Toyota Camry 2012 Review

Toyota Camry 2012 Review: While the 2012 Toyota Camry does not have the instant appeal of some competitors, a number of vital, incremental improvements make it a worthwhile competitor for any type of family-car shopper.

The five-seat sedan can be found in L, LE, XLE and also sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is common, with a V-6 optional on the SE as well as XLE. I evaluated the much-improved Camry Crossbreed individually. The brand-new Camry won't take place sale until October, but I drove most variants at a media preview.


Toyota Camry 2012 Review


That Thing's New?

Toyota describes the Camry as brand new-- 7th generation, redesigned from top to bottom-- yet the designing suggests a milder upgrade. The cars and truck's size, size and also wheelbase stay the exact same. The headlights look even more improved compared to reimagined. The boomerang taillights include something fresh, yet the side account smacks of 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 version. Better integrated than the outward bound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on expansions had all the makings of a discount rhinoplasty-- it's the clearest redesign of the lot, if you could abide its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 and also a great deal of woodchuck.

Spruced up Interior

The upgraded cabin really feels richer, if much less regular, than previously. Dressed with sewn artificial leather as well as a chrome-flanked, elevated facility panel, the dash has lots of upscale eye sweet. The top quality exceeds view alone-- the climate regulates feel weightier and the gearshift crisper moving from Park to Drive.

I like the last Camry's comfy seats to the new version's, which are a touch stronger. Still, the driver's seat has great modification array, and also the facility console doesn't encroach on hip or knee space. Though the backseat is not as cavernous as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits adults fine, with great clearance as well as a hump-free flooring. 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 rear seats really did not fold.

A few locations get the short shrift: affordable rear door panels, a worn headliner, no more one-touch power home windows all around. On the whole, however, cabin high quality really feels affordable, if except the Kia Optima and Passat. And also the Camry's practicality-- huge storage cubbies, exposure unconfined by a coming down roofline or thick window pillars-- should attract customers.

Trunk volume actions 15.4 cubic feet, up from last year's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) and defeating the Accord. If trunk space is high up on your list, check out the Hyundai Sonata and also Ford Combination. Both vehicles leading 16 cubic feet.

The Gripe is Grip

The previous generation Camry was quick: capable with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscle with the 268-hp V-6. That rollovers for 2012, together with a 2 mpg improvement for every variation in combined city/highway gas mileage, according to EPA quotes. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder as well as 25 mpg with the 6, the Camry leads all rivals however the Sonata. Credit Toyota for slimming most variations down greater than 100 extra pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, including fuel-saving electric power guiding and outfitting the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.

I'm sold on 4 of the five adjustments. Like many family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed finds multi-gear downshifts, however it upshifts smoothly and also normally kicks down soon sufficient. (Toyota has dropped last year's stick shift.) Exactly what's more, the Camry outsteers its precursor. I drove 2011 and also 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and also the old auto's comatose guiding feedback and highway discomposure have decreased. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb during fast lane modifications-- the Accord and Combination maneuver much better-- yet it really feels more positive compared to it did.

The tires, nevertheless, are anything yet. The Camry LE has Michelin Power Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose lower moving resistance enhances gas mileage. Alas, it comes with a high cost. Prod the accelerator, and also the front wheels rotate away. On sweeping curves, the tires break from the line early, reined in just when the conventional electronic security system calls order. The outbound Camry used 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 temperature levels in the 80s. On a gusting winter season day, I are afraid the Energy Savers would make out even worse.

The Camry XLE and also four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, as well, do not have much grasp. The V-6 SE has 18s as well as Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- finally!-- play nice. They suit the SE, which enhances its discordant precursor. The last SE handled too improperly to justify its uneven trip. I drove the two generations back-to-back, and the brand-new one leans more however handles much better-- sharper equilibrium, elegant wandering, better steering comments. I only want Toyota had actually worked similar magic with the suspension. It doesn't jar as a lot via pits and ruts, but small bumps are really felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some rivals-- the Suzuki Kizashi in particular-- discover better ground in between trip and also handling. The Camry SE has actually enhanced, but it's not there yet.

Run-of-the-mill Camry trims ride a touch stronger compared to in the past, yet overall convenience still excites. So do the brakes. Toyota switched in a little bigger four-wheel discs for 2012, and also the direct action improves the Camry norm.

Safety, Characteristic & Prices

As of this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 conventional airbags. As required of all 2012 versions, an electronic stability system as well as anti-skid brakes are typical. A dead spot caution system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to price the car, however authorities informed me the prominent LE version won't stray much from its 2011 rate-- $22,700 with the automatic-- as well as the cost of the SE and XLE "will certainly be considerably reduced" than their precursors. Those trims were about $24,000 as well as $26,500, respectively, with automatic transmissions.

Don't anticipate to locate a Camry L quickly. Toyota says the base trim will comprise less than 5 percent of all sales-- primarily to industrial fleets, not customers. Typical attributes consist of cooling, cruise control, power devices, Bluetooth as well as an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims include steering-wheel sound controls, remote keyless access and a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Check all the alternatives, as well as the Camry could have warmed leather furniture, power pole position, a moonroof, JBL sound, 2 separate navigation systems (see the pictures to compare) as well as Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we detail right here.

Camry out there

Toyota chose short conclusions with the brand-new Camry: Eke out another 2 mpg, refine the guiding as well as handling, boost the brakes. Some buyers might want the carmaker had actually decided to toss a styling long sphere, as Kia and also Hyundai did. Toyota could lose out on some new purchasers due to the fact that the redesign looks as well mild.

Yet I'm not sure the Camry needed a styling overhaul; besides, its precursor had aged well. The carmaker needs to bring back the nameplate's track record for bulletproof dependability, which has actually sunk to just OKAY over the last few years. The inside is a few flubs except family-car quality, as well as the skateboard tires mar an otherwise improved driving experience. Yet the perceptiveness stay, as well as overall the Camry has improved substantially. It stays, more than ever, a poster auto for your right brain.

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