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Redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry Priced at $21,995

September 1, 2011

The Toyota Camry is America's best-selling car and the redesigned 2012 model has finally been revealed this past week.

As with past models, it comes in L, LE, XLE and sporty SE trims. The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid is available in LE and XLE trims.

The base model starts at $21,995, up $1,800 from last year's base, but now automatic transmission, Bluetooth and USB port are standard.

The Hybrid LE is priced at $25,900, ($1,150 less than last year), but with fewer bells and whistles.

2012 Toyota Camry

The 2012 Camry boasts one of the most fuel-efficient engines in its class. The Camry Hybrid bests the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid at the pump, with 43/39 mpg city/highway and 41 mpg combined on the LE Hybrid.

Among the new features: 10 airbags, a 6.1-inch center console touch-screen, side-detection monitoring, and standard automatic transmission.

The 2012 Toyota Camry is expected to go on sale this fall with the following trims and MSRP prices:

2012 Toyota Camry L $21,955 178 HP, 4 cylinder engine. Bluetooth/USB, Power windows, air conditioning, tilt/telescoping steering wheel
2012 Toyota Camry LE $22,500 6.1 inch touch-screen, remote keyless entry, steering-mounted controls.
2012 Toyota Camry SE $23,000 Optional 268 HP V-6 engine. Firmer suspension, sport mesh grille, ground effects, leather upholstery, paddle shifters, heated mirrors.
2012 Toyota Camry XLE $24,725 Dual-zone automatic climate control, 8-way power driver's seat, 4-way power passenger seat. Lots of additional optional features available.
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE $25,900 Automatic climate-control system, psuh-button start.
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE $27,400 8-way power driver's seat, auto-dimming mirror, 6.1 inch touch screen.

Here are a few detailed reviews of specific trims and overall driving impressions of the all-new 2012 Camry:

2012 Toyota Camry LE Review - The Truth About Cars
2012 Toyota Camry SE Review - The Truth About Cars
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review - Cars.com
2012 Toyota Camry Review - Car and Driver
2012 Toyota Camry Review - AutoBlog

Although the car goes on sale this fall, we recommend you wait a few months in order to get the best deals.

Demand will be very high at first with limited supplies, so waiting until at least December should net you a decent savings.


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- Gregg Fidan

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