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Sunday, February 12, 2012

2012 Toyota Camry

The new for 2012 Toyota Camry received the usual, very predictable reviews from most sources. Bland, boring, dependable and efficient were the most common words used to describe the car. Some reviewers noticed the improved interior, better fuel economy and lower prices for all trims.

I am a big fan of the new Camry version and I thing Toyota made huge improvements over the old car in several key areas.

For the majority of buyers the increase in fuel economy, reduced noise levels and lower pricing combined with more equipment are most noticeable. The base car now starts at $25,190 (including Freight) and is equipped with all the basics you need, including Bluetooth. The $2,420 Upgrade Package adds aluminum wheels, power driver’s seat and a navigation system. The top line XLE V6 car now comes in at $35,190. The 2011 XLE V6 Navigation car was $39,830.

Styling is also arguably better and the interior offers much better materials and feel. The solid thud when you close the doors now approaches German levels.

Critics always lament Toyota’s soft suspension and average handling. I find that although the suspension, steering and brakes don’t offer the same feel as the Passat for example, they are still very predictable and consistent in the way they perform.

The Camry will allow you to arrive incognito at your destination, which may not necessarily be a bad thing.

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