Lifeless steering; not a huge step forward from the last Camry.
It's been a banner couple of years in the midsize sedan market. Brands from South Korea have upped the ante considerably by introducing redesigned models that have been more rethought than refreshed, and all in an effort to dethrone the Toyota Camry, which dominates sales in the category.
In response the 2012 Toyota Camry has been redesigned, but while it can be considered to have been improved, this car is not a giant leap forward. The all-new model has addressed some of our past complaints, particularly in regard to interior refinement, features and quality. But in terms of overall styling and that elusive "joy-to-drive" feeling, it has barely moved the needle. That's not to say the Camry falls flat, though, as it's a perfectly admirable choice for the average shopper. The past formula worked, and the new model simply adds to the sum total.
It's only when you consider mounting competition from the Hyundai Sonata and related Kia Optima does the Camry's lack of style, personality and appeal become apparent. And competition in this category looks to grow even stronger when the redesigned Ford Fusion and Honda Accord debut later this year. In comparison, the 2012 Toyota Camry SE (which is the sportier model) banks on the core principles that have served the Camry so well in the past. It is an unassuming sedan that is comfortable, convenient, reliable and uncomplicated. It never dips below adequate and in some ways approaches excellence.
This 2012 Toyota Camry SE is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. A V6 with a more robust output of 268 hp is available as an option, though the vast majority of buyers typically select the four-cylinder. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission that features manual shift paddles on the steering wheel. The EPA estimates fuel consumption at 25 city/35 highway mpg and 28 mpg combined. In our extended test, we averaged 22.5 mpg in mostly city driving, with the best tank returning 27 mpg.
In Edmunds instrumented testing, the Camry SE accelerated from a standstill to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds, which is about average among its four-cylinder sedan rivals. Coming to a complete stop from that speed required 123 feet, which is also an average distance, though our test driver noted that the rear end had a tendency to drift to the right under maximum braking.
While acceleration and braking numbers were merely par for the course, we were surprised by how well the Camry fared in terms of handling. As a test driver commented, "This is a Camry? Seriously, it's not bad at all." He went on to note that the sport-tuned SE suspension possessed good damping and kept body roll to a minimum. The car's only weakness could be found in its low-rolling-resistance tires, which didn't offer much grip in their quest for maximum mpg. Still, we were surprised and impressed with the Camry SE's cornering ability.
A sport sedan the Camry is not, however, and in the end, the SE's sport-tuned suspension yielded only the slightest of performance advantages over a midrange Camry LE we tested. The steering lacks some communication, although it's precise and predictable. Besides the added features and cosmetic flourishes, the SE trim level essentially gives you a bit more confidence in the curves, but it doesn't transform the car's basic nature.
As the sporty trim level in the Camry lineup, the SE's unique suspension tuning does not compromise ride quality by adding unnecessary harshness, as some of the Toyota's rivals do. Imperfections in the road are smoothed over, yet the body is controlled sufficiently so the car doesn't feel disconnected from the road. Likewise, road and wind noise are abated, providing a fairly quiet cabin.
The SE's seats also provide a decent level of comfort, with enough space laterally and lengthwise for larger drivers. The tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel further widens this comfort range. Rear seats (middle position excepted) have enough space for the average adult without feeling confined. Overall support is acceptable for a family sedan, while the SE's faux-suede seat panels help to keep passengers in position.
Once seated in the 2012 Toyota Camry, the driver is afforded a mostly unobstructed view all around. The roof pillars are kept narrow enough for a clear view of the road ahead, while the dash and window sills are low enough to foster good sight lines and deliver a feeling of interior spaciousness.
The controls are well placed and clearly labeled, and even the more advanced features are intuitive. Equipped with navigation and Toyota's Entune infotainment system, our Camry SE test vehicle represents a fully loaded model, save for a stereo upgrade and V6 engine. Complete smartphone integration requires downloading the free Entune app, and pairing to the car is as simple as any other system.
Once set up, occupants can take advantage of streaming Internet radio via Pandora, as well as Bing search functions, real-time traffic, sports and stock information, and the ability to make restaurant reservations. These functions can only be accessed when the car is stationary, however, even if a passenger is present to operate the controls. The voice recognition system acts as a substitute, but we found it mostly inaccurate and sometimes frustrating.
We never found ourselves wanting for more in the way of internal storage, though. Numerous bins capably held all of our personal effects, as did the cupholders and water bottle door pockets. The trunk holds up to 15.4 cubic feet of cargo, which is right in line with other midsize sedans, and further benefits from hinges that don't impinge on that space. The rear seats fold down (though not flat) for transporting longer items.
Design/Fit and Finish
From the outside, the 2012 Toyota Camry is hardly a departure from the previous-generation car. The addition of sporty-looking 17-inch wheels, front and rear fascia, rocker-sill extensions and a rear spoiler add a dash of visual interest to the SE, but on the whole, the Camry gives the impression that the designers took the safe route rather than create a stir.
The Camry's interior represents a much bigger shift between generations. Any point at which you contact the interior is lightly padded, and the surrounding harder plastics are convincingly grained to match. There are a few gaps here or there that might bother the more obsessive out there, but the Camry's overall fit and finish is quite good, considering the mainstream market in which it competes.
Who should consider this vehicle
With the complete redesign, the 2012 Toyota Camry SE is worthy of competing with the best of the midsize family sedan segment. It doesn't lead the class in any respect, but neither does it lack for the fundamentals, notably the stress-free driving experience. What the new car lacks in excitement, it makes up for with the Camry's customary feature-rich content and sterling reputation for reliability. If these attributes appeal to you and you're looking for a comfortable sedan that doesn't need to make a statement, this and any other Camry will serve you well.
Edmunds purchased this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.
