2012 Toyota Camry earns top score of 5 stars in NHTSA crash tests

The 2012 Toyota Camry has earned the top overall score of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s new and rigorous safety test. The 2012 Camry sedan also earned itself five stars in the side crash test and four in the front crash and rollover tests.

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“We are very pleased that the all-new 2012 Camry has earned a five-star composite safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),” Toyota said. “The fact that the Camry earned this five-star overall score after enduring a more rigorous NHTSA testing procedure targeted at raising the bar for overall vehicle safety is testament to the strong design, and safety-focused engineering consumers can expect in the nation’s top-selling car.”

Each 2012 Toyota Camry features reinforced body structure with high-strength steel construction to help withstand cabin deformity. It also gets a class-leading 10 standard airbags to help protect occupants in the event of a collision.

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You then have the standard safety features like all Toyota models including the company’s Star Safety System standard, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. You also have the Smart Top brake-override system.

Refresher: The 2012 Toyota Camry is available in an entry-level L, mid-level LE, premium XLE and sporty SE trim levels. The XLE and SE are available with four-cylinder or V6 units. All 2012 Carmy models are offered with a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine, which makes 178-hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. Estimated EPA fuel-economy comes in at 25/35/28 mpg (city/highway/combined). Available on the XLE and the SE is a 3.5 liter V6 engine making 268-hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. EPA estimated fuel-ecnomy on the V6 2012 Camry comes in at 21/30 mpg (city/highway). The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid gets a revised Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain, which includes a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder unit and a small high-torque electric motor. That gives the Camry Hybrid a total of 200-hp and an EPA estimated fuel-economy of 43/39/41 mpg (city/highway/combined). Also new for the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid is a new EV mode that allows you to drive the car for up to 1.6 miles on the electric-motor below 25 mph. Prices for the 2012 Toyota Camry start at $21,955 and $25,900 for the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid.

– By: Omar Rana