2012 Toyota Camry likely to win a favorable review from Consumer Reports magazine

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 24, 2011

Toyota Motor’s 2012 Camry will probably be getting a good rating from Consumer Reports magazine, which is published by Consumers Union, a non-profit group. In its past issues, the magazine has criticized models built by both Toyota and Honda. In an interview, David Champion, senior director of vehicle testing, confirmed that a review is being conducted on this Camry, which started selling in October.

At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Champion said that it is “better” than the previous model. Toyota does consider the revamped Camry as the key to its U.S. sales revival so it’s likely why this car is built so well.

Champion added that it has a “pretty good” interior fit and finish. He also said that the materials used are of “good quality” especially its seats and its fuel economy has only improved. This magazine is highly regarded by the industry as it has a reputation for being the most objective in giving reviews. This magazine’s policy is that it doesn’t accept advertising.

In fact, it buys each vehicle that it tests. Historically, Toyota’s models do well in Consumer Reports' reviews but in 2007, the magazine said it will be looking at the brand more closely due to the problems discovered in the Tundra pickup, Lexus GS luxury car and the previous V-6 engine Camry sedan.

Last August, the magazine didn’t recommend Honda's 2012 Civic small car. The previous model had received its recommendation. Honda has announced that it is thinking about revising the Civic however, no details are available.

For 13 of the last 14 years, Camry was the No. 1 car in the U.S. when it comes to sales. Toyota said that it is doing what it can to get back to the top. Toyota has set a sales target of 360,000 Camrys in 2012. This is still lower than the record it set in 2007 of 473,108 units.

Toyota has introduced the seventh-generation Camry. The Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car in America for the last nine successive years. It was also the best-selling car for 13 of the past 14 years. The debut of the 2012 Camry introduced a new design that put emphasis on sophistication and space. The 2012 Camry had better driving dynamics and gives gave a more silent ride than its predecessors. It is safe and fuel efficient and features multi-media technology, making it the best Camry ever.

The first generation Camry was first seen in 1983, and it quickly became the template midsized cars, setting the standards for reliability, dependability and quality. Because of its quiet and comfortable ride, the Camry has since sold at least 15 million units all over the world.

Toyota division group vice president and general manager Bob Carter says that the 2012 Camry takes the traditional characteristics you find in a Camry: comfort, reliability, safety, and efficiency and mixes that with a more attractive design and outstanding driving experience.

Carter adds that the 2012 Camry is designed to make sure that it maintains its lead over other cars in the mid-sized sedan market

New Camry will still give you a choice of three powertrains to select from. All of these powertrains have been improved for the 2012 model. All models will have the reengineered 2.5-L engine that gives you 178 hp of power, 9 hp more than previous Camry. The four-cylinder engine also gives you a peak torque of 170 lb.-ft. Fuel economy is EPA rated at 25 mpg for city driving, 35 mpg for highway driving, and the 28 miles per gallon combined, much better than the previous model.

The Engine also uses Dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent that manages valve timing on both the exhaust and intake camshafts for top efficiency and the best performance at every speed. Lastly, you have the Acoustic Control Induction System that optimizes torque over a variety of speeds.

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