When you first glance at the Toyota Camry line for 2012, you may be shocked to find out that the entire car is pretty much different. They were completely redone in 2012 save for a couple of the engines and transmissions. The Camry is a best-selling model and not one that generally gets redone in this manner. What they did was very sneaky, however. Visually they are very similar to past Camry models. The vast majority of changes were about safety and making the car more luxurious to ride in.
The new Camry is more dynamic and the changes, though nuanced, are striking. The car really focused on making the ride better and safer. For example, the headroom while sitting in the back seat in particular is much improved. The car is a bit sharper edged than in the past for better wind dynamics.
Let’s be real folks…the Toyota Camry has always been about sensibility. They want to put out a car that holds value, rides comfortably, is spacious and wins awards for safety. On each of these points, the 2012 Toyota Camry is right on point with its predecessors. This car will sell for nearly blue book for quite some time and sell quickly in the secondary market. New car buyers like to hear such things.
The 2012 version of the Camry rides much better than previous versions in my opinion. It feels like it is more in tune with me as a driver and I feel the response from the car. I drove the base model and it felt much stronger than in years past. That little four cylinder packs a punch. The six cylinder is also available like usual.
The big upgrades to the Camry line was in the Hybrid models, coming in LE and LXE forms. This model feels a whole lot quicker than other hybrids and it compares nicely with the four cylinder in terms of power. The mileage is awesome at nearly 45 mpg in the city. It is hard to beat that in any situation.
Toyota also is typically one of the safest lines in the market and the Camry is the poster-child for that. They offer 10 standard airbags on this car and have pretty much swept major ratings in safety. The car is about as safe as you can find.
The features on this car are another huge upgrade and it includes the base models in the fun. You get a kick butt sound system standard in the car and that is sure to be popular with the college crowd. Nobody wants a clunker sound system, right?
Additionally you can get the Entune system installed that allows for integration with web connected apps and streaming.
Bluetooth is now standard and a big selling point on new cars. With new laws about hands free talking, I guess the car companies decided to listen.
Though the Toyota Camry will have some competition in 2012, it still sits right near the top of most sensible car owners’ want list. You simply can’t beat the guaranteed value that you get when you purchase a Toyota Camry, and the 2012 edition will be a very good example of that value.