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2012 Toyota Camry Review

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America's top-selling passenger car for the past nine years, the Toyota Camry receives a major overhaul for 2012. While the seventh-generation of the front-drive sedan retains its midsize status, a new look, new features and an even more people-focused personality are all aimed at infusing its well-honed practical persona with a new measure of emotional appeal that Toyota hopes will curry favor with younger buyers. Available in L/LE/SE/XLE trims with four-cylinder and V6 (SE/XLE) gasoline engines as well an impressively redone Hybrid variant in LE/XLE variations, the 2012 Toyota Camry will need every edge it can muster as it takes intense challenges from perennial arch-rival, the Honda Accord, as well as formidable foes like the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima and also-new-for-2013 Chevrolet Malibu.

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Arguably better in every measurable way, the thoroughly tweaked 2012 Toyota Camry has what it takes to retain its already bountiful buyer base and make an even-stronger case for consideration by anyone seeking a top-rate midsize sedan with either conventional or hybrid power.

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Its comprehensive list of enhancements notwithstanding, those with more avant-garde styling preferences still will find the 2012 Toyota Camry sedan falls short in the head-turning department, especially compared to the current sedan-class benchmark, Hyundai's high-profile Sonata.

What's New for 2012

The 2012 Toyota Camry sedan is a generational redesign that builds on the midsize sedan's historic strengths by complementing its practical nature with an even more modern character and better value at all trim levels.

Driving the Camry

Driving Impressions Toyota engineers diligently worked to improve the new Camry sedan's structure and suspension. More high-strength steel increases rigidity of the body while trimming weight – significantly on gasoline models and...

by over 230 whopping pounds on the Hybrids. Revised chassis components and new geometry give all Camry versions a more confident feel with better ride compliance and body control, changes that are particularly noticeable when the going gets twisty. Numerous new noise-abatement technologies also make the 2012 Toyota Camry far quieter over most roads. Without a doubt, the biggest beneficiary of the 2012 Camry remake is the Hybrid. With major mass reduction, handling dynamics on par with its conventional kin, and a redone Hybrid Synergy Drive system that finally has the engine/motor/transmission triumvirate speaking far more directly to each other, the most fuel-efficient Camry variant should have far greater consumer appeal regardless of the price of gasoline.

Upgraded Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD)
Taking a much-needed next step in the greener arena, the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid features a comprehensively redone HSD system that's lighter, tighter and far more impressively integrated – improvements that yield more spirited performance under all conditions and a stunning 30-percent bump in key fuel economy numbers.

Toyota Entune
Still a work in process, Toyota's new Entune multimedia/telematics system already shows solid introductory capabilities and offers both a user-friendly interface and the promise of an ever-expanding group of downloadable apps that should make it a worthy state-of-the-art rival to in-car alternatives of its competitors.

2012 Toyota Camry Details
2012 Toyota Camry photo Interior

The redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry cabin adds both space and contemporary sophistication, highlighted by a leather-covered "layered" dash set off by trim-specific instrumentation and a center cluster inspired by portable music players. Headroom is up in all positions while aft passengers also gain significant hip and legroom. Other key plusses include more supportive front buckets and a revised lower cushion on the 60/40 folding rear bench seat that adds stretch space for the middle rider – although minimal padding still limits the center perch to part-time duty. Trunk space also is up, modestly in gasoline-powered Camrys; but by 2.1 cubic feet in the new 2012 Hybrid.

Exterior
2012 Toyota Camry photo

Although its external dimensions are virtually unchanged, the 2012 Toyota Camry's fully redrawn bodywork adds an edgier flair. The new sedan sports a bolder front and rear look with more expressive contours and character lines that impart a wider, lower look and a more wedge-like profile. Helping the cause are a host of subtle touches like mini-strakes on the mirrors and taillamps that channel air to improve stability, and new underbody work that further reduces drag. Unique front/rear/side-sill styling adds more cosmetic swagger to the Camry SE while blue-trimmed "Hybrid" and "HSD" (Hybrid Synergy Drive) badges visually define the most fuel-efficient 2012 Camry.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Impressively packaged at all levels, even the base Camry L sedan offers numerous power assists, air conditioning, cruise control, AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio with AUX/USB/iPod inputs, Bluetooth, Toyota's STAR safety system and 10 airbags. The LE adds keyless remote entry, multifunction steering wheel, and an upgraded Display Audio sound system. Moving up to the Camry SE nets you a dedicated sport suspension/wheel/tire package with unique trim, Softex covered sport seats and paddle shifters. The top-line Camry XLE sedan features dual power seats, dual-zone climate control, power moonroof and premium fabric or leather (V6-only) upholstery. Both the SE/XLE V6s add Navigation and Entune multimedia telematics, HD radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The Camry Hybrid sedan offers LE and XLE trim-level appointments.

