The five-seat sedan comes 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 assessed the much-improved Camry Hybrid separately. The brand-new Camry will not go on sale till October, yet I drove most versions at a media preview.
Toyota Camry 2012 For Sale
That Thing's New?
Toyota describes the Camry as brand new-- seventh generation, upgraded inside out-- however the styling suggests a milder update. The auto's size, width and also wheelbase remain the very same. The fronts lights look more improved than reimagined. The boomerang taillights include something fresh, however the side profile resembles the old Camry.
The Camry SE has flashy body treatments and also 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base design. Better integrated than the outgoing 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 follow its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 and also a lot of woodchuck.
The overhauled cabin really feels richer, if much less constant, compared to previously. Dressed with stitched artificial leather and also a chrome-flanked, elevated center panel, the dashboard has lots of upscale eye sweet. The top quality goes beyond sight alone-- the environment regulates feel better as well as the gearshift crisper relocating from Park to Drive.
I favor the last Camry's agreeable seats to the new version's, which are a touch stronger. Still, the chauffeur's seat has great change range, and also the center console does not encroach on hip or knee room. Though the backseat is not as spacious as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits adults fine, with excellent clearance as well as a hump-free floor. The Camry XLE loses its lying rear seat, yet all trims acquire a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The previous generation's SE and XLE rear seats didn't fold.
A couple of locations obtain the short shrift: economical back door panels, a worn headliner, no more one-touch power windows all around. On the whole, though, cabin top quality feels affordable, if short of the Kia Optima and Passat. And the Camry's usefulness-- substantial storage cubbies, exposure unconfined by a coming down roofline or thick window pillars-- should draw purchasers.
Trunk quantity measures 15.4 cubic feet, up from last year's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) as well as defeating the Accord. If trunk area is high up on your checklist, look into the Hyundai Sonata and also Ford Blend. Both cars and trucks top 16 cubic feet.
The Gripe is Hold
The prior generation Camry was quick: capable with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscle with the 268-hp V-6. That rollovers for 2012, along with a 2 mpg improvement for every version 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 score Toyota for slimming most variations down greater than 100 pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, including fuel-saving electric power steering as well as furnishing the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.
I'm sold on four of the five changes. Like many family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed discovers multi-gear downshifts, yet it upshifts smoothly and also usually kicks down quickly sufficient. (Toyota has gone down in 2014's stick shift.) Just what's more, the Camry outsteers its predecessor. I drove 2011 and also 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and also the old cars and truck's comatose steering responses and freeway discomposure have lessened. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb throughout quick lane modifications-- the Accord as well as Combination maneuver better-- but it feels more confident compared to it did.
The tires, nevertheless, are anything but. The Camry LE has Michelin Power Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose lower rolling resistance boosts gas mileage. Unfortunately, it comes with a high cost. Prod the accelerator, as well as the front wheels spin away. On sweeping contours, the tires break from the line early, controlled just when the standard digital stability system calls order. The outgoing Camry utilized common Michelin Power MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Energy Savers wander off. Most awful of all, I observed this after hrs of modest driving with temperature levels in the 80s. On a blustery wintertime 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, also, lack much hold. The V-6 SE has 18s and Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- finally!-- play wonderful. They suit the SE, which improves on its discordant predecessor. The last SE dealt with too inadequately to warrant its choppy trip. I drove the two generations back-to-back, and the brand-new one leans even more yet takes care of much better-- sharper equilibrium, elegant wandering, much better steering feedback. I only desire Toyota had functioned comparable magic with the suspension. It does not jar as much through craters and ruts, yet small bumps are felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some competitors-- the Suzuki Kizashi specifically-- find better ground in between flight and handling. The Camry SE has improved, however it's not there yet.
Run-of-the-mill Camry trims ride a touch stronger compared to before, yet total comfort still impresses. So do the brakes. Toyota switched in somewhat larger four-wheel discs for 2012, and also the straight action enhances the Camry norm.
Safety, Quality & Rates
Since this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 typical air bags. As needed of all 2012 designs, a digital security system as well as antilock brakes are basic. A blind spot warning system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to price the vehicle, yet authorities informed me the preferred LE design will not stray much from its 2011 price-- $22,700 with the automatic-- and also the cost of the SE and XLE "will be substantially lower" compared to their predecessors. Those trims were about $24,000 and $26,500, respectively, with transmissions.
Don't anticipate to find a Camry L easily. Toyota claims the base trim will make up less than 5 percent of all sales-- primarily to commercial fleets, not customers. Typical functions include air conditioning, cruise ship control, power accessories, Bluetooth and also an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims add steering-wheel audio controls, remote keyless access and a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Inspect all the options, and also the Camry could have heated natural leather furniture, power front seats, a moonroof, JBL sound, two different navigation systems (see the photos to contrast) as well as Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we information right here.
Camry on the market
Toyota opted for short completions with the new Camry: Squeeze out another 2 mpg, refine the guiding and handling, enhance the brakes. Some customers might want the carmaker had actually chosen to toss a designing long round, as Kia and Hyundai did. Toyota might miss out on some brand-new buyers because the redesign looks as well moderate.
But I'm not exactly sure the Camry needed a designing overhaul; after all, its precursor had matured well. The carmaker should recover the nameplate's online reputation for bulletproof dependability, which has actually sunk to merely OK in the last few years. The inside is a few flubs except family-car excellence, as well as the skateboard tires mar an otherwise refined driving experience. However the perceptiveness continue to be, and on the whole the Camry has actually enhanced significantly. It continues to be, more than ever, a poster auto for your right brain.