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2012 Toyota Camry XLE V6 Review & Test Drive 27
Jun
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2012 Toyota Camry, Automotive, featured, Test Drives, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry on 06 27th, 2012

The Toyota Camry has been at the pinnacle of automotive dominance for many years when it comes to sales. The all-new 2012 Toyota Camry received a new design inside and out continuing a forward movement of the best-selling vehicle in America. The new Toyota Camry in its most athletic form, sporting a silky smooth 268 horsepower V6 engine, offers buyers a taste of mid-sized luxury performance wrapped up in a boldly-styled package.

I previously reviewed the new 4-cylinder Toyota Camry LE proving to be my connotation of the best tasting Vanilla Ice Cream on the market. With that said, the new 2012 Toyota Camry XLE V6 test vehicle that I recently tested seems to spice up Toyota’s perfect mid-sized sedan recipe. The biggest difference in the two vehicles is obviously the powertrain. Carried over from the previous year, the 3.5-liter V6 engine remains virtually unchanged still pumping out 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The V6 engine is mated to a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic always eager to quickly find the right cog when power is demanded.

Surprisingly, the new 2012 Toyota Camry XLE V6 is quite the straight-line performer. Power comes on fast and surges the Camry forward with authority. Torque steer from the front-wheel-drive setup is kept to a minimum but begs for your attention if accelerating into a turn. Though, the new Camry V6 is a long shot from being considered ‘sporty’ in the since that it is still a soft sedan to the average enthusiast.

There is a slight price to pay in highway fuel consumption when it comes to the added power of the V6 Camry over the 4-cylinder. My Camry XLE V6 gets a respectable 25 mpg city, same as the 4-cylinder, and 30 mpg highway while the 4-cylinder Camry lands 35 mpg highway. Having practically the same city fuel consumption figures, the V6 is my weapon of choice considering my Camry V6 dashes to 60 mph from a standstill in only 6.6 seconds. With this admirable performance attribute, it is almost attractive to a mild enthusiast.

The new 2012 Toyota Camry has a style that stays on the same path as its predecessor. The front fascia has been updated with new lines but does not depart far from the Camry’s original persona. The rear styling, however, is a far move that may take some getting used to. The bold part of the new 2012 Camry’s styling starts and ends with the rear. New body lines seem to somewhat fade into the background only to be highlighted by the subtle exterior chrome trim.

On the inside of the new 2012 Toyota Camry is a dashboard that seems afraid to thrill the driver and passenger. In one way the dashboard soft-touch surface and stitching seems to be a sporty aspect of the interior although the hard plastics found on the face tend to diminish that initial perception. The wide gauges in the dashboard cluster are rather contemporary and expected, but lack any new innovation found in some of the Camry’s competition. The LCD touch-screen blends the rear-view backup camara, audio controls, GPS navigation, specialized smartphone Entune apps (Pandora, Bing search, Weather, Sports, Stocks) vehicle settings. While intuitive and user-friendly, the center LCD screen interface is not all that eye-catching. Maybe a good part about the new 2012 Camry dashboard loaded up with options on the XLE V6 trim, is that it all blends together well and nothing really stands out like it is misplaced.

In traditional Toyota fashion, the perception of the interior quality is good. The cabin, larger than it has ever been, is quiet with only a slight intrusion of the V6 engine’s roar at full throttle. Wind and road noises are also kept to a minimum by the optimized placement of sound insulating materials and acoustic windshield glass. The leather seating areas proved to be comfortable during my 300 mile highway trip. Toyota left no stones unturned with improvements in the 2012 model combining forward-thinking engineering and a taste of today’s technology through the Entune smartphone and web integration applications.

The new 2012 Toyota Camry is on a level, mostly flat, playing field when it comes to drivability. The new 2012 Toyota Camry can be compared to the most reliable home appliance there is. It does what it is supposed to do every time without drawing too much attention or causing drama.

