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108 of 129 (83%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 Toyota Camry Overview
For 2012, the Toyota Camry gets a welcome redesign. Other midsize sedans like the Nissan Altima and Hyundai Sonata have been gaining ground on this best-seller over the last few years, so in an effort to stay on top Toyota has given the Camry a wheels-up makeover.
The 2012 Camry’s new look is similar to the previous generation but there is still plenty that makes it stand out. Exterior dimensions like length, width, and height remain the same, but sheet metal is all new so you won't have trouble picking it out from the previous generation. The enlarged front air intake and revised grill give the Camry a more aggressive look and the back gets brand new taillights.
Under the hood, the engine options remain the same: a standard 178-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, or a larger 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6. Both come mated to a six-speed automatic, which is the only transmission (the SE trim gets paddle shifters).
Although the engines haven’t changed, thanks to aerodynamic and transmission tweaks the redesigned Camry actually gets improved fuel economy over last year’s model. With the standard four-cylinder, you can expect 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, good for 29.5 combined mpg (a 2.5 mpg improvement from 2011). These numbers drop to 21 mpg/city and 30 mpg/highway if you opt for the V-6.
The biggest changes for the 2012 Camry are found in the interior. There’s a new layered look inside, with better materials on top of the dash and a revised console layout. Standard features include power windows and locks, 60/40-split folding rear seat, cruise control, and air conditioning. Also standard is a USB/iPod input and Bluetooth® connectivity. The Camry can also outfitted with powered/heated seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, moonroof, navigation system, and two upgraded stereos with a touchscreen in the center console.
Also available is Toyota’s new Entune multimedia technology. Operated through the touchscreen, Entune connects to the internet through your smartphone and offers you services like checking for movie tickets, reserving tables at restaurants, internet radio, fuel price checking, and many more. Three years of Entune service is free with a new Camry.
Safety features include ten airbags, all-disc antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system. A blind spot warning system and backup camera are optional.
The updates to the 2012 Toyota Camry were welcome additions to what has been the best-selling car in America for some time. With better gas mileage, even more tech features, and an improved interior, look for the Camry to keep its place at the top.