2012 Toyota Camry SE road test: Comfortable, well equipped, easy on fuel

2012 Toyota Camry SE, price and key specifications, as tested.

Body style/layout: Front-wheel-drive four-door sedan

Base price: $23,000

As tested: $27,568 (includes $760 destination charge)

Standard comfort and convenience features include 6-speaker sound system, Ipod connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free controls, fog lamps, paddle shifters, sport seats with leather-like SofTex trim, automatic on/off headlights and folding and heated outside mirrors.

Options

Display Audio with Navigation and Entune includes 6.1-inch touch screen, six-speaker premium sound system with MP3/WMA capability, satellite radio capability, voice recognition, text-to-speech with programmed and customizable text responses, HD radio with Itunes tagging and USB port with Ipod connectivity: $1,050

Convenience Package includes keyless lock and ignition, backup camera, auto-dimming rear-view mirror with compass: $1,195

8-Way Power-adjustable Driver’s Seat: $440

Power Tilt/Slide Moonroof: $915

Preferred Accessory Package includes floor mats, net and first-aid kit: $208

Engine

Type: 16-valve, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Displacement, cc: 2494
Block/head material: aluminum alloy
Compression ratio: 10.4:1
Horsepower: 178 @6000 rpm
Torque: 170 lb. ft. @4100 rpm
Recommended fuel: Regular unleaded
Fuel economy, EPA est: 25/35 mpg city/highway
Fuel economy, observed 27 mpg

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Chassis/Suspension

Suspension, front/rear: MacPherson strut/dual-link
Wheels: 17-inch aluminum alloy
Tires front//rear: P215/55 R17
Brakes: anti-lock four-wheel disc
Steering: Electric rack-and-pinion
Turning circle: 36.7 feet

Dimensions

Wheelbase: 109.3 in.
Length: 189.2 in.
Height: 57.9 in.
Width: 71.7 in.
Curb weight: 3,240 pounds
Trunk volume: 15.4 cu. ft.
Fuel tank: 17 gal.

Safety

Airbags: Front, front side, head//torso, knee
Anti-lock brakes: Yes; traction control, yes; stability control, yes; electronic brake-force distribution, yes; brake assist, yes
Other: rear-view monitor, child-seat anchors, reactive head restraints

Warranty: 3-year, 36,000-mile comprehensive, 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain limited