From the Outside
There’s not much difference between the 2011 version and the 2012 version of the Toyota Camry. The styling adheres closely and measurements are virtually identical. The dynamic exterior is fine-tuned with sleek new trimmings: classy chrome grilles, bolder fog lamps and sporty 10-spoke alloys, to name a few…
There’s a hint of BMW 7-Series too, with the boot having a step-like design. The tail lamps too are modern and give a bulging stance to the rear
On the Inside
The interior is comfortable and classy. There’s aluminium, fake wood and luxurious-looking plastics all over. The centre console is luminescent blue which gives it quite a unique look. The seats are large and comfortable.
Features include an awesome sound system that with FM/AM/CD player along with MP3/WMA playback ability, six speakers, BLU Logic hands-free system, auto sound leveling, USB port with iPod control and connectivity accompanied with auxiliary input jack. This powerful music system allows you to zoom away with music. The 2012 Toyota Camry will have steering mounted controls for media player and other real-time information.
On the safety front - it has front and rear crushing zones side impact, Air bags, unique brake assist system with air vented disc rotors for front and standard disc rotors for rear to mention a few.
Under the Hood
Toyota Camry comes in four versions with one engine and two transmission options
The 2.4l, 167bhp engine is extremely smooth and has an instant-power-delivery nature to it. The auto ‘box is also quite quick to react and works brilliantly. The suspension is well sorted, handling is taut and the body roll is well controlled giving the Camry a planted feel all the time.
The Camry's new electric power steering system doesn't provide much feedback and the brakes are merely adequate, with a hard pedal that inspires little confidence during panic stops. The 2.4l engine and an automatic tranny affect the fuel efficiency and the Camry returns a mere 7kpl in city.
Its powerful DOHC VVT-i petrol engine produces peak power of 178.5 bhp at 6000 rpm accompanied with 23.55 kgm of maximum torque at 4100 rpm.
While the Camry is stylish and comfortable, the high price point and low fuel efficiency deters its appeal.