2012 toyota Camry Xle

2012 Toyota Camry Xle: While the 2012 Toyota Camry does not have the immediate appeal of some rivals, a variety of essential, step-by-step improvements make it a worthwhile competitor for any type of family-car buyer.

The five-seat car can be found in L, LE, XLE and also sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is typical, with a V-6 optional on the SE and XLE. I examined the much-improved Camry Hybrid separately. The new Camry won't take place sale up until October, yet I drove most variations at a media sneak peek.


2012 Toyota Camry Xle


That Point's New?

Toyota describes the Camry as brand new-- 7th generation, upgraded from top to bottom-- but the designing recommends a milder upgrade. The vehicle's length, size as well as wheelbase continue to be the exact same. The headlights look more reshaped than reimagined. The boomerang taillights add something fresh, however the side account resembles the old Camry.

The Camry SE has stylish body treatments and 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base design. Much better incorporated than the outward bound 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 could follow its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 as well as a great deal of woodchuck.

Revamped Interior

The upgraded cabin feels richer, if less regular, compared to previously. Clothed with sewn fake leather as well as a chrome-flanked, elevated center panel, the dashboard has lots of high end eye candy. The high quality goes beyond view alone-- the climate controls feel better and also the gearshift crisper relocating 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 driver's seat has excellent modification range, as well as the center console does not 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 adults fine, with good clearance as well as a hump-free flooring. The Camry XLE loses its lying backseat, yet all trims obtain a 60/40-split folding backseat. The previous generation's SE and XLE backseats really did not fold.

A few areas get the short shrift: inexpensive rear door panels, an old headliner, say goodbye to one-touch power home windows all around. On the whole, however, cabin top quality feels affordable, if except the Kia Optima and also Passat. As well as the Camry's usefulness-- vast storage cubbies, visibility unfettered by a descending roofline or thick window pillars-- should attract customers.

Trunk volume measures 15.4 cubic feet, up from in 2015's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) as well as defeating the Accord. If trunk space is high on your checklist, have a look at the Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion. Both vehicles top 16 cubic feet.

The Gripe is Grip

The previous generation Camry fasted: capable with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscle with the 268-hp V-6. That rollovers for 2012, together with a 2 mpg renovation for every variation in consolidated 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 yet the Sonata. Credit rating Toyota for slimming most versions down more than 100 extra pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, adding fuel-saving electric power steering and outfitting the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.

I'm sold on 4 of the five changes. Like many family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed finds multi-gear downshifts, however it upshifts smoothly and normally kicks down quickly sufficient. (Toyota has actually gone down in 2015's stick shift.) Just what's more, the Camry outsteers its precursor. I drove 2011 and 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, as well as the old cars and truck's comatose guiding comments and also highway discomposure have decreased. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb during fast lane modifications-- the Accord and Combination maneuver much better-- but it really feels a lot more certain than it did.

The tires, nevertheless, are anything but. The Camry LE has Michelin Power Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose reduced moving resistance improves gas mileage. Unfortunately, it comes at a high price. Prod the accelerator, as well as the front wheels spin away. On sweeping contours, the tires damage from the line early, reined in only when the standard electronic stability system calls order. The outbound Camry used ordinary Michelin Power MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Energy Savers wander off. Most awful of all, I observed this after hours of moderate driving with temperatures in the 80s. On a gusting wintertime day, I fear the Power Savers would get on even worse.

The Camry XLE as well as four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, also, do not have much hold. The V-6 SE has 18s and Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- lastly!-- play nice. They suit the SE, which improves on its discordant precursor. The last SE managed too badly to justify its choppy trip. I drove the two generations back-to-back, and the new one leans more yet takes care of far better-- sharper equilibrium, elegant drifting, much better steering comments. I just desire Toyota had actually worked similar magic with the suspension. It doesn't jar as a lot via splits and ruts, but little bumps are felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some rivals-- the Suzuki Kizashi in particular-- discover far better ground in between ride as well as handling. The Camry SE has actually improved, however it's not there yet.

Run-of-the-mill Camry trims ride a touch stronger compared to previously, however general comfort still thrills. So do the brakes. Toyota exchanged in slightly bigger four-wheel discs for 2012, as well as the direct response improves on the Camry standard.

Security, Quality & Pricing

As of this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 basic air bags. As required of all 2012 models, an electronic security system and anti-skid brakes are conventional. A dead spot caution system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to value the car, however authorities informed me the prominent LE version won't wander off much from its 2011 cost-- $22,700 with the automatic-- and the price of the SE and XLE "will certainly be significantly reduced" than their predecessors. Those trims were around $24,000 and also $26,500, specifically, with transmissions.

Do not anticipate to locate a Camry L quickly. Toyota claims the base trim will make up less than 5 percent of all sales-- mostly to industrial fleets, not customers. Basic functions consist of cooling, cruise control, power accessories, Bluetooth and also an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims include steering-wheel sound controls, remote keyless entry as well as a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Check all the alternatives, as well as the Camry could have heated up leather furniture, power front seats, a moonroof, JBL sound, 2 separate navigation systems (see the images to compare) as well as Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we detail here.

Camry in the marketplace

Toyota chose short conclusions with the new Camry: Eke out another 2 mpg, improve the guiding and handling, improve the brakes. Some buyers might desire the carmaker had opted to throw a designing long sphere, as Kia and also Hyundai did. Toyota can lose out on some brand-new purchasers since the redesign looks also mild.

However I'm not exactly sure the Camry required a designing overhaul; after all, its predecessor had actually aged well. The carmaker has to restore the nameplate's credibility for bulletproof dependability, which has sunk to just OKAY recently. The interior is a few flubs short of family-car quality, and the skateboard tires mar an otherwise refined driving experience. Yet the sensibilities remain, and overall the Camry has actually improved dramatically. It stays, more than ever, a poster vehicle for your right brain.