2012 Toyota Camry Overview
The 2012 Toyota Camry is offered in the following submodels: Sedan. Available styles include SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A), LE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A), and XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A). Camry models are available with a 2.5 l-liter gas engine, with output up to 178 hp, depending on engine type. The 2012 Camry comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic. The 2012 Camry comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 2 yr./ 25000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a used 2012 Toyota Camry?
Save up to $300 on one of 230 used 2012 Toyota Camrys for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, Virginia with prices as low as $7956 as of Dec 13, 2017, based on data from 18 dealers and 172 consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from 1 to 5 out of 5 stars.
Price comparisons for used 2012 Toyota Camry trim styles:
The 2012 Toyota Camry SE is priced around $10247 with average odometer reading of 90610 miles.
The 2012 Toyota Camry L is priced around $10700 with average odometer reading of 72966 miles.
The 2012 Toyota Camry LE is priced around $11435 with average odometer reading of 53344 miles.
The 2012 Toyota Camry XLE is priced around $12464 with average odometer reading of 77515 miles.
Shop with Edmunds for perks and special offers on used cars, trucks, and SUVs near Ashburn, Virginia. Doing so could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Edmunds also provides consumer-driven dealership sales and service reviews to help you make informed decisions about what cars to buy and where to buy them.
Is the 2012 Toyota Camry a good car? Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2012 Toyota Camry and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2012 Camry featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process All of our reviews are written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
How do people like the 2012 Toyota Camry? Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2012 Toyota Camry and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2012 Camry 4.2 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2012 Camry.
Review Fantastic motor, it feels effortless and with a combined(city and highway) reduction of only 3 mpg it was a no-brainer decision to get the SE V6. Another factor which pushed me to the SE V6 were some of the other features that are standard with the V6 but are costly options on the 4cy SE like the display audio with Nav/entune, smart key system, SofTex powered driver’s seat with lumbar, acoustic windshield and also the great 18” wheels which are only available with the V6. The redesigned interior is very nice, a huge improvement over the previous model and nicer than the competition. After considering the Kia Optima(nicest looking), Hyundai Sonata(ghastly looking), Passat TDI(very intriguing), and Fusion(too bad I was not getting a car next year) I found that the Camry SE V6 provided the best of the bunch.
2012 Toyota Camry inventory listings Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2012 Toyota Camry for sale near Ashburn VA. There are currently 2018 new and 3253 used and CPO 2012 Camrys listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as 7367 and mileage as low as 0. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a vehicle you're interested in, check the Carfax and autocheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2012 Toyota Camry. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to 300 on a new, used, or CPO 2012 Camry available from one of 2805 dealerships in your area.
How can Edmunds help? Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color
2012 toyota camry SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded 28 combined MPG 25 city MPG/35 highway MPG
2012 toyota camry LE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded 28 combined MPG 25 city MPG/35 highway MPG
2012 toyota camry XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded 28 combined MPG 25 city MPG/35 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2012 Toyota Camry?
Available Toyota Camry 2012 Submodel Types: Sedan
Available Trims: XSE, SE, SE Sport, LE, XLE V6, LE V6, XLE, Base, CE, SE Limited Edition, SE V6, Special Edition, L, Standard, DX
Exterior Colors: Celestial Silver Metallic, Predawn Gray Mica, Midnight Black Metallic, Ruby Flare Pearl, Galactic Aqua Mica, Brownstone, Parisian Night Pearl, Black, Blue Crush Metallic, Creme Brulee Mica, Wind Chill Pearl, Blue Streak Metallic, Attitude Black Metallic, Desert Sand Mica, Lunar Mist Metallic, Classic Silver Metallic, Blue Ribbon Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Aloe Green Metallic, Titanium Metallic, Cosmic Gray Mica, Barcelona Red Metallic, Super White, Phantom Gray Pearl, Catalina Blue Metallic, Magnetic Gray, Sky Blue Pearl, Spruce Mica, Cashmere Beige Metallic, Cypress Pearl, Clearwater Blue Metallic, Salsa Red Pearl, Stratosphere Mica, Aspen Green Pearl, Graphite Gray Pearl, Sandy Beach Metallic, Blue Streak Metallic/Midnight Black Metallic Roof, Champagne Mica, Wind Chill Pearl/Midnight Black Metallic Roof, Blizzard Pearl, Mineral Green Opalescent, Black Walnut Pearl, Silver Taupe Metallic, Woodland Pearl, Antique Sage Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic/Midnight Black Metallic Roof, Classic Green Pearl, Lunar Mist, Sailfin Blue Metallic, Vintage Red Pearl
Interior Colors: Black leatherette/cloth, Black premium cloth, Black cloth, Ash leatherette/cloth, Black leather, Macadamia cloth, Black/Ash leatherette/cloth, Bisque cloth, Macadamia leather, Black leather/suede, Almond cloth, Ash cloth, Black and Ash leather/suede, Almond leather, Ivory cloth, Dark Charcoal leather, Ash leather, Black/Ash premium cloth, Cockpit Red leather, Stone, Ivory leather, Dark Charcoal premium cloth, Gray, Taupe, Ash premium cloth, Bisque leather, Bisque premium cloth, Black/Blue leatherette/cloth, Fawn, Stone cloth, Taupe cloth, Dark Gray, Sage
Popular Features: Upgraded Headlights, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Pre-collision safety system, Keyless Entry/Start, Mobile Internet, Heads up display, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Aux Audio Inputs, Bluetooth, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, 360-degree camera, Power Driver Seat, Sunroof/Moonroof, Navigation, Alarm, Back-up camera, Heated seats, Auto Climate Control, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Leather Seats, Upgraded Stereo, Blind Spot Monitoring, Post-collision safety system, Remote Start