2012 Toyota Camry SE: Ugly Engine Performs Well
February 11, 2012
This might be the single ugliest engine bay in our fleet. I mean, just look at the size of that oxygen sensor. And what's going on with that plastic toupee on the cylinder head?
Luckily for the Camry, none of this matters whatsoever. Few owners are every likely to bother popping the hood and even if they do they're not going to care what the exhaust manifold looks like.
What they do care about is how this engine feels like from behind the wheel and in that capacity I'd say it's pretty solid. No raspy noises, no odd vibrations, just a reasonable amount of power when you need it and decent mileage no matter how you drive it.
I think it would feel much peppier if the transmission was a little more aggressive, but I can see why it's tuned not to kick down too quickly. It's certainly enough performance for the average driver, so I imagine that V6 sales are going even lower than ever these days.
Ed Hellwig, Editor