2012 Toyota Camry Long Term Road Test - Cargo Space

2012 Toyota Camry Long Term Road Test

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2012 Toyota Camry SE: Fold Down Rear Seat

September 18, 2012

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Yesterday I realized that a six-foot long cardboard box meant I needed to utilize the Camry's fold down rear seat. The seat is split 60/40, and the smaller side alone would have provided more than enough room for this task, but what fun is that. I went all the way. Whole hog as they say in the bbq trade.

And why not? Folding the Camry's rear seat from the trunk could not be easier. Just pull the two clearly marked knobs and push the seatback forward with the cargo.

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2012 Toyota Camry SE: Trunkload of Good Will

September 17, 2012

2012 Toyota Camry

Cleaning out the garage this weekend resulted in an impromptu run to the local Goodwill.

How big is our Toyota Camry's trunk, you ask? Here are a few Camry/Honda Accord numbers for easy comparison:

2012 Toyota Camry (redesigned model): 15.4 cubic feet

2012 Honda Accord (current model): 14.7 cubic feet

2013 Honda Accord (redesigned model, on sale in Sept): 15.8 cubic feet

The Accord, once behind the Camry, is now the cargo winner.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor

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2012 Toyota Camry SE: The Nook

May 29, 2012

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During a recent trek in the Camry, my passengers in the second row were intrigued by the rectangular nook shown above.

One passenger thought it made an ideal holder for her sunglasses case. Another thought it provided a great resting place for his burrito. Another thought it could serve as an informal trash receptacle until the end of the trip.

How would you use the nook?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor 

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2012 Toyota Camry SE: A-to-B Car, But Better

April 25, 2012


Our Camry is an excellent A-to-B car. It's comfortable, the controls are logical, there's plenty of interior storage and the trunk is decent sized. There are also some nice conveniences or upgrades on our car like keyless access, leather/faux-suede upholstery, heated seats and the Entune suite of features. I was thinking about this today as I picked a friend up from the airport. You just get in it and drive, no thought required.

But the nice thing is that the Camry doesn't bore or annoy me like the stereotypical A to B car. It goes around corners acceptably, has decent power and responds willingly to my throttle inputs. Our car's $28,658 MSRP (or mid 26K for Edmunds TMV) seems like a very agreeable price to me. I'd buy one.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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2012 Toyota Camry and 2012 Ford Explorer: Road Trip Comparison

April 10, 2012


I did a road trip over the weekend with my family. Actually, the one-way trips were split between two vehicles, the Explorer and the Camry. Those aren't two vehicles you would normally compare, but it was interesting to me nonetheless to notice the differences.

I was a little worried at first since I had the Explorer to start out. As I have two small children, there's no such thing as a small load for a road trip. After packing up, the Explorer's cargo area wasn't at capacity, but it was pretty close to being at my comfort level (not putting stuff higher than the top of the second-row seats). Would it all fit in the Camry?

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2012 Toyota Camry: Somewhere for Everything

April 09, 2012


I love it when cars offer places for all my stuff between the front seats, facilitating grab and go. Yes, even though I carry a big purse, I still need a spot for my garage key card, iPhone, the occasional smoothie and, in our 2012 Toyota Camry's case, the key fob. And the Camry has all that, including a felt-lined change drawer and the storage areas in the door. So even when you have a passenger, you don't have to get creative with where you put your paraphernalia.

1) Front of the gearshifter: perfect for smartphones (it's where the USB/aux jacks are located), keys, wallets, and stuff that you'd otherwise put in a cupholder if both weren't already taken.

2) Cupholders

3) Shallow dish with door for keycards, change, keys.

4) Huge center console

It's something car owners adapt to with regard to their own cars. You don't have a change drawer or a bonus storage area forward of your gearshifter? No big deal. But if you jump in a bunch of different cars like we editors do, you learn to appreciate extra storage when it's offered.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2012 Toyota Camry SE: Fair Enough

March 08, 2012


This is the warning label on the Camry's trunk cargo net. Thirty pounds seems generous enough to me. After all, that'll let you carry three gallons of milk, 30 dozen eggs or a modestly sized trunk monkey.

