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Toyota Camry Expert Review

Staff Writer

The new, seventh-generation Toyota Camry debuted with sharper sheetmetal, a revised interior and numerous other updates designed to keep it ahead of the competition. The Camry has been the best-selling passenger car in America for 13 of the last 14 years, and the new Camry's updates should help it continue that trend. Not surprisingly, each new generation of the Camry is been evolutionary rather than revolutionary so as not to disrupt the formula that has proven so successful for Toyota.

Under the hood, the Camry's optional liter V-6 remains largely unchanged from the previous generation model and still outputs hp. Lower viscosity oil helps reduce friction and improve fuel economy, according to Toyota. The Camry's base liter four cylinder engine has been bumped up slightly in power to hp. In addition, the Camry Hybrid is now fitted with a more refined liter Atkinson cycle engine with horsepower, paired with an electric motor. The Hybrid Synergy Drive setup delivers combined hp.

The Camry's interior has been completely redesigned and is now available with Toyota's Entune, an infotainment system that combines a number of technologies including smart phone integration, navigation, and mobile apps. In all, the improvements should be good enough to keep the Camry atop, if not close, to its perch as a sales leader.

Body style: Sedan
Engines: L I-4, L V-6, L I-4 + electric motor
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, CVT
Models: Camry, LE, SE, XLE, Hybrid LE, Hybrid XLE

The seventh-generation, Toyota Camry is new inside and out. The exterior has been redesigned with sharper lines, a new front fascia, and rear taillights that are more angular than the previous generation. Inside, the cabin has been completely redesigned and materials have been upgraded. Toyota's new Entune infotainment system is available as an option on SE and XLE models. The Camry's engines also receive slight modifications. The most notable engine update is to the Camry Hybrid, which receives a more powerful liter inline four and electric motor combination that delivers more power ( combined) and mpgs at the same time.

Toyota went for an evolutionary rather than revolutionary update for the Camry's exterior styling. Up front, a new front fascia appears cleaner with sharp, angular shapes for both the headlights and foglight housing. Out back, the taillights are bolder compared to the outgoing model. The Camry SE adds a sporty appearance with a reworked front bumper, a body kit, a rear spoiler, and inch, five-spoke wheels.

While interior features vary widely depending on trim, the Camry still boasts a long list of standard features such as 60/40 split rear seats and a USB port with iPod connectivity. The Base and LE models feature cloth seats, the SE is fitted with sport fabric (leather optional), while the range-topping XLE model comes standard with leather seats. Sport and XLE models come standard with Bluetooth and offer Entune as optional equipment. Entune connects to personal smart phone via Bluetooth, while offering a number of mobile apps including Pandora and Bing.

The Camry's liter, four-cylinder engine is now rated at hp and lb-ft of torque, a modest gain over last year's engine. The optional liter Vengine is largely unchanged and puts out hp and lb-ft of torque. The Camry Hybrid receives the most notable change, as its gas engine has been upgraded to the liter Atkinson cycle unit vs. the liter powerplant in the last-gen model. Gas models are fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission (six-speed manual has been discontinued), while the hybrid features a CVT unit. The Camry isn't normally associated with performance, but the SE model -- powered by the V-6 engine -- posts a surprisingly quick mph time of seconds.

Like most Toyotas, the Camry features the automaker's Star Safe System, which includes a long list of safety bits like four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, , Smart Stop Technology, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control and a total of ten airbags for front, side (front and rear), knee, and curtain protection. Additionally, the Camry is fitted with front and rear crumple zones and front seats that reduce the chance of whiplash.

Camry (I-4): 25 mpg city/ 35 mpg highway
Camry (V-6): 21 mpg city/ 30 mph highway
Camry Hybrid: Not yet rated

  • Improved fuel economy
  • Toyota Entune system
  • Decent V-6 power
  • Conservative styling
  • No more manual transmission

Playing it safe for sales supremacy.

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Toyota Camry problems, fuel economy, engines, driving experience, photos

Updated: March 01,

The Toyota Camry is a reliable family sedan. It's famous for its comfortable driving experience and a smooth, quiet ride. The Camry has front-wheel drive and comes with a 4-cylinder or V6 engine.

 Toyota Camry interior

Toyota Camry XLE interior.

Both engines offer good fuel economy. The V6 Camry is fast. The Camry Hybrid version is also available. The only transmission choice in non-hybrid models is a conventional 6-speed automatic.