Optional Equipment

The 2012 Toyota Camry sedan's extras roster is confined to color choices on the L trim and a power driver's seat and moonroof on the LE. Upgraded Display Audio packages with Navigation and Entune – including a 10-speaker premium JBL system with energy-saving GreenEdge speaker technology – dedicated Convenience Packages and Leather-trimmed Ultrasuede Sport Seats with deluxe trim also are available on SE/XLE models, while SEs can be had with a power moonroof. Camry Hybrids offer a Leather Package, Moonroof Package and two tiers of JBL-enhanced Upgrade Packages, one with Navigation and one without.

Under the Hood

Focused drivetain revamps yield impressive gains in both performance and economy for all 2012 Toyota Camry sedans. Modest internal enhancements to the largely carryover 178-horsepower 2.5-liter four and 268-horse 3.5-liter V6 coupled with revised final-drive ratios in their standard 6-speed automatic transmissions, plus lower-rolling-resistance tires, help raise EPA city/highway numbers by three mpg on four-cylinder Camrys and one mpg on V6s. While its electric motor remains unchanged, a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine replaces the previous 2.4-liter in the Camry Hybrid, which also features lighter, more compact and better-managed electrical components – including a new battery pack and a CVT (continuously-variable transmission) automatic with new ECO/EV modes. While the total hybrid-system output rises from 187 to 200 horsepower, preliminary EPA figures – 43/39 mpg for the LE and 41/38 mpg for the XLE – reflect a huge 30-percent uptick in fuel economy.

2.5-liter in-line 4
178 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
(PZEV 173 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm)
170 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
(PZEV 165 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm)
EPA City/highway fuel economy: 25/35 mpg (6-speed automatic)


3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
248 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA City/highway fuel economy: 21/30 mpg (6-speed automatic)


2.5-liter in-line 4 plus a 105-kilowatt Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous Electric Motor and Ni-MH battery pack
Engine: 156 horsepower @ 5,750 rpm
Battery: 141 horsepower 4,500 rpm
Total hybrid system (engine and battery): 200 horsepower
Engine: 156 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
Battery: 199 lb-ft of torque @ 0-1,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 43/39 mph (LE with CVT automatic), 41/38 mpg (XLE with CVT automatic)

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2012 Toyota Camry Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 266 Ratings for the 2012 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

BEST OVER ALL CAR I HAVE EVER PURCHASED

By on Saturday, June 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "HYBRID FAST SPORTY ROOMY AND ECONOMICAL"

Cons: "TIRES, VOICE CALL, EN-TUNE DATA HUNGRY"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

32k in 6mo 34 -38 avg 200hp combined

"Bought a used 2012 Camry Hybrid XLE with 20000 miles in October 2014 a week before 4th of July 2015 I have 52000 miles. I have a commercial drivers licenses and have driven for a living for sometime I drove Uber and Lyft for about 5 months all over California from Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area to LA, IE, and Sand Diego. Threw a rain storm in San Francisco to running a 80 mile commute from IE(inland empire riverside). I am not a easy driver 75-80 mph in So-Cal as traffic will allow 70-75 mph in Nor-Cal. This is one step down from the Lexus's 300h. Im always getting 34=37 mpg on the hwy or city is 34-39. I don't do the ride-sharing anymore but i never had a complaint on space in the rear seat. As a matter of fact my wife doesn't want to drive her 2013 Honda Civic anymore it gas mileage is too poor and its too small and bumpy ! The difference in the 2012 with the 2015 hybrid is moor floor sound deadening material and a new body style. This car is Toyota reliable with the full size 17 gallon gas tank which means 530 + or - depending if you drive like me or like my kids Grand Ma. Voice recognizing for calls leaves some thing to be desired I normal just use the hands free talking function after making the all with my smart phone."

