Phone, GPS and Tablet Mounts for a Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry Interior Dash - where do I mount my device?The Toyota Camry is one of those vehicles that can accept almost any mount.  Not a lot that will not work in this car but there are a few locations that will work better than others.  Last week, I looked at the Jeep Renegade which was the exact opposite, almost nowhere to mount anything.  This restores my faith that car designers haven’t lost their minds.

As usual, a photo of the interior is attached to this article.  It’s a very conventional design.  Not a lot of unexpected curves or lips.  Even the seat bolt is exposed.  Normally, I go on to say which mounts won’t work.  In this article, I’m simply going to say which mounts will work best as there aren’t any locations that I can see that will not work.

The most popular location for mounting a cell phone or GPS continues to be the windshield so let’s start with those mounts.  The Toyota Camry windshield isn’t overly sloped and is reachable by the driver.  Conventional suction cup holders are going to work well on a Toyota Camry.

One of my favorite smartphone car mounts continues to be the Arkon MegaGrip Suction Cup Windshield and Dash Mount.  The suction mount features a vacuum locking suction assembly attached to a pivoting arm.  There is an expandable holder that opens to 3.4 inches so it will fit almost any size phone.  The phone can swivel into any orientation.  The mount also comes with an adhesive disk that you can stick to the dash to turn the mount into a console mount.  The suction assembly can adhere to the adhesive disk just like it would on a windshield.  This is a very reliable mount and I can vouch for it based upon my years of personal use.

The same mount but for a Garmin GPS is the Arkon Windshield Dash Garmin Nuvi Suction Mount.  I have recommended this one over the many years it has been available and have used it myself as well.  It’s an excellent mount that comes with a 2-year warranty.  It’s more rugged and longer than the Garmin mount you received in the box.  Like the prior mount, this is a longer reach to the windshield so set it before the drive.

For a cell phone, I like the vent mount best.  The vent mount to the middle left near the driver is an excellent location.  Easy to see and simple to install on the Toyota Camry vents.  The TechMatte MagGrip Magnetic Car Mount Holder for SmartPhones is an excellent choice.  The mount has a magnetic surface a little larger than a US Quarter.  The back has four prongs that are used to attach to a car vent.  This design allows attachment to either a horizontal or vertical vent.  The attachment to the vent slats is accomplished by aligning a vent slat between the prongs and pushing forward.  There are included metal strips which attach to the back of your case or phone.  That’s how it attaches to the mount.  You can also use this for a GPS that has a flat back.

The car seat bolt is fully exposed on a Toyota Camry.  The passenger seat bolt closest to the driver is the best place to mount a tablet.  I recommend the Arkon Car Seat Bolt Floor Mount for Tablets.  The mount has a hook on the bottom that fits under the seat bolt.  Installation is easy and takes five minutes.  Be sure to use a wrench or pliers when installing these.  Don’t hand tighten the bolt.  Use the wrench or pliers because it needs to be completely tight to ensure the weight of the tablet doesn’t compromise the mount.  The mount itself is made of metal and is flexible so when your tablet isn’t in the mount, it can be bent out of the way so a passenger can sit without a problem.

A Toyota Camry dash is large and flat.  Consider using the Arkon Friction Dash Mount for SmartPhones and Midsize Tablets.  This includes a cradle that opens to over 7 inches so it’s going to fit most smartphones and tablets up to the size of an Apple iPad Mini.  The included bean bag weighted dash mount weighs almost two pounds and has a safety anchor which I suggest using.  The device can swivel 360 degrees and will pivot and tilt.

You can also use one of the suction cup mounts mentioned in the beginning of the article.  They come with an adhesive dash plate so that the suction mount can be stuck to your dash.  A dash mount is best for states where mounting to a windshield is illegal.

A CD player mount is going to work just fine thanks to the Toyota Camry placement.  Consider the Mpow CD Slot Mount for SmartPhones.  Be sure to follow the included instructions for a secure fit.  The included cradle opens to 3.4 inches to fit practically any phone and swivels into portrait or landscape.

I’m not recommending a cup holder mount in a Toyota Camry.  The center console is on the compact side and the gear shift is going to bump into a mounted device.

Kudos to Toyota Camry designers for making their car mount friendly.  This was an easy article to write.