2012 toyota Camry Se Limited Edition

2012 Toyota Camry Se Limited Edition: While the 2012 Toyota Camry does not have the instant charm of some rivals, a number of vital, incremental improvements make it a worthwhile challenger for any family-car consumer.

The five-seat car comes in L, LE, XLE and sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is standard, with a V-6 optional on the SE and XLE. I reviewed the much-improved Camry Hybrid separately. The new Camry won't take place sale till October, but I drove most variations at a media sneak peek.


2012 Toyota Camry Se Limited Edition


That Point's New?

Toyota defines the Camry as all-new-- 7th generation, upgraded from top to bottom-- but the styling recommends a milder upgrade. The vehicle's size, size as well as wheelbase continue to be the same. The fronts lights look more reshaped than reimagined. The boomerang taillights add something fresh, yet the side profile resembles the old Camry.

The Camry SE has flashy body treatments and 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base version. Better integrated than the outgoing Camry SE-- whose slapped-on expansions had all the makings of a discount rhinoplasty-- it's the clearest redesign of the number, if you can follow its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 and also a great deal of woodchuck.

Spruced up Interior

The revamped cabin feels richer, if less constant, compared to in the past. Clothed with stitched fake natural leather as well as a chrome-flanked, raised facility panel, the dashboard has great deals of upscale eye candy. The top quality goes beyond view alone-- the climate controls really feel weightier and the gearshift crisper moving from Park to Drive.

I favor the last Camry's pleasant seats to the new version's, which are a touch firmer. Still, the chauffeur's seat has excellent modification range, and the center console doesn't encroach on hip or knee room. Though the backseat is not as spacious as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits grownups fine, with good headroom and a hump-free floor. The Camry XLE loses its lying rear seat, yet all trims acquire a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The previous generation's SE as well as XLE backseats didn't fold.

A couple of areas obtain the short shrift: affordable back door panels, a ratty headliner, no more one-touch power windows all over. On the whole, though, cabin high quality really feels competitive, if short of the Kia Optima and also Passat. And the Camry's functionality-- large storage space cubbies, visibility unfettered by a descending roofline or thick home window columns-- must draw buyers.

Trunk volume actions 15.4 cubic feet, up from in 2015's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) as well as beating the Accord. If trunk area is high on your list, take a look at the Hyundai Sonata and Ford Combination. Both cars leading 16 cubic feet.

The Complaint is Grasp

The previous generation Camry was quick: capable with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscle with the 268-hp V-6. That rollovers for 2012, together with a 2 mpg enhancement for each and every variation in mixed city/highway gas mileage, according to EPA estimates. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder and also 25 mpg with the six, the Camry leads all rivals yet the Sonata. Debt Toyota for slendering most variations down greater than 100 pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, adding fuel-saving electric power guiding and equipping the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.

I'm sold on four of the 5 changes. Like most family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed locates multi-gear downshifts, but it upshifts efficiently as well as usually kicks down soon sufficient. (Toyota has actually gone down in 2014's stick shift.) Exactly what's more, the Camry outsteers its predecessor. I drove 2011 as well as 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and the old car's comatose steering responses and freeway discomposure have actually lessened. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb throughout fast lane changes-- the Accord and also Blend maneuver better-- yet it feels more certain compared to it did.

The tires, nevertheless, are anything however. The Camry LE has Michelin Power Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose lower rolling resistance improves gas mileage. Alas, it comes at a high price. Push the accelerator, as well as the front wheels spin away. On sweeping contours, the tires damage from the line early, reined in only when the standard electronic security system calls order. The outward bound Camry employed common Michelin Power MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Energy Savers wander off. Worst of all, I observed this after hours of moderate driving with temperature levels in the 80s. On a gusting winter day, I are afraid the Power Savers would certainly make out also worse.

The Camry XLE and also four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, as well, lack much grasp. The V-6 SE has 18s as well as Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- lastly!-- play good. They fit the SE, which improves its discordant precursor. The last SE handled also poorly to validate its uneven trip. I drove both generations back-to-back, as well as the new one leans more but handles far better-- sharper balance, graceful wandering, better guiding comments. I just desire Toyota had actually worked comparable magic with the suspension. It doesn't container as a lot with pockets and also ruts, however small bumps are really felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some rivals-- the Suzuki Kizashi specifically-- find far better ground between ride and handling. The Camry SE has actually enhanced, but it's not there yet.

Ordinary Camry trims ride a touch stronger than before, however general comfort still impresses. So do the brakes. Toyota switched in a little larger four-wheel discs for 2012, and also the linear reaction improves the Camry standard.

Safety, Quality & Prices

Since this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 common airbags. As called for of all 2012 versions, an electronic security system and antilock brakes are basic. A dead spot warning system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to value the cars and truck, however authorities told me the preferred LE version won't stray much from its 2011 cost-- $22,700 with the automated-- and the price of the SE and XLE "will certainly be considerably reduced" compared to their predecessors. Those trims were about $24,000 and $26,500, respectively, with transmissions.

Don't expect to discover a Camry L easily. Toyota claims the base trim will certainly make up less than 5 percent of all sales-- mostly to business fleets, not customers. Common features consist of cooling, cruise control, power accessories, Bluetooth as well as an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims add steering-wheel audio controls, remote keyless entrance as well as a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Inspect all the alternatives, as well as the Camry can have heated up leather upholstery, power pole position, a moonroof, JBL sound, 2 different navigation systems (see the photos to contrast) and also Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we detail here.

Camry in the marketplace

Toyota chose short conclusions with the brand-new Camry: Eke out one more 2 mpg, fine-tune the steering as well as handling, enhance the brakes. Some customers might desire the carmaker had actually opted to throw a styling long round, as Kia as well as Hyundai did. Toyota might miss out on some brand-new purchasers due to the fact that the redesign looks also moderate.

Yet I'm not exactly sure the Camry required a styling overhaul; nevertheless, its precursor had matured well. The carmaker has to restore the nameplate's online reputation for bulletproof integrity, which has sunk to merely OK recently. The interior is a few flubs except family-car quality, as well as the skateboard tires mar an otherwise refined driving experience. But the perceptiveness continue to be, and also overall the Camry has boosted considerably. It continues to be, more than ever, a poster automobile for your right brain.

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