The five-seat car comes in L, LE, XLE and sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is basic, with a V-6 optional on the SE and XLE. I assessed the much-improved Camry Crossbreed independently. The brand-new Camry won't go on sale till October, however I drove most variations at a media preview.
Toyota Camry 2012
That Point's New?
Toyota describes the Camry as all-new-- 7th generation, redesigned inside out-- but the styling suggests a milder update. The auto's length, size and also wheelbase stay the very same. The fronts lights look 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 and 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base design. Much better integrated compared to the outward bound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on extensions had all the makings of a price cut rhinoplasty-- it's the clearest redesign of the bunch, if you could follow its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 as well as a great deal of woodchuck.
Spruced up Inside
The revamped cabin really feels richer, if much less constant, than before. Dressed with sewn faux leather and a chrome-flanked, raised center panel, the dashboard has great deals of upscale eye sweet. The high quality goes beyond view alone-- the environment manages really feel weightier and also the gearshift crisper relocating from Park to Drive.
I choose the last Camry's cushy seats to the new version's, which are a touch firmer. Still, the chauffeur's seat has good adjustment variety, as well as the center 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 grownups fine, with great headroom as well as a hump-free floor. The Camry XLE loses its reclining backseat, yet all trims obtain a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The previous generation's SE and also XLE rear seats didn't fold.
A few areas obtain the short shrift: cheap rear door panels, a worn headliner, say goodbye to one-touch power windows all around. Overall, however, cabin quality feels affordable, if short of the Kia Optima and Passat. As well as the Camry's practicality-- substantial storage space cubbies, presence unfettered by a descending roofline or thick home window columns-- should attract purchasers.
Trunk quantity steps 15.4 cubic feet, up from in 2014's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) and beating the Accord. If trunk area is high up on your list, take a look at the Hyundai Sonata and Ford Combination. Both autos leading 16 cubic feet.
The Complaint is Hold
The prior generation Camry fasted: capable with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscular with the 268-hp V-6. That rollovers for 2012, in addition to a 2 mpg renovation for every version in mixed city/highway gas mileage, inning accordance with EPA quotes. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder and 25 mpg with the 6, the Camry leads all competitors but the Sonata. Credit score Toyota for slimming most versions down greater than 100 pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, adding fuel-saving electrical power steering and furnishing the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.
I'm sold on four of the 5 adjustments. Like most family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed stumbles on multi-gear downshifts, however it upshifts efficiently as well as generally kicks down quickly enough. (Toyota has actually gone down in 2015's standard transmission.) What's more, the Camry outsteers its predecessor. I drove 2011 as well as 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and also the old cars and truck's comatose steering responses and highway discomposure have diminished. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb throughout quick lane modifications-- the Accord and also Fusion maneuver much better-- but it feels extra confident compared to it did.
The tires, nonetheless, are anything but. The Camry LE has Michelin Energy Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose lower moving resistance boosts gas mileage. Sadly, it comes with a high price. Push the accelerator, and the front wheels rotate away. On sweeping curves, the tires damage from the line early, controlled just when the conventional digital security system calls order. The outward bound Camry utilized common Michelin Power MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Power Savers wander off. Most awful of all, I observed this after hours of moderate driving with temperature levels in the 80s. On a gusting wintertime day, I are afraid the Power Savers would certainly get on even worse.
The Camry XLE and also four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, also, do not have much grasp. The V-6 SE has 18s as well as Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- ultimately!-- play nice. They fit the SE, which enhances its discordant predecessor. The last SE dealt with too poorly to warrant its choppy flight. I drove the two generations back-to-back, and the brand-new one leans more however handles far better-- sharper equilibrium, graceful wandering, far better guiding comments. I only desire Toyota had actually functioned similar magic with the suspension. It doesn't jar as a lot through pockets as well as ruts, but tiny bumps are really felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some rivals-- the Suzuki Kizashi specifically-- find much better ground between flight and handling. The Camry SE has actually boosted, but it's not there yet.
Run-of-the-mill Camry trims ride a touch stronger compared to in the past, but total comfort still impresses. So do the brakes. Toyota swapped in a little bigger four-wheel discs for 2012, and also the direct response improves the Camry norm.
Safety, Features & Prices
Since this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 conventional air bags. As needed of all 2012 versions, a digital security system and anti-skid brakes are typical. A blind spot caution system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to price the car, yet officials told me the popular LE version won't stray much from its 2011 price-- $22,700 with the automatic-- and also the price of the SE and also XLE "will be considerably lower" than their predecessors. Those trims were around $24,000 and also $26,500, respectively, with transmissions.
Do not expect to find a Camry L quickly. Toyota says the base trim will make up less than 5 percent of all sales-- primarily to commercial fleets, not customers. Common features include a/c, cruise control, power accessories, Bluetooth as well as 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. Inspect all the alternatives, as well as the Camry could have heated up leather furniture, power front seats, a moonroof, JBL sound, two separate navigating systems (see the images to compare) as well as Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we information here.
Camry in the marketplace
Toyota went for short conclusions with the brand-new Camry: Squeeze out an additional 2 mpg, refine the guiding as well as handling, improve the brakes. Some buyers might wish the carmaker had chosen to toss a designing long sphere, as Kia and also Hyundai did. Toyota might miss out on some brand-new buyers due to the fact that the redesign looks as well mild.
Yet I'm not exactly sure the Camry required a styling overhaul; besides, its precursor had actually aged well. The carmaker needs to restore the nameplate's track record for bulletproof dependability, which has sunk to simply OK in recent times. The inside is a couple of flubs except family-car quality, and the skateboard tires mar an or else improved driving experience. But the perceptiveness stay, as well as overall the Camry has actually improved significantly. It stays, more than ever, a poster car for your right mind.