2012 Toyota Camry Long Term Road Test


2012 Toyota Camry SE: Not Really Like Other Camrys I've Known

December 15, 2011

2012 Toyota Camry SE

Last night a friend and I ran a bunch of errands in our long-term 2012 Toyota Camry SE. It was a mix of city driving and freeway travel, and at every store, yet more bags were loaded into the midsize sedan. In short, it was like any other day in the life of a Camry, which took it on without complaint and without drawing attention to itself. It really is the Marcy of cars as the great Dan Pund once wrote.

Except twice it did draw attention to ourself. See, for the first time in my memory, the SE really feels like an SE. The ride borders on firm. When you hit a major expansion joint or bump on the freeway, you really feel it once, and then it's done... it's not some floaty, drawn-out affair. In this regard, it's like no other Camry I've ever driven, and my Camry experiences go back a couple decades.

I think the ride quality on our Camry SE is an improvement. I think. Sometimes I'm not sure the world is ready for a firm-riding Camry... so, well, are we?

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 1,663 miles

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