Week 2: A lot of driving in the past week as we do the daily Dubai to Abu Dhabi schlep in our 2018 Toyota Camry long-termer.
This past week I have been driving a lot. And when I say a lot, I literally mean that. I have been working out of Abu Dhabi for the past 10 days, which means I have had to drive there and back every day. Which also means that I could fill this story with just the appalling and potentially lethal driving antics I came across on the highway every day. But, this is a report about our 2018 long-term Toyota Camry and not a whinge. Mostly.
The nearly 300km round-trip meant I spent nearly two-and-a-half hours in the car per day. This, naturally, gave me a lot of time to reflect on the interior, ride quality and of course, fuel economy.
I think the cabin is quite nicely designed. I like the way the centre console swoops into the dashboard from under the main touchscreen. However, it’s all way too grey in our tester for my liking; I would recommend a different colour. The materials are fine, as is interior refinement. Even at just under 140km/h — which is legal, by the way – it rides well and wind noise isn’t deafening.
If you’ve ever driven on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway, you will be painfully aware of the tailgating imbecility you are certain to encounter along the way. However, in a nod to the tailgaters’ limited ability to make rational and informed judgments, they are also intimidated by a vehicle they perceive to be greater than their own.
A Camry is very likely to get bullied.
But, here’s the surprising bit; that did not happen as frequently as I had expected. I think it might be the V6 badge at the back. Or something. The new Camry does have a lot more presence, as I mentioned in my last report.
Next week, the Dubai to Abu Dhabi shenanigans continue. Stay tuned.
2018 Toyota Camry — Long-term review
Average fuel economy: 8.0 litres/100km
Lows: The cabin is nice, but a bit too monochromatic
Highs: Doesn’t get bullied as much on the highway than before
Costs this week: A lot. All of it for petrol