The five-seat car is available 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 reviewed the much-improved Camry Hybrid separately. The brand-new Camry will not take place sale up until October, yet I drove most variants at a media sneak peek.
2012 Toyota Camry Se
That Point's New?
Toyota defines the Camry as all-new-- seventh generation, redesigned inside out-- yet the designing suggests a milder upgrade. The auto's length, width and wheelbase stay the same. The headlights look more improved compared to reimagined. The boomerang taillights add something fresh, but the side account resembles the old Camry.
The Camry SE has sporty body therapies and also 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base design. Much better incorporated compared to the outward bound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on extensions had all the makings of a discount nose surgery-- it's the clearest redesign of the bunch, if you can abide its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 as well as a great deal of woodchuck.
The upgraded cabin really feels richer, if less regular, compared to in the past. Clothed with sewn synthetic leather as well as a chrome-flanked, increased facility panel, the dash has lots of high end eye candy. The 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 agreeable seats to the brand-new variation's, which are a touch firmer. Still, the motorist's seat has good change range, as well as the facility console doesn't encroach on hip or knee area. Though the backseat is not as cavernous as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits adults great, with good clearance as well as a hump-free flooring. The Camry XLE sheds its lying backseat, but all trims acquire a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The previous generation's SE and XLE backseats really did not fold.
A couple of locations get the short shrift: economical back door panels, a ratty headliner, no more one-touch power home windows around. Overall, however, cabin quality feels affordable, if except the Kia Optima and also Passat. And the Camry's practicality-- substantial storage space cubbies, exposure unfettered by a descending roofline or thick window pillars-- need to attract purchasers.
Trunk quantity steps 15.4 cubic feet, up from last year's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) and also defeating the Accord. If trunk area is high up on your listing, look into the Hyundai Sonata as well as Ford Combination. Both vehicles leading 16 cubic feet.
The Complaint is Grasp
The prior generation Camry fasted: qualified with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscle with the 268-hp V-6. That rollovers for 2012, along with a 2 mpg improvement for each variation in combined city/highway mileage, according to EPA price quotes. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder as well as 25 mpg with the six, the Camry leads all competitors however the Sonata. Credit report Toyota for slimming most versions down more than 100 pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, adding fuel-saving electric power guiding and also equipping the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.
I'm sold on 4 of the five changes. Like many family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed finds multi-gear downshifts, yet it upshifts smoothly as well as typically kicks down soon enough. (Toyota has dropped in 2015's standard transmission.) Exactly what's even more, the Camry outsteers its predecessor. I drove 2011 and 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, as well as the old automobile's comatose guiding comments as well as freeway discomposure have decreased. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb during quick lane modifications-- the Accord as well as Combination maneuver better-- but it really 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 moving resistance improves gas mileage. Unfortunately, it comes at a high price. Prod the accelerator, and also the front wheels spin away. On sweeping contours, the tires break from the line early, checked only when the typical digital security system calls order. The outward bound Camry utilized run-of-the-mill Michelin Power MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Power Savers wander off. Worst of all, I observed this after hours of moderate driving with temperatures in the 80s. On a blustery winter months day, I are afraid the Power Savers would fare even worse.
The Camry XLE and also four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, also, lack much hold. The V-6 SE has 18s and Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- lastly!-- play good. They match the SE, which enhances its discordant precursor. The last SE managed too improperly to validate its uneven flight. I drove both generations back-to-back, and also the brand-new one leans even more however manages much better-- sharper balance, elegant wandering, better steering feedback. I only want Toyota had functioned similar magic with the suspension. It doesn't container as a lot with holes and ruts, but tiny bumps are really felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some rivals-- the Suzuki Kizashi specifically-- locate better ground in between trip and also handling. The Camry SE has enhanced, yet it's not there yet.
Ordinary Camry trims ride a touch firmer than previously, however overall comfort still excites. So do the brakes. Toyota switched in somewhat larger four-wheel discs for 2012, and also the linear action enhances the Camry standard.
Safety, Quality & Pricing
Since this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 common airbags. As needed of all 2012 models, a digital security system and also anti-skid brakes are standard. An unseen area warning system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to value the auto, yet authorities told me the preferred LE version won't wander off a lot from its 2011 rate-- $22,700 with the automated-- and the price of the SE as well as XLE "will certainly be substantially lower" compared to their predecessors. Those trims were around $24,000 and also $26,500, respectively, with automatic transmissions.
Don't anticipate to locate a Camry L easily. Toyota says the base trim will comprise less than 5 percent of all sales-- mainly to business fleets, not customers. Conventional features include air conditioning, cruise ship control, power accessories, Bluetooth as well as an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims include steering-wheel sound controls, remote keyless access as well as a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Check all the choices, and also the Camry can have heated leather furniture, power front seats, a moonroof, JBL audio, two different navigating systems (see the photos to contrast) as well as Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we detail here.
Camry in the marketplace
Toyota went with brief conclusions with the new Camry: Squeeze out an additional 2 mpg, fine-tune the guiding as well as handling, enhance the brakes. Some purchasers could wish the carmaker had opted to toss a designing long round, as Kia and Hyundai did. Toyota could miss out on some brand-new customers because the redesign looks as well light.
However I'm not exactly sure the Camry needed a styling overhaul; besides, its predecessor had aged well. The carmaker should restore the nameplate's reputation for bulletproof reliability, which has sunk to just OKAY in the last few years. The interior is a few flubs short of family-car excellence, and the skateboard tires mar an otherwise refined driving experience. But the sensibilities remain, and also on the whole the Camry has boosted considerably. It remains, more than ever, a poster auto for your right brain.