Car reviews - Toyota - Camry - Altise V6 sedan
24 Oct 2002
By BRUCE NEWTON
QUITE a dramatic change here compared to the old car, with two pronounced sections to the centre console controls, rather than the vertical and horizontal sections morphing into one another as they did previously.
The upper section sits quite high in an un-patterned plastic square. At the top is a narrow opening which contains an LCD clock with numerals in green. Unlike with some cars, adjusting the time is a very simple process thanks to "H" and "M" buttons.
Next to that is a trip computer which is operated via three buttons mounted high on the dash. They really should be on the washer stalk-end or below the instrument pod and the readout closer to the eyeline to make the design less distracting for the driver.
Below that is the three-in-one stereo head unit with air-conditioning vents on either side and then comes the air-conditioning controls, divided from the rest of the upper panel by a crease that runs across the dashboard.
The dashboard then cuts away severely, dropping into a bin with a rubber mat, then moving out through the uncovered (but still standard) ashtray and cigarette lighter into the horizontal centre console.
Then there's the plastic-covered automatic gear lever with the handbrake mounted on the wrong side of it for the driver - which shows the importance of Camry exports to Toyota Australia. Behind that are two deep cupholders and a lidded bin housing another 12-volt power outlet.
Did you know?The trip computer provides estimates of average and instant fuel consumption, average speed, fuel consumed, fuel range and distance to empty as well as an overspeed alert
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