2012 Toyota Camry SE Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2012 Toyota Camry - Road Test Specs

2012 Toyota Camry Sedan

(2.5L 4-cyl. 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2012
StyleSE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$23,760
Options on test vehicleCosmic Gray Mica; Leather Package ($1,490 -- includes leather-trimmed ultrasuede seats, leather door trim with integrated armrests, multistage heated front seats, four-way power adjustable front passenger seat); Convenience Package ($1,195 -- includes Smart Key system on driver and passenger doors, trunk and keyless push-button start; integrated back-up camera; auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass; HomeLink universal transceiver; anti-theft alarm system); Display Audio With Navigation and Entune ($1,050 -- includes 6.1-inch touchscreen AM/FM/HD radio and single-CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability; HDD navigation system; Sirius/XM Satellite Radio and XM Select package including NavTraffic, NavWeather, fuel and sports and stocks with 90-day trial subscription; iTunes tagging; auxiliary audio jack and USB port with iPod connectivity; vehicle information display; hands-free phone capability; phonebook access; advance voice recognition; text-to-speech with programmed and customizable text responses; music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology); Moonroof Package ($915 -- includes power tilt/slide moonroof with one-touch open/close feature, dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors, rear-seat reading lamps); California Emissions ($0); Carpeted Floor Mats ($130); Rear Bumper Applique ($69); Cargo Net ($49)
As-tested MSRP$27,898 (plus $760 destination)


Drive typeFront-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected inline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,494/152
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.4
Redline (rpm)6,200
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)178 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)170 @ 4,100
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 3.30; II = 1.90; III = 1.42; IV = 1.00; V = 0.713; VI = 0.608; Reverse = 4.148; FD = 0.608


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.8
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPrimacy MXV4
Tire typeLow rolling resistance (35 psi cold front; 35 psi cold rear)
Tire size, frontP215/55R17 93V
Tire size, rearP215/55R17 93V
Wheel size17-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front11.7-inch one-piece ventilated with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear11.1-inch one-piece solid with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.2
0-45 mph (sec.)5.5
0-60 mph (sec.)8.6
0-75 mph (sec.)12.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.3 @ 86.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)123
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.81
Sound level @ idle (dB)39.4
@ Full throttle (dB)69.7
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.7

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsStrong for a naturally aspirated four-cylinder, revs hard. But for some reason, was 0.5 second slower to 60 mph than the last four-cylinder Camry we tested. Sport mode (with power braking) was quickest, as it let the car rev to 6,200 rpm instead of 5,800, and shifts quickly. Manual shifting is via console lever (pull back for downshifts) or paddles. Does not hold gears to rev limiter. Sort of blips the throttle.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsVery firm pedal and not too much ABS commotion or tire squeal. Moderate dive from the body, and the rear tires would lock up enough to cause the rear to kick slightly to the right each time. First stop was 124 feet. Shortest was 5th stop at 123 feet.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsSkid pad: Good steering effort around the skid pad, could actually feel what the front tires were up to. Still, not much you could do about it, though. It just wants to understeer. ESC has high limits when on. But it's rather abrupt about cutting in when it does come on. Slalom: This is a Camry? Seriously, it's not that bad at all. Steering has some feel, even if effort is a bit artificially heavy. Suspension has good damping and corners pretty flat. The tires are a letdown, as they give up and start sliding pretty easily. The Camry needs to be manhandled, thrown around the cones, to reach its max time. But with ESC on, you need to be very smooth to keep the system from stabbing the brakes. Thankfully the intervention is pretty high.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)56.9
Relative humidity (%)16.1
Wind (mph, direction)4.38 / cross

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)25 city/35 highway/28 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)22.5
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,240
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,238
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)61.5/38.5
Length (in.)189.2
Width (in.)71.7
Height (in.)57.9
Wheelbase (in.)109.3
Track, front (in.)62.0
Track, rear (in.)61.6
Turning circle (ft.)36.7
Legroom, front (in.)41.6
Legroom, rear (in.)38.9
Headroom, front (in.)38.8
Headroom, rear (in.)38.1
Shoulder room, front (in.)58.0
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.6
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)15.4


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance2 years/25,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance2 years/25,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front and dual rear
Head airbagsFront and rear
Knee airbagsDual front
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Rollover protectionSide curtain airbag, rollover sensor
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested
IIHS offsetNot Tested

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