The College Driver Road Test: 2012 Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid

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Road Test: 2012 Camry XLE Hybrid

Sold in the States since 1983, Camry has earned award award — year year — for quality, and resale value. Just the Camry alone has elicited charged thoughts, feelings, and for millions of people for almost decades.

Camry has been the car in America for 13 of the past 14 years, a nine year straight Camry’s been parked in the one spot every year 2007.

The 2012 Camry is neither designed nor intended to win any awards; you’d be hard-pressed to anyone at Toyota who would to convince you otherwise. Its elegant and modern form emphasizes a lower stance, gaining a bit sophistication for its second generation, and and smartly shedding some in areas where said isn’t needed.

The Camry takes the previous generation’s lines to a more precise and level. The front end gets from a nip/tuck treatment, some style with a bulbous nose and gaping grille.

Clean side lines are essentially last but the addition of new rear-view mirrors and rocker panel molding accented on LE and XLE models] yields a expressive and dynamic appearance.

LED no longer adorn the rear they were standard on the generation Camry Hybrid but are no offered, a head scratcher LEDs were touted as less energy, albeit amounts. The fixtures are shaped uniquely now, adding visual interest to the back

Toyota states that plays an important role in economy for the 2012 Camry helping it achieve a notable drag coefficient.

The Camry Hybrid has been under the hood for 2012, a highly revised Hybrid Drive powertrain including a new four-cylinder engine mated to a variable transmission, producing a 200 horsepower.

A new water-cooled exhaust gas (EGR) system helps to the lowest possible emissions at all speeds, and increases overall efficiency. By controlled injection of exhaust gas into each the need to richen the air-fuel to control cylinder temperature is This contributes to the 2012 Hybrid meeting Advanced Partial-credit Zero Emissions (AT-PZEV) standards.

The front-wheel sedan also gets a 30 boost in city fuel thanks to the new hybrid powertrain, vehicle weight, and the aforementioned in aerodynamics. EPA ratings for the 2012 Hybrid are at 43 MPG in the city, 39 MPG on the highway, and 41 MPG

The first generation Camry felt unbalanced, in need of integration refinement, and uneasy at speeds. The 2012 model those inadequacies, feeling responsive and quiet, exhibiting a planted-on-the-road sensation with disturbances from bumps to revised suspension tuning and electric steering calibration.

coasting, we enjoyed a resistance-free to a stop sign or light, the abrupt deceleration typically with regenerative braking The Camry Hybrid’s low rolling-resistance tires likely helped, in with the phenomenal EV mode, in when the battery was at least charged and acceleration demand was

Speaking of EV mode, during our of the vehicle the 2012 Camry reached about 25 MPH before it out of electric-only mode. An EV indicator in the instrument cluster when the is being propelled solely by the motor, decelerating, driving at low or the EV mode button is pressed. telltale sign was the high of the accelerator pedal; not enough so your 80 year old grandmother depress it, but there is a learning for adapting to acceleration when in pure electric power.

We were thoroughly impressed the capabilities of the electric motors, how much weight had to be moved two occupants on board. When the was pushed down half way or to pass another vehicle, the Hybrid said “YES!” and the fired up to work with the to deliver the needed power.

The lasted approximately two miles in EV mode during our commutes a suburban environment; the climate was set to automatically bring the cabin up to 70 degrees Fahrenheit on cold and the heated seats on max. If you in an area where temps below 50 degrees, the 2.5L will automatically start to up during the morning start, of the battery charge level.

We taking the Camry out of Eco mode as using the button next to the EV in front of the floor-mounted shifter. a week of consecutive 40 degree we experimented with the various and settings to evaluate the advantages and of each. When the Camry was in Eco mode, warming up the cabin and the seats took approximately times longer than if the were operated without any conservation restrictions.

In Eco mode, the reached lukewarm temps, and the takes a very long to become temperate thanks to the fan speed and moderated fuel to the engine, which slows up times.

But there were a few days we did try Eco mode in the morning and weren’t distraught. As with the previous Hybrid, ECO mode optimizes response and air conditioning output to maximum fuel economy. So if goal is greater MPGs, you can do it if willing to be a bit colder and less in your new $30k hybrid.

