The five-seat sedan can be found in L, LE, XLE and sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is common, with a V-6 optional on the SE as well as XLE. I reviewed the much-improved Camry Crossbreed individually. The brand-new Camry will not take place sale until October, yet I drove most variants at a media sneak peek.
2012 Toyota Camry Horsepower
That Point's New?
Toyota defines the Camry as all-new-- seventh generation, upgraded from top to bottom-- but the designing recommends a milder update. The car's length, width and also wheelbase continue to be the same. The headlights look even more improved compared to reimagined. The boomerang taillights include something fresh, but the side account resembles the old Camry.
The Camry SE has stylish body treatments as well as 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base version. Better incorporated compared to the outward bound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on expansions had all the makings of a price cut nose surgery-- it's the clearest redesign of the lot, if you could abide its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 and a great deal of woodchuck.
The upgraded cabin feels richer, if less consistent, than before. Clothed with stitched synthetic leather and also a chrome-flanked, increased center panel, the dash has great deals of high end eye candy. The high quality goes beyond sight alone-- the climate controls really feel better as well as the gearshift crisper moving from Park to Drive.
I favor the last Camry's comfy seats to the brand-new variation's, which are a touch stronger. Still, the motorist's seat has great change range, and the center console doesn't encroach on hip or knee area. Though the rear seat is not as spacious as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits grownups great, with good headroom as well as a hump-free flooring. The Camry XLE loses its lying rear seat, yet all trims get a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The previous generation's SE and also XLE rear seats really did not fold.
A couple of locations get the short shrift: low-cost rear door panels, an old headliner, no more one-touch power windows around. Overall, though, cabin quality feels competitive, if short of the Kia Optima and also Passat. As well as the Camry's usefulness-- large storage cubbies, visibility unfettered by a descending roofline or thick window pillars-- must draw purchasers.
Trunk quantity procedures 15.4 cubic feet, up from last year's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) as well as beating the Accord. If trunk area is high on your listing, check out the Hyundai Sonata as well as Ford Blend. Both cars and trucks top 16 cubic feet.
The Complaint is Hold
The prior generation Camry fasted: capable with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscle with the 268-hp V-6. That carries over for 2012, in addition to a 2 mpg renovation for each version in combined city/highway mileage, inning accordance with EPA estimates. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder as well as 25 mpg with the six, the Camry leads all competitors but the Sonata. Credit scores Toyota for slimming most versions down more than 100 pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, adding fuel-saving electric power guiding and outfitting the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.
I'm sold on four of the 5 changes. Like a lot of family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed stumbles on multi-gear downshifts, but it upshifts efficiently and also usually kicks down soon enough. (Toyota has dropped last year's standard transmission.) Just 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 guiding responses and also highway discomposure have actually lessened. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb throughout quick lane modifications-- the Accord as well as Fusion maneuver much better-- but it feels much more certain than it did.
The tires, nonetheless, are anything but. The Camry LE has Michelin Energy Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose lower moving resistance enhances gas mileage. Sadly, it comes at a high cost. Prod the accelerator, as well as the front wheels rotate away. On sweeping curves, the tires damage from the line early, controlled just when the conventional digital stability system calls order. The outbound Camry utilized run-of-the-mill Michelin Energy MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Power Savers stray. 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 Energy Savers would fare 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 as well as Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- ultimately!-- play great. They match the SE, which enhances its discordant predecessor. The last SE managed as well inadequately to warrant its rough trip. I drove the two generations back-to-back, and also the brand-new one leans more yet deals with better-- sharper equilibrium, graceful wandering, better guiding responses. I only desire Toyota had worked comparable magic with the suspension. It does not container as much via pits and also ruts, yet little bumps are really felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some competitors-- the Suzuki Kizashi particularly-- locate better ground in between flight and also handling. The Camry SE has actually improved, however it's not there yet.
Ordinary Camry trims ride a touch firmer than previously, but general convenience still excites. So do the brakes. Toyota switched in slightly bigger four-wheel discs for 2012, as well as the straight reaction improves on the Camry standard.
Safety and security, Quality & Rates
Since this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 basic airbags. As required of all 2012 versions, a digital security system as well as antilock brakes are common. An unseen area caution system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to value the vehicle, but officials informed me the preferred LE version will not stray much from its 2011 rate-- $22,700 with the automatic-- and the price of the SE as well as XLE "will be substantially reduced" compared to their predecessors. Those trims were about $24,000 as well as $26,500, specifically, with transmissions.
Don't expect to locate a Camry L conveniently. Toyota says the base trim will certainly consist of less than 5 percent of all sales-- mostly to commercial fleets, not customers. Typical attributes consist of air conditioning, cruise ship control, power devices, 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. Check all the alternatives, as well as the Camry could have warmed natural leather furniture, power front seats, a moonroof, JBL audio, 2 different navigating systems (see the images to compare) and also Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we detail right here.
Camry in the marketplace
Toyota chose short completions with the new Camry: Eke out an additional 2 mpg, refine the guiding as well as handling, improve the brakes. Some purchasers could desire the carmaker had actually opted to toss a designing long sphere, as Kia and Hyundai did. Toyota could lose out on some new purchasers due to the fact that the redesign looks as well light.
Yet I'm not sure the Camry needed a styling overhaul; besides, its precursor had actually matured well. The carmaker needs to restore the nameplate's credibility for bulletproof integrity, which has sunk to simply ALRIGHT in recent times. The inside is a few flubs except family-car excellence, as well as the skateboard tires mar an otherwise fine-tuned driving experience. But the perceptiveness remain, and overall the Camry has actually boosted substantially. It continues to be, more than ever, a poster vehicle for your right mind.