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2012 Toyota Camry Consumer Reviews

4.4
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Yay for the New Camry!

by from Tennessee on October 3, 2011

I love my new 2012 Camy. The styling is fresh, classic and sporty at the same time. I have the SE model (silver) which comes standard w/ a touchscreen audio system, bluetooth and all controllable from...
I love my new 2012 Camy. The styling is fresh, classic and sporty at the same time. I have the SE model (silver) which comes standard w/ a touchscreen audio system, bluetooth and all controllable from steering wheel. I wanted the ENTUNE computer/audio/nav system, but didn't want to spend the extra 1K+ for it. My cell phone & ipod easily are bluetoothed/usb'd respectively for the same features. The car is great on gas mileage 35mi/gal highway 25/city. The power is responsive and shifting is seamless. The seats hug your back and hit all the right spots for a comfortable drive. The drive is "camry-riffic"! Smoooooth! You will not be disappointed! I am a toyotaman4life!
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I can't believe this is a Camry ...

by from Boston, MA on January 13, 2012

I bought a 2012 Camry SE 4-cyl in late November after test driving a number of cars and - with the exception of the Acura TSX - it was clearly the best. As part of my whittling down process, I drove ...
I bought a 2012 Camry SE 4-cyl in late November after test driving a number of cars and - with the exception of the Acura TSX - it was clearly the best. As part of my whittling down process, I drove an Acura TSX, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, both 4 and V6 Accord EXes, and the Camry SE and LE. As with one of the earlier reviewers, I had no intention of buying a Camry. In fact, I went shopping with the intention of replacing my 15 year old Accord with another Honda product. Test driving the Camry was an afterthought. I've never been impressed with Toyota handling or road feel but I was - frankly - blown away by the new Camry, more so the SE. As I said above, I am a long-time owner of an Accord (1996) that I love, and nothing killed me more than to have to dismiss Honda out-of-hand. But, the current generation of the Accord really is a barge. To add insult to injury, even though Honda claims to offer a 5-speed manual (which is what I really would have preferred), I could not find even one in the Boston area. In fact, the only car I could test drive with a manual transmission was the Acura TSX. While I think the Accord has the slight edge in cornering capability over the Camry SE, the 4-cyl doesn't accelerate anywhere near as vigorously as the Camry, has less gas mileage, and just feels heavy. But, the deal killer for me is Honda's atrocious "hunt-and-peck" automatic that doesn't ever really seem to know which gear it wants to be in. Add to that the obvious road noise (which seemed even more pronounced than in my 1996) and a clearly lower level of interior appointments than the Camry and it sealed the deal. The Fusion and Acura had very firm rides, in the case of the Acura bordering on punishing on rough surfaces. The Altima was an "also ran" from my perspective - narrow, little head room, and tippy handling (lots o' body roll in cornering). It was the first car to be eliminated from my search (Consumer Reports' glowing review notwithstanding). At the end of the process, the only serious contender to the Camry SE was the Acura TSX, but it costs nearly $7,000 more - without a navigation system - and it has a merciless ride compared to the Camry. I went into the car buying process never believing that I'd walk away with a Camry. In fact, I almost dismissed it out of hand, since my prior experience with Camrys was that they are bland and soft. Nothing could have surprised me more than how good the Camry SE feels and looks and I'm enjoying every minute of driving it - including the Entune system and the really nicely sculpted seats. This car is a winner! And, I hope people can put aside their preconceived notions about Camry (like mine) and see it for what it really is. Unlike Honda, Toyota seems to have "gotten the memo" and is serious about reestablishing its leadership. I only hope Honda will do the same, though cars like the new Civic tell me they may have a long way to go. I hope this helps anyone looking for a new car.
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Camry 2012 XLE

by from Hudson, NH on April 5, 2012

I recently bought a Camry XLE with leather, navigation, entune and convenience package. I test drove Accord, Sonatta and the Camry. Camry was better than the others in ride quality, interior design an...
I recently bought a Camry XLE with leather, navigation, entune and convenience package. I test drove Accord, Sonatta and the Camry. Camry was better than the others in ride quality, interior design and features. I really liked the multi-layered dash, the center console and the multi-colored leather seat design. The ipod interface and the ability to stream music from blutooth is very nice. Also the smart key system. The entune infotainment system needs improvement. It is slow at times and not very convenient to use.
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SURPRISED

by from AYLETT, VA on October 1, 2012

Just purchased a LE 2012 Camary. My wife and I went to the Honda store to buy an Accord. We drove a 2013 Accord and decided before we buy to check out the Toyota store next door. We drove a 12 Camary ...
Just purchased a LE 2012 Camary. My wife and I went to the Honda store to buy an Accord. We drove a 2013 Accord and decided before we buy to check out the Toyota store next door. We drove a 12 Camary and my wife and I could not believe how much quieter the Camary is on the highway. The Accord had more road noise than the 2010 Sebring we were trading in. Also the Camary seats are more comfortable and has a smoother ride. Compared to the Sebring it is like night and day including the Chrysler 200 I test drove about a month ago. The Camary's engine is quite and the transmission is smooth. This is the first Japaness car I ever bought after 45 years of buying cars. I hope it will be a good experience.
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First time Camry owner

