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2012 Toyota Camry Earns Consumer Reports ‘Recommended’ Status

2012 Toyota Camry XLE

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In the mid-size family sedan category, it’s a high-stakes game with 18 models competing for dominance, including three hybrid versions of their gasoline-only counterparts. One of the perennial family car favorites, the Toyota Camry, has even more going for it with the redesigned 2012 Camry that went on sale in October.

As Bloomberg reports, the Camry just earned the coveted “Recommended” status from Consumer Reports. The Camry was evaluated for the February edition of the magazine.

2012 Toyota Camry XLE

2012 Toyota Camry XLE

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“The Camry has a nicer interior, more responsive handling, and better fuel economy than before,” said the Consumer Reports review.

The review goes on to say that “the four-cylinder model’s 27 mpg overall ties with the Hyundai Sonata for the best fuel economy among conventional gasoline-powered family sedans.”

According to Bloomberg, the Camry has been the best-selling car in the U.S. for 13 of the past 14 years and Toyota is looking to sell some 360,000 Camrys in 2012. As for 2011, sales for the mid-size sedan are expected to come in just under 300,000.

As we reported in August, Toyota aggressively went after top safety marks in the redesign of the five-passenger Camry sedan, equipping it with top-notch safety technology, including 10 standard airbags.

The results were impressive. The 2012 Camry and Camry Hybrid earned a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and are Top Safety Picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

For more information on the 2012 Toyota Camry, a 2012 Best Car to Buy nominee, see this review in our sister publication TheCarConnection, and more insight on the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid here.

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