Long-term wrap-up: 2012 Toyota Camry meets 2010 Toyota Camry
We’ve driven a lot of 2012 Toyota Camry variants over the past six months. Ever since its launch in the UAE, the local dealer Al Futtaim Motors has given us a lot of seat-time in this car, to the point where we’re actually driving one over this summer as a long-termer. That long-termer is gone now, but we’re now so acquainted with the new model that we can tell you exactly what has changed in this new model compared to the old one.
The Toyota Camry got a lengthened wheelbase when the model was last redesigned in 2007, so the 2012 version already has a lot of space to work with. And yet, Toyota’s engineers and marketeers have been proudly proclaiming that the “all-new” model has even more space inside. We checked out their claims ourselves.
And they were indeed not kidding. The front passenger-side seat has at least a few fingers worth of extra knee-room.
In the rear, they’ve also managed to carve out the front seatbacks to add more than 50mm of extra knee-room, by our casual measurements. Also, there is more noticeable headroom in the back, by about 20mm, apparently achieved by making the headliner thinner near the head area. Heck, it has more headroom than even the larger new Lexus ES 350.
Surprisingly, even the boot is a wee bit bigger, because the new Camry’s butt is boxier than the swoopier old one, so there is a bit more upward room.
And that’s really the new Camry’s new unique selling point. Sure, there’s better handling, better gadgets and better power, but all people really want from a Camry is space. And while we had one for two months, it was our people-carrier of choice, even though we already own two other midsize sedans. But of course, the new Camry costs a whole lot more than either.