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2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I was researching new cars for many months; primarily the new Fusion hybrid. I was at a dealership all ready to order the titanium hybrid and for some reason they couldn't get in the order banks. So I left, ready to return in a few days. Not sure what made me have a change of heart, but I started looking at the Camry hybrids. So I took one for a test drive (I rented one back in June for a vacation and liked it) but I don't remember it being this comfortable. The Fusion was gorgeous, but the cabin was too confining. The Camry just felt all-around much better. So at the end of the day I bought a fully loaded brand new XLE for over $4000 less than sticker with 0.9% and I couldn't be happier!
Love the way it handles, comfortable ride, great field of view, excellent touch screen and radio. Love the suede/leather combo seats. You get the comfort of leather without the entire seat being leather and all the discomforts that come with it (hot and sticky in summer). Great styling too. Not as sexy as the Fusion, but I love it none-the-less. The Fusion's side pillars are very thick and the windshield kinda slopes down making the cabin feel somewhat tight and confining. The Camry has a much more open feel. I love it. I was also lucky enough to have my dealer switch the tires for me from the Bridgestone Turanza that came on it to the Michelin MXV4's!
Need to fix the sunglass compartment. Sunglasses do not fit well in there. Also need to have the tray on the top part of the armrest. I have an 04 Camry that has it and I have no idea why or when Toyota stopped putting it on there but they need to at least offer an option or aftermarket tray. Moonroof sliding plastic door is very cheap and it feels like a cheap paper plate. No sturdiness whatsoever.
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Where do you start with this strange car. The trunk is taken up with the battery so I'm not sure why they bothered with the tiny opening from one rear seat that is capable of folding down, I guess a broom handle can fit through there. Very little trunk space, a few suitcases and it's full. The cloth seats are cheap and not very supportive, the leather are much better. The interior screams cheap, the navigation has a very poor resolution display. The winning noise as you slow down drives you crazy in city driving. I find the start and stoping of the engine also very anoying and very noticable in this car.
I guess the only thing going for this car is the high mileage and the instruments that are more normal and mostly intuitive.
Hybrids are not something I care for and I don't think they will be around that long. They very well might satisfy a small segment of the market but diesel cars that you find all over Europe are so superior and get similar mileage to hybrids and perform better. Ask a mechanic. Maybe Toyota can introduce a diesel version but after looking at there product line they I wouldn't buy much from them.
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I'v had my Camry since Feb 1012. I have 11,000 miles on it. I traded in my 2010 Prius for this car. I like my Prius but my Camry is so much more car. My wife has back pain and has a hard time riding in any car as she feels every bump. She has really notice the ride in the Camry to be more comfortable then any other car she has rode in. I was getting 42 mpg mixed driving all summer. Now that winter grade gas is out my mpg is 38 mixed driving. I warm the car for 15 min's before driving. This is the same consistency I was getting with my Prius. Winter grade gas has a higher vapor pressure to help your car start in cold climates. This also will cause you to get 2 to 4 mpg less.
I like everything about the Camry Hybrid. My next one will have some more options I didn't get on this one. You can't beat the price that's for sure.
Second time around Camry Hybrid owner, did over 60k miles in my 2010 all trouble free but was suffering a boredom attack so wanted to try the 2012 model, pretty much the same except for the little EVO button, press it in and be ready for some fun, even will give the V6 a run for its money and still do 40 MPG
This is my second Camry Hybrid, my first was a 2008. The ride is smooth, seats are very comfortable and MPG has been improved since 2008! Since this is our commuting vehicle this is very important to us. The trunk is bigger now as well! I love the back up camera which is new.
Improved MPG! Back up camera, comfortable seats and smooth ride! I love the 2 year/25,000 mile free maintenance that came with the car!
None that I can think of.
Took a trip from Omaha to New Brunswick and back. Best combination of mpg, power, & comfort. Between 70 & 75 mpg got better than 39 mpg, quick passing regardless of speed, effortless cruising whether going up mountains, or with four adults, and snappy pick-up whenever asked. Electric lumbar support proved invalueable for the longer trips. Several passengers appreciated the rear ventilation duct and the rear seat space and comfort. Style and color not trendy but with privacy glass, looks classy but still seems conservative. Steering is responsive and precise. The controls are easy to adjust to and reach. Overall the ride is quite solid and relatively smooth. So far, great reliability
Power button: nice not to have to insert key for the ignition, the doors, and the trunk. Backup camera is useful in tight spots that eliminates neck strain. The smooth ride and sheer power whenever the accellerator is pushed. The engine quits when the car stops and almost seemless transition to the gas engine. The hybrid electric power saves quite a bit of gas at under about 27 mph which I use often when entering my neighborhood and at other low speed areas. Like the gauges that track the gas mileage one gets but however, it could easily turn into an obsession. Front seats that fold all the way to the rear so that you can rest. Most of all, it gives at least the mpg as advertised.
