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2012 Toyota Camry Smarter, more efficient

s best-selling Camry receives a of evolutionary changes for the 2012 year.

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If it broke, don’t fix it. That have been Toyota’s when approaching the redesigned Camry, because the broad haven’t changed much for generation. However, for prospective owners, that’s a good

The Camry’s strong points—comfort, and reliability—appear to have been intact. But the areas in which the generation of the Camry could use a bit of technology, fuel economy, and awful interior design—have massaged and tweaked.

We took a in the 2012 Toyota Camry XLE to get an idea of just how much small changes matter.

Synergy Drive

For 2012, the Hybrid Synergy Drive gets more powerful at ends. The electric motor now 105kW (up from 30kW) and the engine gets a bump to 2.5 of displacement, now outputting 156 horsepower and 156 of torque (up from 147 ponies and 138 Total system output for the HSD is 200 13 more ponies than the model year.

Toyota gets more and more efficiency out of the Camry s engine room.

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You’d be hard-pressed to the increased power from the wheel. This is a Camry after all. Though the feels capable, the object of the is not to knock your socks off its acceleration. The hybrid didn’t as we pushed the heavy sedan up the Hills toward the Griffith


However, the continuously variable added a rubbery feel to the acceleration, padding in a moment or two of between the gas pedal being and a change in speed.

Where you may a change is at the pump. The Camry EPA fuel economy estimates are up to 41 mpg and 38 highway for our XLE tester. The lighter LE, its narrower tires, does better with estimates of 43 and 39 highway mpg.

Of course, we weren’t able to this claim during our ride.

Handling isn’t we’d call amazing with road manners tend toward safe and understeer. The power steering is too overboosted for feeling what’s beneath the tires, but that light steering makes the easy to pilot within its handling limits—and, let’s be most Camry drivers be getting anywhere near limits.

Tuning in to Entune

center stage in the dashboard is new Entune infotainment option, brings popular smartphone into the dashboard through handset’s data connection. differs from systems Pioneer’s AppRadio and Ford’s AppLink in that it doesn’t the user to install third-party on the connected smartphone. Users need to install an Entune app on handset—we were provided a Motorola Droid X—but app only enables the car to communicate the Internet via the phone’s Bluetooth

The third-party apps themselves are on the Entune receiver.

The Entune connects to the Internet through smartphone via an Entune app.

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Available include OpenTable, iHeartRadio, and Bing search. However, our tester only had Pandora Radio installed. From the app, we were able the standard suite of controls: stations, creating new stations, and songs with a thumbs-up or

There’s even a two-level for selecting the quality of the audio to balance sound quality download speed. Album is displayed on the color touch as is song metadata.

The interface, as we able to experience it, was simple that we were able to navigate from Pandora to search to, well, navigation, taking our eyes off of the road for too Other core Entune include sports, stocks, weather, and fuel prices.

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There are actually three technology packages available include Entune. The first is the Audio with Navigation and package, which is what we able to test. This is around a 6.1-inch display and basic navigation, Bluetooth audio streaming, HD Radio, connectivity, and six speakers.

This package is available with a JBL audio system with a The third package builds on feature set with a premium navigation system with a 7-inch screen.

XLE trim-level comfort

From the driver’s we noted that the Camry’s design has improved tremendously the last generation. Gone is the transparent green plastic; been replaced with a charcoal-colored plastic. The dashboard a good mix of materials and textures are pleasing to both the eye and to the touch.

For the upper dash is covered a soft-touch leather with stitching. The XLE’s steering is wrapped in leather standard, but our wasn’t equipped with the leather seating surfaces.

The Camry s dashboard has been with a new clean look and buttons.

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When equipped with the power moon roof, the seemed to be lacking in headroom. Our a gentleman of average height, that his head touched the while seated in the front seat. The driver can get a bit more thanks to the eight-way powered seat’s height adjustment.

has done a good job of isolating the from road and wind However, engine noise was story. Perhaps it was the stark with the silence of the hybrid when stopped or operating electric power, but when the engine kicked over, we it audibly. And during hard the engine noise is downright Perhaps this is Toyota’s way of lead-footed drivers.

Treat the go like an eggshell and you’ll be with a smooth, near-silent It’s no Lexus LS. but it’s quite good.

Entune, in particular, is a welcome to Toyota’s cabin tech We like that the system you to add connected services to your car the data connection that exists on your smartphone.

The Toyota Camry starts at for the base-model Camry L, but our Camry XLE tops the model range at Toyota tells us that still represents an $800 compared with a similarly 2011 model. The 2012 Camry will hit dealerships in October.

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