The five-seat sedan can be found in L, LE, XLE and also sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is typical, with a V-6 optional on the SE and XLE. I reviewed the much-improved Camry Crossbreed independently. The brand-new Camry won't take place sale till October, however I drove most variants at a media sneak peek.
2012 Toyota Camry Se Limited Edition
That Point's New?
Toyota describes the Camry as all-new-- 7th generation, upgraded from top to bottom-- yet the styling suggests a milder update. The auto's size, width as well as wheelbase remain the same. The headlights look even more improved than reimagined. The boomerang taillights include something fresh, however the side profile resembles the old Camry.
The Camry SE has flashy body therapies and 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base model. 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 lot, if you can abide its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 as well as a great deal of woodchuck.
The overhauled cabin feels richer, if less consistent, than previously. Dressed with stitched artificial leather as well as a chrome-flanked, increased facility panel, the dashboard has lots of upscale eye sweet. The high quality exceeds sight alone-- the environment manages really feel weightier and the gearshift crisper moving from Park to Drive.
I favor the last Camry's easy seats to the new variation's, which are a touch firmer. Still, the driver's seat has great modification range, as well as the facility console does not encroach on hip or knee room. Though the backseat is not as cavernous as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits grownups fine, with excellent headroom as well as a hump-free flooring. The Camry XLE sheds its lying backseat, however all trims obtain a 60/40-split folding backseat. The previous generation's SE and XLE backseats really did not fold.
A couple of areas obtain the short shrift: affordable back door panels, an old headliner, say goodbye to one-touch power home windows around. On the whole, though, cabin quality really feels affordable, if except the Kia Optima as well as Passat. And also the Camry's practicality-- large storage space cubbies, visibility unconfined by a descending roofline or thick window pillars-- need to attract purchasers.
Trunk volume steps 15.4 cubic feet, up from in 2014's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) as well as beating the Accord. If trunk area is high up on your checklist, take a look at the Hyundai Sonata and Ford Combination. Both automobiles leading 16 cubic feet.
The Complaint is Grasp
The prior generation Camry was quick: qualified with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscular with the 268-hp V-6. That rollovers for 2012, together with a 2 mpg improvement for each variation in consolidated 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 but the Sonata. Credit history Toyota for slimming most variations down more than 100 extra pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, including fuel-saving electrical power steering and also furnishing the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.
I'm sold on four of the five changes. Like most family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed locates multi-gear downshifts, yet it upshifts efficiently as well as normally kicks down quickly enough. (Toyota has dropped last year's standard transmission.) What's even more, the Camry outsteers its precursor. I drove 2011 as well as 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, as well as the old vehicle's comatose guiding responses as well as freeway discomposure have decreased. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb throughout fast lane changes-- the Accord and also Fusion maneuver much better-- however it really feels extra positive compared to it did.
The tires, nevertheless, are anything yet. The Camry LE has Michelin Power Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose lower rolling resistance improves gas mileage. Alas, it comes with a high expense. Prod the accelerator, as well as the front wheels spin away. On sweeping contours, the tires damage from the line early, reined in only when the basic digital security system calls order. The outward bound Camry employed run-of-the-mill Michelin Power MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Energy Savers stray. Most severe of all, I observed this after hrs of moderate driving with temperatures in the 80s. On a blustery winter day, I fear the Energy Savers would fare 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-- lastly!-- play good. They match the SE, which improves its discordant precursor. The last SE took care of as well poorly to justify its rough trip. I drove both generations back-to-back, as well as the new one leans even more however deals with better-- sharper balance, elegant drifting, much better guiding feedback. I just wish Toyota had actually functioned comparable magic with the suspension. It does not jar as a lot with splits and also ruts, but little bumps are felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some rivals-- the Suzuki Kizashi specifically-- find much better ground in between trip as well as handling. The Camry SE has actually enhanced, yet it's not there yet.
Common Camry trims ride a touch firmer than before, but total comfort still thrills. So do the brakes. Toyota swapped in somewhat bigger four-wheel discs for 2012, and the direct action improves on the Camry norm.
Safety and security, Characteristic & Prices
Since this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 basic air bags. As needed of all 2012 models, an electronic security system as well as antilock brakes are standard. A blind spot warning system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to price the auto, however authorities informed me the prominent LE design won't wander off a lot from its 2011 rate-- $22,700 with the automated-- and also the expense of the SE and XLE "will be considerably lower" than their precursors. Those trims were about $24,000 as well as $26,500, respectively, with automatic transmissions.
Don't anticipate to locate a Camry L easily. Toyota claims the base trim will consist of less than 5 percent of all sales-- mainly to business fleets, not customers. Basic features include a/c, cruise ship control, power devices, Bluetooth as well as an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims add steering-wheel sound controls, remote keyless entry and also a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Inspect all the alternatives, and the Camry could have heated up natural leather upholstery, power pole position, a moonroof, JBL audio, 2 different navigation systems (see the pictures to contrast) and also Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we information here.
Camry in the marketplace
Toyota chose brief conclusions with the brand-new Camry: Eke out another 2 mpg, refine the guiding as well as handling, improve the brakes. Some purchasers could desire the carmaker had actually chosen to toss a designing long ball, as Kia as well as Hyundai did. Toyota can lose out on some new customers due to the fact that the redesign looks too mild.
Yet I'm unsure the Camry needed a styling overhaul; nevertheless, its predecessor had matured well. The carmaker should recover the nameplate's track record for bulletproof integrity, which has sunk to simply ALRIGHT in the last few years. The interior is a couple of flubs short of family-car excellence, as well as the skateboard tires mar an or else improved driving experience. However the sensibilities remain, as well as on the whole the Camry has boosted considerably. It remains, more than ever, a poster cars and truck for your right brain.