Being the number one selling car in America is a full-time job, especially in the highly competitive family sedan segment. Accordingly, the 2012 Toyota Camry has been completely redesigned from bumper to bumper with improved performance, more refined ride and handling qualities and a host of new technological features.
Toyota is serious about the Camry’s dominance, so this isn’t a mild redesign. The new look, wider and lower than previous models, benefits the Camry not only cosmetically, but also in efficiency with aerodynamics that maximizes fuel economy. Headlights and rear lamp clusters show a more dynamic shape, and a slightly longer wheelbase provides better ride quality and extra interior space for both front and rear passengers.
To improve stiffness in the chassis, the Camry is built with ultra-high strength steel. To improve straight-line performance, cornering response and overall driving confidence, new coilsprings are featured. For a more sporting experience behind the wheel, opt for the SE model, which boasts lightweight lower A-arms and steering knuckles.
From the redesigned door panels to the dashboard and instrument cluster, high quality, soft-touch materials with attractive textures and stitching are used throughout, upping the sophistication level of the 2012 Camry.
Four 2012 Camry models (MSRP starting at $21,955) are available: L, LE, SE and XLE; the all-new Camry Hybrid (MSRP starting at $25,900) comes in LE and XLE models. The Camry Hybrid gets a comprehensively revised version of the Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain including a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. With its small, high-torque electric motor, the hybrid system generates 200 combined hp and a segment-leading 43 mpg city, a 30 percent increase over the previous model.
The gasoline-powered Camry sports an enhanced 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine turning out 178 hp through a six-speed automatic transmission, a highly efficient drivetrain boasting a best-in-class 35 mpg highway. Upward on the power scale is an optional 3.5-liter V6 (available on SE and XLE) that has the most power of any current V6 model – 268 hp and 248 lb/ft of torque – and delivers up to 30 mpg highway through a six-speed automatic.
The interior also benefits from acoustics improvements, in the form of silencer panels and sound absorption technology to keep the cabin serene and quiet.
The Toyota Star Safety System™ is standard on every 2012 Camry and features advanced safety technology that includes Vehicle Stability Control, Antilock Braking System, Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Traction Control. Smart Stop Technology will also be available on the 2012 Camry; a feature that cuts power to the engine in an event where both the gas and brake pedal are hit at the same time. When the gas pedal is hit first before the brake, SST engages, but otherwise, drivers will not notice the system. Also available on the 2012 Camry is Safety Connect. This system can access a call center with a live operator who can dispatch emergency vehicles or track the location of a stolen car. A new Blind Spot Monitor is available as well.
Another central highlight of the 2012 Camry is Toyota’s new Entune multimedia system. Toyota says this new system “leverages the mobile smartphone to provide a richer in-vehicle experience with fully integrated access to navigation, entertainment and information services.” Entune is compatible with almost every smartphone including the Android and iPhone, and all in-vehicle applications are wirelessly updated so they’re never obsolete. This groundbreaking system brings the largest selection of music options available to a vehicle, and Camry is the first vehicle to debut the first-ever support for engaging mobile apps such as Bing, OpenTable and movietickets.com (more to come on this amazing feature in the coming months).
Check back frequently for more details about the all-new seventh generation 2012 Camry and Camry Hybrid. To experience all of these exciting new technological advancements for yourself, contact us today and schedule a test drive.