I like these things. Use them every time I go to the store. And the Camry has a good one.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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2012 Toyota Camry SE: Spill-lunking

March 07, 2012

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One downside to the Camry's deep, enormous trunk: When the groceries spill, you need to have long arms or a willingness to climb inside to reclaim your ice cream, bratwurst, tortillas, etc.

And yes, I do need lessons in how to use the cargo net.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @4,886 miles

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2012 Toyota Camry SE: Will The Bike Fit?

March 07, 2012

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Jacquot was pretty sure I wouldn't like the Camry when it came time to see if a bike would fit.

He was right, sort of, but for the wrong reason.

See, Jacquot was thinking the problem would be that the Camry's rear seats don't even come close to folding flat.

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2012 Toyota Camry SE: Not Even Close

February 29, 2012


Nope, the Camry's rear seat backs don't even come close to folding flat. I admire this car's practicality on many levels, but this is a shortcoming that bugs me. Fold-flat rear seats greatly increase utility when it comes to carrying long or bulky cargo like a bike.

I admire the forethought required to put hard pastic on the part of the seat that becomes the cargo floor when the seatbacks are folded. That should, to some degree, protect this surface from the inevitable " cargo wedging" that will happen because of its angle.

Still, I'm guesiing, Mikey won't like it.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor 

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2012 Toyota Camry SE: Ten Things I Like About You

January 27, 2012


I've had some nitpicks with the new Camry but overall I like it very much. Here are some things I appreciate about this car:

1. strong seat heaters with a scrolling adjuster
2. roomy interior and trunk
3. good pedal placement for a person with short legs and small feet
4. excellent headlights
5. nice stitching on the padded dash
6. comfortable optional leather-trimmed seats
7. firmer than expected suspension
8. overall five-star safety rating
9. much improved interior materials
10. simple clean gauge design

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2012 Toyota Camry SE: Trunk Features

January 11, 2012


I've been enjoying driving our Toyota Camry SE for a few days in a row. It's always nice to get into a car long enough to span weekdays and a weekend, so I get to live with it as a commuter and a weekend errand-runner. I find it to be comfortable and have a good driving position for a shorty like me. It also has toasty seat heaters, a decent-sounding audio system and a roomy trunk.

With 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in place, the trunk is spacious and right in the middle of its class. The Honda Accord and Chevrolet Malibu have slightly less space; the Kia Optima offers the same; the Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion have more.

The removable stretchy mesh cargo net (pictured above) hooks in two places on each side. When you don't need it, you can lay it flat on the floor or fold it up and keep if off to the side.

There are two levers at the mouth of the trunk opening. When pulled, they release the seats. I was expecting them to drop down but they do not. The trunk is too deep for me to push them down from the back, so I walked around and pulled them flat from the back seat. I asked Dan if I was doing something wrong, that perhaps they weren't latched properly in the first place and that's why they didn't spring down. He said no, that's the way they work and it's not an uncommon design. He can't reach the seats to push them down from the back either.

Here's a video of me opening the trunk.

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2012 Toyota Camry SE: Something's Missing

January 04, 2012

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My first observation about our longterm 2012 Toyota Camry had nothing to do with the way it drove (a big improvement over the old car, by the way), because at the time I hadn't yet even plopped my svelte yet curvaceous backside into its driver's seat. 

What I noticed was a tiny detail. Rather, the lack of a tiny detail -- a trunk grabby thing. You know, the little plastic handle you grasp to close the decklid so your hands don't get covered with road grime. 

Now, I fully acknowledge that this is not a major thing by any stretch of even the wildest David Lynch-ian imagination. A nit that's getting picked. [insert your own huffy dismissal here]. It's just an odd omission nowadays, especially in a car that sweats the user-friendly details like the Camry does. 

And, hey, this French manicure isn't going to maintain itself.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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