So we got a 2012 Toyota Camry SE Plus long-termer
There are few things in life you can be sure of, at least where we live — Death, Salik, and the dominance of the Toyota Camry on the midsize sales charts, no matter what spiteful names you may call it. If you hate it just for the sake of hating it, you are in the minority. The truth is, the 2012 Toyota Camry is a good car. And we now have one for two months to prove it.
The Australian-built car we have here is, arguably, the top model available in the UAE. Our SE Plus model comes with 16-inch alloys, leather and navigation. There is also a “Sport” model available that costs a grand more, and adds paddle-shifters, different alloys and meatier seats, but loses leather and navigation.
This reddish car comes to us with 5883 km on the clock, having served as a press car since the beginning of 2012. Everything seems to be working fine, except that we couldn’t get the power mirrors and overhead door lights to work, possibly due to a blown fuse. If it is something that minor, we wouldn’t fret over it in terms of reliability.
The bigger question is how it fares compared to some of the other class leaders in this segment. And we’ll be answering that in the coming weeks.
On a side note, we’d like to mention that, courtesy of Al Futtaim Motors, our car comes with free Salik as well as a free RTA parking card. We can’t avoid Death or Camrys, but we can at least avoid road taxes for a couple of months.