2012 toyota Camry

2012 toyota Camry: While the 2012 Toyota Camry does not have the immediate allure of some rivals, a variety of vital, incremental improvements make it a deserving competitor for any family-car buyer.

The five-seat sedan can be found in L, LE, XLE and sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is typical, with a V-6 optional on the SE and also XLE. I reviewed the much-improved Camry Crossbreed individually. The new Camry won't take place sale up until October, however I drove most versions at a media sneak peek.


2012 toyota Camry


That Point's New?

Toyota describes the Camry as brand new-- seventh generation, revamped from top to bottom-- yet the designing recommends a milder update. The auto's size, width and wheelbase continue to be the same. The headlights look even more improved compared to reimagined. The boomerang taillights add something fresh, but the side account resembles the old Camry.

The Camry SE has sporty body therapies and also 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base design. Better integrated than the outgoing Camry SE-- whose slapped-on extensions had all the makings of a price cut nose surgery-- it's the clearest redesign of the lot, if you could abide its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 as well as a lot of woodchuck.

Overhauled Inside

The revamped cabin really feels richer, if much less constant, than before. Dressed with stitched artificial natural leather as well as a chrome-flanked, elevated center panel, the dash has great deals of high end eye candy. The top quality exceeds sight alone-- the climate controls feel weightier as well as the gearshift crisper relocating from Park to Drive.

I like the last Camry's easy seats to the new version's, which are a touch firmer. Still, the motorist's seat has excellent adjustment range, and the facility console doesn't encroach on hip or knee area. Though the backseat is not as cavernous as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits adults fine, with good clearance and a hump-free floor. The Camry XLE loses its lying backseat, but all trims get a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The previous generation's SE as well as XLE rear seats really did not fold.

A couple of locations get the short shrift: inexpensive back door panels, a worn headliner, no more one-touch power windows around. Overall, though, cabin high quality really feels affordable, if short of the Kia Optima and Passat. And the Camry's practicality-- substantial storage space cubbies, presence unfettered by a descending roofline or thick home window columns-- need to draw buyers.

Trunk quantity procedures 15.4 cubic feet, up from in 2014's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) as well as beating the Accord. If trunk room is high up on your list, take a look at the Hyundai Sonata as well as Ford Combination. Both autos top 16 cubic feet.

The Complaint is Grasp

The prior generation Camry was quick: capable with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscle with the 268-hp V-6. That carries over for 2012, along with a 2 mpg enhancement for each variation in mixed city/highway gas mileage, inning accordance with EPA estimates. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder and also 25 mpg with the six, the Camry leads all competitors however the Sonata. Credit history Toyota for slendering most versions down greater than 100 extra pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, including fuel-saving electric power guiding as well as equipping the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.

I'm sold on four of the five modifications. Like a lot of family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed stumbles on multi-gear downshifts, however it upshifts smoothly and normally kicks down soon enough. (Toyota has actually dropped in 2014's standard transmission.) Exactly what's more, the Camry outsteers its predecessor. I drove 2011 and 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and the old auto's comatose guiding responses and also freeway discomposure have reduced. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb during fast lane modifications-- the Accord and also Combination maneuver better-- yet it feels a lot more positive compared to it did.

The tires, however, are anything yet. The Camry LE has Michelin Power Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose reduced moving resistance improves gas mileage. Sadly, it comes with a high expense. Push the accelerator, and the front wheels spin away. On sweeping contours, the tires damage from the line early, reined in only when the standard digital stability system calls order. The outbound Camry employed ordinary Michelin Energy MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Energy Savers wander off. Most awful of all, I observed this after hours of moderate driving with temperatures in the 80s. On a gusting winter months day, I are afraid the Energy Savers would certainly get on also worse.

The Camry XLE as well as four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, too, do not have much hold. The V-6 SE has 18s and also Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- lastly!-- play great. They fit the SE, which improves its discordant precursor. The last SE managed also badly to justify its uneven flight. I drove both generations back-to-back, and the brand-new one leans even more yet handles better-- sharper balance, elegant wandering, far better guiding feedback. I just wish Toyota had worked similar magic with the suspension. It doesn't jar as much via splits and ruts, however small bumps are felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some rivals-- the Suzuki Kizashi in particular-- discover better ground between flight and also handling. The Camry SE has boosted, but it's not there yet.

Common Camry trims ride a touch stronger compared to in the past, but total comfort still impresses. So do the brakes. Toyota exchanged in a little larger four-wheel discs for 2012, and also the straight action improves on the Camry standard.

Safety, Quality & Pricing

As of this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 basic airbags. As required of all 2012 designs, a digital security system as well as antilock brakes are standard. An unseen area warning system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to value the car, however officials told me the popular LE version will not stray much from its 2011 cost-- $22,700 with the automatic-- and also the price of the SE and XLE "will certainly be substantially reduced" compared to their predecessors. Those trims were about $24,000 and also $26,500, specifically, with transmissions.

Don't anticipate to locate a Camry L conveniently. Toyota states the base trim will make up less than 5 percent of all sales-- primarily to industrial fleets, not consumers. Standard features consist of cooling, cruise control, power accessories, Bluetooth and also an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims add steering-wheel audio controls, remote keyless access and also a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Check all the options, as well as the Camry can have warmed leather furniture, power front seats, a moonroof, JBL audio, two separate navigating systems (see the photos to compare) and also Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we detail here.

Camry on the market

Toyota went with brief conclusions with the new Camry: Squeeze out one more 2 mpg, refine the guiding and handling, enhance the brakes. Some customers could wish the carmaker had actually opted to throw a designing long ball, as Kia and also Hyundai did. Toyota might miss out on some brand-new buyers because the redesign looks too mild.

Yet I'm not exactly sure the Camry required a styling overhaul; besides, its predecessor had aged well. The carmaker has to recover the nameplate's reputation for bulletproof dependability, which has sunk to just ALRIGHT in the last few years. The interior is a few flubs except family-car quality, as well as the skateboard tires mar an or else fine-tuned driving experience. Yet the sensibilities stay, as well as on the whole the Camry has actually enhanced dramatically. It continues to be, more than ever, a poster car for your right mind.

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