2012 toyota Camry Hybrid

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid: While the 2012 Toyota Camry does not have the instantaneous charm of some rivals, a number of important, step-by-step renovations make it a deserving competitor for any kind of family-car customer.

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


2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid


That Point's New?

Toyota defines the Camry as all-new-- 7th generation, redesigned from top to bottom-- however the designing suggests a milder update. The vehicle's length, width and also wheelbase continue to be the very same. The headlights look even more reshaped compared to reimagined. The boomerang taillights add something fresh, yet the side profile resembles the old Camry.

The Camry SE has sporty body therapies and also 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base design. Much better incorporated compared to the outbound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on expansions had all the makings of a price cut nose surgery-- it's the clearest redesign of the bunch, if you could follow its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 and a great deal of woodchuck.

Spruced up Inside

The upgraded cabin really feels richer, if much less consistent, than in the past. Clothed with sewn artificial natural leather and also a chrome-flanked, elevated center panel, the dash has great deals of upscale eye candy. The top quality surpasses sight alone-- the environment manages feel weightier and the gearshift crisper moving from Park to Drive.

I like the last Camry's soft seats to the brand-new variation's, which are a touch firmer. Still, the chauffeur's seat has excellent adjustment range, and the center console doesn't encroach on hip or knee area. Though the backseat is not as spacious as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits grownups fine, with excellent clearance and a hump-free flooring. The Camry XLE sheds its lying backseat, yet all trims acquire a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The previous generation's SE and also XLE rear seats didn't fold.

A couple of locations get the short shrift: low-cost rear door panels, an old headliner, say goodbye to one-touch power windows throughout. On the whole, though, cabin top quality feels affordable, if except the Kia Optima and also Passat. And also the Camry's practicality-- vast storage space cubbies, presence unfettered by a descending roofline or thick window columns-- ought to draw purchasers.

Trunk quantity measures 15.4 cubic feet, up from last year's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) as well as defeating the Accord. If trunk room is high on your listing, take a look at the Hyundai Sonata and also Ford Fusion. Both cars top 16 cubic feet.

The Complaint is Grip

The prior generation Camry fasted: qualified with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscle with the 268-hp V-6. That carries over for 2012, along with a 2 mpg enhancement for each version in combined city/highway gas mileage, inning accordance with EPA estimates. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder and 25 mpg with the 6, the Camry leads all rivals but the Sonata. Debt Toyota for slimming most versions down more than 100 pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, adding fuel-saving electrical power steering and also outfitting the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.

I'm sold on 4 of the 5 changes. Like most family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed finds multi-gear downshifts, yet it upshifts smoothly and typically kicks down quickly sufficient. (Toyota has gone down in 2014's standard transmission.) What's even more, the Camry outsteers its predecessor. I drove 2011 as well as 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and also the old cars and truck's comatose steering responses and also freeway discomposure have actually lessened. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb throughout fast lane changes-- the Accord and Blend maneuver better-- yet it really feels much more confident than it did.

The tires, nonetheless, are anything but. The Camry LE has Michelin Power Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose reduced rolling resistance enhances gas mileage. Unfortunately, it comes with a high price. Push the accelerator, as well as the front wheels rotate away. On sweeping contours, the tires damage from the line early, checked only when the conventional digital security system calls order. The outward bound Camry utilized run-of-the-mill Michelin Power MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Power Savers wander off. Most awful of all, I observed this after hrs of modest driving with temperature levels in the 80s. On a blustery winter months day, I are afraid the Power Savers would fare also worse.

The Camry XLE and also four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, as well, do not have much grasp. The V-6 SE has 18s as well as Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- finally!-- play wonderful. They fit the SE, which enhances its discordant precursor. The last SE took care of too improperly to justify its rough trip. I drove both generations back-to-back, as well as the new one leans even more yet manages far better-- sharper equilibrium, stylish drifting, far better guiding responses. I only desire Toyota had actually functioned similar magic with the suspension. It doesn't container as much through splits as well as ruts, however little bumps are felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some competitors-- the Suzuki Kizashi in particular-- locate better ground between flight and handling. The Camry SE has actually improved, but it's not there yet.

Run-of-the-mill Camry trims ride a touch stronger than previously, but general convenience still impresses. So do the brakes. Toyota swapped in slightly larger four-wheel discs for 2012, and the straight reaction improves on the Camry standard.

Security, Quality & Pricing

As of this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 standard air bags. As called for of all 2012 designs, an electronic stability system as well as antilock brakes are standard. An unseen area caution system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to price the cars and truck, but officials told me the popular LE model will not stray a lot from its 2011 cost-- $22,700 with the automatic-- and the cost of the SE as well as XLE "will be considerably lower" than their predecessors. Those trims were around $24,000 and $26,500, specifically, with transmissions.

Don't anticipate to locate a Camry L conveniently. Toyota says the base trim will certainly make up less than 5 percent of all sales-- primarily to industrial fleets, not consumers. Common features consist of a/c, cruise ship control, power devices, Bluetooth and also an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims add steering-wheel audio controls, remote keyless entrance and also a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Check all the alternatives, as well as the Camry could have heated natural leather upholstery, power pole position, a moonroof, JBL sound, 2 different navigation systems (see the pictures to compare) as well as Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we detail here.

Camry out there

Toyota opted for short conclusions with the brand-new Camry: Eke out one more 2 mpg, refine the steering and also handling, boost the brakes. Some customers could want the carmaker had actually chosen to throw a designing long ball, as Kia as well as Hyundai did. Toyota can lose out on some new customers since the redesign looks too mild.

Yet I'm unsure the Camry required a styling overhaul; nevertheless, its precursor had actually aged well. The carmaker should restore the nameplate's credibility for bulletproof dependability, which has actually sunk to merely OK in recent years. The interior is a couple of flubs short of family-car quality, and also the skateboard tires mar an or else fine-tuned driving experience. However the sensibilities continue to be, and also overall the Camry has actually improved considerably. It continues to be, more than ever, a poster cars and truck for your right brain.