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2012 Toyota Camry SE

2012 Toyota Camry Review

(0 Stars)  The empire strikes back.

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Overview
For two decades, the Toyota Camry was virtually unchallenged for the title of America's favorite mid-size sedan, but that era is over. Barbarians are at the gate armed with better styling, newer technology, and superior fuel economy. The 2012 Camry intends to turn them back with an all-new design and thoroughly revised mechanicals. The transformation is most readily apparent inside, where the hard, tan plastics have given way to stitched leather and chrome accents. The new exterior design still plays to conservative tastes but is no longer bland. Unlike some of its newest competitors, the Camry still offers a V-6. The familiar 3.5-liter engine, despite mild fuel economy gains, gives up 4 mpg on the highway to the Hyundai Sonata's more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The six is still worth considering, though, as it's perhaps the smoothest engine in the segment. The four-cylinder and hybrid powertrains both post gains as well, with the Hybrid likely to achieve an impressive 41 mpg combined. We're most surprised--and pleasantly so--by how the new Camry drives, particularly the Hybrid. The soupy handling, artificial steering, bouncy ride, grabby brakes, and clumsy throttle response we complained about have all vanished without a trace. The electric power steering (now fitted to all Camrys) is precise and almost natural, the brake pedal feels as good as any hybrid's, and the suspension tuning is nothing short of a revelation. The top-level SE serves up surprisingly balanced handling from its firmer suspension and heavier steering.

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2012 Camry SE Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.5L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 25 MPG city, 35 MPG highway, 28 MPG combined and 476 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
17.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 178 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 170 ft lb of torque @ 4,100 rpm

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'12 Toyota SE Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Knee Air Bag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Navigation System
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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