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in 2012 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $15,489 - $21,914
Original MSRP: $22,055 - $30,115
MPG: 25 City / 35 Hwy
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2012 Toyota Camry Interior

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The Toyota Camry received a redesign for 2012 and overall, the automotive press likes the high-quality materials, craftsmanship and layout of the controls. However, a few reviewers say that there are still some downsides.

Unconvincing fake wood trim, cheap seat material on the base model and a low-quality headliner are a few of their gripes. Test drivers notice that the Camry’s interior is larger than last year’s model, and reviewers are pleased with the added space. They also like that the back seat is large enough to fit tall adults and they say cargo space is average for the class.

  • "The 2012 Camry's single biggest improvement is its interior. Rather than an exercise in computer-aided ergonomics, the cabin's styling looks as though it was created by a human - a stylist, even - able to convince the bean counters to splurge a little." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Much less organic than the outgoing bulge-a-riffic model, the new interior boasts a classy-looking stitched cross-line running through the top of the dashboard and a high-tech center stack that appears to float just slightly above the surface." -- Left Lane News
  • "The interior package remains roomy and comfortable." -- Car and Driver
  • "The interior materials are a drastic step up, and while the company’s attempt to compare the new center stack to a mobile phone in form and function may be hyperbole, it all works well and doesn’t scream ‘rental car/fleet special’ like the last edition." -- Yahoo Autos
  • "A few areas get the short shrift: cheap rear door panels, a ratty headliner, no more one-touch power windows all around." -- Cars.com

Seating

Toyota increased back seat space and legroom in the 2012 Camry. So far, reviewers agree that the Camry’s rear seats are roomy and comfortable, even for tall adults, though a few point out that other midsize cars, like the Volkswagen Passat and Honda Accord, have bigger back seats. Although Toyota offers several options for seating materials, one test driver says the base trim seat material is among the worst in the class. Heated front seats and leather-trimmed seats in the front and back are standard on the V6 XLE model and optional on the SE.

  • "Though the backseat is not as cavernous as a Volkswagen Passat's or Honda Accord's, it fits adults fine, with good headroom and a hump-free floor." -- Cars.com
  • "The base trim seat materials are … in the running for worst-in-class." -- AutoGuide.com
  • "Legroom and knee space are sufficient even for 6-footers riding in tandem." -- Consumer Guide
  • +"So for the first time in Camry history, the model hasn't grown. But that doesn't mean Toyota engineers haven't carved out more room inside. Indeed, there's slightly more headroom, legroom and shoulder-room." -- Popular Mechanics

Interior Features

The features list for the 2012 Camry is typical of the class. Standard features include Bluetooth and USB iPod integration. New for 2012 is the optional Entune system, which syncs with your smartphone to provide navigation, traffic, weather, fuel and infotainment services, like movie tickets and restaurant reviews. It can also read your incoming text messages through the audio system and send automatic replies to tell people you’re driving and will respond later. Reviewers are split on Toyota’s new optional Entune system. Some like that it is easy to use and doesn’t have a monthly fee, while others dislike that it uses your smartphone’s data plan to provide info.

The 2012 Camry offers controls that reviewers say are easy to use, but the audio and navigation touch screen is hard to read because of the way it is angled. The automotive press agrees that although most interior materials have been upgraded with the redesign, some materials, like the fake wood trim, are awful.

  • "Large, ergonomically sculpted controls on the steering wheel help navigate the optional electronics, and the cockpit nicely splits the difference between cozy and spacious, though we’d like more-convincing faux aluminum and wood trim." -- Car and Driver
  • "Unfortunately, the audio/navigation touch screen is not shrouded or inset, so it can be difficult to read in bright light." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Top-of-the-line XLE trims are still laden with some of the worst-looking simulated wood we've ever seen." -- Autoblog
  • "The Entune system has its benefits and drawbacks. On the up-side, there’s no monthly fee. The reason, however, is that it uses your smartphone data plan, meaning you need a smart phone, and you’re eating up data every time you use it. On the plus side again, it is incredibly easy to use." -- AutoGuide.com

Cargo

The Camry has 15.4 cubic feet of space available for cargo. Although the Camry’s cargo space is typical of the class, some cars offer more room. The Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6 and Ford Fusion all have more trunk space at 16.4 cubic feet or more. Test drivers say the 2012 Camry’s trunk is spacious, but wish the opening was larger to stash bigger items.

  • "All Camrys have a generously sized, usefully shaped trunk, though the sickle-shaped lid hinges intrude and the trunk opening is a bit too small for really bulky items." -- Consumer Guide

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