2005 Toyota Camry
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2005 Toyota Camry Review
Reliability and durability.
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The 2005 Toyota Camry falls in the third generation of the wide-body Camry. The Toyota Camry line began in 1982. In 1991, Toyota introduced a wide-body construction model that became the standard for the Camry line.
Marketing for the Camry line in the U.S. aims to fulfill a mass-market demand for a practical vehicle that provides excellent value and reliability in a midsize sedan.
The 2005 Toyota Camry gets priced slightly higher than its direct competitors due to its outstanding reputation for durability and quality. This vehicle generally pleases the owner, providing refined reliability with little drama.
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6, 3.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic, six-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Camry Standard, Toyota Camry LE, Toyota Camry SE, Toyota Camry XLE, Toyota Camry LE V-6, Toyota Camry SE V-6
Toyota introduces the entry-level Toyota Camry Standard to the Camry family for 2005. The Standard trim model for the 2005 Toyota Camry provides an entry-level Camry at a price well below the LE Toyota Camry trim level.
Anti-lock brakes come standard on all trim models. Electronic stability control provides an option on all trim models. The standard automatic transmission also upgrades to a five-speed transmission for all trim levels.
Conservative styling remains an integral aspect of the 2005 Toyota Camry, which relies on its solid reputation for durable value. The appearance of the vehicle looks slightly bolder with a new grille design and new headlamps.
The domed shape of the car disguises the additional two inches of height that have been added to increase headroom for the Camry family. The smooth lines over the car give it an aerodynamic sensibility.
All trim models of the 2005 Toyota Camry include standard air-conditioning, cruise control, power windows, and an AM/FM/CD stereo. The overall feel of the interior of the vehicle at all trim levels focuses on comfort and usability. The passenger compartment provides comfortable and reliable transportation.
The Camry SE trim level provides a sportier model, with stiffer springs that can produce a bumpier ride for the passenger. The leather-wrapped steering wheel and bright-work in the passenger compartment give the interior a livelier feel.
Luxury marks the goal for the XLE V-6 trim model, which includes automatic climate control, wood-grain interior trim, leather seating, and a JBL stereo with in-dash six-CD changer.
Rear seating for the 2005 Toyota Camry seems generous at all trim levels. Cargo space also totals 16.7 cubic feet. Additionally, a pass-through door in the rear seating enables the transportation of longer objects.
Performance & Handling
A 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine delivers 160 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque to the 2005 Toyota Camry Standard, LE, SE, and SLE models. The LE V-6 and XLE V-6 come equipped with a three-liter V-6 rated for 210 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque. The SE V-6 contains a 3.3-liter, V-6 engine that provides 225 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque.
The power steering seems well-engineered, providing additional assistance at lower speeds and allowing the driver more control at higher speeds. The 2005 Toyota Camry features an innovative mounting design for the engine which reduces engine vibration in the passenger compartment. Suspension for the sedan feels soft, providing a pleasant experience. The vehicle handles well for both city and highway driving.
The 2005 Toyota Camry uses a more sophisticated transmission with computer logic. This enables the automatic transmission to shift gears according to whether the vehicle travels uphill or downhill. This reduces wear and tear on the engine, increases gas mileage, and provides a smoother ride than transmissions that switch into different gears frequently.
Manual shifting remains an option. However, it tends to have a mushier feel than the automatic transmission.
The Toyota Camry SE features a different suspension style and tires, which provide the driver with a slightly more responsive driving experience.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the 2005 Toyota Camry as demonstrating good performance in four out of five major categories that measure potential injuries in the event of front-impact collisions. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the 2005 Toyota Camry as ?poor? in the event of a side-impact collision.
Front-seat airbags come standard. Side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags remain optional. The construction of the 2005 Toyota Camry provides adequate crumple zones in a head-on collision, but could use some improvement for side-impact crumple zones.
Anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, and daytime running lights contribute to preventing accidents.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Good legroom in the back seat
- Few trips to the mechanic
You Won't Like
- Unexciting exterior styling
Reliability and durability.
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