The five-seat car 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 and XLE. I reviewed the much-improved Camry Crossbreed independently. The brand-new Camry will not take place sale until October, yet I drove most variants at a media preview.
Toyota Camry Se 2012
That Thing's New?
Toyota explains the Camry as all-new-- 7th generation, redesigned inside out-- but the designing suggests a milder update. The cars and truck's size, width and wheelbase stay the exact same. The fronts lights look even more reshaped than reimagined. The boomerang taillights add something fresh, but the side profile 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. Much better incorporated than the outbound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on extensions had all the makings of a discount rate nose surgery-- it's the clearest redesign of the lot, if you can abide its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 and a lot of woodchuck.
Spruced up Inside
The revamped cabin really feels richer, if much less regular, than previously. Clothed with sewn fake natural leather and a chrome-flanked, increased facility panel, the dashboard has lots of upscale eye candy. The quality surpasses sight alone-- the environment controls feel better and the gearshift crisper relocating from Park to Drive.
I favor the last Camry's agreeable seats to the brand-new version's, which are a touch stronger. Still, the motorist's seat has excellent modification variety, and the center console doesn't encroach on hip or knee area. Though the backseat is not as spacious as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits adults great, with great headroom as well as a hump-free floor. The Camry XLE sheds its reclining rear seat, but all trims get a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The previous generation's SE and XLE rear seats didn't fold.
A couple of areas obtain the short shrift: low-cost rear door panels, a worn headliner, say goodbye to one-touch power windows all around. Overall, though, cabin high quality feels affordable, if except the Kia Optima and also Passat. And also the Camry's functionality-- huge storage space cubbies, exposure unfettered by a descending roofline or thick home window pillars-- ought to draw buyers.
Trunk volume 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 area is high on your listing, have a look at the Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion. Both cars leading 16 cubic feet.
The Complaint is Grip
The previous generation Camry was quick: capable with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscular with the 268-hp V-6. That rollovers for 2012, along with a 2 mpg renovation for each variation in consolidated city/highway gas 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 yet the Sonata. Credit report Toyota for slendering most variations down more than 100 pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, adding fuel-saving electric power guiding as well as outfitting the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.
I'm sold on four of the 5 adjustments. Like most family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed locates multi-gear downshifts, but it upshifts efficiently and normally kicks down soon enough. (Toyota has dropped in 2014's stick shift.) Exactly what's more, the Camry outsteers its precursor. I drove 2011 and also 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and the old car's comatose steering responses as well as freeway discomposure have diminished. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb throughout quick lane changes-- the Accord and Blend maneuver much better-- but it feels much more certain than it did.
The tires, nevertheless, are anything however. The Camry LE has Michelin Energy Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose lower moving resistance boosts gas mileage. Sadly, it comes at a high cost. Push the accelerator, and the front wheels spin away. On sweeping contours, the tires break from the line early, controlled just when the conventional digital security system calls order. The outgoing Camry utilized ordinary Michelin Power MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Energy Savers stray. Worst of all, I observed this after hours of modest driving with temperatures in the 80s. On a gusting winter day, I fear the Power Savers would fare also worse.
The Camry XLE and also four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, too, lack much grip. The V-6 SE has 18s and Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- lastly!-- play nice. They match the SE, which improves its discordant predecessor. The last SE managed too badly to justify its rough flight. I drove both generations back-to-back, and also the brand-new one leans even more yet handles much better-- sharper equilibrium, graceful wandering, better guiding responses. I only want Toyota had functioned similar magic with the suspension. It doesn't jar as a lot through craters and ruts, however tiny bumps are felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some competitors-- the Suzuki Kizashi in particular-- find much better ground between ride and also handling. The Camry SE has improved, but it's not there yet.
Ordinary Camry trims ride a touch firmer than before, yet total convenience still thrills. So do the brakes. Toyota swapped in slightly bigger four-wheel discs for 2012, and the linear action enhances the Camry norm.
Security, Quality & Prices
Since this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 standard airbags. As required of all 2012 versions, an electronic stability system and anti-skid brakes are typical. An unseen area caution system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to value the auto, yet authorities told me the prominent LE design won't wander off much from its 2011 rate-- $22,700 with the automated-- and also the price of the SE and XLE "will certainly be significantly reduced" compared to their predecessors. Those trims were about $24,000 and $26,500, specifically, with automatic transmissions.
Don't anticipate to discover a Camry L conveniently. Toyota says the base trim will certainly consist of less than 5 percent of all sales-- mostly to industrial fleets, not customers. Common features consist of cooling, cruise control, power accessories, Bluetooth and also an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims add steering-wheel sound controls, remote keyless access and also a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Inspect all the choices, and also the Camry can have heated up natural leather upholstery, power front seats, a moonroof, JBL sound, two different navigating systems (see the photos to contrast) and Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we information below.
Camry on the market
Toyota chose short conclusions with the brand-new Camry: Eke out an additional 2 mpg, fine-tune the guiding and handling, enhance the brakes. Some customers could wish the carmaker had chosen to toss a designing long ball, as Kia and Hyundai did. Toyota can miss out on some new customers due to the fact that the redesign looks as well mild.
However I'm uncertain the Camry required a styling overhaul; nevertheless, its predecessor had matured well. The carmaker should recover the nameplate's track record for bulletproof reliability, which has sunk to simply OK recently. The interior is a few flubs except family-car quality, and also the skateboard tires mar an otherwise improved driving experience. However the sensibilities remain, and also on the whole the Camry has enhanced substantially. It stays, more than ever, a poster automobile for your right brain.