The five-seat car can be found in L, LE, XLE as well as sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is basic, with a V-6 optional on the SE as well as XLE. I examined the much-improved Camry Hybrid individually. The brand-new Camry won't take place sale up until October, yet I drove most variants at a media preview.
2012 Toyota Camry For Sale
That Point's New?
Toyota describes the Camry as all-new-- 7th generation, upgraded from top to bottom-- yet the styling suggests a milder upgrade. The automobile's length, width and wheelbase remain the exact same. The fronts lights look even more reshaped than reimagined. The boomerang taillights add something fresh, but the side profile resembles the old Camry.
The Camry SE has flashy body treatments and also 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base model. Much better incorporated compared to the outbound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on extensions had all the makings of a discount nose surgery-- it's the clearest redesign of the number, if you could abide its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 and also a great deal of woodchuck.
The upgraded cabin feels richer, if much less consistent, than in the past. Clothed with stitched fake leather and also a chrome-flanked, elevated facility panel, the dashboard has great deals of upscale eye candy. The top quality surpasses view alone-- the environment manages really feel better and also the gearshift crisper moving from Park to Drive.
I like the last Camry's pleasant seats to the new version's, which are a touch firmer. Still, the chauffeur's seat has good change array, as well as the facility console doesn't encroach on hip or knee room. Though the rear seat is not as cavernous as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits grownups fine, with excellent clearance as well as a hump-free flooring. The Camry XLE loses its reclining backseat, yet all trims obtain a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The previous generation's SE and XLE rear seats really did not fold.
A few locations obtain the short shrift: inexpensive back door panels, a worn headliner, no more one-touch power windows all over. On the whole, however, cabin high quality really feels competitive, if except the Kia Optima as well as Passat. As well as the Camry's functionality-- vast storage cubbies, exposure unconfined by a descending roofline or thick home window columns-- should draw customers.
Trunk quantity procedures 15.4 cubic feet, up from in 2015's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) as well as defeating the Accord. If trunk space is high up on your listing, have a look at the Hyundai Sonata as well as Ford Blend. Both cars leading 16 cubic feet.
The Gripe is Grip
The prior generation Camry fasted: capable with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscular with the 268-hp V-6. That carries over for 2012, together with a 2 mpg enhancement for each version in consolidated city/highway mileage, inning accordance with EPA price quotes. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder as well as 25 mpg with the 6, the Camry leads all competitors yet the Sonata. Credit rating Toyota for slendering most variations down greater than 100 extra pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, including fuel-saving electrical power steering and also equipping the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.
I'm sold on four of the five changes. Like a lot of family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed locates multi-gear downshifts, however it upshifts smoothly and also usually kicks down quickly enough. (Toyota has dropped last year's stick shift.) What's more, the Camry outsteers its precursor. I drove 2011 as well as 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, as well as the old auto's comatose guiding comments and also highway discomposure have reduced. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb during quick lane modifications-- the Accord and also Blend maneuver better-- yet it feels a lot more confident than it did.
The tires, nonetheless, are anything however. The Camry LE has Michelin Power Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose reduced rolling resistance boosts gas mileage. Alas, it comes with a high expense. Push the accelerator, as well as the front wheels rotate away. On sweeping curves, the tires damage from the line early, checked just when the common digital security system calls order. The outbound Camry utilized run-of-the-mill Michelin Energy MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Energy Savers stray. Most awful of all, I observed this after hours of modest driving with temperature levels in the 80s. On a gusting winter day, I are afraid the Energy Savers would make out also worse.
The Camry XLE as well as four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, also, lack much grasp. The V-6 SE has 18s and Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- lastly!-- play nice. They match the SE, which improves its discordant predecessor. The last SE managed as well badly to validate its choppy trip. I drove the two generations back-to-back, as well as the brand-new one leans even more yet handles better-- sharper equilibrium, stylish drifting, better guiding responses. I just wish Toyota had functioned similar magic with the suspension. It doesn't container as much through pockets and also ruts, but little bumps are really felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some rivals-- the Suzuki Kizashi in particular-- locate far better ground between trip and handling. The Camry SE has enhanced, yet it's not there yet.
Common Camry trims ride a touch stronger than in the past, however overall convenience still excites. So do the brakes. Toyota exchanged in somewhat bigger four-wheel discs for 2012, as well as the straight reaction improves on the Camry norm.
Safety, Quality & Prices
As of this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 standard air bags. As needed of all 2012 designs, a digital stability system and also anti-skid brakes are standard. A blind spot caution system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to value the automobile, but authorities informed me the popular LE design won't stray much from its 2011 price-- $22,700 with the automatic-- and also the cost of the SE as well as XLE "will certainly be considerably lower" compared to their predecessors. Those trims were about $24,000 and also $26,500, respectively, with transmissions.
Do not expect to locate a Camry L conveniently. Toyota states the base trim will certainly consist of less than 5 percent of all sales-- primarily to industrial fleets, not consumers. Standard attributes consist of a/c, cruise ship control, power devices, Bluetooth and an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims add steering-wheel sound controls, remote keyless access and a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Examine all the alternatives, as well as the Camry can have heated natural leather upholstery, power front seats, a moonroof, JBL sound, two different navigation systems (see the photos to compare) as well as Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we detail here.
Camry in the Market
Toyota went with brief conclusions with the new Camry: Eke out an additional 2 mpg, refine the steering as well as handling, enhance the brakes. Some buyers could desire the carmaker had chosen to throw a styling long sphere, as Kia and also Hyundai did. Toyota could lose out on some new customers because the redesign looks too mild.
However I'm not exactly sure the Camry required a designing overhaul; after all, its predecessor had aged well. The carmaker has to recover the nameplate's reputation for bulletproof dependability, which has actually sunk to just ALRIGHT in recent times. The interior is a couple of flubs short of family-car quality, and also the skateboard tires mar an or else fine-tuned driving experience. Yet the sensibilities remain, and overall the Camry has actually boosted substantially. It continues to be, more than ever, a poster cars and truck for your right mind.