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2012 Toyota Camry Review

The redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry’s great reliability rating, comfortable ride, and roomy interior contribute to its high position in our midsize car rankings. It has a much nicer interior than ever before, but its classmates are still much sportier.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride
  • Good fuel efficiency
  • Excellent reliability rating
  • Spacious cabin
  • Lackluster handling




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.3
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2012 Toyota Camry Overview

Is the 2012 Toyota Camry a Good Used Car?

Shoppers looking for a comfortable cruiser should be happy with the 2012 Camry. Toyota fully redesigned the Camry for 2012, giving it much nicer interior materials and slightly better fuel economy estimates. This midsize car also boasts outstanding reliability, though it isn't very enjoyable to drive.

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We’ve analyzed 27 Toyota Camry reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2012 Toyota Camry?

Based on nearly 835 listings on our site for the 2012 Toyota Camry, prices range from about $9,000 to $15,500. Its average list price of about $12,200 is high for the class. The price you pay depends on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2012 Toyota Camry Cost to Own?

The 2012 Toyota Camry's five-year estimated costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are roughly $22,510, or about $4,500 per year. Those are below-average five-year costs. 

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Camry?

Toyota completely redesigned the Camry for 2018, giving it superior handling and better fuel economy than its predecessor. It also has updated interior and exterior styling, and both the standard and available engines received a boost of more than 30 extra horsepower each. The new Camry also comes with a ton of standard advanced safety features, including a rearview camera, lane departure alert with steering assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection. Go for the 2018 Camry if these changes interest you. If not, stick with the older and less expensive 2012 Camry.

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You most likely won't be able to find a new midsize car for around the same price as the 2012 Toyota Camry.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Camry Is Best?

The 2012 model year marks the beginning of a generation that ended with the 2017 Camry. For the 2012 redesign, the Camry gained a more powerful base engine, a standard six-speed automatic transmission, slightly higher fuel economy estimates, a larger trunk, and refreshed exterior styling. It also has a much nicer interior with quality materials, an updated available touch-screen interface, and reshuffled trims and features.

The 2013 Camry gained a standard touch screen and available rear cross traffic alert. The 2014 Camry added a standard rearview camera halfway through the model year. The 2015 Camry received a midgeneration refresh with improved suspension and handling, as well as several available advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and a pre-collision system. The 2016 Camry received a Special Edition trim, and for 2017, the XLE and XSE trims gained a standard enhanced multimedia system.

If you have some flexibility in your budget, we recommend the 2015 Camry on account of its heavy midgeneration refresh. Budget-minded shoppers uninterested in these changes should be happy with the 2012 Camry.

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How Reliable Is the 2012 Toyota Camry?

The 2012 Toyota Camry has a reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power, which is outstanding among all vehicles.  

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2012 Toyota Camry Recalls

The 2012 Toyota Camry has two safety recalls. One corrects a problem with the air conditioning drain clogging, which could cause the air bags to deploy if left unfixed. Another recall addresses a problem with the front passenger air bags deploying improperly or not at all. Make sure a Toyota dealer has addressed these recalls before purchasing the Camry.

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Which Used Toyota Camry Is Right for Me?

There are four main trims for the 2012 Toyota Camry: L, LE, SE, and XLE. Most shoppers will be content with the base trim. Standard features include a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, cloth upholstery, and daytime running lights.

However, the LE trim is the way to go if you want the best combination of features and value. It adds remote keyless entry, steering wheel-mounted audio and Bluetooth controls, and a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system.

The SE trim adds performance-oriented interior and exterior styling and a sport suspension system. The top-of-the-line XLE trim adds niceties such as satellite radio, HD Radio, dual-zone climate control, a moonroof, heated and power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, wood trim, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Before purchasing a used Camry with Bluetooth, you should test it out to make sure it can connect to your smartphone, as Bluetooth standards have changed over the years.

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How Safe Is the Camry?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Toyota Camry a 2012 Top Safety Pick, giving it the highest rating of Good in four crash safety tests. On the downside, the 2012 Camry received the lowest rating of Poor in driver-side small overlap front test. It also earned a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with four stars in frontal and rollover tests and five stars in side crash tests.

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2012 Toyota Camry Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2012 Toyota Camry or 2012 Hyundai Sonata?

The 2012 Hyundai Sonata has a lot to offer, including good fuel economy, a generous standard features list, and a large cabin. It also delivers a more enjoyable ride than the Camry. However, the Sonata's low reliability rating and slightly below-average safety scores make it an inferior choice to the Camry.

Which Is Better: 2012 Toyota Camry or 2012 Honda Accord?

The 2012 Honda Accord and Camry are pretty close in our midsize car rankings, but the Camry is a slightly better choice than the Accord. Both cars have outstanding safety scores, but the Accord has more engaging performance than the Camry and comes with even more passenger space. However, the Toyota has a larger trunk, lower ownership costs, and a marginally higher reliability rating.

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2012 Camry Performance

How Does the 2012 Toyota Camry Drive?

With its stable handling and accurate steering, the front-wheel-drive 2012 Toyota Camry is a great midsize sedan for shoppers interested in a comfortable daily driver. The Camry comes standard with a respectable 178-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Some models take things up a notch with a stronger 268-horsepower V6 engine, which comes with the same transmission.

Does the 2012 Toyota Camry Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 2012 Toyota Camry delivers 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which is good for a midsize car. Models with the V6 engine return 21/30 mpg city/highway.  

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2012 Camry Interior

How Many People Does the 2012 Camry Seat?

There's seating for five people in the Camry. The upscale cabin has plenty of space, good seating comfort for extended trips, and quality materials. Cloth upholstery comes standard. Upgrades include leather upholstery, heated front seats, sport seats, and power-adjustable front seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2012 Toyota Camry?

The 2012 Toyota Camry has two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and an upper tether in the rear middle seat.

2012 Toyota Camry Features

Standard features include a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Some models come with steering wheel-mounted audio and Bluetooth controls, a 6.1-inch touch screen Entune infotainment system, a ten-speaker upgraded audio system, and navigation. Since Bluetooth standards have changed over the years, be sure to test out your smartphone to make sure it can pair with the Camry.

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2012 Toyota Camry Dimensions

Toyota Camry Cargo Space

You'll find 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space in the 2012 Camry, which is average in the midsize car class. The trunk’s shape is good for fitting all kinds of gear, but it has a small opening and impeding hinges.

2012 Camry Length and Weight

The 2012 Camry is roughly 15.8 feet long. Its curb weight is about 3,190 to 3,420 pounds.

Where Was the 2012 Toyota Camry Built?

Toyota built the 2012 Camry in Kentucky and Indiana.

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