The interior is practical and stylish. Large doors and elevated seats make entry and exit easy. USB and Bluetooth are standard. Front seats are supportive. Visibility is good. The Camry's safety ratings are among the best in its class. In terms of reliability, the Camry did not have any major problems, but there are some concerns used car buyers should be aware of; read details below.

For , the Camry received a major redesign, although it's still considered the same generation known as XV50, see the photos. The Camry has a widened track ( inches / 10 mm), better sound insulation and more features, but mechanically, it's not much different.

According to the service bulletin T-SB, the brief knock/rattle at cold startup in the Camry 4-cylinder 2AR engine could be caused by a problem with Camshaft Timing Gear Assembly.

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To repair the problem, the gear assembly must be replaced. The bulletin quotes hours for the 4-cylinder Camry. Check out this discussion at the forum (the RAV4 has the same engine). Honda and a few other makes have the same problem in some engines too.
Another bulletin T-SB describes the intermittent shudder on light acceleration after an upshift in some 4-cylinder Camry vehicles.

 Toyota Camry XLE

Toyota Camry XLE.

Toyota Camry 2AR-FE 4-cylinder engine

Toyota Camry 2AR-FE 4-cylinder engine.

Toyota Camry 2GR-FE V6

2GR-FE V6 engine.

The bulletin instructs replacing a torque converter if the issue is not resolved after changing the automatic transmission fluid. Toyota USA issued Warranty Enhancement Program – ZE5 for certain Camry for UE Torque Converter Shudder.
Several Camry owners mentioned a musty smell right after the A/C is turned on. Toyota issued the service bulletin T-SB describing ways to minimize the odors. Recommendations include: set the HVAC system to "fresh" air mode when parking the vehicle, replace the HVAC filter (cabin filter) annually or every 10, miles. Use the High Performance Charcoal Filter. Do the A/C evaporator cleaning service once a year if the condition persists.
Several owners complained about the power sunroof/moonroof switch not working intermittently in the Camry. We found the bulletin T-SB on this issue. It recommends checking the switch and, if defective, replacing the overhead console assembly with an updated part. The part is sold for around $ online.
The overall number of complaints is fairly low compared to some other mid-size cars.

The base hp L 2AR-FE 4-cylinder engine delivers horsepower. It's one of the best 4-cylinder engines on the market. The hp L V6 (2GR-FE) is also well known. Both are twin-cam engines with variable valve timing.

 versus Toyota Camry

versus Toyota Camry.

Either can run on regular gasoline. Toyota has used both of these engines for several years in many vehicles and they both have proven to be reliable. See photos below.

Both the 2AR-FE and 2GR-FE have a timing chain; there is no timing belt. The timing chain does not require regular replacements.

The steering is electrically assisted with ft turning circle, curb to curb. The suspension design is similar to previous models, with MacPherson struts on all four wheels. Rear brakes are discs only. The Camry Hybrid is powered by a liter 4-cylinder engine combined with a kW electric motor. A powerful hybrid battery pack installed under the trunk floor stores the electric power. The Camry Hybrid LE gets 40 mpg combined.

Driving the Camry is pure pleasure: it's soft, quiet and smooth. Road bumps and imperfections are well absorbed. Compared to the previous model, this Camry handles better and feels more stable in turns. The steering is light; the only downside is that it feels a bit vague around the center position. The L V6 is crazy fast; the Car and Driver magazine clocked the V6 Camry accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in seconds; it's almost like a sports car.

Toyota Camry EPA Fuel Economy:mpg
L/ km
Hybrid LE42/38/
Hybrid XLE40/37/
L 4-cyl auto25/34/
L 4-cyl auto24/33/
L 4-cyl auto24/34/
L V6 auto21/30/

The EPA rates the Toyota Camry with a 4-cylinder engine at 25/34 mpg city/highway or 28 mpg combined. That means you can travel up miles ( km) on a tank of gas on a long highway trip. The Camry with a V6 gets 21/30 mpg; in mostly highway driving it can go for up to miles or km on one tank.

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Stability control, traction control, antilock brakes, as well as 10 airbags are standard in all Camry models. The Camry got a perfect 5-star overall rating in government crash tests.

Camry rear seats folded

Rear seats folded.


The trunk offers cu. ft. of cargo space.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the as 'Top Safety Pick', while the Camry earned the Top Safety Pick Plus award.

