Alright, I admit: What was I thinking? A city girl driving a Toyota Camry large sized sedan.
So the last car I test drove was the Subaru Liberty, a large sized sedan. My colleague recently bought a new Toyota Camry hybrid and the times I rode in his car I felt it was pretty decent, so I figured if I was to consider the Subaru Liberty I should test drive the next nearest popular competitor, the new Toyota Camry, just to see what large sized sedan at that price point buys me.
With this in mind, I decided to return to the Toyota dealership sometime in the afternoon today.
While my choice of car for this test drive may be a mistake, my dress certainly wasn’t. With an important meeting at work this morning and then a schedule of inspecting the properties we manage at lunchtime before my afternoon test drive, I decided I needed a dress to impress both my clients and work colleagues.
I decide to wear my Karen Millen Floral Bodycon Pencil Dress. The dress’s midi length keeps my knees covered so it’s office appropriate. Its cheerful floral print should put a splash to an otherwise boring real estate corporate environment. A sleeveless pencil dress with a sweatheart neckline, the cut is figure-hugging but Karen Millen’s signature stretch fabric makes this a more comfortable dress to wear than my other Karen Millen dresses, and it fits me very nicely and the material has a great feel to it so I don’t just look good wearing it, but feel good.
Given there will be a bit of walking between properties we manage during my lunchtime work schedule I decided to wear my NineWest ‘Mailin’ black patent leather pumps matched with my usual nude thigh high stockings instead of my usual go-to pair of Salvatore Ferragamo slingback high heeled pumps (the NineWest pumps have a more sensible heel height than my Ferragamos) for my all important footwear.
In the afternoon, I headed off after work from the office to the Toyota car dealership. My thoughts after test driving the brand new Toyota Camry sedan:
- Quiet, refined, and rides quite plush really.
- Even the drive and handling is reasonably good.
- Stylish interior.
- Avant-garde styled air-conditioning vents (I am an air-conditioning vent girl remember?)
- Interior well put together and well screwed together.
- Spacious – in everyway. Plenty of leg room front and back.
- Value, relatively speaking. The Toyota Corolla, a smaller car, is quoted to me as $30,952 whereas the Camry is quoted to me today as $34,850: at only a $4000 difference the Corolla is almost as expensive as Camry so the Camry, being larger and more refined in every way, is better value. Compared to the Subaru Liberty sedan which I recently drove I was quoted $44,999, so the Toyota Camry is almost $10,000 cheaper.
- I still don’t like that large tablet like touch screen which seems to be a common feature across all Toyotas – it is oversized but sparse when it comes to functions or display: in short the little information and function the screen possess can be squeezed into something half the size and still works fine.
- Reputation and memory of Toyota Camrys are marred by one too many rides in dirty and poorly maintained taxis driven by abusive Australian taxi drivers.
- Size wise the Camry is wayyyy too big for me – overly unsuitably big for a city girl like me and I can see myself struggling to drive it around congested inner city and parking it.
- And besides, a girl like me don’t suit a car like a Camry (at best it’s a family man’s car, not a young woman’s car; at worst a taxi…)
The large sized Toyota Camry sedan is actually a decent car: Quiet, refined, and rides quite plush really. Even the drive and handling is reasonably good. I’d even go as far to say it’s pretty luxurious in terms of the interior design and the refinement. While their reputation and memory of Toyota Camrys are marred by one too many rides in dirty and poorly maintained taxis driven by abusive Australian taxi drivers, at the end of the day it’s just wayyyy too big for me: an overly unsuitably big car for a city girl like me. Probably even too big even if/when I have kids (I’d probably prefer something like a Peugeot 3008 if/when I start having kids).
Occasion: Office & new car test drive – new Toyota Camry sedan
Karen Millen Floral Bodycon Pencil Dress
NineWest ‘Mailin’ black patent leather pumps
Nude thigh high stockings from Target