As for dynamics, the Camry Hybrid secure and steering was great for town driving. At higher there is a greater feeling of than the previous generation, but we like more weight to the and better on-center feel.

was phenomenal, as all new Camry models Regenerative braking is barely making for the transition to friction all the more linear. Pedal is strong, and the amount of travel well proportioned to the mass needs to be stopped.

Inside a new level of space, comfort, and for driver and passengers. Without the size of the car, Toyota created a new dashboard design, seat locations, redesigned and made door, pillar, and trim “leaner”. adding real space as well as the of more spaciousness, while outward visibility.

The first we noticed when we got inside was the construction and contrasting-material textures of the new panel. There’s an enhanced of depth, while the shapes contribute to a more spacious and improved forward sightlines. The curved center cluster to float over the instrument while soft textures on the upper instrument panel, door trim, door and center console armrest to greater comfort.

Stitching on the instrument panel’s padding and matching stitching-look elsewhere creates a sense of with aluminum-color and chrome used sensibly throughout the

Front seat comfort is improved over the previous thanks to redesigned cushions and and headrests that aren’t but supportive. Our XLE Hybrid came an eight-way power driver with power lumbar, and a manual passenger seat. at Toyota repositioned the driver’s and steering wheel, which aides forward visibility and the driver’s positioning.

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Rear room is comparable to the last which in a nutshell consists of a amount of room. The reshaped seatbacks increase rear room by 1.8 inches, while the center console and front of the rear-seat cushion, combined a humpless floor, increases seat legroom by 2 inches. The is well designed with thigh support, and generous for a six-foot passenger even the sunroof, and the seat back a fold down center with cupholders, and is split to fold and increase cargo

Cargo room is reduced 2.3 feet on the hybrid, but the trunk is shaped and useful for the 13.1 feet that are available. Our disappointment was the lack of a grab The cabin is quieter than thanks to additional sound materials, stronger door and an acoustic windshield. The aerodynamically heated mirrors slice through the wind, providing greater visibility.

Our 2012 Camry Hybrid XLE featured headlights, keyless entry push-button start, dual-zone climate control, power and a tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering which tilts 33% more the previous Camry.

The exclusive seat fabric in ivory or light gray, leather and suede inserts on XLE trim. The three-dial LED-backlit with chrome-accented outer provide a luxurious appearance, the multi-information display graphically fuel economy in real along with energy cruising range, average economy, and more.

Camry is one of the Toyotas to offer the Entune system. Entune is Toyota’s to Buick’s IntelliLink, Ford’s and Kia’s UVO media systems, all utilize the driver’s smartphone to a richer in-vehicle experience downloadable apps.

Toyota debuts with apps as Bing, OpenTable, and movietickets.com, alo ng accessing useful travel-related such as live weather, fuel information, stocks, and Toyota Entune brings the selection of music options to a vehicle, including iHeartRadio and

An advanced conversational voice system helped us focus on the by eliminating the need to memorize of inflexible voice commands or at the screen; we simply had to say, for “Play Stereo Love on my The system allows for audio and replay capabilities for text with the ability to respond pre-set “Quick Reply such as: “I’m driving and reply later.”

Display is standard on the LE trim level and a 6.1-inch touchscreen, AM/FM/CD/MP3, input jack, USB port iPod connectivity and control, information display in the instrument Bluetooth calling and music and all channeled through six speakers. Our XLE tester offered the navigation with HD radio with tagging so that they can be once you’re back at computer.

Most of the Entune can be controlled via the steering wheel and audio controls, which is a benefit. Navigation destinations well understood by voice, but the of how the location information was asked, was and awkward.

The touchscreen displays the energy and fuel consumption data, and as the monitor for the available integrated camera.

All 2012 Camrys are with ten airbags, three than the previous generation. In to frontal, side curtain, seat-mounted, and a driver’s knee the front passenger now gets a airbag, and the rear outboard receive seat-mounted side

The Camry features Toyota’s Safety System, which Vehicle Stability Control Traction Control (TRAC), Braking System (ABS), Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Assist. It also features a system so that any time the and brake are depressed at the same the throttle is cut off.

The 2012 was given the IIHS Top Safety award for front, side, and rollover crash test and has earned a five-star overall by NHTSA.

We didn’t have the to fully test Toyota’s system due to limitations of the software in our model, and we would have to test the available Blind-Spot System because of its increasing amongst non-luxury vehicles, but happy to say that Toyota is on the path with the 2012 Hybrid.

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