The five-seat sedan can be found in L, LE, XLE as well as sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is common, with a V-6 optional on the SE as well as XLE. I evaluated the much-improved Camry Crossbreed separately. The new Camry won't go on sale up until October, yet I drove most variations at a media sneak peek.
2012 Toyota Camry Le
That Point's New?
Toyota defines the Camry as all-new-- seventh generation, redesigned inside out-- but the styling recommends a milder update. The cars and truck's size, width as well as wheelbase stay the same. The fronts lights look even more reshaped than reimagined. The boomerang taillights add something fresh, however the side account smacks of the old Camry.
The Camry SE has flashy body therapies as well as 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base model. Better integrated than the outgoing Camry SE-- whose slapped-on extensions 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 lot of woodchuck.
Spruced up Interior
The upgraded cabin really feels richer, if much less constant, compared to in the past. Clothed with stitched synthetic natural leather and also a chrome-flanked, increased facility panel, the dashboard has lots of upscale eye sweet. The high quality goes beyond view alone-- the environment controls feel better and the gearshift crisper relocating from Park to Drive.
I like the last Camry's pleasant seats to the brand-new variation's, which are a touch stronger. Still, the driver's seat has excellent modification variety, and also the center console does not 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 headroom and a hump-free floor. The Camry XLE sheds its reclining backseat, yet all trims acquire a 60/40-split folding backseat. The previous generation's SE and also XLE backseats didn't fold.
A couple of areas obtain the short shrift: inexpensive back door panels, a ratty headliner, no more one-touch power home windows all around. Overall, however, cabin top quality feels affordable, if except the Kia Optima and Passat. And the Camry's practicality-- substantial storage space cubbies, visibility unfettered by a coming down roofline or thick window columns-- should attract purchasers.
Trunk quantity actions 15.4 cubic feet, up from last year's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) and beating the Accord. If trunk space is high on your listing, have a look at the Hyundai Sonata as well as Ford Blend. Both cars top 16 cubic feet.
The Gripe is Hold
The prior 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 enhancement for each and every variation in mixed city/highway gas mileage, according to EPA price quotes. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder and 25 mpg with the 6, the Camry leads all rivals however the Sonata. Credit report Toyota for slendering most variations down more than 100 pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, including fuel-saving electric power guiding and furnishing the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.
I'm sold on 4 of the five adjustments. Like a lot of family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed locates multi-gear downshifts, however it upshifts efficiently and usually kicks down quickly sufficient. (Toyota has actually dropped in 2014's standard transmission.) What's more, the Camry outsteers its precursor. I drove 2011 and also 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and the old cars and truck's comatose guiding responses and also highway discomposure have diminished. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb throughout fast lane changes-- the Accord and also Fusion maneuver better-- however it really feels more confident compared to it did.
The tires, however, are anything yet. The Camry LE has Michelin Energy Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose lower rolling resistance improves gas mileage. Alas, it comes with a high price. Push the accelerator, and the front wheels spin away. On sweeping curves, the tires break from the line early, reined in only when the standard digital stability system calls order. The outward bound Camry utilized common Michelin Energy MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Energy Savers stray. Most awful of all, I observed this after hours of moderate driving with temperatures in the 80s. On a gusting winter day, I are afraid the Energy Savers would certainly make out also worse.
The Camry XLE and four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, as well, do not have much hold. The V-6 SE has 18s as well as Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- ultimately!-- play wonderful. They fit the SE, which enhances its discordant predecessor. The last SE dealt with also improperly to justify its choppy trip. I drove the two generations back-to-back, as well as the brand-new one leans even more however deals with much better-- sharper balance, elegant wandering, far better guiding comments. I only want Toyota had actually worked similar magic with the suspension. It does not jar as a lot via gaps and ruts, but little bumps are felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some competitors-- the Suzuki Kizashi specifically-- find much better ground in between flight as well as handling. The Camry SE has enhanced, however it's not there yet.
Common Camry trims ride a touch stronger than in the past, but general convenience still thrills. So do the brakes. Toyota exchanged in slightly larger four-wheel discs for 2012, and the straight response improves on the Camry norm.
Safety, Features & Prices
Since this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 common air bags. As called for of all 2012 models, an electronic security system as well as anti-skid brakes are basic. An unseen area caution system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to value the car, yet authorities told me the prominent LE model will not wander off much from its 2011 rate-- $22,700 with the automatic-- and also the expense of the SE and XLE "will be considerably lower" compared to their precursors. Those trims were about $24,000 and also $26,500, respectively, with automatic transmissions.
Don't anticipate to find a Camry L easily. Toyota states the base trim will certainly consist of less than 5 percent of all sales-- primarily to business fleets, not consumers. Typical features include a/c, cruise ship control, power accessories, Bluetooth and also an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims add steering-wheel sound controls, remote keyless entrance as well as a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Check all the alternatives, as well as the Camry could have heated natural leather furniture, power front seats, a moonroof, JBL audio, two different navigation systems (see the pictures to compare) and Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we detail below.
Camry in the Market
Toyota chose brief conclusions with the new Camry: Eke out an additional 2 mpg, refine the guiding and also handling, boost the brakes. Some purchasers may wish the carmaker had chosen to throw a designing long round, as Kia and also Hyundai did. Toyota could miss out on some brand-new customers due to the fact that the redesign looks also mild.
However I'm not exactly sure the Camry needed a designing overhaul; besides, its predecessor had actually aged well. The carmaker should recover the nameplate's credibility for bulletproof dependability, which has sunk to just OK recently. The inside is a couple of flubs except family-car quality, as well as the skateboard tires mar an otherwise improved driving experience. But the sensibilities remain, and also overall the Camry has enhanced dramatically. It remains, more than ever, a poster automobile for your right brain.