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All-New 2012 + Toyota Camry



  • berriberri Posts: 7,969
    I've got a couple year old camry and I like it. The new one - some improvements I suppose, but nothing that would make me run out and buy it, let alone get gouged in the process. Just wait until the toyoyathons in January and spring - you'll do much better.
  • I might stay w/ the Altima b/c I like the push start and the dual exhaust. I was thinking about the Camry b/c of the touch screen. However, since someone mentioned that touch screen is not great plus the low trade in value w/ Toyota dealers, I will probably just skip the Camry.
  • The Camry 2012 also has push start (atleast the SE trim i test drove did). In fairness, the touch screen is comparably slow with respect to other cars for instance the hyundai sonata also has a noticeable lag on the user interface. Probably one of the better ones I've seen is in the prius. I suspect there is a technological lag as it relates to the user interface on these new fangled devices and how the old behemoth car companies are able to embrace it. All I'm saying is don't expect quad core, sandy bridge performance from these display units. The internet connectivity through your cell phone to the car dash is an excellent addition but will undoubtedly drain your phone battery unless you plug it in.
  • Thanks twitchhd. The push start is not standard. You either tested drive the SE w/ P2 or S3 package. It might be standard on the V6.
  • cmyawncmyawn Posts: 48
    edited September 2011
    I worded my orininal post badly. My issue is that to get satellite radio on a 4 cylinder XLS (or a 4 cylinder SE for that matter), you have to get nav as well. It appears that the 6-cylinder models can get satellite radio without getting nav.

    Another issue is that the XLS 4-cylinders, at least based upon inventory in the southeast US, do not come with the basic nav, but all are upgraded with the nav plus entune. About $600 more. And they all come with the blind side and safety packages as well, another $1000 or so in options I do not need. So the only way (based upon the inventory) to get a 4-cyl XLS with leather and convenience packages, runs to over $31000 MSRP.

    The SE seems to be less restrictive, can get just the base nav, leather, and convenience packages. Runs about $28.5K. But who wants black and ash seats in the hot southeastern US? No light colered leather seats are an option on the SE.
  • Agree with the lack of interior color choices for SE. I would have preferred the white exterior + beige interior like the hyundai. The XLS does give you more color options. IMHO, the nav + entune is good for toyota. An internet connected car is a step in the right direction. In this case toyota is piggy backing on your existing cell phone data via bluetooth to provide it which has it's obvious pros and cons. The SE did not have the blind side detection (atleast the model I test drove).

    Something to consider in warmer weather is the sticking effect of leather when it gets really hot. Leather does look nice, however.

    The other cars to consider - ford fusion, hyundai sonata/elantra; nissan altima. They are in similar price ranges. Another thing - there is no financing deal on 2012 camry; there is 0% 60 mos on 2011 camry which is frustrating since I'm looking at 2012.
  • Checked out the new Camry today and was very disappointed. The front appears smaller and lower that the previous Camry looking like a compact car rather than one of substance. The back, on the other hand, reminded me of the older Chevy Malibu and the inside glove box was paper thin and felt cheap. After waiting months waiting for the new '07 Camry which turned out to be a good decisiion, I decided not to even drive the '12 Camry since I didin't want to waste my time or the salesman's time and could not see myself purchasing such an ugl, cheap looking car. Having previously owned a new Avalon and a new '07 Camry, I'm sure quality of the '12 Camry is OK but looks also count. Honda is looking better and the Hyundai looks are far superior.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 4,284
    To bad you didn't at least take a test drive...just so you could report in here your observations about how it drove. Since you've owned other Toyota products, it would've been an interesting read.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • mahi4umahi4u Posts: 2
    hi there, I am looking for 2012 camry models, I am getting OUT THE DOOR price of $23100 for LE model and $23400 for SE model at my dealer, what should I do and which model I should pick, thanks in advance
  • gooddeal2gooddeal2 Posts: 750
    edited October 2011
    23400 OTD for a SE sounds very good. Assuming that your tax is about 7-8% + $200 registration, the selling price is about $21,600 or 800-900 under invoice.

    LE v SE? only you can decide.