Steering is a bit numb but I contribute that to the new electric steering rack giving ease to operation at low speeds while slighting adding weight when cruising. Handling is somewhat like a sponge and may allow a considerable amount of body roll on sharp turns. Though, proving to provide a lot of comfort on long hauls, the new Camry XLE does not advocate driving like a fool. With smaller 17-inch wheels and tires on the Camry XLE model, it leaves much to be desired for enthusiasts. The larger 18-inch wheels, standard on the SE model, are more than likely to spruce things up a bit in the handling department.

Offering a total of 4 trim levels, (L, LE, SE and XLE) the new 2012 Toyota Camry attempts to appease most mid-sized sedan consumers. Starting with the Camry L trim, with an MSRP of just $22,055, you get a standard 2.5-liter 178 horsepower inline 4-cylinder engine, Bluetooth, iPod input, tilt-telescoping steering wheel, power windows & mirrors, 60/40 split folding rear seats and a six-speaker CD audio system with USB and aux inputs. The LE trim adds power locks with remote keyless entry, streaming Bluetooth audio, auto headlights and a LCD touch-screen for audio, car information and Bluetooth phone connection. SE and XLE trims add the availability of the peppy V6 engine, where the SE model has sport-tuned suspension, both opening up a wider selection of options. Standard SE trim features include 18-inch wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, distinctive body accents, and upgraded LCD screen interface with Entune apps. My XLE V6, in addition to LE and SE trim features, gets standard fog lights, leather upholstery, power front seats and rearview camera.

The all-new 2012 Toyota Camry has been redesigned inside and out with an adept accolade to its followers and future buyers. In no way does the new 2012 Camry really depart from its roots, which is a good thing considering its historic sales figures.

Being that there is an abundance of competition within the mid-sized sedan segment, the 2012 Toyota Camry must place a firm grip on its #1 sales crown. Offering drivers with a nice blend of luxury, bold styling and a powerful yet efficient V6 engine, the 2012 Toyota Camry V6 trim begs to be the best Camry yet.

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Camry XLE V6 $29,845.00 / As-Tested Camry XLE V6 Loaded $33.330.00 including $760.00 destination
  • Engine: 3.5-liter DOHC V6 268 horsepower @ 6200 rpm / 248 ft. lbs. torque @ 4700 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic
  • Wheelbase: 109.3in.
  • Total length: 189.2in.
  • Total width: 71.7in.
  • Total height: 57.9in.
  • Track: f/r-62/61.6in.
  • Headroom: f/r-38.8/37.9in.
  • Legroom: f/r-41.6/38.9in.
  • EPA passenger volume: 101.3cu.ft.
  • EPA cargo volume: 15.4cu.in.
  • Fuel tank: 17 gallons
  • Turning circle: 36.7ft.
  • Curb weight: 3,395lbs.
  • 0-60 mph: 6.6 seconds (Camry V6)
  • EPA mileage: 31mpg/city, 30mpg/highway


2012 Toyota Camry LE Review & Test Drive 5
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Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2012 Toyota Camry, Automotive, featured, Test Drives, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry on 04 5th, 2012

In a way, the Toyota Camry has set the benchmark for the mid-sized sedan segment year after year. Not only have the monumental sales figures of the Toyota Camry surpassed others for many years, but it keeps the market competitive while others attempt to outshine certain aspects of the Camry. Being a redesigned vehicle for 2012, the Toyota Camry continues its tradition in contemporary styling delivering everything that is expected of the #1 seller in America.

For 2012, the Toyota Camry is completely redesigned. Styling does not depart too far from the previous generation but adds a few cues giving off a slightly larger size of the new Camry. This year the Camry uses virtually the same engines only slightly re-worked to produce more power while remaining efficient. The new 178 horsepower and 170 ft-lbs. of torque 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, found in my Camry LE test vehicle mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, is surprisingly peppy. The added power and torque over previous year’s 4-cylinder engine makes the new Camry sprightly and no longer a major slouch when toting around 4 other occupants. Those looking for more performance attributes will want to opt for the optional silky-smooth 268 horsepower V6.