Should have outside rear view mirror turning signals on this vehicle. Shocked that there are no lighted vanity mirrors. Should be an indicator light on the dash board to alert driver when automatic headlights are activated. Driver should be able to dictate when fog light can be activated. Continue to strive for bigger trunk. Have phone status indicator on screen not come on when backup camera is activated because it obstructs camera view when backing up (real safety issue). Longer and plusher seat cushion. When unlock key fob is activated, dome light should come on for 5-10 seconds to locate and provide illumination to vehicle. Front passenger seat should fold forward for longer items
This is my first Camry. Recently I owned a 2010 Mazda 6 3.7 and a 2012 Kia Optima 2.4. The Camry simply is a class above these two. I hadn't even driven a Camry or a Hybrid before June this year. I believe cars should go around bends when asked to, which is why I never owned one. However, Toyota have re-worked the suspension and it handles better than my Mazda, although not quite as good as the Optima. The hard ride is new to Camry owners, but it is there, believe me. However, it holds the road well, the Bridgestone Turanza tires appear to help.
Build quality, 0-60 mph in just over 7 secs and yet you get 35-43 mpg. Road holding is good. Is this really a Camry?
Hard ride, please copy Altima and Fusion's superb suspension set up. XLE is poorly decked out. Evertthing is an extra, poor standard warranty. Full verson of my write up appears on Cars.com
A weekend trip to Texas found my TCH leaving a wake in the heavy rain soaked pavement. It did cause me to drive slower then but otherwise there was quite a bit of 75 MPH driving. All in all we covered 681 miles on 16.803 gallons before stopping to fill up. 40.53 MPG = Great for this driving. The car handled well on all surfaces and proved to be quite and comfortable as well as enjoyable to drive. Glad we got it . The local hailstorm saved me 35%. (Well just 25% off of sticker after repairs). Happy as a hog in new mud!
Gotta admit it I am a fuel consumption readout junkie. Cant seem to quit looking at the readout for MPG etc and especially the one that shows the switch from engine to electric and back. The one that shows the engine and battery seems to draw my eyes back to it a lot. The nav unit is also improved from my 2008 Sienna's.
The seat does not seem all that comfortable at first but somehow I dont get tired in it.
An odd turn of events found me picking up my sons new TCH and delivering it to him in Miami Fl. I left OKC and drove out of Oklahom across Arkansas Clipped the corner of Tennessee and drove the whole North side of Mississippi. Finally after 651.2 miles I stopped in Alabama and filled up. It took 16.005 gallons which yielded a MPG of 40.6+ MPG. aT 1053 MILES i filled it again and still had 40.6+ mpg for the trip. All of this was at approx 72MPH. Once I entered Florida the traffic dictated that I should drive 75 or 75+ so I did. That run got 37.5 or so. Yes we did get 55 and 57 on a couple of controlled runs at low speed but as far as the real world of interstate driving is concerned 40 is OK.
MPG and power burst when you really hit it. good dash layout. Very quite. I bought one too because we both like them.
Should include a relief driver. Trip was too long for a solo.
Im going on 1000mi and so far fantastic car. First looked at the L4 but the hybrid got my attention. I was never too interested in hybrids, either too small or not enough mileage difference between the regular gas versions, but that's all changed on the Camry. It has great power and incredible gas mileage for a mid size sedan. Other than the spaceship sound (kind of cool) when you brake (regenerative power transfer) you can hardly tell its a hybrid. Wow! The looks have been sharpened and the interior is very comfortable for me. Traded my reliable 2005 Camry LE and am very pleased with the new Camry and first hybrid for me. I'm getting low to mid 40mph consistently with about 80% rural highway and 20% 25-35mph rural roads near home and work.
Smooth Hybrid system, power, Brake downshift feature, visibility, quietness, low effort steering, touch screen & info on dash, comfortable seating, Bluetooth phone compatibility, USB flash interface for my entire music collection on one flash drive and touch screen control. I wasn't sure I'd like the smart key system, but really love it. No more messing with my keys to get in the car. It takes a little getting used to though. I like the classic looks, not flash in the pan styling, good clean lines and easy wheels to clean. I selected the cypress pearl with the ivory interior. Wanted a less common color and really like it. The black dash & trim with the ivory seating is a classy look.
