• TFL Top 5: The best cars I’ve driven this year [Op/Ed]

    The 2016 Toyota Camry Special Edition is set to debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

    Honorable Mention – Toyota Camry SE

    The Camry earns an honorable mention on this spot because of how much it surpassed my expectations. I mean, it’s a Camry. A boremobile. The epitome of “beige.” No way it would be fun, or interesting, or anything other than “meh.”

    The Camry I drove was the SE Special Edition, but apart from the color and some interior trim, it was no different than any other SE-trimmed Camry. So why was it so much fun to drive? It has the same old 2.5-liter four cylinder and old-school six-speed automatic. It shares the same architecture as the bargain-basement Camrys lined up at the rental-car lot.

    But there I was, a big grin on my face as I tossed the Camry into a corner, firing off downshifts with the paddle shifters. Plus it was comfortable, roomy, nicely equipped, and still averaged 30 mpg in my time with it. It may have missed my top five, but not by much.

    I hope you enjoyed the list of the best cars I drove at TFLcar.com this year. Check out this TFLcar video of the most fun cars that we’ve driven this year.

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    John Inama
    John Inama
    John’s love of cars started an early age. He bought his first issue of Road & Track at age 12, and has wanted to be an automotive writer ever since. He believes in the old adage that it’s more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow. When not writing about cars, John is a professional computer geek and lives with his wife and dogs on the high plains of Wyoming.

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    9 thoughts on “TFL Top 5: The best cars I’ve driven this year [Op/Ed]

    1. The 86 was the best car they drove this year lol they must of drove a lot of crappy cars to come to that conclusion the whole list was Toyota based they must receive a lot of checks from Toyota because tfl’s nose is a little brown

      1. Brandon, you need to read the story before you comment. These are the best cars I’ve driven and reviewed this year, not TFL as a whole. The cars I get from the press fleets are not always the same as the ones we get at the office for videos.

        As for the Toyota bias, well, as has been said many, many times before, no one pays us for reviews. Manufacturers provide press fleets, but we get no compensation. We review them like we see them.

        I did review a lot of Toyota products this year, but that was just the luck of the draw when it came to scheduling press cars for me to review. I haven’t always been kind to them, either. Check out all of my reviews:


        I still think the Highlander is the worst car I’ve ever driven, and I didn’t like the RAV4 at all. Toyota makes some good cars – all manufacturers do – but they make some duds, too.

        And I have to ask, have you ever driven an 86/BRZ/FR-S? Or a new Prius for that matter? You seem to have a lot to say about them.

      1. Go have your miserable life somewhere else. All you do is come on here and post such negative and immature nonsense, enough is enough. Either grow up, find another online avenue who appreciates your 5th grade banter, or adhere to the old adage you were evidently deprived of as a child; if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

    2. I’m ase certified Ben threw uti of Avondale Az so I see threw the bs so maybe you might want to learn something instead of opening your mouth I will not hop on any ban wagon I will tell the neg or pos of anything regardless of what anybody thinks by the way I teach high school so I couldn’t be in 5th grade I’m very successful so you enjoy your miserable life , life is more than great over here enjoy life God bless you for commenting on this article we all have opinions but I only care about mine

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