Alas, there is a downside. What is disappointing is the lack of some premium features that today are found even in a segment below. For a R24 lakh car and with only a single variant on sale, things like heated seats, sunroof, paddle (gear) shift on the steering wheel and reverse camera should have been standard features. For safety, there are only two airbags on offer, where competitors boast of six and beyond. There are also no controls for the audio system for the rear passenger—big miss considering most Camrys are likely to be chauffeur-driven.
The Camry is pitted straight against compatriot carmaker Honda’s Accord. The Accord had been the last word in the premium segment for many years, until the diesel deluge began in 2010. Till date, individual buyers looking for a petrol option tend to stick with the Honda, while Toyota’s range has always remained a favourite with institutions such as hotels and car rental firms.
Why the Accord then? For one, it is the smoothest petrol engine you’ll find anywhere across segments. Though also available in a 3.5-litre V6 (275ps) variant, the 2.4-litre i-VTEC version
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