Buyers of the new 2012 Toyota Camry will be happy to know that Toyota has taken steps to make the driver and passengers more comfortable. Seating positions in the front have been tweaked to allow additional rear seat legroom. Over-all, the interior is plenty spacious and could rival larger luxury sedans. The new redesigned dashboard and cluster in the Camry LE is full of plastics, but Toyota somehow manages to avoid a cheap perception through clever plastic moldings. Some of the moldings even integrate faux stitching within a flexible plastic material.

Dashboard controls are kept simple while a new color LCD touch-screen is standard equipment. Oddly enough, in the base L or LE trim levels without any tech options, the touch-screen is only utilized for a few vehicle connectivity settings. These settings include standard Bluetooth connectivity and audio controls. My Camry LE only included a power driver’s seat and floor mats as options. Some buyers will find this setup to be the most practical for their wallet as it kept the pricing to a minimal as-tested $23,925.

Driving the new 2012 Toyota Camry is somewhat subdued due to the numb electric power steering. Road noise and suspension dampening is admirable and almost on par with some luxury vehicles without too much bounce. Where things start to remind you of the Camry LE’s lack of enthusiasm, is when you start to push the suspension to its limits in turns. Body roll is definitely noticeable but not over-dramatic.

Power delivery from the 4-cylinder engine in the Camry LE is somewhat smooth thanks to the advanced learning curve of the 6-speed automatic transmission. When power is demanded, it is made available in a quick fashion without too much hunting for the proper gear. Fuel economy has always been a great selling point for the Camry and the 2012 does not disappoint with mpg figures at 25 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. Although some competitors are just now exceeding the Camry 4-cylinder in highway fuel mileage, it only reemphasizes the value of the all-new 2012 Camry Hybrid, which gets 43mpg city and 39mpg highway.

Although my 2012 Toyota Camry LE lacked thrills and options, it remains to have the long touted build quality and quite ride. The Camry has a modest list of standard features as Bluetooth phone connectivity, Bluetooth audio streaming, AM/FM/MP3/CD Audio, variable intermittent wipers, 60/40 split folding rear seat-backs, cruise control, auto projector-beam headlights, ABS with brake assist, a total of 10 airbags and other ‘expected’ items to conclude the list. Of course it all sounds basic in the scheme of competitors offering a few more amenities on their entry-level mid-sized sedans. With that said, Toyota is probably hoping its long lineage of reliability and nameplate recognition will shine through the finicky consumers considering base level Camry trims. After-all, the Camry didn’t just recently become the best seller, it has been #1 since 1997 (with the exception of the 2001 model year).

The trim levels of the 2012 Camry are basically the same as last year. The base model now starts off as the L and then moving up the LE, SE and XLE trim levels. The sporty SE model adds the V6 engine while the XLE opens up the full options list and can be equipped with either the 4-cylider engine or V6. The modest starting price of the Camry L is $21,995 while the XLE gets a base price of $24,725. A nicely equipped 2012 Camry SE V6 will run you around $28,000 and a loaded up XLE V6 could reach the low $30,000 range.

In-all, the redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry retains its prestige and benchmark status looking for yet another year of record sells. If there is any such thing as the best tasting Vanilla Ice Cream, this is it.

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Camry L $21,995 / As-Tested Camry LE $23,
  • Engine: 2.5-liter 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC 178 horsepower @ 6000 rpm / 170 ft-lbs. torque @ 4100 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 109.3in.
  • Total length: 189.2in.
  • Total width: 71.7in.
  • Total height: 57.9in.
  • Track: f/r-62.4/62.0in.
  • Headroom: f/r-38.8in./38.2in.
  • Legroom: f/r-41.6in./38.9in.
  • Turning circle: 36.7ft.
  • Passenger volume: 118.1cu.ft.
  • Cargo volume: 15.4cu.ft.
  • Fuel tank: 17.0 gallons
  • Curb weight: 3,190lbs.
  • 0-60 mph: 8.1 seconds
  • EPA mileage: 25mpg/city, 35mpg/highway