The update included the addition of an optional Pre-Collision System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Auto High Beam Lane Departure Alert, and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Fuel economy; safety; reliability, soft and quiet ride, refined powertrain, very powerful V6; interior room and comfort, resale value, moderate ownership costs.

Pass-through behind the rear seats is fairly small, glove box is not very large, some of the interior materials could be better, the steering feels a bit numb around the center.

The Camry is still the most comfortable, easy-to-drive family sedan on the market. It's also very reliable: as of March , Consumer Reports ranks the Toyota Camry very well, with all model years from to rated "Above average" for reliability and listed as 'Recommended.' J.D. Power and Associates also rated the Camry well.

We have also checked many owner reviews: Several Camry owners mentioned a vague steering feel on the highway. Others complained about smaller and harder front seats. A number of owners mentioned that they can get the advertised fuel economy numbers. Overall, however, most Camry owners are happy with their cars.

In the Warranty and Maintenance Guide for the U.S. Camry, Toyota recommends changing engine oil every 10, miles/12 months with 0W synthetic when driving in normal conditions. When the vehicle is driven under especially demanding conditions, including low temperatures, extensive idling, etc., the recommended oil change interval is every 5, miles/6 months. Of course, you know that your engine will last longer if you change your oil more often. Toyota recommends rotating tires every 5, miles, so if you take your car to a dealer every 5, miles for tire rotation, why not change the oil at the same time?
It's also important to check your oil level regularly, as some amount of oil is consumed as you drive and you don't want your engine to run low on oil.
According to the owner's manual, the 4-cylinder L engine uses a high-strength drive belt; make sure to use the right part when replacing it. The maintenance schedule is online at the Toyota Owners website. The owner's manual can be accessed at the same website.

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Quick Drive: Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

By Brandon Turkus

June 19,

—Detroit, Michigan


If Goldilocks had to choose a set of wheels, we suspect that she’d be toting herself around behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry Hybrid, stealing porridge from every bear in a mile radius.


We often mention that blonde soup-and-mattress critic when reviewing cars, saying something or other falls into the Goldilocks Zone of being “just right.” Usually we’re just talking about the suspension or some other vehicle system. It’s rare to be able to describe an entire car in this way, yet the Toyota Camry Hybrid fills the bill.


The Camry Hybrid’s interior is well designed, with thoughtfully laid out controls, an easy-to-use infotainment system, and materials that look and feel good to the touch. There’s a reasonable amount of room in both the front and the back. The driver’s seat is comfortable, easy to slide into, and supportive over long distances. The overall seating position is set up to limit fatigue, with a wide degree of adjustability between the wheel and the seat. During the miles we tested it, we felt fresh and relaxed after our time behind the wheel.


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If you drive the Toyota Camry Hybrid like a hooligan, odds are you’ll find the powertrain to be “too cold.” The accelerative profile never really lit our fire, instead coming across as merely adequate. Even the fun of instant-on torque from the electric motor felt somehow dampened overall.


It wasn’t until we settled down and drove civilly that we were able to appreciate what was “just right” about the Camry Hybrid’s powertrain. Namely, that it wasn’t a vehicle for going fast, but rather delivering just enough power for the average on-road situation while returning simply excellent fuel economy with a minimum of effort. The trick came with exploiting the electric motor’s torque without dipping too far into the throttle. Finding the appropriate driving style to really net the best balance of economy and pace was a recipe for a surprisingly involving experience.


Quick Drive: Toyota Camry HybridFuel economy in this car was really epic. Toyota claims our XLE-trimmed tester would net 40 miles per gallon in the city and 38 on the highway (the base Hybrid LE gets 43/39), but we were seeing trip averages in the to mpg range. Our high was on a mile jaunt where the Camry Hybrid returned mpg.


There were other areas besides the powertrain that trended towards “too cold,” too. The lack of feedback was one such area. There just wasn’t any chatter from the Camry Hybrid. The steering was light and numb, and communication from the suspension was annoyingly absent.


Still, the overall ride struck a nice balance between comfort and outright performance. On the comfort front, it absorbed most bumps without much disruption of the cabin experience. There was some suspension noise that came with on-road impacts, though. At the same time, the Camry wasn’t totally useless around the bends. It carried a reasonable amount of speed, but there was too much body movement to really inspire any confidence.


