2012 toyota Camry Hybrid

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid: While the 2012 Toyota Camry lacks the immediate allure of some rivals, a variety of important, step-by-step renovations make it a worthy contender for any kind of family-car customer.

The five-seat sedan can be found in L, LE, XLE as well as sport-tuned SE trims. A four-cylinder engine is common, with a V-6 optional on the SE and XLE. I evaluated the much-improved Camry Hybrid separately. The brand-new Camry won't take place sale till October, but I drove most variants at a media sneak peek.


2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid


That Point's New?

Toyota describes the Camry as all-new-- 7th generation, redesigned inside out-- however the designing recommends a milder upgrade. The vehicle's size, width as well as wheelbase remain the same. The headlights look more reshaped than reimagined. The boomerang taillights include something fresh, yet the side account resembles the old Camry.

The Camry SE has stylish body therapies and also 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inch steel wheels on the base design. Better integrated compared to the outbound Camry SE-- whose slapped-on expansions had all the makings of a discount rhinoplasty-- it's the clearest redesign of the lot, if you could abide its face. I see the late-2000s Acura TL, some Mazda6 and a lot of woodchuck.

Revamped Inside

The upgraded cabin really feels richer, if much less constant, than in the past. Clothed with stitched faux leather and also a chrome-flanked, raised facility panel, the dashboard has great deals of high end eye sweet. The top quality surpasses view alone-- the environment regulates feel weightier as well as the gearshift crisper relocating from Park to Drive.

I prefer the last Camry's easy seats to the brand-new variation's, which are a touch firmer. Still, the motorist's seat has excellent change variety, as well as the facility console does not encroach on hip or knee area. Though the backseat is not as cavernous as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits adults fine, with good headroom and a hump-free flooring. The Camry XLE sheds its lying rear seat, but all trims gain a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The previous generation's SE as well as XLE backseats didn't fold.

A couple of locations get the short shrift: economical back door panels, an old headliner, no more one-touch power home windows all around. Overall, however, cabin quality really feels competitive, if except the Kia Optima and also Passat. And the Camry's functionality-- substantial storage space cubbies, visibility unconfined by a coming down roofline or thick home window pillars-- should draw customers.

Trunk quantity measures 15.4 cubic feet, up from in 2015's 15.0 cubic feet (14.5 in some trims) as well as defeating the Accord. If trunk room is high on your list, check out the Hyundai Sonata and also Ford Blend. Both cars and trucks leading 16 cubic feet.

The Complaint is Grasp

The prior generation Camry was quick: qualified with the 178-horsepower four-cylinder, muscle with the 268-hp V-6. That rollovers for 2012, in addition to a 2 mpg renovation for each and every variation in consolidated city/highway gas mileage, inning accordance with EPA quotes. At 28 mpg with the four-cylinder and also 25 mpg with the 6, the Camry leads all competitors yet the Sonata. Debt Toyota for slimming most variations down more than 100 extra pounds, tweaking the drivetrain, adding fuel-saving electrical power steering as well as outfitting the Camry with lower-rolling-resistance tires.

I'm sold on 4 of the 5 modifications. Like the majority of family-car automatics, the Camry's six-speed locates multi-gear downshifts, however it upshifts smoothly and also normally kicks down quickly sufficient. (Toyota has dropped in 2014's standard transmission.) Exactly what's even more, the Camry outsteers its predecessor. I drove 2011 and 2012 Camry LEs back-to-back, as well as the old cars and truck's comatose steering feedback and freeway discomposure have actually decreased. The 2012 Camry's wheel still goes numb during quick lane adjustments-- the Accord and also Blend maneuver much better-- but it really feels more positive than it did.

The tires, nonetheless, are anything yet. The Camry LE has Michelin Energy Saver Green-X all-seasons, whose lower moving resistance boosts gas mileage. Sadly, it comes at a high cost. Push the accelerator, and the front wheels spin away. On sweeping curves, the tires damage from the line early, reined in only when the common electronic stability system calls order. The outbound Camry employed ordinary Michelin Energy MXV4s. Where they stuck, the Energy Savers stray. Most awful of all, I observed this after hrs of modest driving with temperature levels in the 80s. On a gusting winter season day, I are afraid the Power Savers would certainly make out even worse.

The Camry XLE and four-cylinder SE wear 17-inch Michelin Primacy MXV4s. They, too, lack much grip. The V-6 SE has 18s and also Michelin Primacy MXM4s, which-- finally!-- play nice. They fit the SE, which improves its discordant precursor. The last SE dealt with as well badly to validate its rough trip. I drove both generations back-to-back, and the brand-new one leans more yet manages far better-- sharper equilibrium, stylish drifting, much better guiding feedback. I just desire Toyota had actually worked similar magic with the suspension. It doesn't container as a lot via splits and ruts, but little bumps are really felt in a fatiguing, ever-present rhythm. Some rivals-- the Suzuki Kizashi specifically-- locate far better ground between flight and handling. The Camry SE has boosted, however it's not there yet.

Common Camry trims ride a touch stronger compared to before, but general convenience still impresses. So do the brakes. Toyota switched in somewhat larger four-wheel discs for 2012, as well as the direct reaction improves the Camry standard.

Safety, Features & Pricing

Since this writing, the Camry has yet to be crash-tested. There are 10 conventional air bags. As required of all 2012 models, an electronic security system as well as antilock brakes are standard. A blind spot caution system is optional on the XLE. Toyota has yet to price the automobile, but officials informed me the prominent LE version will not stray much from its 2011 price-- $22,700 with the automatic-- and the expense of the SE and also XLE "will be substantially lower" than their precursors. Those trims were about $24,000 and also $26,500, specifically, with automatic transmissions.

Do not anticipate to locate a Camry L conveniently. Toyota claims the base trim will certainly make up less than 5 percent of all sales-- mostly to industrial fleets, not customers. Standard features consist of a/c, cruise control, power devices, Bluetooth as well as an iPod-compatible stereo. Mainline Camry trims add steering-wheel sound controls, remote keyless access as well as a touch-screen stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming. Check all the choices, and also the Camry could have heated up leather upholstery, power front seats, a moonroof, JBL audio, two different navigating systems (see the pictures to contrast) and Toyota's Entune multimedia system, which we information here.

Camry on the market

Toyota chose brief completions with the new Camry: Squeeze out another 2 mpg, fine-tune the guiding and also handling, improve the brakes. Some buyers may wish the carmaker had opted to throw a styling long round, as Kia and also Hyundai did. Toyota might miss out on some new purchasers due to the fact that the redesign looks too mild.

Yet I'm not sure the Camry needed a designing overhaul; nevertheless, its precursor had actually aged well. The carmaker needs to bring back the nameplate's online reputation for bulletproof reliability, which has sunk to merely OKAY recently. The interior is a few flubs except family-car excellence, and the skateboard tires mar an otherwise improved driving experience. However the perceptiveness continue to be, as well as on the whole the Camry has actually boosted significantly. It remains, more than ever, a poster vehicle for your right mind.