It still may not be the flashiest midsize sedan, but the all-new 2012 Toyota Camry can definitely lay claim to being an even more formidable market force than its predecessor. That's no small feat, since the Camry has captured America's best-selling passenger car honors for the past nine years. Available in four trim levels for 2012 and offering three fuel-efficient powertrain choices, this seventh-generation Camry rounds out its title defense efforts by putting an even stronger emphasis on value-oriented pricing. Everyone who considered the outgoing Camry the best midsize car available for the money will think the same of the new one.
Fully redrawn bodywork endows the 2012 Toyota Camry with a much-needed measure of contemporary -- albeit still fairly conservative -- flair along with improving its aerodynamic qualities. The passenger compartment displays a similarly focused rethink, with changes there yielding a more upscale look and feel, improved people space in all seating positions and Toyota's new Entune infotainment/telematics system.
On the dynamic front, significantly revised suspension tuning helps the 2012 Camry cope with any corner far more confidently. Last but far from least, this front-drive Sedan for Everyman offers a choice of conventional four-cylinder and V6 engines as well as a new and vastly improved gas/electric hybrid package, all delivering enhanced performance and even better fuel economy numbers.
While the price of the entry-level 2012 Toyota Camry L has risen a bit as a result of this wide-ranging remake, it still starts under $23,000. Far more importantly, the sticker on the volume-leading Camry LE actually went down -- as did prices on the higher-line Camry SE, XLE and Hybrid models. Toss in a five-year residual value that tops key rivals like the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima, and the 2012 Toyota Camry seems headed towards a full decade of dominance in its class.