The interior is great but would feel better not having such a light material panel on the seating. It might get a bit soiled down the road, but we'll see. Nice and cool in summer though. I wish homelink was available without the high end XLE option package. I believe you can add just the mirror, but living with a garage remote in the car still. I would have liked turn signals indicators on the mirrors for extra safety. I wish the OEM all weather mats were better. I bought aftermarket black rubber (soft) mid grade Weathertechs and they are great. Still waiting for a WT black rubber trunk mat. None of the above are show stoppers, but would give the edge.
Best Car Of The Year Value, Drive,comfort, Ride, Amenities & Mileage!! I have owned 3 camrys and two Avalons the latest being a 2011 Avalon LIMITED with all the bells and whistles. I LOVED THE AVALON...but didnt like the Mileage (23 mpg avg). I found out the Avalon body style is changing to look like the Lexus 460 THIS YEAR (in 2 MONTHS!) AND DISCOVERED MY VALUE WOULD GO DOWN ABOUT 6K TO 10K THIS YEAR! TIMING WAS PERFECT as the deal offered me by my fleet mgr was full value for trade and back of invoice for ybrid Camry:) My Gas & insurance bill dropped in half!! Who could ask for anything more??
"FANTASTIC SAVINGS! VALUE! FUN! COMFORT! STYLE AND MPG!!" Tech Package with HD Radio & upgraded navigation with Entune features!! GET the BLIND SPOT MONITOR!! Love the ride and drive and feel compared to other Hybrids I drove (Hyundai, Kia, Ford Fusion,& Volt). Upgraded throughout...Like getting married...You must see, Touch & FEEL it :) Quality & Very Quiet over the others!!
Extend the center console even further for more arm comfort. This is likely the ONLY NEW CAR without the TURN signas on the outside of the mirrors??? Even the Prius C has them? It is huge safety PLUS and curbs accidents. The Camry XLE for 35K should have them dont you think?
First time hybrid buyer, just got 2012 camry hybrid xle w/ full option minus blind spot monitor & hdd navi. This car demonstrates toyota is the undisputed king of Hybrid. Zippiest hybrid ever & you'll never be dissapointed for lacking in power. Cruising 50-60 & need to take over a car... it will respond like it has a rocket booster, you'll literally feel the boost & it's a blast. It has a exceptionally refined exterior and interior however the seat are super firm esp. with leather so your butt may feel bit soar after a long ride but because the cabin is so comfortable otherwise minor discomfor w/ soar bum is easily forgotten. All important real world Mpg is 37 city 42 hwy so far...
Too many to mention but I'll just menttion two. 1) 200 HP Engine / Motor Combo. 2) Whisper quiet interior without any noticeable shuttering when automatically switching back & forth from gas to electric.
Plushier material in the seats would be nice. Leather pkg seats are too firm on the butt and numbness sets in after about a hour drive.
This is our first hybrid but our fourth Camry. We changed our allegiance from Toyota to Honda when the Camry appearance became a little too boring. We traded in our 2008 Accord for this new and improved 2012 Camry Hybrid XLE. My wife loves the superior mileage while driving back and forth to work in town. The car is spacious and has one of the largest cabins of any car in its class. The interior is quiet and comfortable. The Camry seems like the "cone of silence" compared with our Accord on the highway. The CVT transmission makes the auto shifting nearly impossible to detect--a very nice feature. I know hybrids are not for everyone, but please at least take a test drive--impressive.
* Mileage is outstanding, especially in the city * Appearance is improved and looks stylish * Reliability should be high being a Toyota * Entune is a nice feature for weather, sports, etc. * Road handling is fine * Dash layout is convenient and attractive
* Price is a little high for Hybrid technology * Darker leather upholstery would be nice on Hybrid similar to the SE *BSM should have an audible signal not just a blinking light
Let's face it buyinh a hybrid is all about gas mileage. I have had my 2012 XLE for approx. 1.5 months and I have driven nearly 1000 miles. The car came with a full tank and when I filled up, the odometer read 672. That's 49 MPG with combined city/hwy driving (primarily city). That's also 20% better than advertised! The 2nd tank is not getting quite as good, so far 47.6 MPG. Still quite respectable. The vehicle is designed to get great gas mileage. If you drive it conservatively (slow takeoff, slow stops) you'll probably get similiar results to mine. Overall, I'm quite pleased with the car. Its incredibly quiet, has plenty of power when needed and has all the luxury I need.
The MPG!! At $3.75/gal, the extra $1,700 I paid over the gas-only model will be paid back in 4 yrs or so. I bet, over time, we'll all be paying a LOT more than $3.75.
