The Toyota Camry is redesigned for 2012, using a two-year-old I4 engine, one-year-old V6, and new hybrid. It features a more rigid chassis and sleeker body, with a smooth 6-speed automatic transmission. Camry powertrains are so different you should consider your needs or drive them all before you choose. The I4 is exceptional, with good smooth response while delivering 30 mpg combined. The suspension is comfortable and all-new interior clean and convenient, while infotainment options can move the Camry upscale.
Sam Moses filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report from the Columbia River Gorge.
Model Line Overview
Toyota Camry L ($21,955), LE ($22,500), SE ($23,000), SE V6 ($26,640), XLE ($24,725) XLE V6 ($29,845), Hybrid LE ($25,900), Hybrid XLE ($27,400)
178-hp 2.5-liter I4; 268-hp 3.5-liter V6; 2.5-liter Atkinson Cycle with electric motor assist (200 hp)
Safety equipment (standard):
10 airbags, ABS with brake assist and brake-force distribution, electronic stability and traction control, tire pressure monitor
Safety equipment (optional):
Blind Spot Monitor System
3 years/36,000 miles
Kentucky and Indiana
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Toyota Camry LE ($22,500)
cloth upholstery, manual air conditioning with air filter, power doors and windows, cruise control, 60/40 rear folding seats, overhead console, display with 6.1-inch screen, AM/FM/CD/MP3/USB with iPod, Bluetooth hands-free phone capability, projector beam headlamps, manual front seat adjustment, 16-inch steel wheels with wheelcovers
Options as tested (MSRP):
power driver's seat 8-way ($440)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
2.5-liter 16-valve I4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
178 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
170 @ 4100
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
15.4 cu. ft.
independent, MacPherson strut
vented disc/ solid disc with ABS
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of September 06, 2011.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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