2012 toyota Camry Xle V6

2012 Toyota Camry Xle V6: While the 2012 Toyota Camry lacks the instantaneous appeal of some competitors, a number of crucial, incremental renovations make it a worthwhile challenger for any family-car consumer.

The five-seat sedan comes in L, LE, XLE as well as 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 brand-new Camry won't take place sale until October, yet I drove most variants at a media sneak peek.


2012 Toyota Camry Xle V6


That Point's New?

Toyota describes the Camry as brand new-- seventh generation, revamped inside out-- yet the styling recommends a milder update. The vehicle's size, width and wheelbase stay the very same. The fronts lights look even more reshaped than reimagined. The boomerang taillights include something fresh, however the side profile resembles the old Camry.

The Camry SE has sporty body treatments and 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base design. Much better integrated compared to the outgoing Camry SE-- whose slapped-on extensions had all the makings of a discount rate nose surgery-- it's the clearest redesign of the number, if you can follow its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 as well as a lot of woodchuck.

Spruced up Interior

The overhauled cabin really feels richer, if much less constant, compared to before. Clothed with stitched fake leather and also a chrome-flanked, increased facility panel, the dash has great deals of high end eye candy. The quality surpasses sight alone-- the climate manages really feel better and also the gearshift crisper moving from Park to Drive.

I favor the last Camry's pleasant seats to the brand-new variation's, which are a touch stronger. Still, the driver's seat has excellent modification array, and also the facility 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 adults fine, with excellent headroom and a hump-free flooring. The Camry XLE sheds its reclining rear seat, however all trims obtain a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The previous generation's SE and also XLE rear seats really did not fold.

A couple of areas get the short shrift: low-cost rear door panels, a worn headliner, no more one-touch power windows around. Overall, though, cabin high quality really feels affordable, if except the Kia Optima and also Passat. And also the Camry's usefulness-- vast storage cubbies, presence unconfined by a coming down roofline or thick home window pillars-- need to draw customers.

Trunk quantity measures 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 checklist, look into the Hyundai Sonata and Ford Combination. Both cars and trucks leading 16 cubic feet.

The Gripe is Hold

The previous generation Camry fasted: qualified with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscle with the 268-hp V-6. That rollovers for 2012, in addition to a 2 mpg improvement for each version in consolidated city/highway gas mileage, inning accordance with EPA quotes. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder and also 25 mpg with the 6, the Camry leads all rivals but the Sonata. Debt Toyota for slimming most versions down greater than 100 pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, including fuel-saving electric power guiding and also furnishing the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.

I'm sold on 4 of the 5 modifications. Like most family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed stumbles on multi-gear downshifts, however it upshifts efficiently and also typically kicks down quickly enough. (Toyota has actually dropped in 2015's stick shift.) Just what's more, the Camry outsteers its predecessor. I drove 2011 and also 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and also the old auto's comatose steering responses and also highway discomposure have diminished. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb during quick lane adjustments-- the Accord as well as Fusion maneuver much better-- yet it really feels more certain than it did.

The tires, nevertheless, are anything however. The Camry LE has Michelin Energy Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose reduced moving resistance improves gas mileage. Sadly, it comes with a high cost. Prod the accelerator, as well as the front wheels rotate away. On sweeping contours, the tires break from the line early, controlled only when the standard electronic stability system calls order. The outward bound Camry utilized common Michelin Power MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Power Savers stray. Worst of all, I observed this after hrs of moderate driving with temperature levels in the 80s. On a blustery winter day, I fear the Power Savers would make out also worse.

The Camry XLE as well as four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, as well, lack much grasp. The V-6 SE has 18s and Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- lastly!-- play wonderful. They match the SE, which enhances its discordant predecessor. The last SE managed too inadequately to justify its rough ride. I drove both generations back-to-back, as well as the new one leans more yet takes care of much better-- sharper balance, graceful drifting, far better guiding feedback. I just want Toyota had actually functioned comparable magic with the suspension. It does not jar as a lot through pits and ruts, however small bumps are felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some rivals-- the Suzuki Kizashi in particular-- find better ground in between flight and handling. The Camry SE has boosted, yet it's not there yet.

Ordinary Camry trims ride a touch firmer than in the past, yet general convenience still impresses. So do the brakes. Toyota swapped in somewhat larger four-wheel discs for 2012, and also the linear action improves the Camry norm.

Safety, Quality & Rates

As of this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 basic air bags. As required of all 2012 versions, a digital stability system as well as antilock brakes are basic. A blind 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 will not wander off a lot from its 2011 rate-- $22,700 with the automated-- and 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, respectively, with automatic transmissions.

Don't anticipate to find a Camry L conveniently. Toyota claims the base trim will certainly consist of less than 5 percent of all sales-- mainly to industrial fleets, not consumers. Standard attributes include cooling, cruise control, power accessories, Bluetooth as well as an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims include steering-wheel audio controls, remote keyless entrance and also a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Inspect all the options, and also the Camry can have heated leather upholstery, power pole position, a moonroof, JBL sound, two separate navigation systems (see the photos to contrast) as well as Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we detail right here.

Camry in the marketplace

Toyota opted for brief completions with the new Camry: Squeeze out one more 2 mpg, improve the guiding as well as handling, improve the brakes. Some buyers may want the carmaker had actually chosen to throw a styling long sphere, as Kia and Hyundai did. Toyota might miss out on some new purchasers because the redesign looks also mild.

Yet I'm not exactly sure the Camry required a designing overhaul; nevertheless, its predecessor had actually aged well. The carmaker needs to restore the nameplate's credibility for bulletproof reliability, which has actually sunk to just OK in recent years. The inside is a couple of flubs except family-car excellence, as well as the skateboard tires mar an otherwise fine-tuned driving experience. But the sensibilities stay, and also on the whole the Camry has actually boosted significantly. It remains, more than ever, a poster car for your right mind.

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