The Toyota Camry Hybrid doesn’t try to come across as anything other than an extremely competent and efficient mid-size sedan. There are more involving vehicles out there, and there are more comfortable vehicles out there, but there are very few that can maintain this sort of balancing act. Like we said at the beginning, this one’s just right.


Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

Engine: Inline-4, liters, 16v with electric motor

Output: hp/ lb-ft

Weight: lb

Fuel Economy, City/Hwy: 40/38 mpg

Base Price: $27,

As Tested: $34,





2012 Toyota Camry XLE Review

Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE Review

A Toyota Camry Hybrid, except for the badging, is nearly indistinguishable from any other Camry, on the outside. It is this lack of distinction that both helps and hinders Hybrid Camry sales. Mind you, arch rivals Honda with the Accord Hybrid and Ford with the Fusion Hybrid have chosen the same design path. Perhaps Toyota feels that those looking for a distinctive hybrid will move to the Toyota Prius.

For , the new Toyota Camry is slightly different on the outside and unless you park it right beside the previous generation, you will be hard pressed to pick up on the slight changes to the body. They've done subtle things to the base of the windscreen, front fascia and to the rear fascia.

You are really going to notice the differences inside. In this new model, Toyota has upped their game with new materials on the seats, new dash, door panels and roof liner. If you didn't know you were in a Toyota Camry, you might mistake the interior for a junior Lexus.

A Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE starts off with cloth seats and no seat heaters. A quick check of the options list shows that seat heaters are part of the Leather and Premium Audio package, which as you have probably guessed features leather seating surfaces, heated front seats and a navigation system as well as a couple of other things such as a moonroof, power adjustable passenger seat and a backup camera. By the way, this is one of two optional packages for the Hybrid. The other is a Moonroof package whose contents is included in the Leather package.

Now that the interior is fully decked out, we can turn our attention to the powertrain. The Toyota Camry Hybrid uses a L, Atkinson cycle, DOHC, valve inline-4 that puts out horsepower. To that you add an electric motor's output for a total of Torque is rated at lb-ft for the gas engine and lb-ft for the electric motor.

The torque totals are a bit misleading because electric motors are measured at 0 rpm under full load, which many of us find a bit difficult to get our heads around. Let me put it like this: if you put your foot to the floor when the light goes green, you had best be hanging on because you are going to take off in a very un-Camry like fashion!

Software upgrade
If you can keep your foot off the floor and the grin on your face to a reasonable size, the Camry Hybrid goes back to being a sedate grocery-getter and the CVT transmission seamlessly gets you from place to place. New software in the Hybrid Synergy Drive controller does put you into EV mode more often, and at speeds significantly higher than the previous 40 km/h.
I'm not sure what the new limit is, but when I drove the Hybrid, I was able to get it to go electric at 70 km/h. The battery doesn't last long at that speed, but every bit helps as witnessed by the new fuel economy rating of L/km in the city and on the highway. The base Camry Hybrid LE fares even better with ratings of and L/km city/highway.

To help you keep track of what is going on and improve fuel economy even more, Toyota has modified the instrument panel slightly by deleting the tach and putting in what is basically a fuel economy gauge. There is also an ECO mode that will do its best to alter shift points, hold gears longer than usual and use the battery as often as possible.

ECO mode, according to Transport Canada rules, cannot be used for calculating fuel economy figures, so anything you get from this beside the published numbers.

Driving and handling
This is what makes a Toyota Camry Hybrid such a great "sleeper," as cars like this used to be called. Sleepers look like one thing and act like another. If you are into a stoplight grand prix and pound the pedal, it is going to take a pretty decent muscle car to get through the intersection before you do and it will be done well above the speed limit.

Take a Toyota Camry Hybrid around a corner and you are going to surprise yourself at how fast it will go and how little the nose comes out until well above the posted cornering limit. The tires are a bit noisy because they are supposed to be low rolling resistance, but they do stick well.

Toyota Camry Hybrids don't have a performance problem. They have an image problem! A hybrid Camry may well be the new renaissance car: it has comfort, performance, fuel economy and space. All you have to do is try it.




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Xle toyota camry review 2012

Since , the Toyota Camry has been the best selling car in America every year but one (). Last year, Americans bought , of them. Furthermore, the Camry platform serves as the foundation for the following Toyota and Lexus models: Avalon, Highlander, Sienna, Venza, ES, RX, and RXh. Collectively, they added up to , sales in —42 percent of To­yota’s American total. In other words, the Camry is the franchise.