It’s Toyota Versus Acura For The Super Bowl Ad Win: Video 31
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Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2012 Toyota Camry, Acura, Acura NSX, Automotive, Kurt, Super Bowl Ads, TOYOTA, video on 01 31st, 2012

Jerry Seinfeld ponders the new Acura NSX

We haven’t been overly enthused by this year’s crop of Super Bowl ads, but then again we’re jaded moto-journalist types. It takes a lot to impress us, and partying vampires, singing dogs and re-hashed movies from the 1980s just won’t do the trick. If only an automaker could come up with something fresh and innovative, maybe we’d actually crack a smile (and admit to it).

Enter two ads that have rocketed to the top of our “must-see” Super Bowl viewing list. The first video, from Toyota, imagines a world where everything is reinvented to perfection, like (Toyota claims, anyway) the new Camry. In fairness, we haven’t driven the new Camry yet, so we can’t say how good it really is (although given the last car’s entertainment value, anything is a step up). If it’s as good as the world envisioned in Toyota’s Super Bowl spot, we’re definitely putting one in the garage. Just as soon as we order a new couch and some fresh curtains.

Acura is hawking a car that doesn’t even exist yet, its new NSX. That’s a good thing for a couple reasons: first, it puts the upcoming NSX on display to the general public, creating interest in both the car and the brand. Next, it reminds us that a successor to the beloved NSX really is on its way, even if it will be saddled with a hybrid drivetrain. We’re not anti-hybrid, mind you, we’re just anti-hybrid sports car.

We promise to keep an open mind until we get a chance to drive the new NSX, but sadly we’re not in a position to actually buy one. Taking delivery of the very first NSX will be quite an honor, and as Acura’s Super Bowl ad points out, there are several car guys vying to park the very first NSX in their own garage. We’d be willing to bet that the ad isn’t far removed from the truth, either.



2012 Toyota Camry SE V6 Sport Review & Test Drive 21
Nov
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in 2012 Toyota Camry, Automotive, featured, Test Drives, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry on 11 21st, 2011

‘KEEPING THE LEADERSHIP’ 

The all-new 2012 Toyota Camry is the seventh-generation andAmerica’s best selling mid-size car for nine years straight, and 13 of the past 14 years.  The all-new 2012 Camry debuts with a bolder, more sophisticated design, a more spacious cabin for five adults, improved driving dynamics and an even quieter ride than before.  With class leading safety, fuel economy and multi-media technology added in, the end result is the best Camry ever made.

I tested the ‘top-of-the-line’ SE and this model brought me back into the fold as the best all-around mid-size sport sedan offered in America.

The 3.5 liter V6 delivers 268hp at 6,200rpm and 248lb.ft. of torque at 4,700rpm while returning EPA specs of 21mpg/city and 30mpg/highway, the best for any current V6 midsize sedan.  The V6 uses chain-driven camshafts and Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence to give the engine a more flat torque curve.  To improve efficiency, the V6 features a new, lower oil viscosity and an automatic transmission fluid warmer that brings the transmission to operating temperature more quickly in cold weather.  Higher final drive-gear ratios also contribute to better fuel economy in the new Camry V6.

All gas-driven Camry’s come equipped exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission that offers a sequential manual shift mode using the console shifter.  Intelligent control adapts shifting strategy in response to driver input, with fast kick-down.  In addition, the SE exclusively offers a ‘D range’ sequential shifting, which allows you to shift gears using the new steering wheel paddle shifters even when the console shifter is in the ‘D’ mode.  Also exclusive to the SE, the automatic transmission features faster shift times when in the ‘S’ mode, and more exciting, downshift blipping control emphasizes more sportiness and by matching rpms when downshifting or upshifting.  Now real enthusiasts can have more fun behind the wheel of the all-new SE.

