Toyota Camry Se 2012

Toyota Camry Se 2012: While the 2012 Toyota Camry lacks the instant appeal of some competitors, a number of important, incremental improvements make it a worthy challenger for any type of family-car consumer.

The five-seat car comes in L, LE, XLE as well as sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is typical, with a V-6 optional on the SE and also XLE. I reviewed the much-improved Camry Crossbreed independently. The brand-new Camry won't go on sale until October, however I drove most variations at a media preview.


Toyota Camry Se 2012


That Thing's New?

Toyota describes the Camry as brand new-- seventh generation, revamped inside out-- but the styling recommends a milder update. The car's length, size as well as wheelbase continue to be the very same. The fronts lights look even more improved than reimagined. The boomerang taillights include something fresh, yet 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 model. Better incorporated than the outbound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on expansions had all the makings of a price cut nose surgery-- it's the clearest redesign of the lot, if you can follow its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 and a lot of woodchuck.

Overhauled Inside

The upgraded cabin really feels richer, if much less constant, than in the past. Clothed with sewn artificial leather and a chrome-flanked, elevated center panel, the dashboard has lots of high end eye sweet. The top quality surpasses view alone-- the environment regulates really feel weightier and the gearshift crisper relocating from Park to Drive.

I choose the last Camry's pleasant seats to the brand-new variation's, which are a touch stronger. Still, the driver's seat has good modification array, and also 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 good clearance and also a hump-free flooring. The Camry XLE sheds its reclining rear seat, yet all trims gain a 60/40-split folding backseat. The previous generation's SE as well as XLE rear seats really did not fold.

A couple of areas get the short shrift: inexpensive rear door panels, a ratty headliner, no more one-touch power windows all around. On the whole, though, cabin quality feels affordable, if short of the Kia Optima and also Passat. And the Camry's practicality-- vast storage space cubbies, visibility unfettered by a descending roofline or thick home window columns-- need to draw buyers.

Trunk quantity procedures 15.4 cubic feet, up from in 2015's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) and defeating the Accord. If trunk room is high on your listing, take a look at the Hyundai Sonata and Ford Combination. Both autos leading 16 cubic feet.

The Gripe is Hold

The prior generation Camry was quick: capable with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscle with the 268-hp V-6. That carries over for 2012, in addition to a 2 mpg enhancement for each and every version in mixed city/highway gas 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 but the Sonata. Credit score Toyota for slendering most variations down greater than 100 extra pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, including fuel-saving electric power guiding and equipping the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.

I'm sold on 4 of the 5 changes. Like many family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed discovers multi-gear downshifts, but it upshifts efficiently and also normally kicks down soon sufficient. (Toyota has gone down in 2014's stick shift.) What's even more, the Camry outsteers its precursor. I drove 2011 and 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and also the old automobile's comatose guiding responses as well as freeway discomposure have actually reduced. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb during fast lane modifications-- the Accord and Blend maneuver better-- yet it really feels extra certain than it did.

The tires, nonetheless, are anything but. The Camry LE has Michelin Energy Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose reduced rolling resistance boosts gas mileage. Sadly, it comes at a high expense. Push the accelerator, and the front wheels spin away. On sweeping curves, the tires break from the line early, checked only when the standard electronic security system calls order. The outward bound Camry used run-of-the-mill Michelin Energy MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Power Savers wander off. Most severe of all, I observed this after hours of moderate driving with temperatures in the 80s. On a blustery winter season 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, also, lack much grip. The V-6 SE has 18s and Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- ultimately!-- play great. They suit the SE, which improves its discordant predecessor. The last SE dealt with as well poorly to warrant its choppy ride. I drove the two generations back-to-back, as well as the brand-new one leans even more yet manages much better-- sharper balance, graceful drifting, better guiding responses. I only wish Toyota had actually functioned comparable magic with the suspension. It doesn't container as a lot with fractures and also ruts, but tiny bumps are felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some rivals-- the Suzuki Kizashi in particular-- locate better ground between flight and also handling. The Camry SE has actually improved, but it's not there yet.

Common Camry trims ride a touch firmer than in the past, but general comfort still excites. So do the brakes. Toyota switched in a little bigger four-wheel discs for 2012, and the direct feedback enhances the Camry norm.

Safety, Features & Prices

As of this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 conventional air bags. As required of all 2012 versions, a digital stability system as well as antilock brakes are basic. An unseen area caution system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to price the auto, however officials informed me the popular LE version will not stray a lot from its 2011 cost-- $22,700 with the automatic-- and the price of the SE and also XLE "will certainly be significantly reduced" than their predecessors. Those trims were around $24,000 as well as $26,500, specifically, with transmissions.

Don't anticipate to locate a Camry L easily. Toyota says the base trim will certainly make up less than 5 percent of all sales-- primarily to business fleets, not consumers. Common attributes consist of air conditioning, cruise ship control, power devices, Bluetooth as well as an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims include steering-wheel audio controls, remote keyless entry and also a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Inspect all the alternatives, and also the Camry could have heated leather upholstery, power pole position, a moonroof, JBL sound, 2 different navigating systems (see the photos to contrast) and also Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we detail right here.

Camry in the marketplace

Toyota went with brief conclusions with the brand-new Camry: Eke out an additional 2 mpg, improve the steering and handling, improve the brakes. Some customers may wish the carmaker had opted to toss a designing long round, as Kia and Hyundai did. Toyota could miss out on some brand-new buyers since the redesign looks too moderate.

However I'm unsure the Camry required a styling overhaul; nevertheless, its precursor had aged well. The carmaker has to bring back the nameplate's track record for bulletproof integrity, which has actually sunk to merely OKAY in recent years. The inside is a couple of flubs except family-car quality, and also the skateboard tires mar an or else refined driving experience. Yet the perceptiveness continue to be, as well as overall the Camry has improved significantly. It remains, more than ever, a poster car for your right mind.

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