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Toyota Camry Atara SL (2012)

by John Ewing,reviewed June 2012

The new, seventh generation of Toyota’s perennially popular mid-size sedan, Camry, argues its case for buyer consideration better than any previous incarnation.
While the Altise model is still primarily fleet fodder, Atara versions, including the high spec SL we tested, curry favour with private buyers.

The new 2.5-litre petrol engine offers more power and torque and with lower official fuel consumption than the old model’s 2.4-litre.
On the road, it combines well with the new six-speed auto delivering surprisingly responsive performance and much enhanced refinement. Ride and handling also show marked improvement, thanks to greater local engineering input during model development.
Standard equipment on the SL is plentiful and, like the full model range, includes seven airbags.
Toyota Camry Atara SL 2012


Improved performance, ride and fuel economy


Foot park brake, fixed rear headrests

Key features

Climate control, 17” alloys, leather, touch-screen sat nav, premium audio/digital radio, media inputs, sports suspension, power front seats, bluetooth


DFSCA, driver’s knee airbag, ABS, EBD, BA, ESC, TC, rear-view camera, rear park sensors, blind-spot monitor

Car Details

Vehicle make Toyota
Vehicle model Camry Atara SL
Vehicle type Large Under $60,000
Year 2012
Price when new $39,990 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Engine 2.5-litre, petrol 4-cyl

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.