The five-seat sedan is available in L, LE, XLE and also sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is standard, with a V-6 optional on the SE and XLE. I reviewed the much-improved Camry Hybrid independently. The new Camry won't go on sale up until October, yet I drove most versions at a media sneak peek.
2012 Toyota Camry Se V6
That Thing's New?
Toyota defines the Camry as all-new-- seventh generation, revamped inside out-- yet the designing suggests a milder update. The auto's size, size and also wheelbase continue to be the very same. The fronts lights look even more reshaped compared to reimagined. The boomerang taillights include something fresh, yet the side account smacks of the old Camry.
The Camry SE has stylish body therapies and also 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 discount rate nose surgery-- 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 feels richer, if less constant, than previously. Dressed with stitched artificial leather as well as a chrome-flanked, elevated center panel, the dash has lots of high end eye sweet. The quality surpasses view alone-- the climate regulates feel weightier as well as the gearshift crisper moving from Park to Drive.
I choose the last Camry's pleasant seats to the brand-new variation's, which are a touch stronger. Still, the vehicle driver's seat has good adjustment variety, as well as the center console doesn't encroach on hip or knee room. Though the backseat is not as cavernous as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits adults fine, with great clearance and also a hump-free floor. The Camry XLE sheds its reclining rear seat, yet all trims obtain a 60/40-split folding backseat. The previous generation's SE and XLE backseats didn't fold.
A few locations get the short shrift: inexpensive back door panels, a worn headliner, no more one-touch power windows throughout. Overall, however, cabin top quality feels competitive, if except the Kia Optima and Passat. And also the Camry's practicality-- large storage space cubbies, visibility unfettered by a coming down roofline or thick home window pillars-- need to draw purchasers.
Trunk quantity procedures 15.4 cubic feet, up from in 2015's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) and also beating the Accord. If trunk space is high on your listing, take a look at the Hyundai Sonata and also Ford Blend. Both cars top 16 cubic feet.
The Complaint is Grasp
The previous generation Camry was quick: 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 renovation for every variation in combined city/highway mileage, inning accordance with EPA estimates. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder and also 25 mpg with the 6, the Camry leads all competitors yet the Sonata. Credit Toyota for slimming most variations down greater than 100 extra pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, including fuel-saving electrical power guiding and furnishing the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.
I'm sold on 4 of the five adjustments. Like most family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed finds multi-gear downshifts, yet it upshifts efficiently as well as generally kicks down quickly enough. (Toyota has dropped last year's stick shift.) Exactly what's even more, the Camry outsteers its precursor. I drove 2011 and 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, as well as the old car's comatose guiding responses and also freeway discomposure have actually diminished. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb throughout quick lane modifications-- the Accord and also Blend maneuver much better-- yet it feels much more confident than it did.
The tires, nevertheless, are anything yet. The Camry LE has Michelin Power Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose reduced moving resistance enhances gas mileage. Alas, it comes with a high cost. Push the accelerator, and the front wheels spin away. On sweeping curves, the tires break from the line early, controlled only when the conventional digital security system calls order. The outbound Camry utilized run-of-the-mill Michelin Energy MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Energy Savers wander off. Most awful of all, I observed this after hours of moderate driving with temperatures in the 80s. On a gusting winter months day, I are afraid the Energy Savers would make out even worse.
The Camry XLE and also four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, as well, do not have much grasp. The V-6 SE has 18s and Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- finally!-- play great. They match the SE, which enhances its discordant predecessor. The last SE managed also improperly to justify its uneven ride. I drove both generations back-to-back, and also the brand-new one leans more however deals with better-- sharper balance, elegant wandering, better steering feedback. I just wish Toyota had functioned similar magic with the suspension. It doesn't jar as a lot through splits as well as ruts, but tiny bumps are really felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some competitors-- the Suzuki Kizashi in particular-- locate far better ground between ride as well as handling. The Camry SE has enhanced, however it's not there yet.
Ordinary Camry trims ride a touch stronger compared to previously, however general comfort still excites. So do the brakes. Toyota switched in slightly bigger four-wheel discs for 2012, and also the straight reaction improves the Camry standard.
Security, Features & Rates
As of this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 standard airbags. As called for of all 2012 models, an electronic stability system and anti-skid brakes are typical. An unseen area caution system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to price the cars and truck, yet officials informed me the popular LE model will not stray a lot from its 2011 rate-- $22,700 with the automatic-- as well as the cost of the SE and XLE "will certainly be substantially reduced" than their predecessors. Those trims were about $24,000 as well as $26,500, specifically, with transmissions.
Do not anticipate to find a Camry L easily. Toyota says the base trim will certainly comprise less than 5 percent of all sales-- mostly to business fleets, not customers. Conventional features include a/c, cruise control, power devices, Bluetooth and also an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims include steering-wheel sound controls, remote keyless entry and also a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Check all the choices, and the Camry could have heated up natural leather furniture, power pole position, a moonroof, JBL audio, two different navigating systems (see the pictures to compare) and also Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we detail here.
Camry out there
Toyota went with brief conclusions with the brand-new Camry: Eke out another 2 mpg, fine-tune the steering and also handling, enhance the brakes. Some purchasers might want the carmaker had actually opted to throw a styling long ball, as Kia and Hyundai did. Toyota might lose out on some new purchasers since the redesign looks as well light.
However I'm unsure the Camry required a styling overhaul; nevertheless, its predecessor had aged well. The carmaker has to bring back the nameplate's online reputation for bulletproof reliability, which has sunk to just OKAY in recent years. The inside is a few flubs except family-car excellence, as well as the skateboard tires mar an or else refined driving experience. But the sensibilities remain, and also on the whole the Camry has boosted significantly. It stays, more than ever, a poster cars and truck for your right brain.