Just when you thought America’s No. 1 selling sedan couldn’t get any better, the 2012 Toyota Camry (photo courtesy of www.toyota.com) evolves with a fully-equipped multimedia service – Entune. This driver-friendly program provides the ability to sync all your SmartPhone applications with an in-car tech system. This makes finding directions, streaming music, getting minute-by-minute game scores and making dinner reservations on-the-go simpler than ever. Other perks of the “infotainment” service include hands-free communication using Bluetooth technology and seamless connectivity on and off the road. Best of all, the service comes free-of-charge for the first three years.
Besides Entune, there have been other minor tweaks to the classic Camry. As the best-selling car in the U.S. for the last 15 years, you may ask, “Why fix it if it ain’t broke?” Toyota took the core elements of the Camry and built on them. The new model has higher fuel-efficiency, superior safety technology, steadfast Toyota performance and a collection of interior design enhancements increasing comfort and charm. Toyota made huge strides in the functionality of the Camry that together endow this particular model with elements comparable to those of other more expensive luxury sedans.
The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) awarded the XLE Hybrid Toyota Camry the Vehicle of the Month Award for September 2012, citing overall design, multimedia availability and driving dynamic (which is often sacrificed in many Hybrid vehicles) as features that make it a frontrunner in its class. Contributing factors to the 2012 Camry Hybrid’s high ranking appeal also include:
- Aerodynamic design to lower drag
- Low-rolling-resistance tires
- 33/39 mpg EPA fuel economy rating with a combined average of 41 mpg (an enormous 12 mpg increase in city driving and an impressive gain of 8 mpg for combined driving cycles, compared to the 2011 Camry Hybrid)
- Toyota Synergy Drive: Combines a four-cylinder engine, Small high torque electric motor & Nickel-metal hydride batteries
Aside from the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine in the super practical Camry Hybrid, the Camry L (base-grade model), LE, SE, and XLE will have a standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder. The SE and XLE models will be available with the 3.5-liter V6. All models come with improved features that make it a leader in the mid-sized sedan category:
- Safety – Rear seat airbags that are completely compatible with child seats, High-strength steel in B-pillar and rocker-panel reinforcements, Smart Stop Technology brake-override system, Toyota Safety Connect, Blind-spot monitoring system (optional)
- Multimedia – New Entune System, Standard USB port, Wireless connection to compatible Bluetooth, Speed-sensitive volume control, 6.1 inch screen and six speakers (not available in L)
- Exterior – Bolder front end with new headlamps and honeycomb grille, Chrome foglight recesses on L, LE and XLE models, Squared-off aero corner trims at the front and rear, Contoured sides with angled character line, 17-inch alloy wheels (on LE, XLE and SE)
- Interior – New curvier dashboard design, Aluminum-color and chrome trim, More inviting and spacious interior, Driver seat with manual adjustable lumbar support, Height-adjustable driver seat, Optional leather-trimmed buckets with high-quality hide, contrasting stitching and perforated faux suede inserts.
In spite of all the new features and refinement that Toyota has added, prices on all 2012 models will be lower than they are today. At $22,500 LE is down $200. Starting at $23,000, SE models are down $1,000. XLE drops $2,000, coming in at $24,725. All models will be available this fall at all three of our Performance Toyota and Legends Toyota dealership locations. Schedule a test drive today!