Joe: The Toyota Camry has been a best seller in the family sedan market for 13 out of the last 14 years. For 2012 it has been completely redesigned, adding a bit of excitement while maintaining the value and quality that Toyota's known for.
Joe: The new Camry has a more chiseled design that's also bit more macho. But even with this more aggressive look, it's still classy and sleek.
Dawn: That upscale feel continues on the inside.
Joe: I like the layout of knobs and buttons - intuitive and well thought out. But the standout of the new Camry is Toyota's available Entune package.
Dawn: That's right. Entune uses your Bluetooth-equipped smartphone to do things like play Pandora streaming music, search for movies and buy tickets, even locate a restaurant and make reservations!
Joe: Once you download the Entune app to your phone, you can do a lot of these things by voice command. You can search the web, find the best local gas prices, and even check the scores of your favorite sports teams!
Dawn: While just about everything on the 2012 Camry is new, the engine choices continue from last year, and why not? The base four-cylinder engine gets you where you need to go while delivering great fuel economy.
Joe: But if you want a little more power, you should check out the V6. It's been carried over, too.
Dawn: Right, the V6 is great for getting up to speed quickly and passing on the highway. Both engines send power to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Joe: Toyota was able to improve fuel economy on both of these engines by making the new Camry lighter, and a little more aerodynamic. So, same engines, better mileage!
Dawn: Some other numbers shoppers will like are the prices: the base L Camry starts at right around $22,000, while a range-topping XLE V6 starts at just under $30,000. Pretty reasonable when considering Toyota's proven reliability.
Joe: There are no surprises, ride-wise, either. The cabin's quiet at speed and, as expected, the handling is smooth and steady. The only issue we found with the new Camry is the bolstering in the front seats.
Dawn: Yeah, they could use a little more side support to hold you in place when going into the turns, but it's no big deal under most driving conditions.
Joe: All in all, the 2012 Camry may not qualify as a "sexy" car, but the latest redesign has left it as good-looking as ever.
Dawn: Besides, when it comes to a family sedan like this, it's less about looks, and more about value, dependability, and safety. And the 2012 Camry delivers all three.