2012 toyota Camry Review

2012 toyota Camry Review: While the 2012 Toyota Camry lacks the immediate allure of some competitors, a number of vital, incremental enhancements make it a worthwhile challenger for any family-car buyer.

The five-seat sedan is available in L, LE, XLE and also sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is conventional, with a V-6 optional on the SE as well as XLE. I assessed the much-improved Camry Hybrid separately. The new Camry won't go on sale until October, but I drove most variations at a media sneak peek.


2012 toyota Camry Review


That Thing's New?

Toyota explains the Camry as brand new-- seventh generation, upgraded inside out-- however the designing suggests a milder update. The car's size, width and wheelbase remain the exact same. The headlights look more reshaped than reimagined. The boomerang taillights include something fresh, however the side profile resembles the old Camry.

The Camry SE has stylish body treatments as well as 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base design. Better incorporated compared to the outward bound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on expansions had all the makings of a discount nose surgery-- it's the clearest redesign of the number, if you could abide its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 and also a great deal of woodchuck.

Overhauled Interior

The upgraded cabin feels richer, if less regular, than before. Clothed with stitched artificial leather and also a chrome-flanked, elevated facility panel, the dashboard has lots of upscale eye candy. The high quality surpasses view alone-- the environment controls really feel better as well as the gearshift crisper moving from Park to Drive.

I favor the last Camry's comfy seats to the new variation's, which are a touch firmer. Still, the vehicle driver's seat has great modification variety, and also the facility console does not encroach on hip or knee space. Though the rear seat is not as cavernous as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits adults great, with great clearance as well as a hump-free flooring. The Camry XLE sheds its lying rear seat, yet all trims acquire a 60/40-split folding backseat. The previous generation's SE and XLE backseats didn't fold.

A couple of areas get the short shrift: cheap rear door panels, a worn headliner, say goodbye to one-touch power windows all around. Overall, though, cabin high quality feels affordable, if short of the Kia Optima and also Passat. And the Camry's functionality-- substantial storage cubbies, presence unfettered by a descending roofline or thick home window columns-- must draw buyers.

Trunk quantity procedures 15.4 cubic feet, up from in 2015'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, check out the Hyundai Sonata and also Ford Combination. Both cars and trucks top 16 cubic feet.

The Complaint is Grip

The prior generation Camry was quick: qualified with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscle with the 268-hp V-6. That carries over for 2012, along with a 2 mpg enhancement for each and every variation in mixed city/highway gas mileage, according to EPA quotes. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder and 25 mpg with the 6, the Camry leads all rivals however the Sonata. Credit rating Toyota for slimming most versions down greater than 100 pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, including fuel-saving electrical power guiding as well as outfitting the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.

I'm sold on 4 of the five adjustments. Like most family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed locates multi-gear downshifts, but it upshifts smoothly as well as generally kicks down soon sufficient. (Toyota has gone down in 2015's standard transmission.) Just what's even more, the Camry outsteers its precursor. I drove 2011 and also 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, as well as the old auto's comatose steering responses as well as freeway discomposure have decreased. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb during quick lane adjustments-- the Accord as well as Combination maneuver much better-- however it really feels much more positive than it did.

The tires, however, are anything but. The Camry LE has Michelin Energy Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose lower rolling resistance boosts gas mileage. Sadly, it comes with a high expense. Prod the accelerator, and the front wheels rotate away. On sweeping curves, the tires break from the line early, checked 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 Power Savers wander off. Most awful of all, I observed this after hrs of modest driving with temperatures in the 80s. On a blustery winter months day, I fear the Power Savers would certainly get on even worse.

The Camry XLE as well as four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, as well, lack much grasp. The V-6 SE has 18s as well as Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- ultimately!-- play good. They match the SE, which improves its discordant precursor. The last SE handled also poorly to warrant its uneven flight. I drove both generations back-to-back, and the new one leans more yet deals with much better-- sharper balance, stylish drifting, better guiding comments. I just wish Toyota had actually functioned comparable magic with the suspension. It does not container as much via craters and also ruts, however little bumps are really felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some rivals-- the Suzuki Kizashi particularly-- find much better ground in between flight and also handling. The Camry SE has actually enhanced, however it's not there yet.

Ordinary Camry trims ride a touch firmer than previously, yet general convenience still excites. So do the brakes. Toyota swapped in somewhat bigger four-wheel discs for 2012, as well as the direct feedback enhances the Camry standard.

Safety, Features & Rates

As of this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 typical air bags. As called for of all 2012 versions, an electronic security system and also antilock brakes are typical. A dead spot warning system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to value the vehicle, however officials told me the prominent LE model won't wander off much from its 2011 rate-- $22,700 with the automated-- as well as the expense 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, specifically, with automatic transmissions.

Don't anticipate to find a Camry L conveniently. Toyota states the base trim will comprise less than 5 percent of all sales-- primarily to industrial fleets, not customers. Basic attributes consist of cooling, cruise ship control, power devices, Bluetooth as well as an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims include steering-wheel audio controls, remote keyless entry as well as a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Examine all the choices, as well as the Camry can have heated natural leather furniture, power pole position, a moonroof, JBL audio, 2 different navigating systems (see the photos to compare) and also Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we detail here.

Camry out there

Toyota opted for short conclusions with the brand-new Camry: Squeeze out one more 2 mpg, fine-tune the steering and handling, improve the brakes. Some purchasers might desire the carmaker had actually decided to toss a designing long ball, as Kia and Hyundai did. Toyota could lose out on some new buyers due to the fact that the redesign looks as well light.

Yet I'm not exactly sure the Camry needed a styling overhaul; nevertheless, its precursor had actually matured well. The carmaker has to restore the nameplate's online reputation for bulletproof reliability, which has sunk to merely OKAY over the last few years. The interior is a couple of flubs except family-car excellence, and also the skateboard tires mar an otherwise fine-tuned driving experience. However the sensibilities stay, and also overall the Camry has actually boosted dramatically. It stays, more than ever, a poster automobile for your right brain.