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 XLE. I evaluated the much-improved Camry Hybrid separately. The brand-new Camry will not take place sale until October, however I drove most versions at a media sneak peek.
Toyota Camry 2012 Se
That Point's New?
Toyota defines the Camry as brand new-- seventh generation, redesigned from top to bottom-- yet the designing recommends a milder upgrade. The car's size, width as well as wheelbase remain the same. The fronts lights look even more reshaped than reimagined. The boomerang taillights include something fresh, but the side profile smacks of the old Camry.
The Camry SE has flashy body treatments and 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base model. Better integrated compared to the outward bound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on expansions had all the makings of a discount rate nose job-- 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 lot of woodchuck.
The upgraded cabin feels richer, if much less constant, than previously. Clothed with sewn faux leather as well as a chrome-flanked, increased facility panel, the dashboard has lots of upscale eye sweet. The high quality goes beyond view alone-- the climate regulates really feel better as well as the gearshift crisper moving from Park to Drive.
I choose the last Camry's comfy seats to the brand-new variation's, which are a touch firmer. Still, the motorist's seat has good modification array, as well as the center console does not encroach on hip or knee space. Though the backseat is not as cavernous as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits grownups great, with great clearance and also a hump-free floor. The Camry XLE loses its reclining rear seat, yet all trims obtain a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The previous generation's SE as well as XLE backseats didn't fold.
A few areas obtain the short shrift: low-cost back door panels, an old headliner, no more one-touch power windows throughout. Overall, however, cabin top quality really feels competitive, if except the Kia Optima and also Passat. As well as the Camry's practicality-- substantial storage cubbies, visibility unconfined by a descending roofline or thick home window columns-- need to attract purchasers.
Trunk quantity actions 15.4 cubic feet, up from in 2015's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) and defeating the Accord. If trunk area is high up on your listing, have a look at the Hyundai Sonata and Ford Combination. Both cars and trucks top 16 cubic feet.
The Complaint is Hold
The prior generation Camry was quick: qualified with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscle with the 268-hp V-6. That carries over for 2012, along with a 2 mpg enhancement for each version in mixed city/highway mileage, inning accordance with EPA estimates. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder and 25 mpg with the six, the Camry leads all competitors however the Sonata. Debt Toyota for slendering most variations down greater than 100 pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, including fuel-saving electric power guiding as well as equipping the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.
I'm sold on four of the five changes. Like the majority of family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed locates multi-gear downshifts, yet it upshifts efficiently and also typically kicks down quickly enough. (Toyota has actually gone down last year's stick shift.) Exactly what's even more, the Camry outsteers its precursor. I drove 2011 as well as 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, as well as the old automobile's comatose steering comments and also highway discomposure have decreased. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb during fast lane modifications-- the Accord as well as Blend maneuver better-- yet it feels much more positive compared to it did.
The tires, nevertheless, are anything but. The Camry LE has Michelin Energy Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose reduced moving resistance boosts gas mileage. Alas, it comes with a high price. Prod the accelerator, and the front wheels spin away. On sweeping contours, the tires damage from the line early, reined in only when the basic digital stability system calls order. The outgoing Camry utilized common Michelin Energy MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Energy Savers stray. Worst of all, I observed this after hours of moderate driving with temperatures in the 80s. On a gusting wintertime day, I fear the Power Savers would get on even worse.
The Camry XLE and four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, as well, do not have much grasp. The V-6 SE has 18s as well as Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- lastly!-- play good. They suit the SE, which enhances its discordant predecessor. The last SE managed as well improperly to warrant its rough ride. I drove the two generations back-to-back, and also the brand-new one leans more but deals with far better-- sharper balance, stylish drifting, far better steering comments. I just desire Toyota had actually worked comparable magic with the suspension. It does not container as a lot through pits and also ruts, however tiny bumps are felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some rivals-- the Suzuki Kizashi particularly-- discover better ground between ride and handling. The Camry SE has actually enhanced, however it's not there yet.
Ordinary Camry trims ride a touch stronger compared to in the past, yet general convenience still impresses. So do the brakes. Toyota swapped in a little bigger four-wheel discs for 2012, as well as the direct feedback enhances the Camry norm.
Safety, Features & Rates
Since this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 conventional airbags. As required of all 2012 designs, an electronic stability system and antilock brakes are standard. A dead spot warning system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to price the auto, but authorities told me the prominent LE version will not wander off much from its 2011 cost-- $22,700 with the automatic-- as well as the expense of the SE and XLE "will certainly be considerably reduced" than their predecessors. Those trims were around $24,000 and also $26,500, specifically, with automatic transmissions.
Don't anticipate to find a Camry L conveniently. Toyota says the base trim will certainly comprise less than 5 percent of all sales-- mostly to commercial fleets, not consumers. Standard functions include air conditioning, cruise ship control, power devices, Bluetooth and also an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims add steering-wheel audio controls, remote keyless entrance and also a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Examine all the alternatives, as well as the Camry can have warmed natural leather furniture, power front seats, a moonroof, JBL audio, 2 separate navigation systems (see the pictures to compare) and Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we information here.
Camry in the Market
Toyota went for short conclusions with the brand-new Camry: Eke out one more 2 mpg, refine the steering as well as handling, enhance the brakes. Some customers may desire the carmaker had decided to toss a designing long round, as Kia and also Hyundai did. Toyota can lose out on some brand-new customers since the redesign looks also mild.
However I'm uncertain the Camry needed a designing overhaul; besides, its predecessor had actually matured well. The carmaker has to bring back the nameplate's track record for bulletproof dependability, which has actually sunk to simply OK in the last few years. The interior is a few flubs short of family-car quality, and the skateboard tires mar an otherwise refined driving experience. But the perceptiveness continue to be, and also overall the Camry has actually enhanced dramatically. It continues to be, more than ever, a poster auto for your right brain.