2012 Toyota CamryChange Vehicle
Key Specs of the 2012 Toyota Camry
Camry base trim shown
- Attractive dashboard
- Passing power
- Better brakes
- Fuel efficiency
- Ride comfort, except in SE
- Light styling changes
- Low-grip tires, except in SE
- Some features deleted
- Choppy ride (SE)
- Sport seats too flat (SE)
- Redesigned for 2012
- Four-cylinder or V-6
- Standard automatic transmission
- 2 mpg better gas mileage
- Larger trunk
I've met plenty of Toyota Camry owners. To date, zero have raved about their car, yet the Camry's sensible qualities attract shoppers in droves. Even in its final year, the outgoing Camry outsold all its competitors — and beat all but one of them in Cars.com's family sedan Shootout last year. Redesigned for 2012, the Camry and its winning formula continue.
While the 2012 Toyota Camry lacks the instant appeal of some competitors, a number of important, incremental improvements make it a worthy contender for any family-car shopper.
The five-seat sedan comes in L, LE, XLE and sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is standard, with a V-6 optional on the SE and XLE. I reviewed the much-improved Camry Hybrid separately. The new Camry won't go on sale until October, but I drove most variants at a media preview.
That Thing's New?
Toyota describes the Camry as all-new — seventh generation, redesigned from top to bottom — but the styling suggests a milder update. The car's length, width and wheelbase remain the same. The headlights look more reshaped than reimagined. The boomerang taillights add something fresh, but the side profile smacks of the old Camry.
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