2012 Toyota Camry SE: I'll Make an Exception for the Center Stack Trim
September 24, 2012
I'm on record here as not liking the randomness of our long-term Toyota Camry SE's interior materials -- way too much going on with all the different surface treatments in here.
But over the weekend, I decided that I like the simulated brushed metal on our long-termer's center console. It doesn't look that much like real metal, but it doesn't look bad and it doesn't look cheap. It just looks nice, and apparently, it's a perk of the SE model, as the Camry LE that was part of our recent Camry-versus-Accord comparison test had different trim. There's a photo Scott Jacobs took of the LE's console after the jump so you can see what I mean.
Also, over the weekend, I determined that I am fine with the ride quality on our Camry SE and, as a fussy commuter, wouldn't be tempted to buy an LE or a Camry Hybrid to get a cushier ride. I made my assessment while in traffic headed to the USC/Cal game -- the SE is compliant enough most of the time and any extra stiffness over impacts is balanced out by this version's sharper responses when changing direction. Alas, I don't have any photos of the Camry in Trojan livery, as we parked far from the Coliseum on a street that wasn't very atmospheric and hoofed it to a tailgate party. Actually, though, with its inky blue paint job, this particular Camry is more suited to Golden Bear fandom.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 12,778 miles