For the first time, Camry Hybrid models come in more than a single trim: Hybrid shoppers have a choice of 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE models, which include dual-zone climate control, a Smart Key system, and Optitron meters, while the new Hybrid XLE comes with all the goodies that the V-6 XLE includes. SE models also also get sport seats, 17-inch (four-cylinder) or 18-inch (V-6) alloy wheels, a special three-spoke leather-trimmed steering wheel and, perhaps most importantly, a Sport mode with downshift rev-matching for the transmission, along with steering-wheel paddle shifters.
Each of the models get different upholstery and trim combinations; L and LE models come with Silver trim and fabric seats; SE models get silver-grain trim and synthetic leather; XLE models come with faux-woodgrain and leather, and Hybrids come with Metallic Tech grain and in XLE Hybrid (or available on the SE) a leather-trimmed ultrasuede.
Most 2012 Camrys will come with a new Display Audio system—adding a large display screen, Bluetooth audio streaming, and a iPod connectivity—but even the base audio system includes USB connectivity, an aux-input jack, and a CD player. A high-end JBL sound system, with HD Radio and satellite radio, is also available, as is a navigationi system and voice recognition.
Toyota says that the Bluetooth interface has been dramatically improved; however the combination of fringe cellphone reception at a remote first-drive location, combined with several pre-production bugs, kept us from putting it through the paces. Toyota's advanced Entune system is also available, bringing a suite of connected services, including access to Pandora streaming audio, for example. On both of these, we'll have to update you with later driving impressions.