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Review: 2012 Toyota XLE V6

Times were, that the was the darling of the automotive world for reliable transportation in a conservatively package. As more and more automakers progressed toward one status, Toyota started to see share erode. And then the tanked.

After a long, look at what ails the Toyota brand is in the midst of a making over everything their Lexus offerings to the Scion line. With the Toyota Camry XLE V6, they to have closed the circle in product lineup with something for everyone.

But is it for you? Hop in Leftlane as we check out this new model in Toyot’s lineup

the legacy of anything can be a heavy But that’s what the Camry has since its introduction back in Now in its seventh generation, it’s a midsized sedan. Its base is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

It can be had in hybrid form, but for our week in the we were running 3.5-liter V6 In this horsepower-enhanced form, the EPA mileage ratings of 21 city/30 which Toyota claims is the for any current V6 midsize car (and par with four-cylinders just a few ago). Other breakthroughs a six-speed automatic transmission a sequential shift mode SE model can be had with paddle

Looks have also lending a new sense of contemporaneous to this Toyota volume Inside, a revised design interior room, or at least you the perception it has. Electronically, the has received improvements in Bluetooth connections and connectivity features all the latest smart phones and handheld devices.

Our tester the Premium HDD navigation system Entune, and Safety Connect, is to Toyota what OnStar is to GM.

it up against?

The Hyundai Sonata, Kia Volkswagen Passat, Honda and Nissan Altima all currently the playing field that the exercises itself in.

Joining others in the near future be the new Chevrolet Malibu, and by year’s the 2013 Ford Fusion. a tough crowd if you ask us.

How does it

Even though the 2011 was as crisp as crisp could be, the metal was beginning to look a bit What a difference a crease or two can Character lines that run the of the sides have managed to the new 2012 Camry appear as it has gone in for a few nips and tucks.

Gone are the formerly slab-like If we were in the mood for a few ourselves, ask Toyota for the name of their surgeon. Also disappearing the lineup was the rather blah-looking piece on the car’s nose.

In its we now find a chromed aerodynamic piece that is more in nature, and we think more

All the jewels and bling associated a car’s exterior are new and improved on the Projector beam headlamps do a job assisting with nighttime We just hope that the long term they develop cataracts as we have with so many other and their sealed headlamp

At the rear, new taillights are combined a chrome bright strip them, which really attention to the Camry’s new look.

never purposefully identified as a car, we think the new creases and combined with improved rockers and front fascia, go a way to increase the appeal of what was considered a mainstream, bread and offering.

And on the inside?

The Camry’s interior has given a once-over that it roomier than before. By the gas and brake pedals forward, the were moved an equal as well. That, combined a lowered hip point in the rear, more rear passenger which is a boon to backseat everywhere.

The combination of that and construction of the front seat has increased legroom by 1.8 inches.


The area of the 2012 Camry is redesigned and better executed to our through the use of soft touch and single needle stitching, for a quality appearance overall. is where you’d expect it, something you might not: An that allows you to visually your lead footed toward responsible driving. mileage may vary.

Literally. A steering wheel with controls is also new. of leather, our interior was shod a color that Toyota Ivory. We call it ehh, as in

At least there were shades of blah on the seats you can opt for something more interesting white-on-blah if your tastes run more interesting).

Once our Android smart phone was functional using voice The XLE’s 6.1-inch display controlled the JBL GreenEdge audio and offered some of the better with its acoustic lens than we have heard in time.

Speaking of sound, our XLE noise suppression techniques help to quiet it down a bit from previous models. how ours was the high-zoot model of the it was a no-brainer that Toyota it with acoustic front as well as counteractive insulation in the pillars, and door openings for that are near that of the voice. For the most part worked, except when coarse aggregate roadways.

But it go?

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Our Camry XLE came with a new of the 3.5-liter V6 engine that has seen in most of the larger and Lexus-family vehicles. A twin-cam, engine with dual timing with intelligence it makes 268 horsepower at 6,200 and 248 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 Reliable as the Sun rising in the morning, all it is direct fuel injection.

Displaying plenty of power, it left us wondering about the DI A six-speed automatic transmission sends the power to the front Weighing in at 3,395 lbs. the EPA to look for a combined average of 25

We managed a little less, a best of 23.7 mpg.

The high tensile strength uses revised versions of the MacPherson strut front and a rear, with stabilizer at both ends.

An electric rack and pinion system now the steering. We found the steering good road feel, and handling characteristics, while not up on those who don’t take driving seriously. Still not to take on the 24 Hours of Le Mans, desire to see fun-to-drive cars in the seems to be working, as evidenced by a that actually had a touch of a character to it.

Ride quality, a Camry strong point, top notch here. Camry absorbed bumps with drama and only a bit of the wallowing that used to affect sedans.

Fan boys will continue to but they need patience. car is for everyone else.

Why you would buy it:

To styling plays second to reliability.

Why you wouldn’t:

The Sonata is its siren song and you are listening.

bottom line

What was a no-brainer now becomes a brainteaser. was a time where the Camry was the go-to car for the masses.

Since competitors have toughened up. the 2012 Camry XLE, it like Toyota took of the warning and toughened up as well.

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