by from Rochester, MN on April 20, 2012

We have owned this Camry XLE 4 cylinder for over a month and already have almost 2000 mi on it. We were attracted to it's newly refreshed 2012 design, especially the roomy quiet high quality interior,...
We have owned this Camry XLE 4 cylinder for over a month and already have almost 2000 mi on it. We were attracted to it's newly refreshed 2012 design, especially the roomy quiet high quality interior, high gas mileage/MPGs, & long standing quality reputation vs competitive products. We wanted a vehicle that offered dual climate controls and heated leather seats to alleviate my wife's lower back problems. In addition due to other medical issues a backup camera and fast winter warming engine were important options. INTERIOR: Toyota uses soft touch materials in areas you come in contact with and a gorgeous stitched dash. Everything is within easy reach and the steering wheel controls allow for all audio, phone (a highly accurate voice command system) and cruise settings . The bluetooth, mid price Nav package & Entune using our Samsung phones work great. The leather seats are very comfortable for long trips and the seat heaters have mutiple adjusted ranges. I am 6'4" & head room and general driving comfort than our Jeep even with 2 large guy adults in the rear seat we had plenty of head/leg room left and we do have a sunroof (Toyota designed theirs to NOT affect rear seat headroom). Note some reviewers have dinged the ugly fake wood in the XLE, but there isn't much of it. My only dings is cheap thin carpet for a luxury pkg & you have to buy your own mats. MPG is very good. Best case got 40 mpg on a freeway trip (no AC or wind) but typical is the rated 35 altho getting 29 in suburban/city driving. QUALITY. No initial problems. Design quality concerns that side mirrors too small (put on small convex mirror, Toyo's BSM option better if you can find it). Auto headlights don't come on with wipers but daytime run lights always on. I plan to run car 10 yrs 150k mis so low cost of ownership attractive, very little maintenance required vs competition & insurance costs lowest of all. XLE has Michelin Primacy MXV4 hi rated 17" tires, not Turanzas.
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NEW TO TOYOTA

by from Aylett, Va. on November 4, 2012

I was searching for a reliable car and decided to test drive the 12 Camry and 13 Accord. I bought the Camry for these reasons: 1. The Camry seats are more comfortable. 2. On the interstate the Camry w...
I was searching for a reliable car and decided to test drive the 12 Camry and 13 Accord. I bought the Camry for these reasons: 1. The Camry seats are more comfortable. 2. On the interstate the Camry was much quieter. It could be the Goodyear tires on the Accord, but there was too much road noise for me. The ride over bumps were absorbed better by the Camry. Also got a 2-year maintenance plan and roadside assistance with Camry. Trip computer citing average 34.4 mpg. Accord seemed cheaper on the inside. Both had adequate power and smooth transmissions.
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Best value in mid size sedan!

by from West coast on February 26, 2013

The 12 camry is not direct injected, nor is it turbo charged, nor does it have a CVT tranny! These are long term reliability issues and will require more $ spent on service! The new model has a more a...
The 12 camry is not direct injected, nor is it turbo charged, nor does it have a CVT tranny! These are long term reliability issues and will require more $ spent on service! The new model has a more aerodynamic body than a 10 year old vette or 911 porche and is roomy, quiet,safe and more upscale this year! You can find an SE 2.5 (recommend) for $22,000 which includes a power seat before tax and lic only and that's a bargain! Compact car mpg and close to 200hp at that price is the best buy easy in the class! The accord seems like a fine car, but is direct injected with a cvt (read forums) and all now llok and drive exc-it's just the engine/drivetrain difference-camry takes the traditional approach! Cheap to insure and exc re-sale! No brainer folks where I come from for best value commuter! Picky Engineer
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Better than Ever

by from Alexandria, VA on September 28, 2011

Having owned many Camry's I recently picked up a new 2012 SE V6. The interior of the vehicle is amazing, the quality is best is class. I love the new Entune multimedia system!
Having owned many Camry's I recently picked up a new 2012 SE V6. The interior of the vehicle is amazing, the quality is best is class. I love the new Entune multimedia system!
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A Great Car for the Dollar

by from Cumming, GA on December 31, 2011

I just bought a 2012 Camry SE base model with power driver seat, body side moldings and carpeted floor mats. It is really quiet, has a smooth paddle-shiftable six-speed transmission and very comfortab...
I just bought a 2012 Camry SE base model with power driver seat, body side moldings and carpeted floor mats. It is really quiet, has a smooth paddle-shiftable six-speed transmission and very comfortable seating. I like the firm suspension, but feel that the steering could use a bit more feedback. I test-drove a Honda Accord and liked it, except for the uncomfortable driver seat and the high interior noise level. I also drove a 2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 sedan, purposely testing it and the Camry SE on a very rough stretch of pavement. The Camry ride was much better than that of the Genesis which I found to be unstable and bouncy on rough roads, not what I would expect from a near-luxury car. Of these three vehicles, the Camry is the best car for the dollar, considering interior and trunk space, features, handling and fuel economy. The Camry is a bargain from my perspective.
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Fantastic all around

by from Southern Illinois on April 3, 2012

I researched new cars in the $25,000 range. Safety and reliability are my two most important criteria. It came down to the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Honda CRV. My wife and I test drove all three ...
I researched new cars in the $25,000 range. Safety and reliability are my two most important criteria. It came down to the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Honda CRV. My wife and I test drove all three and the decision was very obvious, CAMRY! It shifted smoothly, was very quiet, no road noise, comfortable, plenty of front and rear leg room, looked great and great mpg. I currently have another Honda and Toyota in my family, but the Toyota's are overall better cars. The Accord was noisy, rough shifting, terrible seats in the EX I drove. The CRV was better than the Accord, but it had no rear seat room (I have two tall kids), it also had no power to pass. Trust me, drive a Camry and you will be sold. I am 50 and have not enjoyed driving a car this much in a long time.
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