J.D. Power and Associates underscored Camry’s value by ranking it number one in the midsize passenger car segment in its 2013 Initial Quality Study. And today, Camry is also the most American made car with 75 percent of its content sourced domestically, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

And finally, virtually every Camry sold in the U.S. is produced in the U.S.