Revealed: 2012 Toyota Camry

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Toyota unveils its newly redesigned seventh-generation Camry. It's set to arrive in dealerships this October.

Toyota has just released full details and photos of their newly redesigned 2012 Camry. The long-running family sedan has clearly been given a shot of adrenaline in a much-needed attempt to add some excitement to the typically conservative car. The seventh-generation Camry, overall, will offer more equipment and technology for less money. However, it's instantly apparent upon first glance that this is a Camry, despite the new front and rear-end styling.

Its overall silhouette is not a dramatic departure from the outgoing model, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Still, it's shape is nowhere near that of the Hyundai Sonata. For 2012, Toyota has simplified the model line-up, with only four model grades to choose from: L, LE, XLE, and SE. All models come standard with a revised 2.5-liter four-cylinder equipped with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and produces 178hp, an increase of nine horsepower, and 170 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is also improved, coming in at 25/35 mpg city/highway. It's mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

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If the standard four-cylinder isn't good enough for your suburban racing needs, a 3.5-liter V6 with 268hp and 248 lb-ft of torque is available in the SE and XLE models. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift. EPA-estimated fuel economy comes in at 21/30 mpg city/highway. The Hybrid model, available in LE and XLE grades, also returns with a newly revised powertrain that includes the new 2.5-liter four. This powertrain produces a combined 200hp and delivers the best MPG of any mid-size sedan, estimated at 43/39 mpg city/highway.

Regardless of which trim you go with, all 2012 Camrys are equipped with a "class-leading 10 standard airbags and features Toyota's Star Safety System, which includes Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, and Brake Assist." According to Toyota Group Vice President and General Manager Bob Carter: "Despite all of the enhancements, prices for all popular models have been reduced with dramatic repositioning on SE, XLE, and Hybrid models." Pricing starts at $21,955 and ranges up to $27,400 for the Hybrid XLE. The 2012 Camry will arrive in dealerships this October.

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