32k in 6mo 34 -38 avg 200hp combined

Piece of Junk!

By on Friday, June 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,500

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "spacious, cheap"

Cons: "poor build quality, engine noise, paint quality"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I got brand new LE 2014.5 here in california. I went with this car since it was cheaper compared to all other cars in the market and they had 0% interest EMI. I test drove this car and found it very smooth, but I know that I am buying last generation car since all other brands have upgraded their cars with new models and toyota was yet to release 2015 camry. Everything went well for first few months and then the trouble started. First trouble: AC was gone. There was some hole in the AC unit through which the gas leaked and escaped. The dealership service center was kind enough to replace the parts and they brought it back to normal. Second: This car in general has this issue where it runs as if wrong gear is set. The camry has both manual and automatic way changing gears and it looks fine if you manually change gears. The transmission clearly has issue and the service centers and toyota doesn't accept this. Third: It has torque shredding issues and i received warranty enhancement notice from Toyota. This car sometimes run like a nissan CVT where u feel stuttering when you accelerate. Body build, paint quality and interior plastics are all very cheap. Do not buy this car. Go for Honda or subaru made cars."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great Vehicle, Owned Since New- Never a Problem !

By on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun To Drive, Lots of Power ,"

Cons: "Can't think of any,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Been a Great Car, purchased New, No Problems what so ever ! Still under The Orig Factory Warranty. Great Reliability, Very Well Built & Camry Quality speaks for itself. ! Would buy another in a heartbeat ! Great Value for the money."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Not even 1 Year old and it lost 50% of it's value

By on Monday, June 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Good pick up (V6) and the SE handles the road"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"Holy Cow!!! I got a really great deal on this car, so I didn't expect it to loose that much. The KBB rating is less than half what the MSRP was, and about 50% of what I paid. Other than that, I have had a few problems with it. Driver power window, which they "couldn't find the problem with it" the two times I had it in for service. Finally, the window totally came out of the frame on a rainy night. The electronics are, well, not that good. Navigation and voice recognition are the worst. I do like the performance and handling, but the biggest rush of adrenaline I got was seeing how far upside down I was, even at 0% financing!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Great car but,road noise, hard seats,ac smell

By on Sunday, June 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "lots of room,nice looking sporty interior,reliable"

Cons: "road noise,need softer seats,ac smell,gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"2013 Camry SE has lots of room,it looks nice,runs good. I have issues with the windows fogging and getting a film and I don't smoke.Also my SUV was quieter than my Camry.I am about to change tires to see if that helps.I never use the paddles for shifting. The tire pressure thing does not let you know what tire is low so why have it!Moldy smell from ac,filters are new and smell comes and goes.The seats could be slightly larger and softer.28mpg?4cyl?Hmm."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Exactly what I expected - reliable fun.

By on Saturday, June 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price, reliable, good acceleration, comfort"

Cons: "Inside materials scratch easily"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my Camry SE I4 new in 2013. I did my research so I knew exactly what to expect from driving dynamics to resale value. I think the car drives great for commuting to work, going shopping and long road trips to visit family. This is what 90% of driving is. I do miss the 10% of the time when a little sports car would be fun, but getting to work on time and not having any repair bills have pushed those wants into the future when I have a nice cushion of $$$ saved up for my Audi A3 or VW GTI. When I need to pass someone going slow on the highway I can use the paddle shifters to kick it down a gear to use more torque and it responds instantly, plus surprises the heck out of anyone trying to speed up to quickly not let "a Camry" in front of them while merging in traffic. Sure it rolls when cornering but it's also soft over bumps and has the most comfortable ride of any car I've owned. Not jittery at all. Audio system is great and has everything you really need in a daily driver. Highly recommended. There are other cars that are more fun to drive and your friends won't ask why you bought that car. But the way I look at it is if you don't own your own home yet, or don't have a nice savings cushion don't take the risk just yet on a high maintenance sporty or luxury car just yet. Plus since it's not a trendy car and Toyota likes to keep their sales numbers high there are always great discounts. I got my SE for about $5,000 off the sticker price in August 2013 toward the end of the year sales."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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