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    Thread: Difference betwwen 2011 Camry LE and 2012 Camry LE

    1. 05-05-2012 07:32 PM #1
      need a new DD...like the looks exterior and interior of the 2011 better....but i heard the 2012 drives and handles better....anyone have any experiences?






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      05-05-2012 08:10 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post
      Vanilla vs French Vanilla. Either way, they will both be "adequate"


      Those cloth seats in the first one makes me want to puke. IMO, get the one that'll blend more into styling trend of the next 5 years better, so it'll look "fresher" longer.

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      05-05-2012 08:12 PM #4
      How can you possibly like the interior of the 2011 more?

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      05-05-2012 08:15 PM #5
      like the looks exterior and interior of the 2011 better....but i heard the 2012 drives and handles better
      You're not going to be driving it anywhere where you will notice a significant difference between the two. I'd go with the one that appeals more to you in looks/comfort.
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      05-05-2012 08:17 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by FiveAinOne View Post


      Those cloth seats in the first one makes me want to puke. IMO, get the one that'll blend more into styling trend of the next 5 years better, so it'll look "fresher" longer.
      Unless the 2011 is significantly cheaper- go 2012.

      And if you really like the 2011 more- then save money and get a 2008 or 2009 model.
      The money saved might put you in an XLE for much less than a new LE.
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      05-05-2012 08:19 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by windycityvdub View Post
      How can you possibly like the interior of the 2011 more?
      I prefer both the interior and exterior of the 2011. What was Toyota thinking with that dash cover on the 2012? Looks horrible.

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      05-05-2012 08:24 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by velocidub View Post
      I prefer both the interior and exterior of the 2011. What was Toyota thinking with that dash cover on the 2012? Looks horrible.
      I don't know how you can say that with a straight face. The 2012 looks a hundred times better than the 2011.
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      05-05-2012 08:34 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by velocidub View Post
      I prefer both the interior and exterior of the 2011. What was Toyota thinking with that dash cover on the 2012? Looks horrible.
      you must be hallucinating. neither interior is going to win awards but I think looking at the 2011 version gave me cancer.

    10. 05-05-2012 08:49 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Crob View Post
      Why no Fusion 4 cylinder? Or the new Malibu? Or a Passat 2.5?

      Why a Camry?
      Probably resale & reliability.
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      05-05-2012 08:55 PM #11
      Does the 2012 have a built in Playstation controller on the steering wheel

    12. 05-05-2012 09:14 PM #12
      Have you been in both these cars, because the 2011 interior is probably the worst, cheapest interior ever in a Camry.

      However, if you like it more you'll save yourself some cash buy buying a slightly used 2011 model.

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      05-05-2012 09:19 PM #13
      I own an 11 LE love it for its intended purpose...

      that being said, given the choice I'd go with th 12

      I work for a yota dealer and have had a bunch of seat timein both.
      the 12 feels better all around, from switches to the feel of the materials to a slightly better ride and fuel economy.. Price on the 12 should be the same or lower given the options
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      05-05-2012 10:22 PM #14
      As much as I love Toyota trucks, SUVs and Crossovers I just can't seem to feel any enthusiasm for their cars. Well the FR-S being the exception. The Camry while fast, roomy and utterly reliable just leaves me ... bored. Then again I'm not a massive fan of any other mainstream mid-size offering either so perhaps it's the entire genre I hate.
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      05-06-2012 12:31 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by Crob View Post
      The Fusion 4cyl is engineered for the apocalypse.
      he also mentioned resale...have an answer for that?

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      05-06-2012 07:54 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by GiacGtiAgain View Post
      you must be hallucinating. neither interior is going to win awards but I think looking at the 2011 version gave me cancer.
      Sorry to hear that. The 2012 is too busy inside and out. Don't like the dash treatment, or the sharp edges on the exterior.

      I've always like the 2011 generation of the Camry. Love the simplicity of it. Just about perfect for it's intended purpose. Comfy, soft riding, good on gas, and IMO, conservatively good looking. Unique even. Just a solid car all around, and maybe underrated.

      And the interior may be plain, but it's far from "cheap".




    17. 05-08-2012 02:05 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post
      Vanilla vs French Vanilla. Either way, they will both be "adequate"
      Says the guy that drives Pralines and Cream .

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      05-08-2012 02:33 AM #18
      I prefer the interior of the 12, but the exterior of the 11. I'd do a 4-cyl SE model if it HAD to be a camry.

      Otherwise, it'd be a 4cyl SEL fusion, or a diesel Jetta.

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      05-08-2012 02:34 AM #19
      i'll take optima. new camry's interior is very depressing in person.

      or wait for the new fusion.

