1. Overview about Toyota Camry Muscle in Nigeria - Why the name?
The Toyota Camry has been in existence since the 1980s and has not let down it's ardent fans. The model has become very popular in Nigeria that car owners have come up with a nickname for almost each version - depending on how it looks or makes them feel. One of them is the 2007 Toyota Camry commonly known in Nigeria as the "Toyota Camry Muscle".
You might be wondering where the name emanated from. It's as a result of the long wheelbase, firm suspensions and reliability on Nigerian roads.
The Toyota Camry 2007 is quite strong, hence the name - "Camry Muscle"
The Toyota Camry Muscle car comes with a 4 cylinder engine like its predecessor and successor, and also saves you just enough fuel. You also have an option of going for the V6 engine, though it isn't as fast as the former. The 2007 Camry comes only as a four-door sedan and is in the 7th generation of Camry cars and is quite affordable. Let's go right into more reviews of the Toyota Camry Muscle.
2. Trim levels & prices of Toyota Camry 2007 in Nigeria
The Toyota Camry Muscle comes in 5 trims - the CE, LE, XLE, SE and hybrid trims. Ideally, the XLE is the most luxurious, but with the hybrid available, you'll get the best of features and performance therein. The hybrid for instance can go up to 60 miles per hour in less than 10 seconds while the others will attain that in more time.
You can find new Toyota Muscle in Nigeria for N3.575 million to N6 million, while used Toyota Camry Muscle can be had at from N1.2 to N5.5 million. Please note that the price may vary depends on the condition, other cost and your negotiation skills. If you are buying a Muscle from abroad, the cost of clearing is 550,000 naira.
Check out the prices of Toyota Camry Muscle in Nigeria for each trim levels below, as shared by Naijauto:
Brand new Toyota Camry 2007 prices in Nigeria
Brand new Toyota Camry 2007 (Muscle) CE
Brand new Toyota Camry 2007 (Muscle) XLE and LE
Brand new Toyota Camry 2007 (Muscle) SE and Hybrid
Tokunbo / Foreign used Toyota Camry 2007 prices in Nigeria
Tokunbo Toyota Camry 2007 (Muscle) CE
₦1,500,000 - ₦3,500,000
Tokunbo Toyota camry 2007 (Muscle) XLE and LE
₦2,000,000 - ₦4,000,000
Tokunbo Toyota Camry 2007 (Muscle) SE and Hybrid
₦2,500,000 - ₦5,500,000
Nigerian used / Locally used Toyota Camry 2007 prices in Nigeria
Nigerian used Toyota Camry 2007 (Muscle) CE
₦1,200,000 - ₦2,200,000
Nigerian used Toyota Camry 2007 (Muscle) XLE and LE
₦1,500,000 - ₦3,000,000
Nigerian used Toyota Camry 2007 (Muscle) SE and Hybrid
₦2,000,000 - ₦3,500,000
Where to find Toyota Camry Muscle for sale in Nigeria
There are many options for you if you decide to buy a Toyota Muscle in Nigeria, online or offline.
If you are going to buy online, you can take a look at our listings of Toyota Camry Muscle for sale. You can view thousands of Muscle for sale in one place, get the best prices, while saving time and effort.
Thousands of Camry Muscle for sale in one place, at the best prices
If you need further consultancy from car salesmen, you can visit Toyota dealerships in Nigeria such as Elizade, R.T. Briscoe or Mandilas Enterprises. However the prices are often higher to cover dealership profit.
The Toyota Camry Muscle is quite stylish but not sporty in all trims. You get the sporty feel in the SE and hybrid variants. It has a long wheelbase that's two inches more than what's in the previous version. There's also grille treatment, wider wheels, sloping pillars and sophisticated headlights. The front and rear deck lids are multilevel and easy to lift. The SE which is the most sporty comes with 17 inch wheels as against the standard 16 inch found in the other trims. The Muscle is 189 inches in length and 71 inches in width.
