The five-seat car comes in L, LE, XLE and sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is typical, with a V-6 optional on the SE and XLE. I reviewed the much-improved Camry Crossbreed separately. The brand-new Camry will not go on sale up until October, however I drove most variants at a media preview.
2012 Toyota Camry Review
That Point's New?
Toyota describes the Camry as all-new-- seventh generation, upgraded inside out-- yet the styling suggests a milder upgrade. The vehicle's size, size and wheelbase remain the exact same. The fronts lights look even more reshaped compared to reimagined. The boomerang taillights include something fresh, yet the side profile resembles the old Camry.
The Camry SE has sporty body therapies and 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base design. Better incorporated compared to the outbound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on expansions had all the makings of a discount rhinoplasty-- it's the clearest redesign of the lot, if you could follow its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 and also a lot of woodchuck.
The revamped cabin really feels richer, if much less regular, than in the past. Clothed with sewn artificial natural leather and a chrome-flanked, elevated facility panel, the dashboard has great deals of upscale eye sweet. The top quality surpasses sight alone-- the climate regulates really feel better as well as the gearshift crisper moving from Park to Drive.
I favor the last Camry's comfy seats to the brand-new variation's, which are a touch stronger. Still, the chauffeur's seat has good adjustment range, and the facility console doesn't encroach on hip or knee area. Though the backseat is not as spacious as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits adults great, with excellent headroom and also a hump-free floor. The Camry XLE sheds its reclining rear seat, but all trims get a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The previous generation's SE and XLE rear seats really did not fold.
A few locations get the short shrift: inexpensive rear door panels, a worn headliner, no more one-touch power windows throughout. On the whole, though, cabin high quality really feels affordable, if short of the Kia Optima and also Passat. And also the Camry's practicality-- large storage cubbies, visibility unfettered by a descending roofline or thick window pillars-- should draw buyers.
Trunk volume actions 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 space is high on your listing, look into the Hyundai Sonata and also Ford Combination. Both autos top 16 cubic feet.
The Gripe is Grasp
The prior generation Camry fasted: capable with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscular with the 268-hp V-6. That carries over for 2012, in addition to a 2 mpg enhancement for each and every version in combined city/highway mileage, inning accordance with EPA quotes. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder and 25 mpg with the 6, the Camry leads all rivals yet the Sonata. Credit score Toyota for slendering most versions down more than 100 pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, including fuel-saving electrical power guiding as well as outfitting the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.
I'm sold on 4 of the five modifications. Like a lot of family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed locates multi-gear downshifts, however it upshifts efficiently as well as normally kicks down quickly enough. (Toyota has actually dropped last year's standard transmission.) What's even more, the Camry outsteers its predecessor. I drove 2011 and also 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and also the old auto's comatose guiding feedback and freeway discomposure have lessened. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb during quick lane adjustments-- the Accord and also Combination maneuver better-- yet it feels more positive compared to it did.
The tires, nevertheless, are anything however. The Camry LE has Michelin Power Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose reduced rolling resistance boosts gas mileage. Unfortunately, it comes at a high cost. Prod the accelerator, and also the front wheels spin away. On sweeping contours, the tires break from the line early, controlled just when the standard electronic security system calls order. The outgoing Camry employed run-of-the-mill Michelin Energy MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Power Savers stray. Most awful of all, I observed this after hrs of modest driving with temperatures in the 80s. On a gusting winter season day, I are afraid the Energy Savers would certainly fare even worse.
The Camry XLE as well as four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, too, lack much grip. The V-6 SE has 18s as well as Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- lastly!-- play wonderful. They match the SE, which improves its discordant precursor. The last SE took care of also improperly to validate its rough flight. I drove the two generations back-to-back, and also the new one leans even more however deals with better-- sharper balance, elegant wandering, much better steering feedback. I just want Toyota had functioned similar magic with the suspension. It doesn't jar as a lot with gaps and also ruts, however small bumps are felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some competitors-- the Suzuki Kizashi particularly-- find better ground in between flight and handling. The Camry SE has actually enhanced, yet it's not there yet.
Run-of-the-mill Camry trims ride a touch stronger compared to before, but general convenience still excites. So do the brakes. Toyota switched in slightly bigger four-wheel discs for 2012, and the direct action improves on the Camry norm.
Security, Characteristic & Pricing
As of this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 standard airbags. As required of all 2012 models, an electronic security system and antilock brakes are basic. A blind spot warning system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to price the automobile, however officials informed me the prominent LE model won't stray a lot from its 2011 rate-- $22,700 with the automated-- and also the expense of the SE as well as XLE "will be significantly reduced" than their precursors. Those trims were around $24,000 and $26,500, respectively, with automatic transmissions.
Do not expect to find a Camry L quickly. Toyota states the base trim will comprise less than 5 percent of all sales-- mainly to commercial fleets, not customers. Typical attributes include air conditioning, cruise ship control, power devices, Bluetooth and an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims include steering-wheel sound controls, remote keyless entry and also a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Examine all the alternatives, and the Camry can have heated natural leather furniture, power pole position, a moonroof, JBL audio, two different navigating systems (see the pictures to compare) and also Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we information below.
Camry in the Market
Toyota chose short conclusions with the new Camry: Squeeze out another 2 mpg, fine-tune the steering and handling, improve the brakes. Some customers could want the carmaker had chosen to toss a designing long round, as Kia and also Hyundai did. Toyota can lose out on some new purchasers since the redesign looks too moderate.
However I'm not exactly sure the Camry required a styling overhaul; nevertheless, its predecessor had matured well. The carmaker should bring back the nameplate's credibility for bulletproof dependability, which has sunk to merely OK over the last few years. The interior is a few flubs except family-car quality, and also the skateboard tires mar an otherwise improved driving experience. Yet the sensibilities stay, and on the whole the Camry has improved substantially. It stays, more than ever, a poster automobile for your right brain.