2012 Toyota Camry New Car Reviews

The new Camry's skin looks like it was simply stretched more tightly over the car's existing frame.
If it wasn't for the garage's green color, you wouldn't be able to tell that there is a new Camry in this photo.
The new taillights look edgy, maybe even hip?

Better than: The last Toyota Camry
But not as good as: Hyundai Sonata
GRM Bang For The Buck Index: 82.25  

Toyota's newest Camry is slightly less bland than the last Camry—a shocking change in direction from Toyota. Among other things, this XLE model features somewhat unique body lines, an interior with more than one texture, a stereo that sounds more like the band you're listening to and less like a cheap stereo, and a very powerful engine that makes this car almost fun. Almost.

So, has Toyota finally made a Camry that's fun to drive?

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Other staff views:

Jane Soliman Reader:

A Camry is a Camry is a Camry. It's smooth. It's big. It's boring. It's a Toyota.

Tom Suddard Associate Editor:

It was large and boring, but it had great power. Kind of like Jabba the Hut.


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Reader Comments:

Giant Purple Snorklewacker
July 24, 2012 12:09 p.m.

Please post long jump results and crash footage.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Associate Editor
Dec. 10, 2013 12:00 a.m.

Toyota's newest Camry is slightly less bland than the last Camry—a shocking change in direction from Toyota. Among other things, this XLE model features somewhat unique body lines, an interior with more than one texture, a stereo that sounds more like the band you're listening to and less like a cheap stereo, and a very powerful engine that makes this car almost fun. Almost.

So, has Toyota finally made a Camry that's fun to drive?

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2012 Toyota Camry Specs:

Drivetrain Layout:
Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Engine:
3.5 liter V-6
Horsepower:
268 bhp at 6200 rpm
Torque:
248 lb.-ft at 4700 rpm
Transmission:
automatic
Wheels:
17"
Tires:
P215/55 R17
Brakes:
11.65" Ventilated Disc (front)
11" Disc (rear)
Weight:
3395 pounds
Price:
Base: $22055
As tested: $33330
MPG:
EPA City: 21
EPA Highway: 30
Observed: 25.0

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