Further adding to the fun, excitement and enjoyment of piloting the all-new Camry SE is a more rigid body structure, revised front suspension, redesigned rear suspension and aerodynamics that all help to imbue the new Camry with greater straight-line stability and crisper steering response to your inputs while also enhancing overall ride comfort.  Handling stability, more than just conveying a sense of driving enjoyment, also greatly influences your feeling of security.

The all-new 2012 Camry body structure uses a greater amount of high tensile steel (440 Mpa or higher) than before and even stronger high tensile strength sheet steel (590 Mpa or higher), resulting in a stronger but lighter body than before.  A flared design on the doors and fenders enables use of slimmer but stronger construction.  High tensile aluminum bumper supports are lighter yet stronger than before.  Newly developed plastic for the bumper covers and cowl louvers reduces weight as well.

The stiffened cowl section increases suspension-rear rigidity, suppressing twist.  The front suspension towers are directly connected through the cowl to increase rigidity, and the attachment method and reinforcement braces have been strengthened.  The all-new rear underbody and rear subframe increase lateral force control and torsional rigidity.

The McPherson-strut front suspension now uses inversely wound coil springs that enhance straight-line stability.  Shock-absorber damping and stabilizer-bar thickness have been optimized as well.  The rear suspension retains the proven dual-link strut configuration of the previous model but has been redesigned with new geometry (increased toe-in during cornering and braking) and retuned components to enhance cornering stability.  Coil springs, bushings and stabilizer-bar and shock absorber damping have all been revised.

The SE model that I tested is further differentiated from the other models with further specific sport suspension components and tuning, including exclusive steering knuckles and lighter, stiffer lower control arms.  The front and rear springs are exclusive to this model, and the shock absorbers feature internal rebound springs for greater cornering roll resistance.  The rear suspension #1 control arm uses a pillow-ball bushing to further enhance handling agility.  If that wasn’t enough to increase the handling finesse of the SE, this model also features a power-assist ratio on the new electric power steering system that provides a more sporty feeling with quicker response than on the LE and XLE model Camry’s.  Also, electricity is only consumed when assist power is necessary, helping to improve fuel economy.

Slowing the all-new Camry SE down from speed are large, power-assisted, 4-wheel disc brakes.  Up front are 11.6 inch vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers while 11 inch solid rear disc are clamped with large, single-piston calipers.  Enhancing your stopping power and control are standard ABS, EBD and BA with VSC and TRAC working together with the braking systems to keep you and your passengers safe in all braking situations.

The new SE rides on the first 18X8 inch alloy wheels on a Camry, and features a unique twist-spoke design wrapped with 225/45R18 inch all-season tires with excellent grip and smooth ride.

New rear combination lamps and sideview mirrors on the all-new Camry incorporate aero stabilizing fins, inspired by Formula One racing technology, that create air vortexes on the body sides to stabilize the body and contribute to handling stability.  New underbody aerodynamic elements up front and in the rear regulate airflow under the vehicle to further a smooth ride, and a standard rear spoiler is employed on the trunk lip on the SE to increase rear downforce.

The exterior styling of the new Camry also refines the model with elegant but modern forms emphasizing a wider and lower stance than ever before.  The design conveys an ‘architectural statement’ through crisp, precise character lines, while a more strongly curved door cross-section and more defined rocker panel molding give the Camry a more expressive appearance.

Headlights show a more dynamic shape, with a pronounced curvature of the main-beam unit merging into the bumper cover.  Foglamps are standard on the XLE and SE.  The rear lamp clusters wrap tightly into the body sides with their top section extending into the trunk panel.

The SE takes it further with its own lower-body design and exclusive fine-mesh upper grille section.  The SE also features a three-part lower grille section housing foglamps, along with black sport trim headlamp bezels.  The more prominent rocker panel moldings on the SE cleanly link to integrated front and rear underbody spoilers, emphasizing width, and the trunk lid carries an integrated spoiler.  Down below the rear bumper are two, wide chromed exhaust tips further adding to the sportier look.

