Toyota Camry 2012-2017: what to know before buying?
Mid-size sedans are dying, but they won’t disappear completely. Can you imagine a world without the Toyota Camry? It is the sales leader in its category, in Canada and the United States, thanks to a complete and diversified range as well as a solid reputation for comfort and reliability.
A new generation is expected for the 2024 model year, but let’s not look to the future now. If you’re here, it’s to learn more about used Camry models. Specifically, here’s what you should know before buying a 2012 to 2017 Toyota Camry…
Of course, no one chooses the Camry for its design, so let’s not dwell on that. What’s under the hood is more interesting, namely a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or, in higher-end versions only, a 3.5-liter V6. Both are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The first develops a modest 178 horsepower and the second is frankly convincing with its 268 horsepower. Their average fuel consumption is 8.2 and 9.4 L/100 km respectively.
For more fuel economy, there’s the Camry Hybrid, which combines the four-cylinder in question with an electric motor and a continuously variable transmission. In exchange for 200 horsepower, it burns less than 6 L/100 km, which is great.
If your budget is limited, know that the base LE version had 16-inch wheels and that items such as heated front seats and a sunroof were optional. The 436-litre trunk is well appreciated. Note, however, that that of the Camry Hybrid is reduced to 371 liters due to the presence of the battery that powers the electric motor.
For the 2015 model year, Toyota made some mid-generation changes. Technically, there are more welds around the doors, to ensure greater rigidity. Also, the front and rear axles have gained 10 mm in width. The mechanics, for their part, have remained unchanged, although the steering of all the models has been revised to strengthen it. Similarly, the suspension settings have also been changed for a little more firmness and driving pleasure, especially in the new sports-oriented XSE version.
The Camry’s front and rear sections have been redesigned, while cabin soundproofing has been improved by 30% according to Toyota, including the use of new rubbers around the doors and more insulation material in the floor area.
The Toyota Camry is famous for being reliable, but what are the main problems with the 2012 to 2017 generation? Many homeowners have complained about the air conditioner malfunctioning, sometimes causing unpleasant odors and even mold. Others have experienced trouble with the automatic transmission and torque converter, going so far as to require replacement in some cases. This should be corrected on the copy you’re thinking of buying, but better check to avoid unpleasant surprises.