The five-seat car is available 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 XLE. I evaluated the much-improved Camry Hybrid separately. The brand-new Camry won't go on sale until October, however I drove most variants at a media sneak peek.
2012 Toyota Camry
That Point's New?
Toyota defines the Camry as brand new-- seventh generation, upgraded inside out-- but the designing suggests a milder upgrade. The cars and truck's size, width as well as wheelbase stay the same. The fronts lights look even more reshaped compared to reimagined. The boomerang taillights add something fresh, but the side account resembles the old Camry.
The Camry SE has sporty body therapies as well as 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base design. Better incorporated than the outward bound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on expansions had all the makings of a price cut rhinoplasty-- 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 overhauled cabin feels richer, if much less constant, compared to before. Clothed with sewn artificial natural leather as well as a chrome-flanked, raised center panel, the dashboard has lots of high end eye candy. The quality surpasses view alone-- the environment controls really feel weightier and the gearshift crisper moving from Park to Drive.
I prefer the last Camry's easy seats to the new version's, which are a touch firmer. Still, the chauffeur's seat has excellent modification array, as well as the facility console doesn't encroach on hip or knee space. Though the rear seat is not as spacious as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits grownups fine, with great clearance as well as a hump-free floor. The Camry XLE loses its reclining backseat, yet all trims obtain a 60/40-split folding backseat. The previous generation's SE and XLE rear seats didn't fold.
A few areas obtain the short shrift: affordable back door panels, a worn headliner, say goodbye to one-touch power windows all over. On the whole, though, cabin quality feels competitive, if except the Kia Optima and Passat. And the Camry's practicality-- huge storage cubbies, presence unconfined by a coming down roofline or thick window columns-- must attract customers.
Trunk volume steps 15.4 cubic feet, up from in 2014's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) and also defeating the Accord. If trunk room is high on your checklist, take a look at the Hyundai Sonata and Ford Combination. Both cars and trucks leading 16 cubic feet.
The Gripe is Grasp
The prior generation Camry was quick: qualified with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscular with the 268-hp V-6. That rollovers for 2012, together with a 2 mpg renovation for each and every variation in combined city/highway gas mileage, according to EPA quotes. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder and also 25 mpg with the six, the Camry leads all competitors however the Sonata. Credit history Toyota for slendering most versions down greater than 100 pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, adding fuel-saving electric power guiding and also 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 discovers multi-gear downshifts, however it upshifts smoothly and normally kicks down quickly enough. (Toyota has dropped in 2014's standard transmission.) What's more, the Camry outsteers its predecessor. I drove 2011 as well as 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and the old automobile's comatose steering comments and also freeway discomposure have actually decreased. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb throughout fast lane changes-- the Accord and Blend maneuver much better-- but it feels much more confident than it did.
The tires, nevertheless, are anything however. The Camry LE has Michelin Power Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose lower moving resistance boosts gas mileage. Unfortunately, it comes at a high cost. Push the accelerator, as well as the front wheels spin away. On sweeping curves, the tires damage from the line early, controlled just when the basic electronic security system calls order. The outward bound Camry used common Michelin Energy MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Power Savers stray. Most severe 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 make out 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 and also Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- ultimately!-- play nice. They suit the SE, which enhances its discordant precursor. The last SE took care of too badly to validate its rough trip. I drove both generations back-to-back, and the new one leans more however takes care of far better-- sharper equilibrium, graceful wandering, better guiding comments. I just want Toyota had functioned comparable magic with the suspension. It doesn't jar as much through potholes and ruts, yet tiny bumps are felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some competitors-- the Suzuki Kizashi specifically-- locate much better ground between flight as well as handling. The Camry SE has actually improved, but it's not there yet.
Common Camry trims ride a touch stronger compared to before, but overall convenience still thrills. So do the brakes. Toyota switched in slightly larger four-wheel discs for 2012, and also the straight response enhances the Camry standard.
Safety and security, Features & Pricing
Since this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 basic air bags. As required of all 2012 versions, an electronic stability system as well as antilock brakes are typical. An unseen area warning system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to value the vehicle, however officials informed me the popular LE version will not wander off much from its 2011 rate-- $22,700 with the automatic-- and the price of the SE and XLE "will certainly be considerably lower" compared to their precursors. Those trims were about $24,000 and $26,500, specifically, with automatic transmissions.
Don't expect to find a Camry L conveniently. Toyota claims the base trim will certainly consist of less than 5 percent of all sales-- mostly to commercial fleets, not consumers. Typical attributes include a/c, cruise control, power devices, Bluetooth and an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims add steering-wheel audio controls, remote keyless entry and a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Examine all the alternatives, as well as the Camry could have warmed leather furniture, power pole position, a moonroof, JBL audio, 2 different navigating systems (see the photos to contrast) and also Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we detail right here.
Camry on the market
Toyota opted for short conclusions with the brand-new Camry: Eke out one more 2 mpg, improve the guiding as well as handling, improve the brakes. Some buyers might want the carmaker had actually chosen to toss a designing long ball, as Kia and Hyundai did. Toyota could miss out on some new customers since the redesign looks too moderate.
Yet I'm unsure the Camry needed a designing overhaul; nevertheless, its predecessor had actually matured well. The carmaker needs to recover the nameplate's reputation for bulletproof dependability, which has actually sunk to merely OK in recent years. The inside is a couple of flubs except family-car quality, and the skateboard tires mar an or else fine-tuned driving experience. Yet the perceptiveness continue to be, and on the whole the Camry has boosted substantially. It stays, more than ever, a poster cars and truck for your right brain.