Toyota Camry Se 2012

Toyota Camry Se 2012: While the 2012 Toyota Camry lacks the instantaneous allure of some competitors, a number of vital, step-by-step renovations make it a deserving competitor for any family-car consumer.

The five-seat sedan comes in L, LE, XLE and sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is common, with a V-6 optional on the SE and also XLE. I assessed the much-improved Camry Hybrid individually. The brand-new Camry will not go on sale till October, but I drove most versions at a media sneak peek.


Toyota Camry Se 2012


That Thing's New?

Toyota describes the Camry as all-new-- seventh generation, revamped from top to bottom-- yet the styling suggests a milder update. The car's length, size and wheelbase remain the exact same. The fronts lights look more reshaped than reimagined. The boomerang taillights include something fresh, however the side account resembles the old Camry.

The Camry SE has sporty body treatments and 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base design. Much better integrated than the outgoing Camry SE-- whose slapped-on extensions had all the makings of a price cut nose surgery-- it's the clearest redesign of the bunch, if you could abide its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 and a lot of woodchuck.

Spruced up Inside

The overhauled cabin really feels richer, if less consistent, than before. Clothed with sewn synthetic natural leather as well as a chrome-flanked, elevated facility panel, the dash has lots of high end eye sweet. The top quality surpasses sight alone-- the environment controls feel better and the gearshift crisper moving from Park to Drive.

I like the last Camry's cushy seats to the new variation's, which are a touch stronger. Still, the driver's seat has great modification range, and also 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 great, with great clearance as well as a hump-free floor. The Camry XLE loses its lying rear seat, yet all trims obtain a 60/40-split folding backseat. The previous generation's SE and XLE rear seats didn't fold.

A couple of locations get the short shrift: affordable back door panels, an old headliner, no more one-touch power home windows around. Overall, though, cabin quality feels competitive, if except the Kia Optima and Passat. And the Camry's usefulness-- vast storage space cubbies, presence unconfined by a coming down roofline or thick home window columns-- must attract customers.

Trunk volume steps 15.4 cubic feet, up from in 2015's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) and beating the Accord. If trunk room is high up on your listing, look into the Hyundai Sonata and also Ford Fusion. Both autos top 16 cubic feet.

The Gripe is Grip

The previous generation Camry was quick: capable with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscle with the 268-hp V-6. That carries over for 2012, in addition to a 2 mpg renovation for each variation in mixed city/highway mileage, inning accordance with EPA estimates. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder and also 25 mpg with the six, the Camry leads all rivals yet the Sonata. Credit score Toyota for slimming most versions down more than 100 extra pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, including fuel-saving electrical power guiding and equipping 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 stumbles on multi-gear downshifts, however it upshifts smoothly and also typically kicks down quickly enough. (Toyota has dropped in 2015's stick shift.) Exactly what's even more, the Camry outsteers its precursor. I drove 2011 and 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and the old vehicle's comatose steering responses and also freeway discomposure have reduced. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb throughout fast lane modifications-- the Accord and Combination maneuver better-- yet it really feels more certain compared to it did.

The tires, nevertheless, are anything however. The Camry LE has Michelin Energy Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose lower moving resistance boosts gas mileage. Alas, it comes at a high cost. Prod the accelerator, as well as the front wheels spin away. On sweeping curves, the tires break from the line early, controlled only when the conventional electronic stability system calls order. The outward bound Camry employed ordinary Michelin Energy MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Power Savers stray. Worst of all, I observed this after hrs of moderate driving with temperatures in the 80s. On a gusting winter season 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, also, do not have much hold. The V-6 SE has 18s and Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- lastly!-- play great. They suit the SE, which improves its discordant precursor. The last SE handled as well improperly to validate its rough ride. I drove the two generations back-to-back, and also the new one leans more but manages far better-- sharper equilibrium, elegant wandering, much better guiding responses. I just desire Toyota had worked similar magic with the suspension. It doesn't container as a lot via fractures and also ruts, but small bumps are felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some rivals-- the Suzuki Kizashi specifically-- discover better ground in between trip and handling. The Camry SE has enhanced, however it's not there yet.

Ordinary Camry trims ride a touch stronger compared to previously, however overall comfort still excites. So do the brakes. Toyota exchanged in a little bigger four-wheel discs for 2012, and the linear feedback improves on the Camry norm.

Security, Characteristic & Rates

Since this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 standard airbags. As called for of all 2012 models, an electronic security system and anti-skid brakes are basic. A dead spot warning system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to value the vehicle, yet authorities informed me the popular LE model will not stray much from its 2011 price-- $22,700 with the automatic-- and also the expense of the SE as well as XLE "will be significantly lower" compared to their precursors. Those trims were around $24,000 and $26,500, specifically, with transmissions.

Do not expect to discover a Camry L conveniently. Toyota states the base trim will certainly make up less than 5 percent of all sales-- mainly to industrial fleets, not consumers. Conventional features include a/c, cruise control, power accessories, Bluetooth and 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, and the Camry could have heated up natural leather furniture, power front seats, a moonroof, JBL sound, 2 different navigation systems (see the pictures to contrast) as well as Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we detail here.

Camry in the Market

Toyota chose brief completions with the new Camry: Eke out one more 2 mpg, refine the guiding and handling, enhance the brakes. Some customers may want the carmaker had opted to toss a designing long sphere, as Kia and also Hyundai did. Toyota might lose out on some brand-new purchasers since the redesign looks also moderate.

Yet I'm unsure the Camry required a designing overhaul; besides, its precursor had actually matured well. The carmaker needs to recover the nameplate's online reputation for bulletproof reliability, which has sunk to just OK over the last few years. The interior is a couple of flubs except family-car quality, as well as the skateboard tires mar an or else refined driving experience. However the sensibilities remain, as well as on the whole the Camry has actually improved dramatically. It remains, more than ever, a poster automobile for your right mind.