2007 TOYOTA CAMRY SE
4. Interior and safety of Toyota Camry Muscle
The trunk has a really huge volume and definitely bigger than what you find in the Mazda 6, Nissan Altima, BMW 3 series, Honda Accord and other rivals made in the same year. The seats are really comfortable and you have just enough room to contain 5 big adults. The rear seats are reclining seats in the XLE and there's the ever present tilt and telescoping steering wheel in all trims. There's the cup holders and user friendly controls on the cockpit. There's heated leather seats in the SE and XLE trims, and the back seats in all can be folded. There's also a moonroof feature, a good navigation system and an 8-speaker stereo.
See the exquisite inside of the Toyota Camry 2007
Amazingly, the Toyota Camry Muscle did well in the crash tests held by the NHTSA. It got a five star pass on frontal and side impact rating. This means you are relatively safe when a collision occurs - provided all features are working fine. There are options of traction control and stability control. They didn't become a standard till about 3 years after the muscle was launched. But you get to enjoy side curtain airbags and frontal airbags, airbags for the driver's knee NC anti-lock braking system.
5. Engine performance and fuel economy on Toyota Camry Muscle
There's a 2.4 liter DOHC 4 cylinder engine in the 2007 Toyota Camry. It has a 158 horsepower output. Though the 2010 version and above comes with an engine of more horsepower and liters, you can still go for a 3.5 liter V6 - it's optional. There's a timing chain in any your decide to go for, not the outdated timing belt. The V6 option comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission while the 4 cylinder engine has a 5-speed automatic transmission. Good enough, whether you go for the manual or automatic option, you still get same speed and mpg rating.
Whether you go for the manual or automatic option, you still get same speed and mpg rating
Talking about mpg rating, the Toyota Camry Muscle doesn't do badly. The automatic transmission 4 cylinder variant has a rating of 30 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in the city, while the manual car has 31 mpg on the highway and same rating with the automatic, in the city. This means with a 70 liter tank, you can drive almost 800 km. That's like Enugu to Calabar, without topping more fuel. Not bad!
6. Pros and cons of the Toyota Camry Muscle and tips for buying a good used car
Pros and cons of the Toyota Muscle
Just like almost all Toyota Camry cars are known for, the Muscle is a fuel economy vehicle. It's also spacious, has comfortable seats, large boot, safety systems that are really effective, it adapts to off road driving and has a high crash and reliability rating. But the interior materials aren't so perfect. The automatic transmission easily has issues with shifting and needs to be maintained more often than versions after. Asides the SE trim, the others also have basic styling. So if you're looking for a flashy and fast car, you may want to consider the Honda Accord. But if you want space, comfort and fuel economy, this Toyota Camry Muscle is worth every kobo. It's also quite affordable.
According to expert tips of buying used Toyota Camry, when you go to purchase a used Camry Muscle car, first thing to do is to test drive the vehicle. Remember what we said about faulty transmission? Check that out. If they car jerks then it needs to get fixed. There's also the possibility of having a failing ignition coil, driver's sun visor and badly adjusted moonroof. A lot of Camry Muscle drivers complained about poor acceleration and brakes that won't hold. Check that out too. If there are leaks, have them fixed. Then finally do a general check by your own mechanic. It's always advisable to change your spark plugs immediately you purchase the car.
Maintainance tips for Toyota Camry Muscle owners
According to expert tips for maintaining Toyota Camry, when you bring home a used one, make sure adjust the moonroof well enough so that it can actually serve its purpose. Fix the transmission issues immediately you notice them. Ensure all fluid levels are maintained especially the coolant. The vehicle tends to heat up after a long drive, so this comes in handy. Check for leaking water pumps and struts, which are a common problem with the vehicle. Check for vibrations from the brakes and the engine. Carry out routine maintenance and you'll be just fine.
7. Alternatives for Toyota Camry Muscle & Conclusion
The most chosen alternatives to the Toyota Camry Muscle are the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda 3 and 6, Honda Accord, and Nissan Altima. If you seek only fuel mileage, then go for Altima. If you want style and speed, the Honda Accord is your best bet. For optimum handling, the Mazda 6 is ideal. However, you might just want to settle for a little bit of everything - that's where the Toyota Camry 2007 shows its muscle (no pun intended).
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