I purchased my 2012 Camry SE last November with 90,000 miles on it. The car is tight, fast, handles fantastic and is beautiful to look at inside and out. They say a Camry is an old person's car. Well this old person is a spirited driver and the SE is hiding its true identity. It is an SE with all the XLE options.
I've owned my black camry se 4 cyl for 4 yrs now, and its been a very good car overall. Drives good, quiet engine with power I didn't expect from a 4 cyl. Good gas mileage - 30 in city. Turns low rpm's due to 6 speed trans. Not so good - Plastic interior, and fake leather, but durable. Interior really doesn't look that bad. Exterior paint chips & scratches off easily - thats my biggest complaint.
Nobody can beat this car it's literally a work horse!! Great fuel efficiency I'm getting average 29m/g city unbelievable. I love my car. I'm planing to go bigger but can't find any midsize or large suv that will meet my expectations w gas consumption like this car does so well..
Toyota put this car at a low price point, and they had to cut material quality to achieve this goal. As with most cars in this range, it uses a lot of hard plastics on the dash and doors. Also, it uses vinyl and a synthetic cloth material in the seats. The vinyl is often mistaken for leather, and seems to hold up well. The SE's black interior tends to come off as very manly and most people do not like it. The base radio features a large LCD screen and includes Bluetooth. It is also capable of supporting aftermarket features such as a rear view camera. I have had the car for four years and it has been very reliable; typical Toyota quality. Even with the cheap materials, it feels more substantial than most of its competitors. It has a six speed transmission, and this along with the low friction wheel bearings allow the car to achieve 35 mpg on the highway. The new accord was not out when I purchased this car, but I would probably have selected it over the Toyota. Overall, I believe the Honda is a better value, and has a better design. The Camry is still a great car, and a good choice if you are looking for affordability, sporty looks, low maintenance costs, and reliability.