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Day by Day Review: 2012 Toyota Camry XLE toyota daily car reviews
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When I picked up this week’s tester, a 2012 Toyota Camry in XLE trim, I headed out on the highway and across the city. A 30-minute highway drive, which is a great “Hi, nice to meet ya” kind of drive after picking up a new vehicle. I noted the average fuel economy was hovering in the 7.9L/100km range for the duration of the trip, which I thought was impressive.

At the time, I still wasn’t sure if it was the 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine powering this car, or if it was the V6. I hadn’t attempted to really stuff my foot into the pedal and the engine felt effortless and smooth, so I assumed V6. Turns out my assumption was wrong: for 2012, you can now get the 2.5-litre four-cylinder in the XLE, and for a little while it had me fooled into thinking it was a V6, and that is perhaps even more impressive than the fuel consumption!

Day by Day Review: 2012 Toyota Camry XLE toyota daily car reviews
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The XLE model was previously only available with the larger engine. Toyota has now eliminated that restriction, as have many other manufacturers, allowing consumers to pick up a loaded vehicle without having to shell out for the larger, less-efficient engine.

Standard features on the XLE include 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation system, eight-way driver and four-way passenger power-adjustable heated leather seats, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel, simulated woodgrain trim, pushbutton start, rear reading lamps, glass breakage sensor, power sunroof, and anti-theft system.

The 2012 Toyota Camry is also now equipped with a front passenger knee airbag and rear seat side airbags in addition to the slew of airbags present in all vehicles. Other safety devices such as ABS, traction control and stability control, which are now mandated safety devices on all new vehicles sold in Canada, are, of course, included too.

2012 Toyota Camry XLE
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $29,900

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James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. James holds a national FIA race license and actively races and stewards at race events.