Car reviews - Toyota - Camry - Altise V6 sedan
24 Oct 2002
By BRUCE NEWTON
HOUSED in a heavily-lidded black pod - the grey surround of which feels nowhere near as soft and "slushy" and therefore as nice as the old car - is the Altise's rather basic set of instruments.
Two half-circles dominate: on the left is the tacho and on the right is the speedo, both with white numerals and markings sitting on a black background with red needles.
The temperature gauge sits inside the tacho and the fuel gauge inside the speedo. Below the speedo is the odometer with twin tripmeters, to its left is the indicators for the cruise control and overdrive off button.
Back up at top dead centre are the indicator arrows and high-beam warning light. The indicator/headlight stalk sits on the right side of the steering column, while the wiper washers are on the left.
The cruise control stalk is mounted on the steering wheel boss so it rotates with the wheel and is a very easy two-stage operation to use. And that's it: plain, even bare, but very functional. Must be a Camry.
Did you know?From the Only In America department: the new Camry has been judged the easiest car to wash on the US market. The judgement was made by the International Carwash Association. (Who?)
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