Toyota Camry 2012 Se

Toyota Camry 2012 Se: While the 2012 Toyota Camry does not have the instant appeal of some rivals, a number of important, incremental enhancements make it a deserving challenger for any type of 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 standard, with a V-6 optional on the SE as well as XLE. I examined the much-improved Camry Crossbreed independently. The new Camry won't go on sale till October, but I drove most variants at a media preview.


Toyota Camry 2012 Se


That Point's New?

Toyota explains the Camry as all-new-- seventh generation, upgraded from top to bottom-- yet the styling suggests a milder update. The car's size, width and also wheelbase stay the very same. The fronts lights look more improved than reimagined. The boomerang taillights include something fresh, however the side account resembles the old Camry.

The Camry SE has sporty body therapies as well as 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base model. Better integrated than the outgoing Camry SE-- whose slapped-on extensions had all the makings of a discount rate nose job-- 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 lot of woodchuck.

Spruced up Inside

The upgraded cabin really feels richer, if less constant, than previously. Clothed with sewn fake leather as well as a chrome-flanked, increased facility panel, the dash has great deals of upscale eye candy. The top quality exceeds view alone-- the climate manages really feel weightier and also the gearshift crisper moving from Park to Drive.

I like the last Camry's easy seats to the brand-new version's, which are a touch firmer. Still, the chauffeur's seat has great modification range, and also the center console doesn't encroach on hip or knee room. Though the backseat is not as spacious as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits adults great, with great headroom and a hump-free flooring. The Camry XLE loses its reclining backseat, however all trims obtain a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The previous generation's SE and also XLE backseats didn't fold.

A couple of locations get the short shrift: inexpensive back door panels, an old headliner, no more one-touch power home windows all around. On the whole, though, cabin top quality feels competitive, if short of the Kia Optima as well as Passat. As well as the Camry's practicality-- vast storage cubbies, exposure unfettered by a descending roofline or thick window columns-- should attract customers.

Trunk quantity procedures 15.4 cubic feet, up from last year's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) and also beating the Accord. If trunk area is high on your listing, take a look at the Hyundai Sonata and also Ford Blend. Both vehicles top 16 cubic feet.

The Gripe is Grasp

The previous generation Camry fasted: qualified with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscular with the 268-hp V-6. That rollovers for 2012, in addition to a 2 mpg enhancement for each and every variation in mixed city/highway gas mileage, according to EPA price quotes. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder and also 25 mpg with the six, the Camry leads all competitors yet the Sonata. Credit history Toyota for slendering most variations down greater than 100 extra pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, including fuel-saving electrical power guiding and outfitting the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.

I'm sold on 4 of the 5 adjustments. Like the majority of family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed discovers multi-gear downshifts, yet it upshifts efficiently as well as normally kicks down soon sufficient. (Toyota has actually dropped in 2014's stick shift.) Exactly what's more, the Camry outsteers its predecessor. I drove 2011 and 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and also the old car's comatose steering responses as well as freeway discomposure have actually diminished. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb throughout fast lane changes-- the Accord and also Fusion maneuver much better-- yet it really feels extra positive than it did.

The tires, however, are anything yet. The Camry LE has Michelin Energy Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose reduced rolling resistance improves gas mileage. Unfortunately, it comes with a high price. Push the accelerator, and the front wheels spin away. On sweeping contours, the tires damage from the line early, reined in only when the basic electronic security system calls order. The outgoing Camry utilized run-of-the-mill Michelin Power MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Energy Savers wander off. Most awful of all, I observed this after hours of modest driving with temperature levels in the 80s. On a blustery winter months day, I are afraid the Energy Savers would make out also worse.

The Camry XLE and also four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, too, lack much grasp. The V-6 SE has 18s as well as Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- ultimately!-- play wonderful. They match the SE, which enhances its discordant predecessor. The last SE managed too inadequately to warrant its uneven trip. I drove both generations back-to-back, as well as the new one leans even more yet deals with far better-- sharper balance, elegant drifting, better steering comments. I just wish Toyota had functioned comparable magic with the suspension. It doesn't jar as a lot through gaps and ruts, however tiny bumps are felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some rivals-- the Suzuki Kizashi specifically-- locate far better ground between trip and also handling. The Camry SE has actually improved, yet it's not there yet.

Common Camry trims ride a touch stronger compared to previously, however total comfort still impresses. So do the brakes. Toyota exchanged in a little larger four-wheel discs for 2012, and also the straight reaction improves on the Camry norm.

Safety, Characteristic & Rates

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 stability system and anti-skid brakes are typical. A blind spot warning system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to value the automobile, yet authorities told me the preferred LE design won't wander off much from its 2011 cost-- $22,700 with the automatic-- as well as the expense of the SE and also XLE "will be significantly reduced" compared to their precursors. Those trims were around $24,000 as well as $26,500, specifically, with automatic transmissions.

Do not anticipate to locate a Camry L easily. Toyota claims the base trim will consist of less than 5 percent of all sales-- mostly to business fleets, not customers. Common attributes consist of a/c, cruise ship control, power devices, Bluetooth and also 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. Examine all the options, and also the Camry can have heated up natural leather furniture, power pole position, a moonroof, JBL sound, two different navigation systems (see the images to compare) and also Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we information below.

Camry out there

Toyota went with short completions with the brand-new Camry: Squeeze out another 2 mpg, improve the steering as well as handling, enhance the brakes. Some customers could desire the carmaker had decided to toss a designing long sphere, as Kia and Hyundai did. Toyota might miss out on some brand-new buyers because the redesign looks also mild.

But I'm uncertain the Camry needed a designing overhaul; besides, its precursor had matured well. The carmaker has to restore the nameplate's credibility for bulletproof reliability, which has sunk to just ALRIGHT in recent years. The interior is a few flubs short of family-car excellence, as well as the skateboard tires mar an or else fine-tuned driving experience. Yet the perceptiveness stay, as well as on the whole the Camry has enhanced dramatically. It remains, more than ever, a poster auto for your right brain.

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