Driven: 2012 Toyota Camry

2012 Toyota Camry SE

Base price (with destination): $23,760
Price as tested: $27,568

Standard Equipment:
2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine
6-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles
Sport-tuned electric power steering
Sport-tuned suspension
17-inch alloy wheels
10 airbags
Color-keyed, folding, heated, power, outside mirrors
Fog lamps
Sport mesh grille
Integrated front and rear underbody spoilers, side rocker panels, rear spoiler
Chrome-tipped exhaust
Air conditioning
8-inch touch-screen display audio, w/AM/FM/CD/MP3, 6 speakers, aux and USB inputs, and Bluetooth
SofTex-trimmed sport seats
60/40 split folding rear seat
Cruise control
Power windows
Keyless entry w/remote
Tilt/telescopic steering wheel w/audio controls

Options on this vehicle:
Display audio w/navigation and Entune - $1050
6-inch touch screen, AM/FM/CD/MP3/XM HD radio w/iTunes tagging, aux and USB inputs, hands-free phone capability, voice recognition, text-to-speech w/customizable text responses, Bluetooth music streaming
Convenience package - $1195
- Smart key system w/pushbutton start
- Backup camera
- Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/compass and Homelink
- Anti-theft alarm
Power moonroof - $915
Power driver's seat - $440
Preferred accessory package - $208

- Carpet floor mats
- First aid kit
- Cargo net

Key options not on vehicle:
Leather sport package - $4650
- Leather and Ultrasuede-trimmed seats and door panels
- Heated front seats
- Power passenger seat

Fuel economy:
25 / 35 / 28 mpg

2.5L I-4
Horsepower: 178 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 170 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm


6-speed automatic

Curb weight: 3240 lb

17 x 7-inch wheels
215/55 R17 Bridgestone Turanza EL400 tires

Chevrolet Malibu
Ford Fusion
Honda Accord
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Optima
Nissan Altima

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Okay, so it's improved...but it's still as bland as ever. Why is it that Toyota cannot execute a superior product in sheet-metal that races a human being's pulse above the level of "comatose"?In their drive to make "inoffensive cars" for a global market, Toyota has succeeded in making cars that come with no unpleasant surprises...but no pleasant ones, either.
I praise Toyota for their simplicity and efficiency. The game has changed. With the new fusion, malibu, Passat, or even the 274hp Kia, Toyota has lost their competitive advantage. Toyota cannot pull the wool over the public eyes with this enlarged Corolla Ford let them in, Ford takes them out. The real question is: how long will Ford and Chevrolet remain committed?

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