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2012 Toyota Camry

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2012 Toyota Camry Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.6

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 299 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

Reliable

By on Sunday, January 31, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "relibality milage traction control"

Cons: "none, as long as you don't mind a firm ride"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My 2nd Camry. we've had five in the family. presently we have three I hope the 2014 is as reliable. So far so good. I get approx 35 mpg hwy. and mid 20's around town. The ride is very firm. with it handles fantastic under PANIC situtations."

Immaculate low-mileage hybrid delivers low mpg

By on Sunday, January 31, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

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
10/10

Pros: "Good, solid drive"

Cons: "None"

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

Toyota Hybrid means you can enjoy the trip knowing you're saving on fuel.

"This XLE Hybrid Sedan has been a joy to own. We love the backup camera, and of course, the fuel mileage. The tan suede interior has been kept immaculately clean. The navigation, Bluetooth and stereo will not disappoint.Very handsome car."

Toyota Hybrid means you can enjoy the trip knowing you're saving on fuel.

One of the best car purchase I've ever made!!!!!

By on Saturday, January 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great gas mileage,style power,comfort,reliablility"

Cons: "none"

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

"This is my wife's car and I'm glad it has a proper 5 speed auto compared to my Nissan Murano's CVT transmission. I still wish the the SE model came with a 5 speed manual like the previous generation CE. The cars exhaust is pretty good for a Toyota making all the right noises but of course it's not anything super car. The Camry even with the SE trim gets outstanding gas mileage and it's one of the best on gas in it's class due to real world testing. This car is very reliable, my wife and I had never had any issues besides regular routine services at a local Toyota dealer since we bought it brand new in late October 2014. We've driven it long to Florida and South Carolina, 18, and 12 hour drives with no issues and it was very comfortable. No wonder it's America's best selling car which is both good and bad. It's good because you know something that sells well sells for a reason and it"s bad because wherever you go nationwide you will always see the same exact Camry (take that how you wish). Purchasing this car couldn't have been a better buy and my wife loves her car."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Great price, reliable car with good resale value

By on Monday, January 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great price, reliable, holds it's value"

Cons: "Very noisy, no lumbar adjustment feature"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I needed to replace my 2000 Honda Accord and have had good experience with the reliability & quality of Toyota in the past, so I thought I'd check it out. I was able to get this car for a very reasonable price and it certainly meets the needs of my family, but the expert reviews indicated it was a very quiet car. In fact the description was 'eerily quiet'. I was looking forward to having a quiet car after the road noise issue of my Honda, but sadly it's quite loud...louder than my Honda. The ride is also not very smooth. I could be extreme & say it rides like a tank, but that's probably a bit excessive. You may ask why I bought the car and the answer is that I was tired of looking and researching, so it's my fault that I ended up with a very noisy car. But it filled all of the other qualifications for me in size, price, reliability, safety and had the added bonus of a leather interior that looks quite nice. So, except for the noise issue and the fact that I need to put a small pillow behind my back for comfort, it's probably the best car for my budget."

Toyota You Lost Me

By on Monday, January 18, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: bad car

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "looks"

Cons: "bad customer service, there are many much better"

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

"i liked the car owned another camry that lasted a while, but... i was driving down the highway when there was a wreck ahead i looked t switch lanes then... BAM!!! i hit a car at a meer 25 MPH they said my camry was totled. i of course disagreed i was going 25 MPH but still no they wanted to fix stuff that wasent even broken!!! i finally gave in, i went to the dealer to buy the 2015 model but i decided to look further i bought a lovly hyundai sonata the camry just dosent mesoure up anymore :("

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Great Car

By on Thursday, January 07, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Pricepoint, quality, reliability"

Cons: "Tad loud on the highway but expected"

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

"This is my first Toyota and I must say that we are impressed overall. I was returning from a deployment and needed to buy a car ASAP. The 2014s were on closeout and I found a Camry SE with basically no options. It's been a great car thus far. No issues to report and it has been a solid car."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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