2012 toyota Camry Xle

2012 Toyota Camry Xle: While the 2012 Toyota Camry does not have the instant appeal of some rivals, a variety of crucial, incremental enhancements make it a worthy competitor for any type of family-car customer.

The five-seat sedan comes in L, LE, XLE and sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is typical, with a V-6 optional on the SE as well as XLE. I reviewed the much-improved Camry Hybrid independently. The brand-new Camry will not go on sale until October, however I drove most versions at a media sneak peek.


2012 Toyota Camry Xle


That Thing's New?

Toyota defines the Camry as all-new-- 7th generation, upgraded inside out-- yet the designing suggests a milder upgrade. The car's size, width and wheelbase remain the same. The headlights look more improved than reimagined. The boomerang taillights add something fresh, yet the side account smacks of 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. Much better incorporated than the outbound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on expansions had all the makings of a discount rate nose job-- it's the clearest redesign of the lot, if you could follow its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 as well as a great deal of woodchuck.

Spruced up Interior

The overhauled cabin really feels richer, if less constant, compared to in the past. Clothed with sewn fake natural leather and a chrome-flanked, increased facility panel, the dashboard has lots of upscale eye sweet. The top quality surpasses view alone-- the environment controls really feel weightier as well as the gearshift crisper moving from Park to Drive.

I prefer the last Camry's cushy seats to the brand-new variation's, which are a touch firmer. Still, the chauffeur's seat has great adjustment variety, as well as the facility console doesn't encroach on hip or knee area. Though the rear seat is not as spacious as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits grownups fine, with great headroom and a hump-free floor. The Camry XLE sheds its lying rear seat, yet all trims acquire a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The previous generation's SE as well as XLE backseats really did not fold.

A couple of areas get the short shrift: low-cost back door panels, an old headliner, say goodbye to one-touch power home windows throughout. Overall, however, cabin top quality feels affordable, if short of the Kia Optima and Passat. As well as the Camry's usefulness-- vast storage space cubbies, exposure unfettered by a coming down roofline or thick home window pillars-- should draw purchasers.

Trunk quantity measures 15.4 cubic feet, up from in 2015's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) and also defeating the Accord. If trunk room is high on your checklist, have a look at the Hyundai Sonata and also Ford Blend. Both automobiles leading 16 cubic feet.

The Gripe is Hold

The prior 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 improvement for each and every variation in mixed city/highway mileage, inning accordance with EPA price quotes. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder as well as 25 mpg with the six, the Camry leads all rivals but the Sonata. Credit Toyota for slimming most versions down more than 100 pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, adding fuel-saving electrical power steering as well as furnishing the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.

I'm sold on four of the five adjustments. Like a lot of family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed stumbles on multi-gear downshifts, but it upshifts smoothly as well as typically kicks down soon sufficient. (Toyota has dropped in 2015's stick shift.) Just what's even more, the Camry outsteers its predecessor. I drove 2011 and 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, as well as the old cars and truck's comatose steering feedback and freeway discomposure have actually decreased. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb throughout fast lane adjustments-- the Accord as well as Fusion maneuver better-- yet it feels more confident compared to it did.

The tires, nonetheless, are anything but. The Camry LE has Michelin Energy Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose reduced rolling resistance improves gas mileage. Alas, it comes at a high price. Prod the accelerator, and also the front wheels spin away. On sweeping curves, the tires damage from the line early, reined in just when the typical digital stability system calls order. The outgoing Camry utilized ordinary Michelin Power MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Power Savers stray. Worst of all, I observed this after hrs of modest driving with temperatures in the 80s. On a blustery winter months day, I fear the Energy Savers would fare also worse.

The Camry XLE and also four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, too, do not have much grasp. The V-6 SE has 18s and also Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- finally!-- play great. They suit the SE, which improves its discordant predecessor. The last SE took care of as well improperly to validate its rough flight. I drove both generations back-to-back, as well as the new one leans even more but deals with much better-- sharper balance, elegant wandering, much better guiding responses. I only desire Toyota had functioned comparable magic with the suspension. It does not jar as a lot through craters and also ruts, yet small bumps are felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some competitors-- the Suzuki Kizashi particularly-- find much better ground between flight and handling. The Camry SE has actually boosted, but it's not there yet.

Run-of-the-mill Camry trims ride a touch stronger compared to previously, however total convenience still impresses. So do the brakes. Toyota swapped in slightly larger four-wheel discs for 2012, as well as the straight response improves the Camry norm.

Safety and security, Characteristic & Prices

Since this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 common airbags. As called for of all 2012 models, a digital stability system and also antilock brakes are conventional. A blind spot caution system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to value the car, but authorities informed me the prominent LE design won't wander off a lot from its 2011 price-- $22,700 with the automated-- as well as the price of the SE and XLE "will be substantially lower" than their precursors. Those trims were about $24,000 and $26,500, respectively, with automatic transmissions.

Do not anticipate to locate a Camry L easily. Toyota says the base trim will certainly comprise less than 5 percent of all sales-- primarily to industrial fleets, not customers. Conventional attributes consist of air conditioning, cruise control, power accessories, Bluetooth and an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims include steering-wheel sound controls, remote keyless access and also a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Examine all the options, as well as the Camry could have heated up leather upholstery, power pole position, a moonroof, JBL audio, 2 separate navigating systems (see the images to compare) as well as Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we information here.

Camry in the marketplace

Toyota chose brief completions with the brand-new Camry: Squeeze out one more 2 mpg, refine the steering and handling, improve the brakes. Some buyers could want the carmaker had decided to throw a styling long ball, as Kia and also Hyundai did. Toyota might miss out on some new customers because the redesign looks as well light.

However I'm uncertain the Camry required a styling overhaul; nevertheless, its precursor had aged well. The carmaker should recover the nameplate's credibility for bulletproof dependability, which has actually sunk to merely OK over the last few years. The inside is a few flubs except family-car excellence, and also the skateboard tires mar an otherwise improved driving experience. But the sensibilities continue to be, as well as on the whole the Camry has enhanced significantly. It stays, more than ever, a poster automobile for your right mind.

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