Toyota shows off all-new 2012 Camry
- Written by Wilson Calvert
The Camry has been the go-to pick for a decade for Americans looking for the perfect blend of value, economy and reliability. Only in the last two years have sales started sliding, and I think it’s mostly because the Camry had become stale. Toyota was competing against the likes of the Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion and other excellent choices that offered a little more excitement. Enter the all-new 2012 Camry. The new Camry is completely overhauled in both the interior and exterior. Toyota has turned a snoozer into a looker and brought a highly competent choice to take back the lost sales. Toyota has embraced their sporty looking SE trim, which provides a tighter and slightly lowered suspension along with 17-inch alloy wheels. The engine choices are the same as other trims, which feature a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder and a 3.5- liter V6. The other two trims offered are the familiar LE and XLE series -- LE trim giving you more basic equipment and XLE being the top of the line trim. The most needed improvement was the interior, and Toyota delivered. Gone is the generic plastic wonderland and greetings to the modern and hip replacement. It isn’t too modern to alienate more “seasoned” buyers, but is a very necessary updating. The new Camry starts at a very modest $21,595 and Toyota will be selling most of them at this LE trim. More and more people are enticed to the SE and XLE trims which start in the mid to upper $20s, and will probably be very popular as well. The all-new Camry is available at dealers now and will soon be filling your side mirrors once people start replacing their older models. I will have a full driving review in the near future, but don’t hold yourself back from purchase as the Camry will continue its rule as the safest bet in America while trying to become the most interesting mid-size car as well. Fun Fact: There was a time when airbags existed solely to protect the driver, but it’s now possible to help protect every passenger in the car. The 2012 Camry is the first in its class to offer ten airbags standard.