2012 toyota Camry Se Limited Edition

2012 Toyota Camry Se Limited Edition: While the 2012 Toyota Camry does not have the immediate charm of some rivals, a number of crucial, step-by-step improvements make it a deserving competitor for any kind of family-car customer.

The five-seat car can be found 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 evaluated the much-improved Camry Crossbreed separately. The new Camry won't take place sale till October, but I drove most versions at a media preview.

2012 Toyota Camry Se Limited Edition

That Thing's New?

Toyota describes the Camry as all-new-- 7th generation, upgraded inside out-- but the designing recommends a milder update. The auto's length, width as well as wheelbase continue to be the same. The fronts lights look more reshaped compared to reimagined. The boomerang taillights include something fresh, however the side profile smacks of the old Camry.

The Camry SE has stylish body treatments and also 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base version. Better integrated compared to the outbound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on extensions had all the makings of a price cut nose job-- it's the clearest redesign of the number, if you can abide its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 and a great deal of woodchuck.

Overhauled Inside

The upgraded cabin really feels richer, if less consistent, than previously. Dressed with stitched faux leather as well as a chrome-flanked, increased center panel, the dashboard has lots of upscale eye candy. The high quality exceeds view alone-- the climate regulates feel weightier and also the gearshift crisper moving from Park to Drive.

I favor the last Camry's agreeable seats to the new variation's, which are a touch firmer. Still, the motorist's seat has great change array, and the center console doesn't encroach on hip or knee space. Though the backseat is not as cavernous as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits grownups great, with excellent headroom and also a hump-free flooring. The Camry XLE sheds its reclining backseat, but all trims acquire a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The previous generation's SE as well as XLE backseats didn't fold.

A couple of areas obtain the short shrift: cheap back door panels, an old headliner, say goodbye to one-touch power windows around. On the whole, however, cabin quality really feels competitive, if except the Kia Optima and Passat. And also the Camry's functionality-- large storage cubbies, exposure unconfined by a coming down roofline or thick home window columns-- ought to attract purchasers.

Trunk volume steps 15.4 cubic feet, up from last year's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) as well as beating the Accord. If trunk space is high up on your list, check out the Hyundai Sonata as well as Ford Fusion. Both automobiles leading 16 cubic feet.

The Gripe is Grasp

The prior generation Camry was quick: qualified with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscular with the 268-hp V-6. That carries over for 2012, together with a 2 mpg renovation for each version in consolidated city/highway gas mileage, according to EPA price quotes. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder and 25 mpg with the six, the Camry leads all rivals however the Sonata. Debt Toyota for slimming most versions down greater than 100 pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, including fuel-saving electrical power guiding and also outfitting the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.

I'm sold on 4 of the 5 changes. Like a lot of family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed discovers multi-gear downshifts, however it upshifts smoothly as well as normally kicks down quickly sufficient. (Toyota has actually gone down last year's standard transmission.) Just what's more, the Camry outsteers its predecessor. I drove 2011 and 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, and also the old auto's comatose guiding comments and also freeway discomposure have decreased. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb throughout quick lane adjustments-- the Accord and Fusion maneuver better-- however it really feels extra positive than it did.

The tires, nevertheless, are anything however. The Camry LE has Michelin Energy Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose lower moving resistance enhances gas mileage. Sadly, it comes at a high cost. Prod the accelerator, and also the front wheels spin away. On sweeping curves, the tires break from the line early, controlled just when the basic digital security system calls order. The outward bound Camry utilized common Michelin Power MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Energy Savers wander off. Worst of all, I observed this after hrs of moderate driving with temperature levels in the 80s. On a gusting winter day, I fear the Power Savers would certainly fare even worse.

The Camry XLE and four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, also, do not have much grip. The V-6 SE has 18s as well as Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- finally!-- play great. They suit the SE, which enhances its discordant precursor. The last SE took care of also badly to justify its choppy ride. I drove the two generations back-to-back, as well as the new one leans more but takes care of much better-- sharper equilibrium, elegant drifting, far better steering feedback. I just want Toyota had functioned comparable magic with the suspension. It does not jar as a lot with gaps and also ruts, yet tiny bumps are really felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some rivals-- the Suzuki Kizashi particularly-- discover far better ground in 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 compared to in the past, yet overall convenience still thrills. So do the brakes. Toyota exchanged in a little larger four-wheel discs for 2012, and also the straight feedback improves the Camry standard.

Security, Features & Pricing

As of this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 standard air bags. As required of all 2012 designs, an electronic stability system and antilock brakes are typical. An unseen area caution system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to price the auto, but officials told me the prominent LE version will not stray much from its 2011 cost-- $22,700 with the automatic-- and the price of the SE as well as XLE "will certainly be substantially reduced" compared to their predecessors. Those trims were around $24,000 and $26,500, specifically, with automatic transmissions.

Don't anticipate to discover a Camry L quickly. Toyota says the base trim will comprise less than 5 percent of all sales-- primarily to business fleets, not customers. Standard features include air conditioning, cruise control, power devices, Bluetooth as well as an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims add steering-wheel audio controls, remote keyless entrance and a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Inspect all the choices, and the Camry can have heated natural leather furniture, power pole position, a moonroof, JBL sound, two different navigation systems (see the images to contrast) and Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we information here.

Camry out there

Toyota opted for short conclusions with the new Camry: Squeeze out an additional 2 mpg, improve the steering and handling, boost the brakes. Some purchasers might want the carmaker had actually opted to toss a designing long round, as Kia as well as Hyundai did. Toyota can miss out on some brand-new buyers since the redesign looks as well light.

But I'm uncertain the Camry required a styling overhaul; after all, its predecessor had actually matured well. The carmaker should bring back the nameplate's reputation for bulletproof reliability, which has sunk to just ALRIGHT recently. The interior is a few flubs short of family-car excellence, as well as the skateboard tires mar an or else refined driving experience. But the perceptiveness continue to be, and also on the whole the Camry has actually boosted considerably. It remains, more than ever, a poster auto for your right mind.