While featuring nearly the same external dimensions as the previous model, the 2012 Camry offers a more inviting, modern and spacious cabin.  A new dashboard design, modified seat locations, redesigned seats and ‘lean’ door, pillar and headliner trim all combine to add both real space and greater perceptual spaciousness while also enhancing outward visibility.  Repositioning the driver’s seat and the standard tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel on the SE (tilt has increased 33%) also aid forward visibility and enhance your position.

The throttle pedal and front seats were moved forward, and the rear-seat hip point was positioned rearward, increasing the couple distance by 0.6 inch; together with reshaped front seatbacks help increase rear-knee room by 1.8 inch.  The redesigned center console and front edge of the rear-seat cushion increase rear middle seat legroom by two inches.

Not as obvious are the many areas where Camry designers reshaped interior trim to increase the feeling of spaciousness, including the A and B pillars, headliner over the rear seat and door trim.  Three-dimensional construction and contrasting-material textures give the new instrument panel a feeling of depth, while the shapes themselves contribute to a more spacious cabin and improved forward sightlines.  The prominently curved center cluster appears to float over the instrument panel, reducing its visual mass.  Soft textures used on the upper instrument panel, upper door trim; door armrests and center console armrest contribute to greater comfort.  Stitching on the instrument panel soft padding and matching stitching-look trim elsewhere helps to create a sense of luxury.  Aluminum color and chrome trim are used judiciously.  The SE model features unique front and rear upholstery in black-on-black, or black-on-gray.  The height adjustment on the driver’s seat offers nearly a half inch grater range than before.  The SE’s sporty front seats provide thicker side bolsters, and the exclusive 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel offers paddle-shift control for the six-speed automatic transmission.

The new Camry provides the added functionality demanded by consumers today, yet keeps it controls straightforward and intuitive to use.  Control knobs impart a high-precision fee when used.  The instrument cluster is easy to see and understand.  Special attention was paid to function and comfort with the center console design.  Soft kneepads on both sides add comfort up front; the front section offers a 12-volt accessory connector and an easy-to-access USB/input jack port for connection iPods and other media devices.  A sliding rear console door-rather than a more traditional flip-up design-enables easier access from either seat.  All Camry’s now feature a standard 60/40 split folding rear seatback to expand cargo capacity.  The seats can be lowered by remote release from the trunk area.  Rear-seat side airbags are standard, and an armrest with dual cupholders adds comfort and convenience.

Seamlessly integrated into the Camry are state-of-the-art electronics and enhanced connectivity features.  A Bluetooth wireless connection for compatible hands-free phone calls is standard, now improved by an available phone book transfer function.  Also standard is a USB port that allows playing of music and video from portable devices, using the vehicle sound system and available in-dash display screen, including full iPod integration.

The top-of-the-line audio is equipped with a new seven-inch Premium HDD Navigation system with Entune and JBL.  This system offers a new split-screen feature that allows for simultaneously displayi8ng navigation and audio information.

My Camry SE had the new JBL GreenEdge audio system that combines a eight-channel amplifier and door-mounted ‘acoustic lens’ speakers, to provide a high-quality sound.  The GreenEdge amplifier achieves a 66% reduction in overall mass and a 50% enhancement in sound efficiency.  The GreenEdge speakers produce a high output of sound with the same power or less consumption of conventional models.

The all-new 2012 Camry is the firstToyotato offer the Entune multimedia system.  For the first time ever in aToyotaautomobile, this new system leverages the mobile smartphone to provide a richer in-vehicle experience with fully integrated access to navigation, entertainment and information services.  Entune is the first ever to support for engaging mobile apps, such as Bing, OpenTable and movietickets.com.  Entune brings the largest selection of music options available to a vehicle including iHeartRadio’s 750+ stations and Pandora’s personalized music service.

