2012 Toyota Camry "Recommended" by Consumer Reports

Huw Evans
by Huw Evans

Despite having faced criticism by hard hitting publications in recent years, Toyota appears to have redeemed itself somewhat with Consumer Reports, at least as far as the 2012 Camry is concerned.

The latest version of Toyota’s best selling mid-size car, which went on sale back in October, was evaluated by CR for it’s February 2012 issue where it drew favorable comments.

Among them was,”the [2012] Camry has a nicer interior, more responsive handling, and better fuel economy than before,” while in another paragraph the magazine remarked that in terms of fuel mileage, “the [Camry] four-cylinder model’s 27 mpg overall ties with the Hyundai Sonata for the best fuel economy among conventional gasoline-powered family sedans.”

The news is no doubt welcomed by Toyota, for since 2007, Consumer Reports has been keeping a scrutinous eye on the automaker’s products following issues it discovered on the Toyota Tundra full-size pickup, the previous generation V6 powered Camry and Lexus GS luxury sedan.

Given that other media reviews of the 2012 Camry so far have tended to be favorable, along with modern America’s attraction to boring cars, there’s every indication that the latest model will help the nameplate retain its position as the best-selling car in the US.

Given that Toyota’s highly publicized recalls and more recent supplier problems caused by natural disasters in Asia seem to have been largely rectified, it looks like 2012 could shape up to be a much better year for the Japanese automaker than the last three have been.

Read Autoguide’s 2012 Camry Review here.

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  • Randall Skinner Randall Skinner on Mar 07, 2012

    I purchased a new 2012 Camry. I had difficulty parking the new car in my parking garage, because I had always done so by pointing the headlights at the wall and driving straight in. With the 2012, there are no headlight circles projected, so I could not reliably park my car (the parking space is very narrow. I ended up taking the car back to the dealer after 48 hours, BECAUSE OF THE HEADLIGHTS.

  • Usirl Usirl on Aug 01, 2012

    my 2012 xle camry was updated with entune software and within a week found the battery flat dead the usual from prestige dealers must've left lights on. calledroadside assist which two unsmiling in a hurry souls giving me a jump and were off dropping the wireless key in a cup holder and when asked for the key's whereabouts the I gave it to you was the response. Went to service shop to gain an understanding as to what caused the battery going dead - no answers - the party line being it could not be onstar and such software triggered from afar to effect updates perhaps. that was monday after getting the jump start - today wednesday theirsalesman whom I also got involved called and revealed that onstar after two weeks of car being idle will drain the battery. Methinks this is what happened the entune in conjunction with onstar and gps (who by the way has me parked in a drive close at hand to the one the my pre entune update correctly showed.