The five-seat sedan comes in L, LE, XLE and also sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is conventional, with a V-6 optional on the SE and also XLE. I assessed the much-improved Camry Crossbreed separately. The new Camry won't take place sale till October, however I drove most variants at a media sneak peek.
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
That Thing's New?
Toyota explains the Camry as all-new-- seventh generation, upgraded inside out-- however the styling suggests a milder update. The car's length, width and wheelbase stay the same. The headlights look even more reshaped compared to reimagined. The boomerang taillights add something fresh, however the side account resembles the old Camry.
The Camry SE has sporty body treatments as well as 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base design. Better integrated compared to the outward bound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on expansions had all the makings of a price cut nose job-- it's the clearest redesign of the lot, if you can abide its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 and a great deal of woodchuck.
The upgraded cabin feels richer, if less regular, compared to before. Clothed with stitched fake leather and also a chrome-flanked, raised center panel, the dashboard has lots of upscale eye sweet. The top quality surpasses sight alone-- the environment regulates really feel weightier and the gearshift crisper relocating from Park to Drive.
I favor the last Camry's pleasant seats to the brand-new variation's, which are a touch firmer. Still, the chauffeur's seat has great modification variety, and also the center console does not encroach on hip or knee space. Though the backseat is not as spacious as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits grownups fine, with excellent clearance and also a hump-free flooring. The Camry XLE loses its lying rear seat, however all trims gain a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The previous generation's SE and XLE rear seats didn't fold.
A couple of locations get the short shrift: inexpensive back door panels, a worn headliner, no more one-touch power windows throughout. Overall, however, cabin high quality feels affordable, if short of the Kia Optima and also Passat. As well as the Camry's practicality-- large storage cubbies, exposure unfettered by a descending roofline or thick home window columns-- ought to attract customers.
Trunk quantity measures 15.4 cubic feet, up from last year's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) as well as defeating the Accord. If trunk area is high up on your listing, have a look at the Hyundai Sonata and also Ford Fusion. Both autos leading 16 cubic feet.
The Complaint is Grasp
The previous generation Camry was quick: capable with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscular with the 268-hp V-6. That carries over for 2012, together with a 2 mpg renovation for each and every version in consolidated city/highway mileage, according to EPA price quotes. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder and also 25 mpg with the six, the Camry leads all competitors but the Sonata. Credit score Toyota for slendering most versions down greater than 100 extra pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, adding fuel-saving electric power steering and also outfitting the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.
I'm sold on 4 of the 5 adjustments. Like many family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed discovers multi-gear downshifts, however it upshifts efficiently and generally kicks down soon sufficient. (Toyota has actually dropped in 2014's standard transmission.) Exactly what's even more, the Camry outsteers its precursor. I drove 2011 and also 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and also the old automobile's comatose steering responses and also freeway discomposure have diminished. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb during quick lane changes-- the Accord and Combination maneuver better-- yet it really feels much more confident compared to it did.
The tires, however, are anything but. The Camry LE has Michelin Energy Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose lower moving resistance enhances gas mileage. Unfortunately, it comes with a high expense. Prod the accelerator, as well as the front wheels rotate away. On sweeping curves, the tires damage from the line early, checked only when the typical digital stability system calls order. The outward bound Camry used ordinary Michelin Energy MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Energy Savers wander off. Most severe of all, I observed this after hours of moderate driving with temperatures 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, too, do not have much grip. The V-6 SE has 18s and also Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- ultimately!-- play nice. They match the SE, which enhances its discordant precursor. The last SE took care of as well improperly to justify its rough trip. I drove the two generations back-to-back, as well as the new one leans more but manages far better-- sharper balance, elegant drifting, much better steering feedback. I just want Toyota had worked comparable magic with the suspension. It does not jar as a lot through fractures and also ruts, however little bumps are really felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some competitors-- the Suzuki Kizashi particularly-- find far better ground in between flight as well as handling. The Camry SE has boosted, but it's not there yet.
Ordinary Camry trims ride a touch firmer compared to before, but general comfort still thrills. So do the brakes. Toyota switched in somewhat larger four-wheel discs for 2012, and also the linear feedback enhances the Camry norm.
Safety, Features & Pricing
Since this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 basic air bags. As needed of all 2012 versions, a digital security system and also anti-skid brakes are standard. A dead spot caution system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to price the automobile, however authorities told me the popular LE version won't wander off much from its 2011 price-- $22,700 with the automated-- and the price of the SE and also XLE "will certainly be substantially reduced" compared to their predecessors. Those trims were about $24,000 and also $26,500, specifically, with automatic transmissions.
Don't expect to discover a Camry L conveniently. Toyota states the base trim will certainly consist of less than 5 percent of all sales-- mostly to industrial fleets, not consumers. Conventional attributes consist of a/c, cruise control, power devices, Bluetooth and also an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims include steering-wheel sound controls, remote keyless entry as well as a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Examine all the alternatives, as well as the Camry can have heated up natural leather upholstery, power front seats, a moonroof, JBL audio, two different navigating systems (see the images to compare) and also Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we information right here.
Camry in the Market
Toyota chose brief completions with the brand-new Camry: Squeeze out another 2 mpg, refine the guiding and handling, enhance the brakes. Some buyers could wish the carmaker had actually chosen to toss a styling long sphere, as Kia and also Hyundai did. Toyota can miss out on some new customers since the redesign looks also light.
But I'm unsure the Camry required a styling overhaul; nevertheless, its predecessor had aged well. The carmaker needs to recover the nameplate's credibility for bulletproof dependability, which has actually sunk to simply ALRIGHT in recent years. The inside is a few flubs short of family-car quality, and the skateboard tires mar an otherwise improved driving experience. But the sensibilities continue to be, and overall the Camry has actually boosted substantially. It remains, more than ever, a poster auto for your right mind.