The all-new Camry is one of the safest vehicles to be driving or as a passenger with standard features including 10-airbags, driver/front passenger knee & seat-mounted side front and rear side curtain airbags, LATCH system, tire pressure monitoring, front/side/rear crumple zones, whiplash-injury lessoning front seats, 3-point safety belts with pretensioners/load limiters up front.

The all-new 2012 Camry is a much better mid-size family sedan than ever-more refined, more contemporary.  Overall it should keep it leadership sales position in 2012.

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Camry L $21,955 / Base Camry SE $26,640.00
  • Engine: (SE V6) 3.5-liter 24-Valve DOHC V6 268 horsepower @ 6,200rpm / 248 lb.ft. torque @ 4,700rpm
  • Wheelbase: 109.3in.
  • Total length: 180.2in.
  • Total width: 71.7in.
  • Total height: 57.9in.
  • Track: f/r-62/61.6in.
  • Ground clearance: 6.1in.
  • Coefficient of drag: 0.28
  • Turning circle: 36.7ft.
  • Fuel tank: 17 gallons
  • Legroom: f/r-41.6/38.9in.
  • Headroom: f/r-38.8/37.9in.
  • EPA passenger volume: 102.7cu.ft.
  • EPA cargo volume: 15.4cu.ft.
  • Curb weight: 3,420lbs.
  • EPA mileage: 21mpg/city, 30mpg/highway
  • 0-60 mph: 5.8 seconds


Introduction: 2012 Toyota Camry Burns Up the Internet with Kyle Busch at the Wheel 25
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2012 Toyota Camry, Automotive, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, video on 08 25th, 2011

The new 2012 Toyota Camry has been unveiled continuing to be a benchmark for other midsized best-sellers in the USA. Toyota has kept things rather conservative in the new styling of the 2012 Camry to avoid swaying too far from its predecessor.

A new ad campaign, featuring Nascar driver Kyle Busch, has hit the internet with a creative contrast of the new 2012 Camry against the 800-horsepower Nascar Camry. Toyota cleverly rolls out the new 2012 Camry Hybrid in one of the ads in an “Electrifying” display.

The new 2012 Toyota Camry looks decent in my opinion and has become my “Guilty Pleasure vehicle” in the automotive enthusiast world. Toyota took an already good thing and made it, well, good again. Even the official 2012 Toyota Camry Daytona 500 pace car is a looker.

The only that question remains is, will the 2012 Toyota Camry keep its traditional sales records.

Be sure to hit up the videos and official 2012 Toyota Camry press release below for additional information, pricing and additional specs.

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Press Release

Toyota Announces Pricing for All-New 2012 Camry and Camry Hybrid

• 2012 Camry Has More Features and All Popular Models are Priced Lower or the Same as 2011s
• Class-Leading Driving Dynamics, Safety Features and MPG
• Camry Begins Arriving at Dealerships in October

TORRANCE, Calif., August 23, 2011 – – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. today announced manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) for the all-new, seventh-generation Camry, America’s best-selling car for nine years running and 13 of the past 14 years. The Camry remains an excellent value as all popular models receive either a price decrease or remain flat in comparison to last generation Camry models. The 2012 Camry and Camry Hybrid debut a bold, sophisticated new design with a more spacious interior, class-leading safety features, improved driving dynamics and an even quieter ride than before.

“Despite all of the enhancements to the all-new Camry, prices for all popular models have been reduced with dramatic repositioning on SE, XLE and Hybrid models, representing the best value in the segment,” says Bob Carter, Toyota Group Vice President and General Manager. “Competing in the industry’s most competitive segment, we expect the Camry to continue as America’s best-selling car.”

The all-new Toyota Camry is powered by a revised 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine equipped with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), which features reduced noise and vibration levels and produces 178 horsepower, an increase of nine horsepower, and 170 lbs-ft. of torque. Fuel economy is also improved with EPA estimated mpg ratings of 25 city/35 hwy/28 combined. All four-cylinder models are matched with six-speed automatic transmissions.

