The five-seat car comes in L, LE, XLE and sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is common, with a V-6 optional on the SE and also XLE. I assessed the much-improved Camry Hybrid separately. The brand-new Camry won't take place sale up until October, but I drove most versions at a media preview.
Toyota Camry 2012 Review
That Point's New?
Toyota describes the Camry as brand new-- seventh generation, revamped inside out-- but the designing recommends a milder upgrade. The cars and truck's length, width and wheelbase stay the same. The headlights look even more improved compared to 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 incorporated compared to the outward bound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on extensions had all the makings of a discount rate nose surgery-- 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 revamped cabin really feels richer, if less constant, compared to before. Clothed with stitched artificial leather and a chrome-flanked, elevated center panel, the dash has great deals of upscale eye candy. The top quality exceeds sight alone-- the climate manages really feel weightier and the gearshift crisper relocating from Park to Drive.
I like the last Camry's cushy seats to the new version's, which are a touch firmer. Still, the motorist's seat has excellent adjustment range, and also the facility console doesn't encroach on hip or knee space. Though the rear seat is not as cavernous as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits grownups fine, with excellent clearance and also a hump-free floor. The Camry XLE sheds its lying rear seat, but all trims gain a 60/40-split folding backseat. The previous generation's SE and XLE backseats really did not fold.
A few locations get the short shrift: economical rear door panels, an old headliner, say goodbye to one-touch power windows throughout. On the whole, however, cabin quality really feels affordable, if short of the Kia Optima and also Passat. And the Camry's practicality-- large storage cubbies, exposure unfettered by a descending roofline or thick window pillars-- must 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, take a look at the Hyundai Sonata and also Ford Combination. Both autos leading 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 every variation in combined city/highway gas 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 however the Sonata. Debt Toyota for slendering most variations down greater than 100 extra pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, adding fuel-saving electrical power guiding and also equipping the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.
I'm sold on four of the 5 adjustments. Like the majority of family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed locates multi-gear downshifts, yet it upshifts smoothly as well as usually kicks down quickly sufficient. (Toyota has actually dropped in 2014's standard transmission.) Exactly what's more, the Camry outsteers its precursor. I drove 2011 and also 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and also the old vehicle's comatose guiding comments and freeway discomposure have diminished. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb throughout quick lane adjustments-- the Accord as well as Combination maneuver better-- but it feels extra certain compared to it did.
The tires, however, are anything however. The Camry LE has Michelin Power Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose reduced rolling resistance enhances gas mileage. Sadly, it comes with a high expense. Push the accelerator, and also the front wheels spin away. On sweeping curves, the tires break from the line early, checked just when the typical digital stability system calls order. The outbound Camry used ordinary Michelin Power MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Energy Savers wander off. Worst of all, I observed this after hours of moderate driving with temperatures in the 80s. On a blustery wintertime day, I are afraid the Power Savers would certainly fare also worse.
The Camry XLE and also four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, also, do not have much hold. The V-6 SE has 18s and Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- lastly!-- play great. They fit the SE, which enhances its discordant precursor. The last SE dealt with too inadequately to validate its uneven trip. I drove the two generations back-to-back, as well as the brand-new one leans even more but deals with better-- sharper equilibrium, stylish wandering, far better guiding responses. I only wish Toyota had functioned comparable magic with the suspension. It does not jar as a lot through gaps as well as ruts, but tiny bumps are really felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some rivals-- the Suzuki Kizashi specifically-- find far better ground in between trip and also handling. The Camry SE has actually enhanced, but it's not there yet.
Ordinary Camry trims ride a touch firmer than previously, yet total convenience still excites. So do the brakes. Toyota swapped in slightly larger four-wheel discs for 2012, and also the straight feedback enhances the Camry norm.
Safety and security, Quality & Prices
Since this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 basic airbags. As needed of all 2012 versions, an electronic stability system and also antilock brakes are typical. An unseen area caution system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to value the auto, yet authorities told me the preferred LE design will not stray much from its 2011 rate-- $22,700 with the automatic-- as well as the price of the SE as well as XLE "will certainly be considerably lower" compared to their predecessors. Those trims were around $24,000 and also $26,500, respectively, with transmissions.
Don't expect to discover a Camry L conveniently. Toyota says the base trim will consist of less than 5 percent of all sales-- mainly to commercial fleets, not customers. Standard attributes consist of cooling, cruise control, power accessories, Bluetooth and an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims include steering-wheel audio controls, remote keyless entry and also a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Check all the alternatives, and also the Camry can have warmed natural leather upholstery, power pole position, a moonroof, JBL audio, 2 separate navigation systems (see the photos to compare) as well as Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we detail right here.
Camry in the marketplace
Toyota went with short completions with the new Camry: Squeeze out one more 2 mpg, fine-tune the steering as well as handling, enhance the brakes. Some purchasers may wish the carmaker had actually opted to toss a designing long ball, as Kia and Hyundai did. Toyota can miss out on some new buyers due to the fact that the redesign looks too light.
However I'm uncertain the Camry needed a styling overhaul; besides, its predecessor had aged well. The carmaker should restore the nameplate's reputation for bulletproof dependability, which has sunk to simply ALRIGHT over the last few years. The interior is a few flubs except family-car excellence, and also the skateboard tires mar an otherwise improved driving experience. However the perceptiveness remain, and overall the Camry has improved dramatically. It stays, more than ever, a poster vehicle for your right mind.