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Toyota Camry, Future Vehicle, Sedan
#207 of 259 Excellent Car
Aug 09, 2012 (2:45 pm)
I moved from a ’03 4-cylinder Accord (a great car that remains in the family) to a ’12 Camry SE. Beside the Camry I considered the Passat, Mazda 6, ’13 Altima, Sonota, Optima and the forthcoming Accord. I quickly dropped the Koreans because they felt agricultural. The current Accord is fat and I feared the ’13 would be the same. No one at Honda could tell me a thing about the new one. Mazda is selling so few of the 6 models that I concluded it will be discontinued and service will become a problem. The Passat was OK but maintenance costs worked against it. The finalists were the Camry and the 2013 Altima. Nissan dealers are playing games on prices. I also noticed that Altimas look old before their time which casts doubts on their quality. So I just started bargaining at Toyota dealers. I am very happy with my choice.
Things to like
Cruise control: accurate and no delay in pick-up.
The 5-spoke wheels that look great and are easy to clean.
Fast and accurate steering.
Performance of the 4-cylinder engine.
Gas mileage of the 4-cylinder engine.
Roomy interior in a compact exterior package.
Great headroom front and rear.
Hydraulic hinges on the hood. A small thing, but lots of cars still use a prop-stand.
Slick and smooth 6-speed transmission
Thing to improve
Some interior plastics are cheesy.
The switchgear for the heater/air conditioner is decent, but it looks like something from a 1969 Chevy.
The SE steering wheel has pronounced thumb grabs at 10 and 2 o’clock that are uncomfortably sharp. I hope they soften up over time.
The great “other”
The taillights are,,, different. Fortunately they work well and I don’t have to look at them.
There are almost too many storage spots in the front compartment. I’ve lost things because I forgot which cubby I used.
The glovebox could be deeper. The Altima got this feature right: make it big enough to fit a laptop computer.
The paddle shifters on the SE are eye candy, but I rarely use them. Putting the transmission in “D” is simple and works very well.
The Eco driving light may annoy some. I find it a useful reminder to ease off the gas.
In that vein, you can find yourself going fast in this car without realizing it.
#208 of 259 Re: 2012 Camry SE V4 [klunkman]
Aug 09, 2012 (9:08 pm)
They don't. The 4 cylinder is inline.
#209 of 259 Gas milage on 2012 Toyota Camry SE
Aug 10, 2012 (5:55 am)
Just a quick question to 12 Camry SE users ?
Got a new 12 Camry SE ( due to same reasons everybody mentions in the forum against Honda - smooth ride and steering )...
Specs says 25/34 mpg but I am on my 170 miles ( about 100 miles in city, 70miles highway ) and didn't drive crazy aggressive either - it is showing about 18mpg on the front and electronic gauge ?
What is your experience ? just started to worry if there is anything wrong with mine..
Feedback is appreciated - Thanks
#210 of 259 Re: Gas milage on 2012 Toyota Camry SE [tolgac]
Aug 10, 2012 (3:30 pm)
You need to reset the mileage gauge. I do it every time I fill the tank. Toggle through the odometer/tripmeter display until reach mileage and then hold it down for a few seconds. Both the electronic and analog gauges will reset.
#211 of 259 Re: Gas milage on 2012 Toyota Camry SE [tolgac]
Aug 10, 2012 (6:08 pm)
If you only have 170 miles on it total, don't bother measuring. You are on your first tank of gas, the car had checks done at the plant, moving on & off the car transport trucks, moving around the new car lots, etc. So a lot of idle time when you get 0 mpg.
#212 of 259 2013 Camry - already released?
Aug 12, 2012 (11:26 am)
I can't seem to find a consistent release date for the 2013 Camry. I've seen a date in 2011 and I've seen info. That they're available now, but nothing specific. When I bought my 2005 they were available in Aug. '04. I also have read info. In different places claiming both the 2012 and 2013 models were major redesigns. I will be in the market for a new one soon and am trying to get oriented. Thanks.
#213 of 259 Re: 2013 Camry - already released? [bharaldson]
Aug 13, 2012 (1:19 pm)
My dealer checked with their Toyota area rep and the '13 Camry is not going to be available until mid-November. Don't know why it's so late. I purchased my '09 in February '08, so Toyota has gone from one extreme to another.
#214 of 259 Re: 2013 Camry - already released? [rmanke]
Aug 15, 2012 (4:57 pm)
Not sure what you're expecting here. The 2012 was a full redesign, so the "2013" won't look any different. New prices, options and trim maybe, but no major changes.
#215 of 259 camry vs avalon
Aug 15, 2012 (7:21 pm)
My '05' avalon is at the body shop because a lady backed into me at the gas station. I am driving a rented '12' camry le. Has anyone gone from an Avalon to a camry? I was shocked at how quiet this camry is. I thought my avalon was quiet, but I swear the camry doesn't have as much wind noise and road noise as my avalon. The more I drive it the better I like it. My sons think I would be crazy to trade an avalon in on a camry, but I am considering it. I am wondering if there are any camrys that don't have a black steering wheel and black dash. I can't stand the interior of the one I am driving. I am wondering if they will have the ivory interior in the 2013's? I would get the xle, but afraid it might not be as quiet as the le because of the wheels. Has anyone compared the quietness of the two? Can you have the le's tires put on an xle?
#216 of 259 XM presets, 2012 Camry XLE
Aug 15, 2012 (7:34 pm)
I'm driving myself nuts trying to figure out how to set the presets in my 2-day old Camry. The photographs of the display screen in the instruction manual aren't like what I'm looking at in my car, so I don't know how to proceed. I am receiving the signal (it only took a total of 4 hours to make that happen), but I cannot navigate past the first six channels on the screen.
Anyone know how to do this? Thanks.