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      05-08-2012 06:46 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by WhistlerYOW View Post
      Says the guy that drives Pralines and Cream .
      The Sonata may be a lot of things (love it or hate it styling), but boring it isn't
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      05-08-2012 08:05 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by velocidub View Post
      I've always like the 2011 generation of the Camry. Love the simplicity of it. Just about perfect for it's intended purpose. Comfy, soft riding, good on gas, and IMO, conservatively good looking. Unique even. Just a solid car all around, and maybe underrated.

      And the interior may be plain, but it's far from "cheap".
      I owned one or about a week. Long story, I was selling it for a family member.

      It felt REALLY cheap to me. At any rate, I just didn't understand why people specifically seek out a Camry when there are a million other choices in the midsize field, all of which offer something over the Camry's stunning lack of character. There was once a day when the Camry was a cut above in quality, but it just no longer is. That day ended in 1996.

      I've been daily driving a Miata for the past 7 years so I really have trouble understanding the idea that any car for any purpose justifies being, not just boring, but boring for no reason. You can get a Fusion, Altima, or Optima and it does every single "daily driver" thing just as good or better, AND it looks nice and drives nice.
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      05-08-2012 08:14 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post
      Vanilla vs French Vanilla. Either way, they will both be "adequate"
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      05-08-2012 08:17 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      I owned one or about a week. Long story, I was selling it for a family member.

      It felt REALLY cheap to me. At any rate, I just didn't understand why people specifically seek out a Camry when there are a million other choices in the midsize field, all of which offer something over the Camry's stunning lack of character. There was once a day when the Camry was a cut above in quality, but it just no longer is. That day ended in 1996.


      One word. Reliability. Some people could care less what they drive and their main goal is to simply reduce the amount of money they spend to own and maintain a vehicle. The Camry excels at being safe, having ample room and being inexpensive to own.

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      05-08-2012 08:19 AM #24
      the 2011 feels sterile. Not that there is anything wrong with it, but the 12 is much much nicer. The 2011 also feels somewhat cheap, having rode in a few I was not too happy.

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      They're all the same to me.

    26. 05-08-2012 08:21 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      I owned one or about a week. Long story, I was selling it for a family member.

      It felt REALLY cheap to me. At any rate, I just didn't understand why people specifically seek out a Camry when there are a million other choices in the midsize field, all of which offer something over the Camry's stunning lack of character. There was once a day when the Camry was a cut above in quality, but it just no longer is. That day ended in 1996.

      I've been daily driving a Miata for the past 7 years so I really have trouble understanding the idea that any car for any purpose justifies being, not just boring, but boring for no reason. You can get a Fusion, Altima, or Optima and it does every single "daily driver" thing just as good or better, AND it looks nice and drives nice.
      I just don't think the average Camry owner cares. I've always been under the impression that a Camry owner buys one, puts 150K+ trouble free miles on the odo, comes back to the dealer looking for a new one, says "I like what you've done with it", and repeats the process.

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      05-08-2012 08:31 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by Smoltz View Post
      One word. Reliability. Some people could care less what they drive and their main goal is to simply reduce the amount of money they spend to own and maintain a vehicle. The Camry excels at being safe, having ample room and being inexpensive to own.
      You can't buy a midsize car that doesn't hit all those bullet points anymore. This isn't 1986, we're not comparing the Camry to a Pontiac Goolie. You could put all the midsize cars on sale in the US on a dartboard, hit a random one, and get a car that's safe, roomy, and reliable.

      It's one thing if one of my car-clueless relatives said they were buying one, because they probably don't know there are other choices. But this is TCL, users here are supposed to know better.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Smoltz View Post
      Forty-Five words. Reliability. Some people couldn't care less what they drive and their main goal is to simply reduce the amount of money they spend to own and maintain a vehicle. The Camry excels at being safe, having ample room and being inexpensive to own.
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      05-08-2012 08:44 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by velocidub View Post
      And the interior may be plain, but it's far from "cheap".


      Oh no, it's cheap. Cheap plastics, misaligned panels, public-transit quality seat fabric, etc. etc. I had one as a rental.
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      05-08-2012 08:54 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      You can't buy a midsize car that doesn't hit all those bullet points anymore. This isn't 1986, we're not comparing the Camry to a Pontiac Goolie. You could put all the midsize cars on sale in the US on a dartboard, hit a random one, and get a car that's safe, roomy, and reliable.
      That's for true.

      Here is what 10 years has brought us.




      209 difference between average and best, to 46. Even the worst brand in 2012 is almost as good as the best in 2001.

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      05-08-2012 08:58 AM #31
      And Toyota wasn't even the best back then... Honda was.

      Not that the '98-'02 Accord was a real looker or driver's car, but it was still one notch above the dismal '97-'01 Camry.
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      05-08-2012 09:11 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by velocidub View Post
      I prefer both the interior and exterior of the 2011. What was Toyota thinking with that dash cover on the 2012? Looks horrible.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Brendon1098 View Post
      i'd take the silver one
      I really like the zing of the beige ones.

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      Wow, when will toyota STOP fitting their cars with light beige fabric!!??
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