2012 Toyota Camry SE: In a Nutshell
March 06, 2012
Besides the road tests on Inside Line, we also produce tests for the main Edmunds site. Every now and then, we'll use one of our long-termers as the test subject. My latest piece to go live was on our Toyota Camry. While we, as a group of editors, are generally in agreement on our take on vehicles, occasionally we disagree. By "we," I mean Magrath and myself. And that's good, I think.
There's a good portion of things that Mike and I disagree on, yet we both acknowledge that there is rarely a definite right or wrong in our opinions. It keeps things fun and lively around here. I'm all about dry-aged beef, while he's convinced grass-fed is the way to go. I like Scotch, while he's into Gin. I'm into cars that are fast, inconvenient and dangerous and he has more luxurious leanings. You get the idea. It's a civil discourse, and it rarely ends in fisticuffs or tears.
It's similar to how I approach movie or restaurant critics. I find the ones that closely match my tastes and follow them. When things get more subjective, finding that black or white delineation gets difficult. So I just take everything as an opinion in shades of gray.
And that brings me back to my Camry test drive. I contend that the 2012 Camry just barely moved the needle, while he argues that it's a big step forward. To me, the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima represented a big leap forward. Those models went from backmarkers to frontrunners overnight. Of course, that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.
What do you think?
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 4,817 miles