The 2012 Toyota Camry is powered by a revised 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine equipped with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), which features reduced noise and vibration levels and produces 178 horsepower, an increase of nine horsepower, and 170 lbs-ft. of torque. Fuel economy is also improved with EPA estimated mpg ratings of 25 city/35 hwy/28 combined. All four-cylinder models are matched with six-speed automatic transmissions.
For those looking for more power, a 24-valve, DOHC 3.5-liter V6, which employs Dual VVT-i is available in the Camry SE and XLE models. The V6 generates 268 horsepower and 248 lbs.-ft. of torque and is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift and has EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 21 city/30 hwy/25 combined.
All 2012 Toyota Camry are equipped with a class-leading 10 standard airbags, and like all Toyota models, the Camry will feature Toyota’s Star Safety System™ standard, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. It also features the standard Smart Stop Technology brake-override system. An electronic tire pressure monitoring system is also standard.
The all-new Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid will offer four different model grades to choose from. Camry will be available in the entry-level L, value-driven LE, premium XLE and sporty SE grades. The XLE and SE are available with four-cylinder or V6 engines. The Camry Hybrid is offered in LE and XLE grades.
The Toyota Camry L is equipped with an impressive list of standard features including standard Bluetooth® hands-free capability, air conditioning with air filter, power windows with driver’s auto-down, power door locks, cruise control, dual color-keyed power outside mirrors, projector beam headlamps, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, tire pressure monitor system and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with an auxiliary audio jack and USB with iPod® connectivity. It also comes with 16-inch wheels and four-wheel disc brakes. All of this standard equipment in the Camry L adds up to an excellent value with a base MSRP of $21,955.
For $545 more, the Toyota Camry LE model adds to this package a long list of additional features starting with the all-new Display Audio system, which features a 6.1-inch touch screen that provides vehicle information and offers phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology. The LE model also includes remote keyless entry, auto on/off headlamps, side rocker panels with chrome inserts, steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls, and variable intermittent wipers. The Toyota Camry LE will carry a base MSRP of $22,500, a decrease of $200 or 0.9 percent compared to the 2011 model.
The sporty Toyota Camry SE four-cylinder model is a tremendous value, adding 17-inch alloy wheels, the all-new Display Audio system, a stylish integrated body kit, sport-tuned suspension and steering, unique headlamps with black sport trim bezels, chrome exhaust tip(s), heated outside mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, a leather shift knob and unique Softex-trimmed sport seats, all for only $500 more than the LE model.
Four-cylinder Camry SE models will have an MSRP of $23,000, a decrease of $965 or 4.0 percent. Despite adding content such as 18-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, unique body styling, smart key, and Display Audio with navigation and EntuneTM, the 2012 SE V6 model will remain priced at $26,640.
The Toyota Camry XLE adds premium content with additional standard features like the all-new Display Audio, 17-inch alloy wheels, premium chrome exterior accents, heated outside mirrors, integrated chrome fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio and Bluetooth controls, wood-style interior trim, dual-zone auto climate control with rear air vents and eight-way power driver seat.
The Toyota Camry XLE will start at $24,725 for four-cylinder models, a decrease of $2,000 or 7.5 percent compared to previous model year. Toyota Camry XLEs equipped with the V6 engine will come standard with Display Audio with Navigation and Entune, along with leather-trimmed seats with heated driver and front passenger seats, back up camera, and smart key. The MSRP for the Toyota Camry XLE V6 models will be $29,845, which is the same price as the 2011 model.