Cons: "Bad OEM Tires wear out in 20k miles, Dated Dash"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"While the 2012 body design was very refreshing compared to the previous years, I did find that it has many shortcomings both in the interior and exterior when compared to the competition. Some of the shortcomings still continue in 2013,2014, 2014.5 and 2015 model
Car Interior Issues:
1) Biggest flaw is the foul odor from the A/C vents. Due to poor design water gets trapped and new car starts smelling of mild dew. You can never run the A/C on recirculate.
2) The car has a single warning light for any door, trunk or hood being ajar. Most modern day car specifically tells you what is open and just blink a single light.
3) The cruise control is not on the steering. It’s a pain to play with the little stick to put the car on speed and then accelerate, decelerate or resume
4) The voice control is on the right side of the steering and the menu/music/volume control is on the left hand side. I use the music/volume and menu more than the voice control so I would prefer it to be on the right side.
5) The dials look archaic; most of the useful info is still analog like speed, torque and fuel.
6) The analog dials don’t have the goodies like sports white illumination or the reflective dot that falls on the chrome ring around the dial making it easy to read the speed.
7) No digital speedo
8) The information is scattered like you have the trips meters in a small screen beside the dials but to see the distance to empty you have to press buttons and go through a couple of menus in the radio display.
9) Does not show information like oil life, headlight error which I could find in much older cars.
10) The menu buttons don’t work consistently for the build in audio and navigation system forcing you to take your hands off from the steering and fiddle with the buttons beside the touch screen or go through several layers of menu in the touch screen.
11) Navigation system fatal flaw you pay $1200 extra for it but you don’t get any update. Each time map update is $169 + tax.
12) The navigation system asks for the Zip code first, half of the times I don’t know the zip code of the place. So I have to google and find out before I can enter the address on the navigation system.
13) The 2012 models shows the tire pressure but there is no way to tell what pressure corresponds to which tire as there is no labels and the order of display changes randomly. Apparently they took it away in 2013 and 2014 models.
I feel the instrument cluster is very poorly designed and does not feel like it is a 2012,213 or 2014 car at all. It’s a joke.
1) Way too much chrome on the front grill, on the fog lights. Can you imagine you can’t see the Toyota logo as it’s hidden with the overdose of chrome in the nose grill. Somehow the SE model was spared from this obnoxious ghetto looks.
2) The headlights are neither HID not LED. Old yellow halogens with poor design in the reflectors making it hard to drive in road which does not have street lamps. The fog lights are joke too.
3) Over dose of chrome on the front grill but no chrome on door handles or trunk lid handle.
4) The parking lights don’t get on when unlocking the car only the map lights turn on.
5) Only the driver’s seat window is auto, rest 3 windows needs to be held till opens or closed fully.
6) You can lock the car with the windows rolled down and it won’t even beep to let you know that you have something wrong.
Engine and Transmission:
1) For a 4 cylinder 2.5 liter engine not so good fuel economy for city driving can go as low as 12 mpg and average around 18 mpg. Highway average is good around 30 to 35 mpg.
2) Lower horsepower compared to Honda Accord or Nissan Altima so can feel sluggish if you have the 4 cylinder.
Dealership and Car Buying Issues:
1) Probably Toyota dealers are the worst when it comes to the experience. Most of them are very arrogant and seem like they are doing us a favor by selling the car. This is one of the sole reasons I will stay away from Toyota.
2) Goes around too much before talking money
3) Almost impossible to buy a car without unnecessarily dealer installed marked up accessories like pinstripes, tint, door edge guard, mats etc. (Dealers try to charge you $800 for tint, $300 for pin stripe, $300 for door edge guard, $400 for trunk mat so ridiculous)
The only reason I bought the 2012 Camry in Aug 2012 was because I need a reliable ride under $30,000 and even though I wanted the Accord the new refreshed 2013 model was not out until Nov 2012. I test drove several other cars like Sonata and Passat but came down to the Camry and Accord."
Cons: "poorly constructed and painful front seats."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"I purchased 2012 camary SE on 12-10-12 it has been back in for front set repair 3 times. After a 15 mile ride or longer the set is so uncomfortable it pains me to drive it. While they had the seat out for repair I looked at it . The driver is setting on a metal bar with about 1/4 inche of foam between your bum and the bar. It has been parked in my driveway for two weeks now. I"m still waiting on the dealer to fix the problem. At this time I am Very Dissatisfyed with The dealer and Toyota"
"3 recalls, rattles in the dash,very light feeling car, tranny shifts all over the place , crawls into gear one minute then slams into gear the next. Now the lastest is a high pitched whistle comes from the engine compartment, the last occurance lasted 17 miles before it just quit doing it. Not a very good car, we will not own another thats for sure!!"
"I love this car. Bought my 2012 Camry SE V6 in Jan 2013. First got a great deal. Could not believe the price I paid for it, with all the toys the SE came with. Paddle shifting, stylish interior trim, back up camera, navigation with entune. . I really like the sportier driving feel toyota added to the SE package (granted it is not a BMW 3 series or Audi). Great gas milage for a V6. Been getting UP TO 45 miles to gallon on the highway, but averaging about 35 MPG on the highway at 60 MPH. Great car for the person, who wants a family sedan but also wants a little bit of driving experience and will not have to pay $50,000.00 for it. Driving is smooth and quite. Built in America and Toyota quality, I highly recommend the SE package."
Pros: "I loved the cars but losing a bumper is no fun"
Cons: "design of bumper is poor"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"My 2012 camry xle was taken to the dealer four(4) times because the front bumper kept coming lose. The first time was 15 minutes after paying 700 dollars for a new bumper and driving out of the service dept. After much trouble with the dealer I was given a 2013 camry xle. did great for a while. Then one sunny day I was driving down Interstate 10 and the rear bumper fell off. After having to pay 1000 dollars to replace that bumper and no explanation from the service staff as to why my bumper just fell off I think I am finished with Toyota."