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Mother still knows best: 2016 Toyota Camry SE Special

2016 Camry SedanI have finally reached the age where I appreciate my Mother’s values. She has instilled an appreciation of quality and value. She taught me to evaluate  the long-term cost of any purchase.

12 years ago, my 91-year-old Mom bought a 2004 Toyota Camry. It is her last car—she has not been able to drive in years. Before she purchased it, she did serious due diligence on the Camry. She compared the mileage , the resale value, the safety ratings, and the cost of operating the car.

Recently, I drove her Toyota Camry when I was in Florida helping her with a medical procedure.  It was still a joy to drive.

But things got even better. As soon as I got back, I had the chance to drive the 2016 Toyota Camry SE Special to the Texas Motor Speedway for the Texas Automotive Writer’s Association annual Roundup. I enjoyed the smooth, quiet ride and  the extra features on this loaded model. While mother always makes carefully thought out purchases, she seems might be on the frugal side of any continuum. 

So having  a chance to drive two models of the same car (even though there was a ’12 year” age difference) really emphasized how the Toyota Camry had changed while still maintaining its core values.

When my Mom bought her Camry, many of the new technology features were not even available. No one had a smart phone that needed to be synched.

Today, the 2016 Toyota Camry offers more technology than its main rival, the Honda Accord. 

Toyota’s Entune infotainment system helps keep you connected via a 7-inch high-resolution touch screen. Also onboard are navigation, USB and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and integrated apps for Pandora and Yelp. Standard with the navigation is 3-year complimentary access to traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports scores and stock prices.

The Toyota Camry sedan for 2016 continues to give Americans what they want–that being an affordable 5-passenger family sedan that doesn’t look like a generic rental clone. The 2016 Toyota Camry Sedan offers both style and substance.

The 2016 Toyota Camry sedan has an available wireless charging pad. Although most phones require a special case to take advantage of the pad, some newer phones already incorporate the technology.

A new Special Edition trim is added this year and includes two unique paint choices, smoked taillights and 18-inch alloy wheels.  XLE and XSE trims are upgraded to include a 7-inch audio display screen.

How has the Toyota Camry changed to meet the market needs? The 2016 Toyota Camry offers midsize sedan shoppers  inspired styling and better handling than earlier Camry generations.

, Mom worked as a stockbroker for many years and still reads the Wall Street Journal every day. Even her financial broker values her opinion and likes to talk to her about tips. One of her best investments turned out to be her 2004 Toyota Camry.

I’ve learned a lot from my mother. And I know how it applies in my everyday life.

I guess maybe everyone else listens to their mother. Because Toyota Camry is the most-sold car in America.


Photo credit: Bill Sherman


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