Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC provided me with use of a 2015 Toyota Camry for a short period of time, and a gas card. I am receiving no other compensation from Toyota. The opinions I have shared about this vehicle are my own.
You might remember a few weeks ago when I started posting about how excited I was to test drive a newly minted 2015 Toyota Camry. I drove over 5 days in a new-car-smell, zipping around Atlanta, about to make a bold move. You might remember, I’m not the boldest person on the planet, but I had a challenge set before me to try something really new; to make a choice I normally wouldn’t because of hesitation, nerves or sheer guts. Being pregnant, that takes a lot of “fun” and thrill off the table (for safety reasons!), but I had something in mind I’d always wanted to try…
Belly dancing. Being 4 months pregnant at the time of class, I most certainly had a baby bump on me, and while that might turn off a lot of people from trying this art form, I was stoked to attempt to strengthen my core while supporting my baby, work off a few calories and dance in a female-only, girl power environment. But how would my classmates react to seeing a preggo shaking her groove thing?!
It turns out, everyone was super supportive! I bought a fun green hip scarf with tinkling coins in the boutique as well as some ballet slippers (I’ll get a ton of use with these bad boys!) to have fun with in class. They recommend that gear for a reason – it’s easy to isolate your hips when you are wearing something so fun! I elected a beginner’s technique class since it was my first foray into bellydancing, and as I worked through new moves, short choreographs, shimmies and twirls, I was learning a lot! My classmates were so at home in class, I felt at ease as soon as warm up ended I even found out that another higher level student was expecting, due in the late spring and one of the head instructors of the studio (also pregnant), planned on dancing and continuing to teach until her baby came. I thought that was awesome! Growing belly notwithstanding, I plan on returning to beginner classes and “shimmy fit” classes to stay in shape and have some fun, as long as my doctor agrees with continuing. I never felt over-exerted, or stretched out, even though I was sweating up a storm by the time the one-hour class ended.
As far as driving my bold choice home, the Camry was a big help. I kept calling it a “zippy and grippy” car, meaning that it had lots of pickup, and hugged the road tighter than I can squeeze onto Red. It was also super smart, with a cordless iPhone charger, lane assist, collision warning, a full touch-screen computer and navigation. I’m pretty sure it could also beat me in a game of Trivia Crack…
But as far as being bold, how the heck can a car be bold? For one thing, the Toyota Camry feels strong on the road. Not pushy, not bossy, but supportive and gives you the ability to drive defensively. That means you’re able to make decisions and feel backed up on the road, which can be a scary place. I felt that this confidence behind the wheel translated to helping me brave the belly dancing class!
Watch the 2 minute video below to see my full review of the spacious, modern, smart 2015 Bold Toyota Camry. I was really impressed with this little car!