The 2 things that I'd change are the zero feedback you get from the steering wheel and I'd like a little larger trunk (golf clubs and luggage, you know)
This is a very comfortable car to drive, and it gets terrific gas mileage, but initial quality is unacceptable. I have had this car for 3 months, and it has been back to the shop 5 times. Defective speaker diagnosed on 1st visit, replaced on 2nd visit. Sunroof side garnish came loose and smeared grease on window. Garnish re-attached on 3rd visit. Missing rear seat belt buckle replaced on 4th visit. Functionality problem with JBL premium sound system (complicated) diagnosed on 5th visit. Toyota asked me to bring it in at a later date. Vertical grease smear on right rear power window (undiagnosed) to be addressed on 6th visit along with the radio. Big hassle!
gas mileage, quiet operation, smooth ride, good performance for a hybrid, keyless entry, blind spot monitor, sound system - when it works, navigation
30-minute replay buffer on the radio (like my old XM SkyFi receiver
I had wrote a previous review which i like to update. HERE IS A WARNING ON KEYLESS IGNITIONS.. I went to a restaurant and parked my camry. i was distract, i thought my car was off , the lights and the engine was off. 1.5 hrs later i returned to my camry to find the lights on and the engine running. if this had been in my garage i could have died from carbon monixide poising.. the engine goes on when the battery runs down. this is scary and a feature that has to be recitified. they were 4 deaths in palm beach cty from this from a gasoline engine lexus.so a hybrid could be worse. make sure you button to the ignition is off.the car recoginizes the wireless key.it doenot dissengage when leaving
We have the 2012 Toyota Camry XLE with everything package. We also have the 2012 Lexus H200 with everything package. The Camry handles very well, and is so quiet running that we do not use the stereo above level 5. They carpeted the roof, walls, floor of the trunk, carpeted the wheel wells to reduce noise, recessed the wind shield to reduce air noise, and even with out the stereo on, it is a pure pleasure to drive. The Camry handles easily, parks very easily, turns very nicely. It feels SOLID when you drive it, ROOMY with large trunk, wide seats, and extended wheel base. We are up to 44 MPG now and still going up. The detail and workmanship make this car a MUST BUY if you are comparing.
Quietness of operation. Technical features like blind spot indicators, lojack, Compass on GPS and center mirror, heated leather front seats, 650 or better mile range with 18 gallon gas tank. Several GPM ways to tell how your car is performing as you drive it. V6 power and smooth acceleration. Air bags and air curtains, side curtains, and enhanced safety features that are all around you when you and your family are driving. I am my wife both love the way the car handles. Everything from the headlights at night, to the various roomy compartments to store things in, to the many cup holders through out, to the pass through from the trunk. The 2012 Camry Hybrid has all of the bells n Whistles.
Place the audio AUX jack in the driver console 12V outlet compartment between the seats, vice under a cover low under the stereo and air conditioner. It is a very minor thing, but would make it a bit easier to hook in Auxiliary music from my phone or IPAD or anything I wish to use for that.
We only pick the car up less then a week ago.
This is my second Hybrid, and what a great improvement Toyota has made. Excellent acceleration, quiet, refined feel, great build quality, and, Oh yes, great MPG. So far averaging 39 MPG in cold weather. Amazingly fast heat up in winter, good handling, and comfortable all around sedan. Comparing to Hyundai, Kia and Ford offerings, the Toyota Camry really shines. Much better build and quality than the Korean makes, and just feels better than the Fusion. We have Prius' in our company fleet, and they are great for dependability and cost of operation. But this 2012 Camry is in a whole new league.
Fuel economy, comfort, power, very quiet. A well designed and built hybrid. Instrumentation is appealing, but not overly techie. Lots of good information at your fingertips.
Traded our 2007 camry hybrid for the new model and couldn't be happier with this XLE version. Electronics more intuitive (espec. voice), seats way more comfortable, interior plastics are attractive (not cheap), mileage regularly at about 40 even in winter weather (cold DOES affect hybrid perf.). Love the USB port that holds my entire mus. collection called up easily on screen for scroll and pick (or simply hit voice and ask for an album or artist). The 200 horses beats the upcoming Ford Fusion, and they do make a difference. Velvet smooth acceleration with plenty of zip (unlike previous Camry). Car has a rock-solid feel with responsive steering. Learning to love the blind spot monitor.
