2012 Toyota Camry SE Review: Car Reviews

9 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2012 Toyota Camry SE Review: Car Reviews

Sporty for a Camry, but what that mean?


1. SE models get 17 or 18-inch wheels, a suspension, custom bodywork a rear spoiler, steering-wheel shifters, silver trim and a 3-spoke steering wheel audio and Bluetooth controls.

2. SE include a rear-view camera, seats, a power moonroof, as as leather and faux-suede seats.

3. The SE is available with a 178 hp 4-cylinder a class-leading 25/35 mpg or a 268 hp V6 with a mpg rating.

4. 4-cylinder Camry SE start from $23,000 the V6 at $26,640.

In contrast, despite its size and similar styling, the Camry is in fact, all new. You find a single body that swaps over older to newer, and if you park the two the differences are more apparent. But just fine with – most of its customers actually the ‘driving appliance’ tag enthusiasts paint on it. They don’t to stick out. They want to be the loner.

For them, the Camry will their needs just – much better than the generation, in fact.


So, surprise, Toyota’s efforts on the new Camry SE go far the usual wing-‘n-sticker brigade. We be so shocked. After all, is the same company that above and beyond with the SE of the Sienna minivan, turning it a genuinely enjoyable machine.

The Camry SE follows the same the front strut suspension is and lowered slightly, while the gets a more thorough including a fractionally longer, stabilizer bar that replaces the pliant tube design. Toyota engineers removed of the fluid-filled bushings with ‘pillow-ball’ designs for greater The result is hardly razor and kidney-killing in its firmness, but compared to the isolation chamber Camry, the SE is a change.


the rest of the Camry line, the SE is with either a 2.5-liter that produces 178 horsepower and 170 of torque or an optional 3.5-liter V6 268 horses and a useful 248 lb-ft of Both engines use the same automatic transmission that the front wheels alone. they’re identical other the V6 getting wider 225/45/18 tires on 18-inch wheels – get 215/55/17s on 17-inch wheels of the design – and dual chrome tips instead of one.

Upgrading to the V6 only adds 180 lbs to the 2.5 SE, but the four-cylinder wins in fuel 25/35 mpg (city/hwy) compared to It is critically more efficient the Hyundai/Kia twins, but is down on – though doesn’t feel way in daily driving. The V6 has no such losing to the more potent and thirsty turbo-fours.

The four-cylinder is quick enough for most – we’re guessing 0-60 mph in the – and plays out more as a momentum The steering doesn’t have a lot of to it thanks to the new electric power system, but the car is tidy to drive, if overly comfy compared to its Braking is actually pretty with no overly active ABS involved in normal situations.

The V6 offers more options to the since it has 90 more horses to with and feels like a in comparison. The larger tires the car respond quicker, although it have that extra over the nose.

Ultimately, cars will probably be driven anywhere near the intentionally, and if they are, Catholic nun-like electronic suite will severely rap knuckles with a ruler by engine power severely activated. No fun for the enthusiast, but not surprising the expected customer profiles.


SE-only options a convenience package with a camera, heated seats and rearview mirrors, leather and seating and a power moonroof.


For the dozen or so customers out there who are looking for a ‘sporty’ Camry, is the best yet. But compared to equipped Optimas and Sonatas, the SE hold up on the ‘sport sedan’ Hyundai, and especially Kia, more go and more whoa for dough.

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