Vehicle2012 Toyota Camry SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
ReviewA 60 year old baby Boomer in a car for a 30 Something ...UPDATED 12-26-2016.
Purchased Aug 2012. 6CYL "SE" MODEL - This is STILL not going to be a very good review. I am a 5'8" and about 255lbs so I'm a big guy. When I sit in the buckets seats they uncomfortably squeeze me on both sides. (2016 UPDATE WHEN LOOKING AT ALL THE TOYOTA LINE MY WIFE AND I REALIZED THE THIN BUCKET SEAT DESIGN IS ON MOST ALL THEIR VEHICLES ) The "sport suspension" still makes the vehicle ride like a JEEP! This is a big detterent to and enjoyable ride in this car. Every little bump!
And now onto the tires. Low profile, hard riding, difficult to maintain even air pressure. "Grey" coated Aluminum wheels are the worst idea for this year model. When and if you inadvertently scrape them on a curb or such they cannot be touched up and look cheezey! (Thankfully they have been redesigned!)
The automatic tire inflation monitor on the cabin touch screen is essentially impracticle except for warning you though when your tire pressure is low. The so called "miles per gallon" gauge on the right side of the dashboard is downright stupid and of little use to the driver. They should include the little electronic compass that is based inside the rear view mirror on all models and not just the "XLE". The so called "paddles" on the steering wheel on an automatic transmission vehicle are also pretty rediculous and have no real value toward performance improvement. 6 cylinder engine: flawless, smooth,rocket like....pay attention or before you know it your doing 80MPH. Highly responsive steering requires focus at high speeds. Unfortunately the narrow seats are a deal breaker for us so when it comes time for a new vehicle it will be a Nissan or a Honda. It's because there are very few fat Japanese car designers! So if your skinny and you don't mind the bumpy ride then go for it. P.S.- Had a 2003 Camry XLE 6cyl and it rode much smoother and the cabin interior was wider and more roomy.
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on 06/26/14 05:38 AM (PDT)
OK, so what you're saying is you shouldn't have bought the SE, as most of your complaints revolve around SE features, such as the extra side bolstering on the seats and the stiffer suspension. You have nobody to blame here but yourself.Report it
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