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in 2012 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $20,601 - $22,655
Original MSRP: $25,990 - $27,500
MPG: 43 City / 39 Hwy
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2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid Interior

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Most auto journalists like everything about the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid interior. Toyota moved a few hybrid battery components to the front of the car in the engine compartment, which frees up more cargo space in the trunk. Most test drivers give the Camry Hybrid’s high-tech electronics positive comments, saying they’re easy to use and don’t distract the driver. Roomy, comfortable seats are also well-liked by most reviewers, who agree that overall interior materials are now on par with the class.  

  • "In addition to being spacious, the cabin was very quiet. Even though we were in a hybrid, the gasoline engine kicked on several times and it was nearly impossible to detect an increase in noise from within the cabin." -- Forbes
  • "Less organic on the whole than the outgoing Camry, the new car signals a shift in direction from blobby bland to dapper and conservative. Considering the big audience Toyota will no doubt court, we'll call this one a stylistic base hit." -- Left Lane News
  • "Toyota heeded remarks about the hard, cheap looking interior plastics of the previous Camry. The 2012 Camry's cabin is nicely furnished and is now on par with competitors. Soft-touch plastic on the upper dash is given an upscale appearance with genuine cloth stitching. Soft textures are also used on the upper door trim, door and center console armrests as well as kneepads on either side of the console." -- HybridCars.com
  • "Cabin materials are class-competitive, with nicely textured surfaces and pleasant faux metal or wood trim." -- Consumer Guide

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Seating

The majority of 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid test drivers like its seats. They say there’s plenty of room and the seats are comfortable. However, one average-height reviewer notes that the optional moonroof cuts into the front seat headroom.

  • "Seating is all-day comfortable, and not just in the front row. Camry seats are kind to the gluteal portions of the anatomy, important in a car with a fuel range of 650-plus miles. Designers reshaped interior components to make it more spacious, with big gains in rear seat leg and hip room." -- HybridCars.com
  • "The soft, floaty ride helps generate the illusion the Camry Hybrid is larger than it really is, a plus if you're constantly shuttling people around. There's sufficient space in the back seat to fit three average-size males abreast without the middle passenger having to curl into a ball -- taxi fleets operating Camry Hybrids should find welcome fares." -- Motor Trend
  • "When equipped with the optional power moon roof, the Camry seemed to be lacking in headroom. Our co-driver, a gentleman of average height, noted that his head touched the ceiling while seated in the front passenger seat. The driver can get a bit more headroom thanks to the eight-way powered driver's seat's height adjustment." -- CNET
  • "Inside the cabin, the revised interior for the Camry feels slightly roomier. Thinner front pillars increase visibility and narrower door panels open up elbow room. Door panel controls also move higher, allowing knees to move more freely." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The Camry Hybrid boasts a long list of standard equipment, with intuitive controls for climate and entertainment functions. USB/iPod connectivity and push-button start come standard, and Toyota’s voice-activated Entune infotainment system is optional. Entune includes navigation, satellite radio, HD radio and Bluetooth streaming audio.

Test drivers like that the optional Entune system is easy to use and didn’t distract them from watching the road, but one reviewer notes that the screen is hard to see in bright light. The Camry Hybrid’s interior materials leave auto writers divided. Some think the interior looks cold and uninviting, while others think the new upgraded materials are attractive.

  • "The interface, as we were able to experience it, was simple enough that we were able to easily navigate from Pandora to Bing search to, well, navigation, without taking our eyes off of the road for too long." -- CNET
  • "The interior design and build materials won't be winning any awards, not even in the pedestrian midsize segment. We found the revised color patterns a bit more inviting, and the ergonomics and controls placement and functionality to be well executed, but in the end there's a lack of intangible warmth in the cabin - it's appliance-like, if you will." -- Motor Trend
  • "Camry isn't available with a fancy gauge cluster like the showy one you'll find on a Ford Fusion Hybrid, a move that might sway some buyers in the showroom." -- Left Lane News
  • "Unfortunately, the audio/navigation touch screen is not shrouded or inset, so it can be difficult to read in bright light." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

Toyota moved a few hybrid battery components from the trunk to the engine compartment, which increased the 2012 Camry Hybrid’s trunk space from 10.6 to 13.1 cubic feet compared with the 2011 model. While reviewers are happy with the increased cargo space, they complain that the small pass-through limits storage of long items. There’s also no back seat split/fold functionality.

  • "Powering the electric motor, the Camry Hybrid's battery pack sits behind the rear seats, intruding on cargo space and sacrificing the folding backseat for what amounts to a glorified pass-through. (Still, that beats the Fusion Hybrid, whose backseat doesn't fold at all.)" -- Cars.com
  • "On Hybrids, only the passenger side of the seat folds down, revealing a pass-through about the size of a large loaf of bread." -- Consumer Guide

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