In a Nutshell - 2012 Toyota Camry Long-Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Camry Long Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Camry SE: In a Nutshell

March 06, 2012

Camry Nutshell

Besides the road tests on Inside Line, we also produce tests for the main Edmunds site. Every now and then, we'll use one of our long-termers as the test subject. My latest piece to go live was on our Toyota Camry. While we, as a group of editors, are generally in agreement on our take on vehicles, occasionally we disagree. By "we," I mean Magrath and myself. And that's good, I think.

There's a good portion of things that Mike and I disagree on, yet we both acknowledge that there is rarely a definite right or wrong in our opinions. It keeps things fun and lively around here. I'm all about dry-aged beef, while he's convinced grass-fed is the way to go. I like Scotch, while he's into Gin. I'm into cars that are fast, inconvenient and dangerous and he has more luxurious leanings. You get the idea. It's a civil discourse, and it rarely ends in fisticuffs or tears.

It's similar to how I approach movie or restaurant critics. I find the ones that closely match my tastes and follow them. When things get more subjective, finding that black or white delineation gets difficult. So I just take everything as an opinion in shades of gray.

And that brings me back to my Camry test drive. I contend that the 2012 Camry just barely moved the needle, while he argues that it's a big step forward. To me, the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima represented a big leap forward. Those models went from backmarkers to frontrunners overnight. Of course, that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.

What do you think?

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 4,817 miles

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