2012 toyota Camry Hybrid

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid: While the 2012 Toyota Camry lacks the instant appeal of some rivals, a number of important, incremental renovations make it a worthy challenger for any type of family-car customer.

The five-seat sedan comes in L, LE, XLE and also sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is conventional, with a V-6 optional on the SE as well as XLE. I examined the much-improved Camry Hybrid independently. The brand-new Camry won't go on sale till October, yet I drove most variants at a media sneak peek.


2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid


That Thing's New?

Toyota defines the Camry as brand new-- 7th generation, revamped inside out-- yet the styling recommends a milder update. The automobile's length, size as well as wheelbase continue to be the exact same. The fronts lights look more improved than reimagined. The boomerang taillights add something fresh, however the side account smacks of 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 version. Better incorporated compared to the outward bound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on extensions had all the makings of a price cut rhinoplasty-- it's the clearest redesign of the number, if you could follow its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 and a great deal of woodchuck.

Overhauled Inside

The overhauled cabin really feels richer, if much less constant, compared to in the past. Clothed with stitched fake leather and a chrome-flanked, elevated center panel, the dashboard has lots of upscale eye candy. The high quality surpasses sight alone-- the climate controls really feel weightier and also the gearshift crisper relocating from Park to Drive.

I prefer the last Camry's cushy seats to the new version's, which are a touch firmer. Still, the chauffeur's seat has excellent modification variety, and the center console doesn't 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 great, with excellent clearance and also a hump-free flooring. The Camry XLE sheds its lying rear seat, however all trims gain a 60/40-split folding backseat. The previous generation's SE and also XLE backseats really did not fold.

A couple of areas obtain the short shrift: low-cost back door panels, an old headliner, say goodbye to one-touch power windows throughout. Overall, though, cabin high quality feels competitive, if except the Kia Optima and Passat. And the Camry's functionality-- substantial storage space cubbies, visibility unconfined by a coming down roofline or thick window pillars-- should attract customers.

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

The Complaint is Grip

The prior generation Camry was quick: capable with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscular with the 268-hp V-6. That rollovers for 2012, together with a 2 mpg renovation for every variation in combined city/highway mileage, according to EPA 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 more than 100 extra pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, adding fuel-saving electric power steering and also outfitting the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.

I'm sold on 4 of the five changes. Like the majority of family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed locates multi-gear downshifts, however it upshifts smoothly as well as generally kicks down soon sufficient. (Toyota has gone down in 2015's stick shift.) Just what's even more, the Camry outsteers its precursor. I drove 2011 and 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and the old car's comatose guiding responses as well as highway discomposure have actually diminished. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb during fast lane adjustments-- the Accord as well as Blend maneuver much better-- however it really feels more positive compared to it did.

The tires, however, are anything but. The Camry LE has Michelin Energy Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose reduced moving resistance boosts gas mileage. Alas, it comes at a high cost. Push the accelerator, as well as the front wheels rotate away. On sweeping curves, the tires break from the line early, reined in only when the basic electronic stability system calls order. The outward bound Camry used ordinary Michelin Energy MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Energy Savers stray. Most awful of all, I observed this after hrs of modest driving with temperatures in the 80s. On a gusting winter season day, I fear the Energy Savers would certainly make out also worse.

The Camry XLE and also 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-- ultimately!-- play good. They suit the SE, which improves on its discordant precursor. The last SE managed as well badly to justify its choppy ride. I drove both generations back-to-back, as well as the brand-new one leans even more however manages better-- sharper balance, graceful drifting, better steering feedback. I just want Toyota had actually functioned comparable magic with the suspension. It doesn't jar as a lot with holes as well as ruts, however tiny bumps are felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some rivals-- the Suzuki Kizashi specifically-- discover much better ground between ride 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 compared to in the past, however general convenience still thrills. So do the brakes. Toyota swapped in a little larger four-wheel discs for 2012, and the linear feedback improves on the Camry norm.

Security, Quality & Pricing

Since this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 standard airbags. As required of all 2012 models, a digital security system and antilock brakes are standard. An unseen area warning system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to price the cars and truck, but authorities informed me the prominent LE model will not wander off much from its 2011 price-- $22,700 with the automatic-- as well as the price of the SE as well as XLE "will be substantially lower" than their predecessors. Those trims were about $24,000 and also $26,500, respectively, with automatic transmissions.

Do not anticipate to locate a Camry L conveniently. Toyota states the base trim will certainly consist of less than 5 percent of all sales-- primarily to commercial fleets, not customers. Typical functions consist of air conditioning, cruise ship control, power devices, Bluetooth as well as an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims include steering-wheel sound controls, remote keyless access as well as a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Check all the choices, and also the Camry could have warmed leather furniture, power front seats, a moonroof, JBL sound, two different navigating systems (see the photos to compare) as well as Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we information right here.

Camry out there

Toyota opted for brief conclusions with the brand-new Camry: Squeeze out another 2 mpg, fine-tune the steering as well as handling, enhance the brakes. Some buyers might wish the carmaker had actually chosen to throw a styling long ball, as Kia as well as Hyundai did. Toyota can lose out on some brand-new buyers due to the fact that the redesign looks too mild.

But I'm not sure the Camry required a styling overhaul; nevertheless, its precursor had aged well. The carmaker has to bring back the nameplate's reputation for bulletproof integrity, which has sunk to just OK in the last few years. The interior is a couple of flubs short of family-car excellence, as well as the skateboard tires mar an otherwise fine-tuned driving experience. But the sensibilities continue to be, as well as on the whole the Camry has actually enhanced considerably. It remains, more than ever, a poster cars and truck for your right brain.