For those looking for more power, a 24-valve, DOHC 3.5-liter V6, which employs Dual VVT-i is available in the SE and XLE models. The V6 generates 268 horsepower and 248 lbs.-ft. of torque and is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift and has EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 21 city/30 hwy/25 combined.

All 2012 Camrys are equipped with a class-leading 10 standard airbags, and like all Toyota models, the Camry will feature Toyota’s Star Safety System™ standard, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. It also features the standard Smart Stop Technology brake-override system. An electronic tire pressure monitoring system is also standard.

Simplified Model Line-Up
The all-new Camry and Camry Hybrid will offer four different model grades to choose from. Camry will be available in the entry-level L, value-driven LE, premium XLE and sporty SE grades. The XLE and SE are available with four-cylinder or V6 engines. The Camry Hybrid is offered in LE and XLE grades.

The Camry L is equipped with an impressive list of standard features including standard Bluetooth® hands-free capability, air conditioning with air filter, power windows with driver’s auto-down, power door locks, cruise control, dual color-keyed power outside mirrors, projector beam headlamps, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, tire pressure monitor system and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with an auxiliary audio jack and USB with iPod® connectivity. It also comes with 16-inch wheels and four-wheel disc brakes. All of this standard equipment in the Camry L adds up to an excellent value with a base MSRP of $21,955.

For $545 more, the Camry LE model adds to this package a long list of additional features starting with the all-new Display Audio system, which features a 6.1-inch touch screen that provides vehicle information and offers phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology. The LE model also includes remote keyless entry, auto on/off headlamps, side rocker panels with chrome inserts, steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls, and variable intermittent wipers. The Camry LE will carry a base MSRP of $22,500, a decrease of $200 or 0.9 percent compared to the 2011 model.

The sporty Camry SE four-cylinder model is a tremendous value, adding 17-inch alloy wheels, the all-new Display Audio system, a stylish integrated body kit, sport-tuned suspension and steering, unique headlamps with black sport trim bezels, chrome exhaust tip(s), heated outside mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, a leather shift knob and unique Softex-trimmed sport seats, all for only $500 more than the LE model.

Four-cylinder SE models will have an MSRP of $23,000, a decrease of $965 or 4.0 percent. Despite adding content such as 18-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, unique body styling, smart key, and Display Audio with navigation and EntuneTM, the 2012 SE V6 model will remain priced at $26,640.

The Camry XLE adds premium content with additional standard features like the all-new Display Audio, 17-inch alloy wheels, premium chrome exterior accents, heated outside mirrors, integrated chrome fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio and Bluetooth controls, wood-style interior trim, dual-zone auto climate control with rear air vents and eight-way power driver seat.

The Camry XLE will start at $24,725 for four-cylinder models, a decrease of $2,000 or 7.5 percent compared to previous model year. Camry XLEs equipped with the V6 engine will come standard with Display Audio with Navigation and Entune, along with leather-trimmed seats with heated driver and front passenger seats, back up camera, and smart key. The MSRP for XLE V6 models will be $29,845, which is the same price as the 2011 model.

Camry Hybrid Offers More Power and Class-Leading MPG
The Camry Hybrid model is also reinvented for 2012, utilizing a highly revised Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain that includes a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces a combined 200 horsepower and offers better MPG, all while featuring a significantly lower MSRP than its predecessor.

The Camry Hybrid LE not only delivers the best MPG of any mid-size sedan, achieving manufacturer-estimated 43 city/39 mpg hwy/41mpg combined, but it will also carry a MSRP of $25,900, an impressive decrease of $1,150 compared to the 2011 model. The premium Camry Hybrid XLE model features a MSRP of $27,400, a decrease of $800 compared to the previous model with upgrade package.

The new Camry models with four-cylinder and V6 engines will begin reaching Toyota dealers in October; Camry Hybrid models will arrive in November. The MSRPs for the 2012 Camry do not include the delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee. The DPH for the Camry is $760. The DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.

[source: Toyota]







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