User-friendly electronics such as USB, Bluetooth, GPS are all worth the investment. Variable heat control for seats is great. The point here is that what could be overly complicated is made relatively simple in terms of operation. I figured out most of it without even consulting the manual. Curvature of the seats provides excellent lower back support even without using the lumbar adjust. GPS destination can also be set on the fly, unlike older version. Entune system hasn't really caught my attention yet. Note five-star safety rating and ten air bags! Honestly, this vehicle rides and feels like a luxury sedan--amazingly quiet (my wife and I both notice the difference)
I'd like to see lane assist and some other high-end safety features added. Wood-grain paneling is also not an option for the hybrid--but I really like the interior's look. Honestly, having owned the previous hybrid incarnation for five years, it's as if Toyota took my checklist and systematically delivered improvements on all fronts--from safety to electronics to interior design to seat comfort. Oh, and the annoying small trunk on our old Camry has been replaced with lots more space. Car has performed flawlessly in it's first month (including extended highway driving), and barring some yet unseen problem, this is the best automobile we've every owned.
THIS 2012 CAMRY is amazing, got a xle fully equipped in white beige interior. the ride is excellent,the inside space is very good,the mileage ,ist fill 40.4 mpg 2nd 38.6 mpg 3rd.42.4 mpg.. city 60%40% hwy.amazing.it has a spare tire,the car can move0-60 in 7.2 sec.. better than a four cyl,almost as good as a six cyl.no hessitation like the sonota hybrid.bigger trunk,.bigger than ther fusion,the sun roof on the fusion hits my head. negatives- the car is going back to repair the stching on the leather which is crimped &looks cheap,electronic steering to loose. also cheap plastic inside otherwise a great car.consumers rated it 93 thats the highest no right now.
The 2012 Camry Hybrid is outstanding. Comparing it (from many test drives) to the Fusion, Optima, and Sonata hybrids, overall it is the best in terms of quality, performance, comfort and on par with all in terms of fuel economy. The Camry Hybrid is quiet, solid, comfortable, and moves when you need it to. Total quality. After 2700 miles, a solid 38.3 mpg avg cty/hwy. Entune infotainment is great. I was originally set on an Optima. After seeing repeated negative owner comments for noise, seating, performance, maintenance I started looking elsewhere. Furthermore, complete piece of mind. No worries about salesperson & maintenance competence or manufacturer quality as with Kia and Hyundai.
Ride comfort, quite ride, handling, ergonomic layout, quality of materials, performance - fuel economy and power. Minimally perceptable activation of the gas engine. Using Entune/Bing to locate and navigate to favorite places is soooo convenient. Acceleration (at any speed) is very impressive, much more than expected and better than most comparable class cars including V6's (better performance and better mileage = worth the $$). Trunk space is more than adequate. Plentiful space for all occupants. Blind spot monitor has grown to be a useful/welcome feature. Ability to configure the split screen display is nice.
Fact: Vehicle is sensitive to crosswinds. Preferences: For obvious safety reasons some of the infotainment features are locked out when the car is in drive. Would be nice to allow the passenger to utilize the capabilities. A small compartment in the rear seat arm rest would also be nice.
We love everything about it and are so glad we decided on good ol dependable Toyota instead of something else. We got it as a commuter car as well as a family car. We love the leg room on the back so the kids can have a comfy ride to grammas house. We wanted the 7 inch navigation that unfortunately came with a lot of other pricey upgrades, but even so, we are very happy we got this car. Some critics say this car does not stand out. Well, we dont want to stand out. We wanted non-flashy, dependable quality, and we got it in our Camry Hybrid. We want something that is sophisticated instead of trendy. The Camry has a classy, timeless look.
We get 43-44MPG average when the weather is in the 40°-50°F range. We get 39MPG when the weather drops into the 30s. The key for better MPG is a trip that is longer (than the 5mi run to grocer) so that the engine/battery has time to warm up. Love the easy to use Navigation and Entune. I expect this camry to be running when we have added 300k miles to it. Go, Toyota!
The leather seats have suede "accents." I would rather the seats are all leather. The dash is covered with stitched leather instead of last year's plastic. I would prefer the plastic dash and have some savings. Remember your target customers: middle class working families, not hoity toity critics that sip champagne for lunch.
I've only had my new 2012 Camry Hybrid for a week, but so far I have nothing to complain about. Drives perfect, great mileage, at or better than what Toyota claims, and the car rides beautifully, quiet, comfortable, seems well-built and the interior feels very plush and upscale. I've never owned a new sedan before that has absolutely no annoying issues (that usually show up within the first week. SO glad I passed on the Sonata Hybrid and waited for the Camry.
Entune system with the nav and music apps, interior fit and finish, ride, quiet, steering, comfort and great gas mileage
Styling is a bit too conservative, but at least it's not overly gimmicky. The inset ultrasuede panels on the leather seats are kinda a weird color, but maybe it's just me....
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