2012 Toyota Camry Long Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Camry SE: Or...

November 22, 2012


Currently, I'm recuperating from a turkey overdose at the girlfriend's parent's house where we are discussing their next car. 

They drive so infrequently that fuel mileage is irrelevant, but they drive enough to want something nice. They keep asking about a 2012 Toyota Camry SE, like our long termer (they test drove one and liked the seats) and, while I like it, I 'm trying to suggest alternatives. Just to stir the pot.

But they've got some rules...

-Nothing American. I've tried to sell them on the Fusion but it's not happening. Their current car is 8 years old, American and failing. Their last domestic died at around the same time and they're over it. 
-Sedan or small crossover. Nothing with two doors, no hatchbacks, no three-row monsters. 
-Under $30K. 

Again, I like our Camry and it's a darned fine pick, but it's also taking the easy road. There's a nice Accord out for 2013. The Altima's good. Rav-4 and CR-V, too. And then there are all of the Korean cars! 

The Camry 's got a lot of traction here because of the brand equity and every other suggestion is fighting an uphill battle. 

What would you do? 

Mike Magrath, Features Editor

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