2012 Toyota Camry

Consumer Reports has named the 2012 Toyota Camry a CR Recommended Buy.

According to USA Today, Consumer Reports tested the base four-cylinder Camry LE, the V6 Camry XLE and the Hybrid XLE. The Camry lineup earned the Consumer Reports recommendation because of its improved interior quality, good handling and outstanding fuel economy. The Camry Hybrid’s highest EPA-estimated ratings are 43/29 mpg city/highway, and the base Camry has the highest non-hybrid, non-diesel fuel economy ratings of 25/35 mpg among affordable midsize cars.

In Consumer Reports’ review of the Camry, they find that the sedan’s practicality makes it a notch above the rest. “Put simply, while car enthusiasts love to hate on the Camry, it’s now really hard to fault the car,” says Consumer Reports. “It remains unexciting to drive, but a lot of families have never heard of the Nurburgring and don’t really care about engineering validation lap times there. Regardless, Toyota did (thankfully) improve this Camry’s handling, making the steering better-weighted and more responsive.” Consumer Reports also appreciates that the Camry’s price is reasonable, even when models are equipped with Toyota’s optional Entune infotainment system.

Consumer Reports’ vehicle recommendations are well-regarded in the industry and by automakers. “Carmakers seek favorable reviews from the magazine as they are considered among the most objective because of its policies of accepting no advertising and buying every vehicle it tests,” says Businessweek. “While Toyota has historically fared well in Consumer Reports reviews, the magazine said in 2007 it would scrutinize the brand more closely due to problems it found in the Tundra pickup, Lexus GS luxury car and previous V-6 engine Camry sedan.”

The 2012 Toyota Camry is on sale now and starts at $21,955. The 2012 Camry Hybrid has a base price of $25,900.

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