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.
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. (;