Toyota Camry 2012 Review

Toyota Camry 2012 Review: While the 2012 Toyota Camry does not have the instant charm of some competitors, a number of essential, 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 standard, with a V-6 optional on the SE and XLE. I assessed the much-improved Camry Crossbreed individually. The new Camry will not go on sale up until October, but I drove most variants at a media sneak peek.


Toyota Camry 2012 Review


That Point's New?

Toyota defines the Camry as brand new-- 7th generation, upgraded inside out-- however the designing recommends a milder update. The cars and truck's length, size and also wheelbase remain the very same. The fronts lights look even more reshaped compared to reimagined. The boomerang taillights add something fresh, but the side profile 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 design. Better integrated than the outward bound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on extensions 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 lot of woodchuck.

Overhauled Interior

The revamped cabin feels richer, if much less constant, than previously. Dressed with stitched faux leather as well as a chrome-flanked, raised center panel, the dash has great deals of upscale eye sweet. The top quality surpasses view alone-- the environment controls really feel better as well as the gearshift crisper relocating from Park to Drive.

I prefer the last Camry's agreeable seats to the new version's, which are a touch firmer. Still, the driver's seat has good change range, and also the facility console doesn't 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 adults fine, with excellent headroom and a hump-free floor. The Camry XLE loses its lying backseat, yet all trims gain a 60/40-split folding backseat. The previous generation's SE and XLE rear seats really did not fold.

A few locations obtain the short shrift: cheap rear door panels, an old headliner, no more one-touch power home windows all around. Overall, though, cabin top quality feels affordable, if short of the Kia Optima and Passat. And also the Camry's functionality-- substantial storage space cubbies, visibility unconfined by a coming down roofline or thick home window pillars-- should draw buyers.

Trunk volume measures 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 room is high on your listing, check out the Hyundai Sonata and also Ford Blend. Both automobiles top 16 cubic feet.

The Gripe is Hold

The prior 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 enhancement for each and every variation in combined city/highway mileage, inning accordance with EPA price quotes. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder as well as 25 mpg with the six, the Camry leads all competitors however the Sonata. Credit scores Toyota for slimming most variations down greater than 100 pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, including fuel-saving electrical power guiding as well as furnishing the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.

I'm sold on 4 of the 5 adjustments. Like many family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed discovers multi-gear downshifts, yet it upshifts smoothly and also usually kicks down quickly sufficient. (Toyota has actually dropped in 2014's stick shift.) What's more, the Camry outsteers its precursor. I drove 2011 as well as 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, as well as the old car's comatose steering comments and also freeway discomposure have lessened. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb during quick lane modifications-- the Accord as well as Combination maneuver better-- but it really feels more confident compared to it did.

The tires, nonetheless, are anything however. The Camry LE has Michelin Energy Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose lower rolling resistance enhances gas mileage. Sadly, it comes at a high price. Push the accelerator, and also the front wheels rotate away. On sweeping curves, the tires break from the line early, checked just when the conventional digital stability system calls order. The outward bound Camry utilized ordinary Michelin Power MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Power Savers stray. Most awful of all, I observed this after hours of moderate driving with temperatures in the 80s. On a blustery winter season day, I are afraid the Power Savers would fare also worse.

The Camry XLE as well as four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, too, do not have much hold. The V-6 SE has 18s and Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- lastly!-- play nice. They fit the SE, which enhances its discordant precursor. The last SE managed as well badly to justify its uneven ride. I drove both generations back-to-back, and the brand-new one leans even more but deals with much better-- sharper balance, elegant wandering, better guiding feedback. I just wish Toyota had actually worked comparable magic with the suspension. It doesn't container as much through holes and ruts, however little bumps are felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some rivals-- the Suzuki Kizashi in particular-- locate much better ground in between trip and also handling. The Camry SE has boosted, but it's not there yet.

Common Camry trims ride a touch firmer compared to previously, but general convenience still thrills. So do the brakes. Toyota switched in a little larger four-wheel discs for 2012, and also the straight response improves the Camry norm.

Safety and security, Features & Pricing

As of this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 basic air bags. As required of all 2012 versions, an electronic security system as well as anti-skid brakes are typical. An unseen area caution system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to price the car, but authorities told me the prominent LE version will not wander off much from its 2011 price-- $22,700 with the automatic-- and also the cost of the SE and also XLE "will certainly be considerably reduced" compared to their precursors. Those trims were about $24,000 and $26,500, respectively, with automatic transmissions.

Don't anticipate to find a Camry L easily. Toyota states the base trim will consist of less than 5 percent of all sales-- primarily to commercial fleets, not customers. Standard attributes consist of cooling, cruise control, power accessories, Bluetooth and 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 options, as well as the Camry could have warmed natural leather furniture, power pole position, a moonroof, JBL sound, two separate navigation systems (see the pictures to compare) and Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we detail here.

Camry in the marketplace

Toyota opted for short completions with the new Camry: Squeeze out an additional 2 mpg, improve the guiding as well as handling, boost the brakes. Some buyers may desire the carmaker had decided to toss a styling long round, as Kia and Hyundai did. Toyota can miss out on some brand-new customers because the redesign looks also moderate.

Yet I'm uncertain the Camry required a styling overhaul; nevertheless, its precursor had matured well. The carmaker has to bring back the nameplate's track record for bulletproof dependability, which has actually sunk to simply OK in recent times. The interior is a few flubs except family-car quality, as well as the skateboard tires mar an otherwise improved driving experience. But the sensibilities stay, as well as overall the Camry has improved dramatically. It continues to be, more than ever, a poster auto for your right mind.