If you’ve been following me for any time at all, you know that my absolute favorite thing to do is travel (I mean, I even decided to do it for a living at one point). So when Toyota offered up one of their pretty 2017 Camrys for me to take down to Savannah, GA last weekend, I said yes and yes.
I’ve always claimed that I’m not a car person, but I now have a serious case of new car fever. Not good. This is my favorite time of year for so many reasons, the weather being one of them. I connected my phone to the Bluetooth stereo, rolled down the windows, opened the sunroof and rode around singing at the top of my lungs. When I finally got cold, I turned on my seat warmers… and kept singing, duh.
Embarrassing story time. Last week, I was trying to navigate on my phone in downtown Atlanta. Do you already know how this ends? Yep, I had my first fender bender. I ended up with a small hole from a truck hitch, but the truck didn’t have any markings so he just left. I got really lucky and now my car has more character (making light of it, but I was shaking like a leaf). I shared my bad driver story with you because there were a few features in the Camry that rocked my world.
First, if you drift outside of your lane, the car will beep to inform you. If you do it continuously, a little coffee cup illuminates on your dash telling you “hey chick, pull over and wake up.” Secondly, if you are pulling up on a car too quickly and it is braking, “BRAKE” illuminates on the dash and beeps (where was this genius feature last week… sigh). Third, there is a blind spot monitor that flashes on your side mirrors to let you know it isn’t safe to switch lanes.
And best of all, there’s built-in navigation on the dash so you don’t have to look down at your phone. It even monitors traffic so you don’t need your Google maps app all. I should stop there… but guys, this thing has just a bit more power than my ole Civic I’ve been driving since I turned 16. Or a lot more power, woah. I didn’t realize how much my car hesitates when I hit the gas. Thanks for that, Toyota. (;
Southeast Toyaota Distributors, LLC (“Toyota”) provided me with compensation and use of a vehicle for a short period of time. The opinions I have shared about this vehicle are my own.