2012 Toyota Camry SE Plus Review

By on April 27, 2012
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The family favorite brings new refinements.

Good: Comfortable ride, aggressive styling, brilliant touchscreen entertainment system, decent fuel economy, great sound isolation, pleasant handling.
Bad: Sluggish engine that whines easily.
Price: AED 101,000
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The Toyota Camry is a sensible family sedan, a car known worldwide for its reliability, comfort, great fuel economy and adequate power. Combine all of this with a decent entry level price and great resale ability and you have the perfect formula for success. And so, today I’ll be looking at Toyota’s latest revamp to one of the best selling cars in the world, the 2012 Camry SE Plus.

From outside the new Camry looks about the same as the previous generation, but only in terms of size. The new angular and sharp edged styling is a far cry from the rounded corners and curvy exterior of the old Camry. On the SE Plus model the front bumper looks very aggressive, with a wide grille and spread out lower lip. And while the body styling on the rear end remains rather simple, the sweeping tail lights and lip spoiler finish the “sporty” look front to back.

The only down side comes from the 16-inch wheels that make the arches look a tad bit empty. The Camry Sports model comes with 17-inch alloys, which mercifully fills in the gap a little.

Looking at the overall body, the new 2012 Camry is very impressive in design, and if it were not for the sloppy engine, I would’ve been inclined to think that TRD had some hand in it.

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