The five-seat sedan is available in L, LE, XLE and also sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is typical, with a V-6 optional on the SE as well as XLE. I examined the much-improved Camry Hybrid separately. The new Camry will not go on sale until October, however I drove most versions at a media sneak peek.
2012 Toyota Camry Se For Sale
That Point's New?
Toyota describes the Camry as all-new-- seventh generation, revamped inside out-- yet the designing suggests a milder upgrade. The automobile's length, width and wheelbase remain the same. The headlights look even more improved compared to reimagined. The boomerang taillights add something fresh, yet the side account resembles the old Camry.
The Camry SE has stylish body treatments as well as 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base design. Better incorporated than the outbound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on extensions had all the makings of a discount rate 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 a great deal of woodchuck.
The upgraded cabin really feels richer, if less regular, than in the past. Dressed with sewn faux natural leather and a chrome-flanked, raised facility panel, the dashboard has great deals of upscale eye candy. The high quality exceeds sight alone-- the climate regulates feel better as well as the gearshift crisper relocating from Park to Drive.
I prefer the last Camry's comfy seats to the new variation's, which are a touch stronger. Still, the driver's seat has good adjustment variety, as well as the facility 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 great headroom as well as a hump-free flooring. The Camry XLE loses its lying rear seat, but all trims obtain a 60/40-split folding backseat. The previous generation's SE and XLE backseats didn't fold.
A couple of locations obtain the short shrift: cheap rear door panels, an old headliner, say goodbye to one-touch power home windows throughout. Overall, though, cabin top quality really feels competitive, if except the Kia Optima and also Passat. And the Camry's practicality-- vast storage cubbies, presence unconfined by a coming down roofline or thick window columns-- 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 beating the Accord. If trunk space 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 Gripe is Hold
The previous generation Camry was quick: qualified with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscular with the 268-hp V-6. That carries over for 2012, in addition to a 2 mpg renovation for each and every variation in combined city/highway mileage, inning accordance with EPA quotes. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder and also 25 mpg with the six, the Camry leads all competitors but the Sonata. Debt Toyota for slendering most versions down greater than 100 pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, including fuel-saving electrical power guiding and also outfitting the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.
I'm sold on 4 of the 5 modifications. Like the majority of family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed stumbles on multi-gear downshifts, but it upshifts efficiently and also usually kicks down soon enough. (Toyota has dropped last year's stick shift.) Exactly what's even more, the Camry outsteers its precursor. I drove 2011 and also 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, as well as the old car's comatose guiding responses and highway discomposure have actually lessened. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb during fast lane modifications-- the Accord and also Fusion maneuver better-- yet it really feels a lot more positive than it did.
The tires, however, are anything but. The Camry LE has Michelin Energy Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose lower rolling resistance enhances gas mileage. Alas, it comes at a high cost. Prod the accelerator, and the front wheels rotate away. On sweeping curves, the tires break from the line early, controlled only when the basic electronic stability system calls order. The outgoing Camry used ordinary Michelin Power MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Energy Savers stray. Most severe of all, I observed this after hours of modest driving with temperatures in the 80s. On a blustery winter season day, I fear the Energy Savers would fare also worse.
The Camry XLE and four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, too, lack much hold. The V-6 SE has 18s as well as Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- finally!-- play nice. They fit the SE, which improves on its discordant predecessor. The last SE dealt with also improperly to warrant its choppy ride. I drove the two generations back-to-back, and the new one leans even more yet handles better-- sharper balance, stylish drifting, better guiding responses. I only desire Toyota had actually worked comparable magic with the suspension. It does not jar as a lot through potholes and also ruts, however little bumps are really felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some rivals-- the Suzuki Kizashi in particular-- find far better ground in between flight and handling. The Camry SE has boosted, however it's not there yet.
Run-of-the-mill Camry trims ride a touch stronger compared to before, yet total convenience still excites. So do the brakes. Toyota swapped in somewhat larger four-wheel discs for 2012, as well as the straight action improves the Camry norm.
Safety, Characteristic & Pricing
Since this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 typical air bags. As called for of all 2012 versions, an electronic stability system and antilock brakes are basic. An unseen area caution system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to value the auto, yet authorities informed me the preferred LE design won't stray a lot from its 2011 rate-- $22,700 with the automatic-- and the expense of the SE as well as XLE "will be significantly lower" compared to their precursors. Those trims were about $24,000 and also $26,500, specifically, with automatic transmissions.
Do not expect to discover a Camry L easily. Toyota says the base trim will consist of less than 5 percent of all sales-- primarily to business fleets, not customers. Standard features consist of a/c, cruise control, power devices, Bluetooth and an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims add steering-wheel audio controls, remote keyless access as well as a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Examine all the options, and the Camry can have heated up leather upholstery, power pole position, a moonroof, JBL audio, 2 separate navigating systems (see the photos to contrast) as well as Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we detail here.
Camry in the marketplace
Toyota went for short conclusions with the brand-new Camry: Eke out another 2 mpg, fine-tune the steering and handling, improve the brakes. Some purchasers might desire the carmaker had actually opted to throw a designing long round, as Kia and also Hyundai did. Toyota might lose out on some brand-new buyers since the redesign looks too moderate.
However I'm uncertain the Camry required a styling overhaul; after all, its precursor had actually aged well. The carmaker needs to restore the nameplate's reputation for bulletproof integrity, which has sunk to simply ALRIGHT in recent times. The inside is a couple of flubs except family-car quality, as well as the skateboard tires mar an or else improved driving experience. Yet the perceptiveness continue to be, as well as overall the Camry has actually boosted significantly. It continues to be, more than ever, a poster automobile for your right brain.