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2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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$8,810 — $16,490 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
39-41 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Gas mileage
  • Passing power
  • Better brakes than many hybrids
  • Trunk room
  • Attractive dashboard

The Bad

  • Tires have poor grip
  • No more one-touch windows
  • Exterior not radically redesigned
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
  • Redesigned for 2012
  • Gasoline four-cylinder and electric motor
  • 41 mpg (LE) or 40 mpg (XLE )
  • Related to redesigned 2012 Camry
  • 10 airbags

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Vehicle Overview

Redesigned for 2012, the Toyota Camry has identical dimensions and similar styling as its predecessor, but it's lighter and more fuel efficient. Competitors to the popular family sedan include the Honda Accord, the Ford Fusion and the Nissan Altima.

In ascending order, the Camry comes in L, LE, SE and XLE trim levels. You might have trouble finding a Camry L at a dealership: Toyota expects to sell the base model in only small numbers to commercial fleets. A four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission are standard; the SE and XLE offer a V-6.

The related Camry Hybrid uses a gas-electric drivetrain to achieve some 45 percent better gas mileage than a four-cylinder Camry. It comes in LE and XLE trims.
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Exterior
The Camry's length, width and height remain the same as before. Principle differences include larger bumper inlets and boomerang-shaped taillights, as well as the sport-tuned Camry SE's unique bodywork, which includes racier bumpers and a new grille. Four-cylinder cars have a single tailpipe in back, while V-6 models have two. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch steel wheels with plastic covers
  • Standard body-colored side mirrors
  • Optional 17and 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional fog lights

Interior
Major differences lay inside, where the Camry loses its wraparound dash for a layered design. Stitched faux leather covers the upper dashboard, while the center control panel sits elevated to appear ...

Vehicle Overview

Redesigned for 2012, the Toyota Camry has identical dimensions and similar styling as its predecessor, but it's lighter and more fuel efficient. Competitors to the popular family sedan include the Honda Accord, the Ford Fusion and the Nissan Altima.

In ascending order, the Camry comes in L, LE, SE and XLE trim levels. You might have trouble finding a Camry L at a dealership: Toyota expects to sell the base model in only small numbers to commercial fleets. A four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission are standard; the SE and XLE offer a V-6.

The related Camry Hybrid uses a gas-electric drivetrain to achieve some 45 percent better gas mileage than a four-cylinder Camry. It comes in LE and XLE trims.
(Skip to details on the: Toyota Camry Hybrid)


Exterior
The Camry's length, width and height remain the same as before. Principle differences include larger bumper inlets and boomerang-shaped taillights, as well as the sport-tuned Camry SE's unique bodywork, which includes racier bumpers and a new grille. Four-cylinder cars have a single tailpipe in back, while V-6 models have two. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch steel wheels with plastic covers
  • Standard body-colored side mirrors
  • Optional 17and 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional fog lights

Interior
Major differences lay inside, where the Camry loses its wraparound dash for a layered design. Stitched faux leather covers the upper dashboard, while the center control panel sits elevated to appear as if it's hovering. All trim levels have a 60/40-split folding rear seat; last year's Camry SE and XLE omitted the feature. Trunk volume, at 15.4 cubic feet, improves on last year's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims). Toyota offers two navigation systems: an entry-level unit with a 6.1-inch screen, or an upgraded 7.0-inch system with sharper graphics. The latter is optional on the V-6 XLE. Other features include:

  • Standard power windows, locks and mirrors
  • Standard cruise control and air conditioning
  • Standard iPod/USB-compatible stereo with Bluetooth
  • Optional Bluetooth audio streaming, touch-screen stereo and JBL audio
  • Two optional navigation systems
  • Optional power seats, heated leather upholstery
  • Optional dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Optional moonroof

Under the Hood
Last year's engines carry over, but thanks to  mechanical updates, all Camry models gain 2 mpg in combined city/highway gas mileage compared with last year. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 178 horsepower and 170 pounds-feet of torque
  • Optional 3.5-liter V-6 with 268 hp and 248 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission (both engines) with paddle shifters in Camry SE
  • Sport-tuned suspension in Camry SE

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Ten standard airbags, including front knee airbags and front and rear side-impact airbags
  • Standard all-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Optional blind spot warning system

Toyota Camry Hybrid
The Camry Hybrid combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor for a combined 200 hp. An automatic transmission is standard. Thanks to a host of mechanical changes — including some 260 pounds' less overall weight and more efficient engine cycling — the Hybrid gets 41 mpg in combined city/highway ratings for the LE trim, or 40 mpg for the heavier XLE. That improves over last year's 33-mpg Camry Hybrid. Like Toyota's Prius hybrid, the Camry Hybrid now has Eco and EV modes. Eco mode trades air-conditioning effectiveness and accelerator sensitivity to maximize gas mileage, while EV mode raises the threshold the Camry Hybrid can travel on electric power alone — up to half a mile on a full battery, Toyota says. The backlit gauges have a hybrid display that shows gas mileage history and real-time power flow between the drivetrain's components.

Like most hybrids, the Camry Hybrid has a battery back behind the rear seat that powers the electric motor. Braking friction and engine power recharge the battery. Toyota moved the battery pack forward 5.5 inches this year, and the resulting 13.1 cubic feet of trunk volume beats last year's Camry Hybrid (10.6 cubic feet) and comes close to the regular Camry's 15.4 cubic feet. The battery obstructs most of the pass-through space for the folding rear seat, however.

The Camry Hybrid LE gets standard dual-zone automatic climate control but loses the Camry LE's touch-screen stereo, which moves to the Camry Hybrid's options list. Other features are similar. Load up a Camry Hybrid XLE, and it can come with heated power seats, leather upholstery with faux suede inserts, JBL audio and a navigation system.
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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
80 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(4.0)

Reliability personified

by Cuthbert from Kansas City area, MO on November 15, 2018

I have owned this car since new, June 2012, and covered 78,500 miles at an average of 35.8 mpg. You get more around town, as the electric motor is used more. But my driving is a mixture of town and ... Read full review

(5.0)

Camry Hybrid LE = A++

by His and Hers Hybrids from Wichita, KS on August 1, 2018

Great car. All the positive attributes of a hybrid plus a little power when you need it. Smooth, solid, and QUIET. I just finished my fourth year approaching 100K with this car and plan on keeping it ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Overall Evaluation
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Camry Hybrid received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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