The base LE model comes with a long list of standard equipment, such as 10 air bags, projector-beam headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and pushbutton start, steering wheel audio controls, metallic tech-grained interior trim, and tone-on-tone fabric seats.
With the XLE model, which we tested, you'll also get the new 6.1-inch audio touch-screen system with phone-book access and Bluetooth music streaming, along with 17-inch alloy wheels and fog lights with chrome trim.
Our vehicle came with the optional Display Audio/Navigation/Entune package ($1,050), which included CD player with MP3 playback, USB and auxiliary inputs, six speakers, HD and satellite radio, and Bluetooth phone connection with advanced voice recognition.
Also included were the Convenience Package ($695), which added a backup camera, theft alarm and universal garage opener; the power tilt/slide moon roof ($915); and a carpet and trunk-mat set ($225).
Total sticker price was $31,045, including freight and options.
Other available options for the XLE include a premium JBL audio system, with a 7-inch split screen; blind-spot monitoring; and leather seats (heated in front).
My tester came with an attractive Clearwater Blue Metallic exterior, and light gray cloth seats with darker gray inserts.
There is room for up to five passengers, but when only two are riding in the rear they can use the pull-down center armrest with cupholders. Our rear passengers - 14-year-old twins - had no complaints about their comfort, and they reported plenty of legroom.
The front bucket seats were likewise quite comfortable, with an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat.
The combination of the 2.5-liter gasoline engine, with 156 horsepower and 156 foot-pounds of torque, and the electric motor give the Camry Hybrid a total of 200 horsepower. With the electric motor boosting the engine on startup and when passing or merging onto the highway, the car has the feel of a V-6.
Electric power steering is standard, and is surprisingly tight and responsive. The ride is cushy, but the suspension strong enough to aid in tight turns.
Included is Toyota's Star Safety System, which brings electronic stability control with traction control, four-wheel antilock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, and the Smart Stop technology, which shuts off the electronic throttle when the brakes are applied.
Toyota has reduced cabin noise significantly by adding sound-absorbing materials, acoustic glass, and insulating foam in the roof and door pillars.
Prices for gasoline-only Camry models for 2012 begin at $22,055 for the L model with a 178-horsepower four-cylinder engine, and range as high as $30,115 for the XLE V-6 model, which has 268 horsepower.
2012 TOYOTA CAMRY HYBRID SEDAN
The package: Midsize, four-door, five-passenger, front-wheel-drive, four-cylinder gasoline/electric hybrid sedan.
Highlights: The hybrid version of the nation's best-selling vehicle was introduced in its latest generation for 2012, with better fuel economy than its predecessor, and a starting price that is affordable for many non-premium new-car buyers.
Negatives: Trunk space is less than in many midsize sedans.
Base prices: $25,990 (LE); $27,500 (XLE), plus freight.
Price as tested: $31,045, including freight and options (XLE).
On the Road rating: 9.3 (of a possible 10).
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