2012 Toyota Camry vs. Its Competition

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The current Hyundai Sonata, which was introduced early last model year, has quickly ascended to the top position in the mid-size class, as judged by a number of review sources (including here at The Car Connection).

With its all four-cylinder lineup, the Sonata gets great gas mileage, performs quite well, and includes more features for the money than much of the competition.

The closely related Kia Optima offers a similar package, only with more of a sporty, European-influenced look and feel.

The Honda Accord is also one of the best-rated sedans in this class; compared to most of its peers, the Accord still feels a little sportier and more refined than the rest, and it's plenty entertaining (and smooth) in base four-cylinder form.

The Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion have been among the sportiest choices in this class, both yielding a much more energetic, nimble feel behind the wheel.

The Ford Fusion is due for a full redesign in another year or two, as is the Altima.

And GM is completely redesigning the Chevrolet Malibu; the 2013 Malibu will, like Hyundai and Kia, go to a four-cylinder-only lineup, with an even stronger lineup of standard and optional equipment.

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2012 Ford Fusion2012 Ford Fusion
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2012 Hyundai Sonata 4-door Sedan 2.4L Auto Limited Side Exterior View2012 Hyundai Sonata
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2012 Nissan Altima 4-door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S Side Exterior View2012 Nissan Altima
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Quick Specs
The redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry remains the most conservative-looking pick among mid-size sedans, but if you want comfort, value, and frugality above all else, it's probably just your style.
It's one of GM's best-executed products of the past few years, and even in its final year on sale, the 2012 Chevy Malibu still ranks highly for its spacious cabin, smooth performance and handsome silhouette.
The 2012 Ford Fusion stays at the top of its game, especially as a Hybrid, with perky handling and its cut-above looks.
After more than a decade on the market, the latest Hyundai Sonata's an overnight success--thanks to great gas mileage, grabby styling, and exceptional value for the dollar.
The 2012 Nissan Altima isn't as roomy as the newest mid-offerings, but as a coupe or as a sedan, it's one of the best-looking and most sporty mid-sizers.
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Gas Mileage    
21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
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Midsize CarMidsizeMid-Size SedanLarge CarsMidsize
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L (GS)4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/manual shiftManualManualContinuously Variable Ratio
Detailed Spec Comparison
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