2012 toyota Camry Se Limited Edition

2012 Toyota Camry Se Limited Edition: While the 2012 Toyota Camry lacks the instant allure of some competitors, a variety of important, step-by-step improvements make it a worthwhile challenger for any type of family-car shopper.

The five-seat car is available in L, LE, XLE as well as sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is common, with a V-6 optional on the SE as well as XLE. I assessed the much-improved Camry Crossbreed independently. The new Camry will not go on sale until October, but I drove most variations at a media preview.


2012 Toyota Camry Se Limited Edition


That Thing's New?

Toyota defines the Camry as all-new-- seventh generation, redesigned inside out-- however the styling recommends a milder upgrade. The car's size, width as well as wheelbase remain the very same. The headlights look even more reshaped compared to reimagined. The boomerang taillights add something fresh, however the side account smacks of the old Camry.

The Camry SE has flashy body treatments as well as 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base version. Much better incorporated compared to the outgoing Camry SE-- whose slapped-on expansions had all the makings of a discount rate nose job-- it's the clearest redesign of the bunch, if you could follow its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 and also a great deal of woodchuck.

Revamped Inside

The upgraded cabin feels richer, if much less consistent, compared to in the past. Clothed with stitched fake natural leather as well as a chrome-flanked, increased center panel, the dash has lots of upscale eye sweet. The high quality surpasses view alone-- the environment manages really feel weightier and the gearshift crisper moving from Park to Drive.

I favor the last Camry's cushy seats to the new variation's, which are a touch stronger. Still, the vehicle driver's seat has good change range, and also the facility console does not encroach on hip or knee space. Though the rear seat is not as cavernous as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits grownups fine, with excellent clearance as well as a hump-free floor. The Camry XLE sheds its lying rear seat, but all trims get a 60/40-split folding backseat. The previous generation's SE and XLE backseats didn't fold.

A few areas get the short shrift: cheap rear door panels, a worn headliner, say goodbye to one-touch power home windows all around. Overall, though, cabin quality really feels affordable, if short of the Kia Optima and also Passat. And also the Camry's usefulness-- substantial storage space cubbies, presence unconfined by a coming down roofline or thick window columns-- ought to attract purchasers.

Trunk quantity steps 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 space is high up on your list, take a look at the Hyundai Sonata and Ford Blend. Both automobiles top 16 cubic feet.

The Complaint is Grip

The previous generation Camry was quick: capable with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscular with the 268-hp V-6. That carries over for 2012, along with a 2 mpg improvement for each variation in combined city/highway gas mileage, according to EPA estimates. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder and also 25 mpg with the six, the Camry leads all rivals but the Sonata. Credit history Toyota for slimming most variations down more than 100 pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, including fuel-saving electrical power guiding as well as equipping the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.

I'm sold on four of the 5 changes. Like most family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed stumbles on multi-gear downshifts, yet it upshifts efficiently and also usually kicks down soon sufficient. (Toyota has dropped last year's stick shift.) Just what's more, the Camry outsteers its predecessor. I drove 2011 as well as 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and also the old auto's comatose guiding feedback as well as freeway discomposure have lessened. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb throughout fast lane changes-- the Accord as well as Blend maneuver much better-- however it feels a lot more positive than it did.

The tires, nonetheless, are anything but. The Camry LE has Michelin Energy Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose reduced rolling resistance enhances gas mileage. Alas, it comes at 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 only when the common electronic stability system calls order. The outgoing Camry employed ordinary Michelin Power MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Energy Savers stray. Most awful of all, I observed this after hours of moderate driving with temperature levels in the 80s. On a gusting winter season day, I fear the Power Savers would certainly fare even worse.

The Camry XLE and also four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, also, do not have much grasp. The V-6 SE has 18s as well as Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- lastly!-- play good. They fit the SE, which enhances its discordant predecessor. The last SE took care of too improperly to validate its choppy ride. I drove both generations back-to-back, and also the new one leans even more yet handles better-- sharper balance, stylish wandering, better steering responses. I just wish Toyota had functioned similar magic with the suspension. It does not jar as a lot through holes and also ruts, yet tiny bumps are really felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some competitors-- the Suzuki Kizashi in particular-- discover better ground between trip as well as handling. The Camry SE has actually enhanced, but it's not there yet.

Run-of-the-mill Camry trims ride a touch stronger than before, yet total convenience still thrills. So do the brakes. Toyota switched in somewhat larger four-wheel discs for 2012, and also the linear feedback enhances the Camry norm.

Security, Features & Prices

As of this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 basic air bags. As needed of all 2012 versions, an electronic security system as well as anti-skid brakes are typical. A blind spot caution system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to price the cars and truck, yet officials told me the preferred LE design will not stray a lot from its 2011 rate-- $22,700 with the automated-- as well as the cost of the SE as well as XLE "will certainly be considerably reduced" than their predecessors. Those trims were about $24,000 and also $26,500, respectively, with automatic transmissions.

Don't anticipate to find a Camry L conveniently. Toyota claims the base trim will comprise less than 5 percent of all sales-- mostly to industrial fleets, not consumers. Standard attributes consist of air conditioning, cruise ship control, power devices, Bluetooth as well as an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims add steering-wheel sound controls, remote keyless entrance and a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Inspect all the options, as well as the Camry could have heated natural leather furniture, power pole position, a moonroof, JBL sound, 2 different navigation systems (see the pictures to compare) and also Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we information below.

Camry on the market

Toyota chose short completions with the new Camry: Eke out one more 2 mpg, fine-tune the guiding and also handling, improve the brakes. Some buyers may want the carmaker had actually decided to toss a styling long round, as Kia as well as Hyundai did. Toyota might miss out on some brand-new buyers due to the fact that the redesign looks also mild.

Yet I'm uncertain the Camry required a designing overhaul; nevertheless, its predecessor had aged well. The carmaker has to bring back the nameplate's track record for bulletproof integrity, which has sunk to just ALRIGHT in recent times. The interior is a few flubs except family-car quality, and the skateboard tires mar an otherwise improved driving experience. But the sensibilities remain, and also on the whole the Camry has improved substantially. It continues to be, more than ever, a poster automobile for your right brain.