Review: 2012 Toyota Camry SE | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2012 Toyota SE

Most driving enthusiasts written off the entire Camry as the poster child for dull appliances. But those who overcame prejudices and took the 2007-2011 SE for a spin discovered surprisingly suspension tuning and, the V6, a smooth, powerful engine. The courageous even tried to the word. Encountering an anti-Camry they’d respond, “But about the SE?” For 2012 a new Camry.

An earlier review the overall changes and specifically the non-hybrid variants. And the SE?

The Camry SE again receives a bespoke For 2012 the side skirts are aggressive, but the front fascia is so. Especially welcome: the regular chrome grille is given the ho. The four-cylinder’s five-spoke alloys a little undersized.

The V6’s 18s more completely fill the openings and look better in than in photos. Overall the make the SE a more attractive (such things being lust is likely to be incited), but I prefer the more complex (if more commonly criticized) of the 2011.

With most Camry there’s a choice between and gray. In contrast, the SE’s continues to be offered only in the or hottest of hues (depending on we’re speaking figuratively or black. (Waiting for red, or brown? Keep waiting.) the 2007-2011 Camry, the dark helped obscure the poverty of the plastics. While this is necessary with the 2012, the remains welcome.

But the #1 reason to opt for the SE the front seats. For 2012 the Camry’s buckets have stripped of anything resembling support. The SE’s seats much larger, more side bolsters that and effectively cup one’s lower

A power-lumbar adjustment is standard, the lack of lower back in the LE. Missed: rear air vents are only in the XLE. Happily not unlike last year, the seat folds to expand the in the SE.

Apparently they felt the revised body was stiff without adding additional

The 178-horsepower four-cylinder engine a decent job of motivating the Camry. But the it makes don’t encourage exercise, so it’s a poor fit for the character of the SE. I was only able to a few minutes with the sweet V6, and intend to more completely it once I can get one for a week, but for enthusiasts clearly the way to go.

Though unchanged 2007, the V6 continues to match with its effortless power and them (and especially the turbocharged four) in terms of and feel. Compared to the 2011, the SE curb weight is down 63 (to 3,420) but the final drive is a little taller, so acceleration about the same.

Fuel economy is up, especially the four, which now leads the with EPA ratings of 25 MPG city, 35 The V6’s 21/30 can’t match the Sonata 2.0T’s

A funny thing has happened the suspension tuning. For 2012, the Camrys receive slightly suspension tuning and improved geometry, so they handle considerably more precision and than before. At the same the SE’s suspension has been relative to the 2007 SE’s last year I drove

As a result, the sport model’s is no longer borderline harsh, but its while marginally more than the regular Camry’s and more precise than the generation SE’s, is a less step up. With both and handling, most of the difference from the tires.

Compared to the Camry’s Michelin Energy the SE’s Michelin Primacy (17s with the four, 18s the V6) clomp more loudly and over tar strips while much better and with fuss in hard turns. with the performance treads the and I didn#8217;t quite meld.

Engine choice makes a big The V6 adds 180 pounds, all of them in the and you feel every one of them in the (but at least equally steering. This difference is a blessing.

The SE V6 feels more and jiggles less, but it also heavier and less agile. As all 2012 Camrys, the silky feel that has distinguished the for the last two decades is much in evidence, apparently a victim of the of higher EPA numbers, better or lower costs.

Overall, the Toyota Camry SE is a better car the 2011. The interior is much body motions are better and fuel economy (Toyota’s focus with the redesign) has But, as with the regular some chassis refinement has given up. The biggest problem, concerns the cars’ character.

The four-cylinder SE goes about its with admirable precision and but feels soulless. Add in the buzzy and the car just isn’t involving. The V6 a healthy dollop of thrills, but in my drive its additional mass to dull the car’s handling. handling is generally my top priority, if I had to a Camry (and no other the SE V6 would be an easy choice.

I’d the same choice to non-enthusiasts not in the hybrid for the SE’s more seats alone.

But no one has to have a Even with its more suspension tuning, the 2007-2011 SE to break through most prima facie rejection of the With its less overtly character, the 2012 is unlikely to do Toyota should not be surprised by rejection. We were told their active participation in which this year the Daytona pace car (which was to the Camry launch event).

But, as Volvo has also if you build a brand around concerns (in its case safety) very difficult to then performance-oriented variants. Toyota pitches the Camry as a safe, economical, “worry-free” appliance. To turn around and sponsor maintenance-intensive, potentially deadly cars will, at best, little impact.

At worst, car could become confused and what Toyota and its best-selling are really about.

Toyota fueled and insured cars with a light lunch at a event.

Michael Karesh TrueDelta. an online provide of car and fuel economy information.

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