Toyota has renewed this car like clockwork every five years, and the Camry has achieved an enviable position as the default mainstream sedan of choice—quiet, smooth, comfortable, reliable, and affordably priced. This new, seventh-generation, model is designed to maintain these virtues while offering more fuel efficiency and value.

Though Camry chief engineer Yukihiro Okane doesn’t say it, Toyota was perhaps embarrassed by losing out in mpg ratings to competitors, specifically the Ford Fusion hybrid and the Hyundai Sonata. Okane promises that this new model—with every engine—will at least tie for leadership in fuel-economy figures.

The base four-cylinder is now rated at 25 mpg city and 35 highway—up 3 mpg each. The V-6 is up 1 mpg each to 21/ And the new hybrid LE leaps from 31/35 to 43/39 mpg, bettering the Fusion’s 41/36 ratings. The four-cylinder-only strategy used by competitors Hyundai and Kia doesn’t work for the Camry, as most of  its spinoffs require a V

Toyota achieved these improvements without direct fuel injection, downsized engines, or turbocharging. Instead, the company relied on basics such as a pound diet, lower-rolling-resistance tires, sleeker sheetmetal, taller gearing, more-aggressive torque-converter lockup, and electric power steering. The liter four and the liter V-6 are both unchanged (see specifications).

The hybrid loses an additional 66 pounds and gets a more efficient Atkinson-cycle engine with an electric water pump, more-effective regenerative braking, increased electric-motor usage, and better high-voltage-battery control. While the nickel-metal-hydride battery capacity is unchanged, total power jumps from horses to , shaving an estimated half a second from the 0-to acceleration time.

This Camry is no stunner, but it looks smoother than its predecessor, if a bit slab-sided and shovel-nosed. Despite the weight reductions, the car’s length, width, height, and wheelbase are unchanged. The interior package remains roomy and comfortable. The hybrid benefits from a shrunken and relocated battery/electronics package, increasing trunk space from 11 cubic feet to Other Camrys have 15 cubic feet of space in their trunks.

Mercifully, this bestseller reverses the trend toward budget materials that we’ve seen on many recent Toyotas. A new layered dashboard with genuine stitching on its leading edge has upgraded the ambiance. Large, ergonomically sculpted controls on the steering wheel help navigate the optional electronics, and the cockpit nicely splits the difference between cozy and spacious, though we’d like more-convincing faux aluminum and wood trim.

The SE would be our choice among the many models available (L, LE, SE, SE V-6, XLE, XLE V-6, hybrid LE, and hybrid XLE). SEs come with French-stitched upholstery, more-effective seat bolsters, a cleaner grille, and much less chrome. They also have a notably firmer suspension and a faster steering gear with more effort and feel. As you’d expect, the V-6 SE is quicker, but the four feels lighter on its feet.

The other Camrys are oriented, as always, toward cushy comfort. Wind and road noise are even more subdued than before, and the ride is smooth without being floaty—at least at moderate speeds. The new cars go down the road well, although the electronic power steering is notably lacking in on-center feel, even by Camry standards.

For those not sold on the SE, the new hybrid is an excellent choice, as it provides all of the comfort and utility of the other models with close to 40 mpg in real-world driving. Its integration of regenerative braking with hydraulic brakes is among the best we’ve ever experienced, and this car is more than a second quicker than the nonhybrid four-cylinder Camrys.

Though there are still a multitude of Camry models, Toyota has substantially reduced the number of build combinations. All of this adds up to reduced pricing.

The sticker for a base LE automatic, which Toyota expects to account for half of the sales, will be slightly lower than that of today’s LE. The cost of upgrading to an SE or an XLE will be cut roughly in half. And the hybrid, at least the new LE version, also will likely cost less than the current single hybrid model and is expected to account for at least 10 percent of sales. With its improved interi­or materials, higher mileage, and lower prices, this Camry ought to retain its sales crown.


VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

BASE PRICE (C/D EST): $21,$29,

ENGINE TYPES: DOHC valve liter inline-4, or hp, or lb-ft; DOHC valve liter inline-4, hp, lb-ft + 2 AC electric motors (combined system, hp); DOHC valve liter V-6, hp, lb-ft

TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode, continuously variable automatic

Wheelbase: in
Length: in
Width: in Height: in
Curb weight (C/D est): lb

Zero to 60 mph: sec
Standing ¼-mile: sec
Top speed: mph

EPA city/highway driving: / mpg


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