2012 Toyota Camry Video Review | Edmunds

2012 Toyota Camry Review

  • This 2012 Toyota Camry video review talks about price, safety, fuel economy, room, comfort and technology features like Bluetooth, Pandora and Toyota's Entune system. We also compare it to its midsize family sedan competitors.

    Every year, the Toyota Camry ranks right up there with the very best-selling cars in the United States. If you're looking for a family car or a commuter car, it's only natural that you'd consider this midsize sedan. Pricing starts at $22,000 and tops out around $30,000.

    Style has never been the Camry's strong suit, but this generation of the car has more visual impact. The design of the cabin and the quality of the materials are also improved, and that's something consumers are noticing. One reader told us, "After seeing the new interior, I would never consider a 2011 or older model."

    Also, a lot of buyers have smart phones now, so there's the Entune system that integrates audio and navigation functions. It even lets you use apps like Pandora via the Bluetooth connection.

    The Toyota Camry retains its traditional strengths, too. There's a lot of room in the interior and the backseat is well suited for car-seat installation. This is also a quiet car with a comfortable ride.

    Fuel economy is very good. The base four-cylinder engine provides strong acceleration and has a 28 mpg combined EPA rating. One reader says, "I used to have a six-cylinder Camry. Now I have the four and I don't miss the extra power."

    The optional V6 has its place, though, because it makes the car feel downright fast. You just have to be willing to trade a few mpg. If fuel economy is really your thing, though, you'll want to look at the 40 mpg Camry Hybrid.

    Toyota takes care of you on the safety front. The airbag coverage is so comprehensive that you even get knee airbags for driver and passenger. The government gave the car a five-star overall crash rating.

    One of the few things we don't like is the lifeless steering on Camrys with the four-cylinder engine. It's not a deal breaker for most people, but Toyota could do better.

    We really like this generation of the Toyota Camry, but there are a lot of midsize sedans with strong credentials, so you'll want to try several before you decide.

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