2012 toyota Camry Xle V6

2012 Toyota Camry Xle V6: While the 2012 Toyota Camry does not have the immediate allure of some competitors, a number of essential, step-by-step improvements make it a worthy competitor for any family-car customer.

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


2012 Toyota Camry Xle V6


That Thing's New?

Toyota explains the Camry as brand new-- seventh generation, upgraded from top to bottom-- however the designing recommends a milder update. The automobile's size, width as well as wheelbase continue to be the very same. The headlights look more improved compared to reimagined. The boomerang taillights include something fresh, but the side profile smacks of the old Camry.

The Camry SE has flashy body treatments and 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base version. Much better integrated 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 number, if you can follow its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 as well as a lot of woodchuck.

Spruced up Interior

The revamped cabin really feels richer, if much less regular, compared to before. Clothed with sewn artificial natural leather and also a chrome-flanked, raised facility panel, the dashboard has great deals of upscale eye candy. The quality surpasses sight alone-- the environment regulates feel better and also the gearshift crisper relocating from Park to Drive.

I prefer the last Camry's soft seats to the brand-new version's, which are a touch firmer. Still, the chauffeur's seat has great adjustment variety, as well as the center console doesn't encroach on hip or knee room. Though the rear seat is not as spacious as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits adults great, with good headroom and a hump-free floor. The Camry XLE loses its reclining rear seat, but all trims acquire a 60/40-split folding backseat. The previous generation's SE and XLE backseats really did not fold.

A couple of locations get the short shrift: low-cost rear door panels, a worn headliner, no more one-touch power windows around. Overall, however, cabin top quality really feels affordable, if short of the Kia Optima and also Passat. And the Camry's practicality-- huge storage cubbies, visibility unconfined by a coming down roofline or thick window columns-- need to draw buyers.

Trunk quantity procedures 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 space is high on your listing, check out the Hyundai Sonata as well as Ford Fusion. Both autos leading 16 cubic feet.

The Complaint is Hold

The prior generation Camry was quick: qualified with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscle with the 268-hp V-6. That rollovers for 2012, together with a 2 mpg enhancement for each and every variation in mixed city/highway mileage, inning accordance with EPA price quotes. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder and also 25 mpg with the 6, the Camry leads all competitors however the Sonata. Credit report Toyota for slendering most variations down greater than 100 pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, adding fuel-saving electrical power guiding and equipping the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.

I'm sold on 4 of the 5 adjustments. Like many family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed finds multi-gear downshifts, but it upshifts efficiently as well as usually kicks down soon sufficient. (Toyota has gone down last year's stick shift.) Exactly what's more, the Camry outsteers its precursor. I drove 2011 and 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and the old cars and truck's comatose steering feedback and also highway discomposure have lessened. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb during quick lane modifications-- the Accord and Fusion maneuver much better-- however it really feels much more confident compared to it did.

The tires, however, are anything yet. The Camry LE has Michelin Power Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose lower moving resistance enhances gas mileage. Unfortunately, it comes at a high cost. Prod the accelerator, as well as the front wheels rotate away. On sweeping curves, the tires damage from the line early, controlled only when the typical electronic stability system calls order. The outward bound Camry used 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 months day, I are afraid the Energy 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-- finally!-- play wonderful. They match the SE, which improves its discordant precursor. The last SE managed too poorly to validate its choppy flight. I drove both generations back-to-back, as well as the new one leans more but takes care of much better-- sharper balance, graceful wandering, much better steering comments. I only want Toyota had functioned comparable magic with the suspension. It doesn't container as much with holes and ruts, yet tiny bumps are really felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some competitors-- the Suzuki Kizashi in particular-- find far better ground in between trip as well as handling. The Camry SE has actually enhanced, yet it's not there yet.

Run-of-the-mill Camry trims ride a touch stronger than in the past, yet general comfort still excites. So do the brakes. Toyota switched in a little larger four-wheel discs for 2012, as well as the linear response enhances the Camry standard.

Safety, Characteristic & Pricing

As of this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 basic air bags. As called for of all 2012 models, a digital security system as well as anti-skid brakes are basic. A blind spot caution system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to price the cars and truck, yet officials informed me the popular LE version won't stray a lot from its 2011 price-- $22,700 with the automated-- and also the expense of the SE and XLE "will be substantially lower" than their precursors. Those trims were around $24,000 as well as $26,500, specifically, with automatic transmissions.

Do not anticipate to discover a Camry L conveniently. Toyota claims the base trim will certainly consist of less than 5 percent of all sales-- mostly to commercial fleets, not consumers. Common features consist of cooling, cruise ship control, power devices, Bluetooth as well as an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims include steering-wheel sound controls, remote keyless entry and also a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Examine all the options, as well as the Camry can have heated natural leather furniture, power pole position, a moonroof, JBL audio, two separate navigation systems (see the pictures to contrast) and also Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we detail right here.

Camry on the market

Toyota went with brief completions with the new Camry: Squeeze out another 2 mpg, refine the guiding and handling, improve the brakes. Some buyers might desire the carmaker had actually decided to throw a styling long ball, as Kia and Hyundai did. Toyota could lose out on some brand-new buyers because the redesign looks too moderate.

Yet I'm uncertain the Camry required a styling overhaul; nevertheless, its precursor had matured well. The carmaker should bring back the nameplate's online reputation for bulletproof dependability, which has actually sunk to just OKAY in the last few years. The interior is a few flubs except family-car excellence, and the skateboard tires mar an otherwise improved driving experience. But the perceptiveness remain, as well as on the whole the Camry has actually boosted dramatically. It remains, more than ever, a poster cars and truck for your right mind.

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