2006-2011 cars were available in 5-speed manual, 6-speed auto and 6-speed sports auto. By 2012 manual transmissions had been discontinued.
2006-2011 cars had a 2.4-litre petrol 4 cyl engine with power ranging from 110-120kW and torque ranging from 4000-5700rpm depending on the model.
2006-2011 cars used around 8.9-9.9L/100km. The 3.0-litre, six-cylinder cars fared even worse at 11.2L/100km. Even the Hybrid cars (6.0L/100km) lost some of its advantages when highway driving as the petrol engine was doing much of the work.
Seventh generation cars (2012-2017) saw an improvement in fuel economy across the board. By 2017 the Ascent with CVT was boasting an impressive 4.2L/100km.
Engineered for local conditions, the handling and suspension are great for city driving. Steering is responsive and hugged the road when cornering.
The boot in petrol models boast a spacious 504 litres of storage and excellent leg room, both front and rear. Hybrid’s storage capacity is somewhat smaller.
Between 2006-2011 the Camry only offered ABS brakes and side airbags, achieving a 4-star ANCAP safety rating. By May 2011 shortfalls in safety equipment were rectified and both conventional and hybrid vehicles achieved a 5-star rating. Features included airbags, pretensioners, intelligent seatbelt reminders, Anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic, Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
The base model of the Camry range is the Altise four door sedan. The 2006 manual transmission entered the market with a starting price of $27,500 and the auto around $29,150. Among its standard inclusions, this model offered basic airbags to the front, remote central locking and cruise control.
The mid-range Ateva for an additional $5,000, added a 6 speaker stereo system and 16 inch alloys as standard, with the option to upgrade to partial leather trim and sunroof. The Ateva name was dropped for the next generation Camry.
The Sportivo, as the name suggests, was equipped with sports seats, pedals, instruments and suspension, along with 17-inch alloy wheels.