By Paula MacPherson
With the exception of the radio, which tends to be fussy, this 2012 Toyota Camry is amazingly simple and pleasant to use. There’s little to distract the driver. The controls are just where you’d expect them to be, the gauges are easy to read and the view ahead is good. There’s even an “ECO” light, in green, of course, that comes on when you are driving economically.
Visibility when backing is not as good as it could be and a backup camera isn’t offered in lower trim levels, which is unfortunate. Also absent in lower trim levels is the option to buy a blind spot warning system, which I find more and more valuable each time I drive a car with this feature.
Driving the Camry is pleasant. Its operation is smooth and refined. However, it’s not overly exciting. You probably won’t look for excuses to take a longer route to your destination.
The interior looks nice and I suspect it would wear well, though I think the light tan upholstery would need frequent shampooing in standard family use. But it did go well with the exterior color of our review car, which Toyota dubbed Sandy Beach Metallic.
The trunk is large enough to accommodate family shopping outings at the wholesale club or for trips to an outlet mall. And, the passenger compartment has plenty of room for five adults. Getting in and out of both the front and rear is also easy.
It may not thrill, but the new Camry also does not disappoint in any way. Buy one, and I suspect that you will have a faithful, roomy, comfortable and surprisingly economical vehicle to park in your driveway for years to come.