    BTW, I went to see the 2012 Camry this past weekend, I don't really like it. It looks way too small from the outside.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    It is actually larger inside than the 2007-2011, and that generation is pretty big.
  • mahi4umahi4u Posts: 2
    i bought camry 2012 LE for $22500 out the door price in NJ, what do you think did I get good price?
    another question is should I buy extended warranty for 8yrs/75000miles platinum plan with $0 deductible at $750 or not
  • bmb1767bmb1767 Posts: 64
    Why worry about whether you received a good deal on a car you have signed to buy? If you found out you didn't, what would you do? Nothing. Enjoy your car!
  • adotadot Posts: 4
    I got a quote for 2012 XLE 4 cylinder, leather, navigation w/entune, convenience package - push button etc etc.. for $28000 OTD. Is this a good deal, or should I still look around for a lower price?
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 4,284
    According to Clark Howard, pass on the warranty and bank the money for when a problem does creep up. Toyota's are pretty reliable rides and you shouldn't have too many issues. But if a warranty issue does happen, make sure to get it done before the warranty does run out. Doing that now on my kid's car...the shifter is being replaced due to excess wear and they are painting the outside black b pillar as it's fading. And no, we didn't get her an extended warranty...banking the $.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • I think is a good deal specially in nj with all icl. tags, reg, etc. where did u get it from? can u give me the breakdown please, thanks
  • Thanks for everybody who posted here. The discussion was much informative.
    Just bought a 2012 Camry LE with auto driver seat and floor mats for ~$22400 OTD in DC. According to the invoice minus $800-900 formula, seems alright.
    Wondering if the 7yr/125k extended bumper-to-bumper warranty is worth it for $1300 (effectively it's only 4yr/90k extra). I'm considering it since there are tons of electronics, and it's a re-design. My previous car lost the CD after 7-8 years that I simply went without, and another car had a faulty steering sensor that had to be fixed. Maybe I should wait until the expiration of manufacturer's warranty, and then buy.
    Thanks for commenting.
  • you can get same toyota warranty for significantly less. Search for thread about Toyota extended warranty here.
  • mogambomogambo Posts: 4
    edited October 2011
    I got a quote for 2012 Camry XLE model 4 cylinder, cloth, without any package/options for $25,300 OTD. It's just the base XLE model. Is this price good? or should I look for a better price than this.

    Please let me know your views on this price or if you bought a 2012 Camry SE or XLE and the OTD price you paid.

  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    edited October 2011
    Not worth it. Besides, the engine, transmission, electricals (except nav & radio/cd) are the really just about the same as the 2010 and 2011 SEs, & no problems with them. Most agree the extended warranties are not worth it - just keep the money (don't spend it though). Chances are after the warranty peroid would have expired, that you would not have used it.

    These are big money makers for the dealers.
  • Thanks to both replies.
    After reading more, it appears to me it's not worth of it.
  • adotadot Posts: 4
    any one got his for less ?
  • ky1234ky1234 Posts: 6
    Just purchased a 2012 Toyota Camry SE 4 cyl with entune/nav, convenience, sunroof and leather (MSRP $28,540) this weekend. Paid $25,579 sales price ($750 under invoice) + tax(KY 6%), title and processing. OTD was $27,646.24. Also got Toyota Credit financing for 1.5%!
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,042
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  • adotadot Posts: 4
    You care sharing the dealership you got your car from ? might pick up mine there too!

  • bobthebbobtheb Posts: 2
    edited October 2011
    I took a test drive of a 2012 Camry XLE tonight. Was a very nice car, about the same ride as 2011. When compared to an accord, the ride is softer but steering is looser. The cabin is very quiet. So far as performance the accelleration was very good for a 4 cylinder and transmission was very smooth.

    The interior is a huge improvement over the 2011. I looked long and hard but that 2011 interior was boring. I think Toyota did a good job fixing this. Was very much an up to date interior.

    It was a night drive and I very much like the updated colors of the drivers guages...very cool.

    The stereo was ok, nothing to write home about. Nav was also OK.

    Was not impressed with the exterior from the pictures but looked very nice in person. Color was silver. Unfortuanetly Toyota still has some ugly colors.

    I am also considering a Maxima (no ugly colors).

    Will definitley consider this vehicle for purchase.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 4,284
    Nice review...seems like it bests the Accord now as well as the Fusion & Sonata. Gonna be interesting to see what Honda does nest with the Accord...some say it's grown too large on the outside and I'll agree. The one we rented was great inside with plenty of room for the five of us but it felt like a full size car which I didn't like. They need to lop off about a 1/4 of it's current size and keep the current interior dimensions and then they'd have a winner. Time for mid sized cars to be just that...mid sized and not full sized!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • I am planning to buy Camry 2012 XLE with convenience package.

    Has anyone bought recently in Bay area, if you can share your experience that would be very helpful.

    Thanks !!
  • ky1234ky1234 Posts: 6
    Beaman Toyota in Nashville, TN
  • I am looking for a 2012 Camry XLE V6.

    I do not want the nav. But seems like you have to buy the NAV when you buy the XLE V6. Atleast thats what my local salesperson told me.

    Is that true ?
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