Toyota was once the unquestioned lead sled dog when it comes to the Consumer Reports "Recommended" list, but the automaker and the consumer advocacy group have had a bit of a falling out over the past couple years. In 2010, the publication removed the Recommended ratings of many models as a result of Toyota's unintended acceleration controversy. In January Ford nearly overtook Toyota in overall Recommended ratings.

We're on the verge of a new year, and it appears that the Toyota is getting back on CR's good side. Bloomberg reports that the February issue of CR reveals that the 2012 Camry has scored the coveted tag. The non-profit lauded the Camry for its improved interior and fuel economy, along with an upgraded ride. The four-cylinder Camry averaged 27 miles per gallon during CR testing, tying the Hyundai Sonata for most efficient in the mid-size segment.

We're quite certain that the 2012 Camry would have sold like gangbusters whether or not it was Recommended by Consumer Reports. But at the same time, CR subscribers seem to really like their Toyota models, so it certainly helps to have a thumbs-up from the powerful publication.


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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can AB PLEASE do something about Phillip Gua? It's obvious that he's a troll. A simple search of his many names brings up thousands of results. It's really quite sad.
        4 String
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        He's a troll and a bigot lol. He talks trash on all other races and is an affront to Chinese Americans too.
      Vinny68
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know it's not popular to admit, but I actually liked the exterior of the previous Camry. I couldn't stand the interior though. My idea Camry would be the last generation body with the new interiror.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Vinny68
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        Diggz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Vinny68
        totally agree..
      4 String
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really don't understand the hate for this car. It performs decently, and much of the hate stems from shallow badge obsession. Also, the stigma that a Toyota is boring is somewhat of an unfair stereotype. If it handles better than a Sonata, how exactly is that "boring"? This is a car company that has created MR2's, Celicas, and Supras in the past. They make LFA's, IS-F's, GS F sports, and FJ Cruisers nowadays. They are bound to introduce the FR-S/86. How exactly is a Toyota boring? Unfair and way too propagated stereotype.
        carfan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @4 String
        how many times do you have to repeat the word "stereotype" You are the brainwashed stereotype of toyota propaganda...now that's stereotype!! Toyota is LAME, UGLY, BORING, UNSAFE, and the only category it is a leader in, is RECALLS!!!
          techie69
          • 3 Years Ago
          @carfan
          Lame is the Fusion and the Malibu, sadly enough even the upcoming Malibu with the camro design cues look boring! Read the auto editor's log on the Camry SE model surprisingly great handling from Motortrend articles. Yes it is boring to see the same model win all the time, they must be doing alot of things right. Their design is elegant but not outrageous so it that when its past to other generations to drive it won't be passè like the Malibu or the Sonata!
      hugeduge
      • 3 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who really doesn't think this car is all that impressive? This car does not seem to be groundbreaking or even new by any means. I have not seen one up close yet, but nothing has drawn me towards it. I even think the previous model is more attractive/advanced/modern than this. This looks like a mid-cycle refresh from two models ago, where as the last model looks like a completely new car. But, I am sure it is just me...
        NC1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hugeduge
        Well, it's hardly groundbreaking our anything. More of a "Don't mess with what has been working" strategy, which works for a while but you can't stick with it too long or you get left behind. But they did accomplish the main thing they needed to, increase the gas mileage. (Up 3 mpg both city and highway) Hyundai set the new benchmark for 4 cyl. mid-sized cars to be 35 mpg highway to be competitive, and Toyota hit that mark. It doesn't set a new bar or anything, but it keeps them in the hunt.
          hugeduge
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NC1
          I agree. Personally, I don't much care about an mpg here or there. If the car is bland, I am not interested. I get what you mean about don't fix something that isn't broken, but all the other cars that just came out upped their game and Toyota, much like the Honda Civic, is left noncompetitive in its class. The Civic I think is a perfect example. It is clear which manufacturers are "focused" (pardon the pun, bought one) on producing something better, rather than just new or slightly different with a few little ingredients.
        styxmiko
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hugeduge
        no you're not' You just happen to be in a pool of toyota idiot fanboys. As far as CR is concerned, with toyota's help they had a profitable 2011 and all they had to do is write a nonsense sentence stating that they recommend this POS
          jtav2002
          • 3 Years Ago
          @styxmiko
          So anyone who likes a car you don't is automatically labeled an idiot fanboy. Thanks for the clarification.
        Diggz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hugeduge
        no its not you.. i as well like the previous model.. it had more style.. this new one however i seen in person and was not impressed.. it doesnt look new next to the current offerings in the midsize class..
        jessesrq
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hugeduge
        I tend to agree, as the new crisp lines in some elements like the tail lights look awkward compared to the previous generation's more organic lines. I just drove an SE 4-cylinder Camry. Mostly I came away with an appreciation for what you get for the extra $5k - $10k jump from a family sedan to an entry level luxury sedan. The tire and wind noise were awful on the SE Camry, though I also rode in an XLE and that was much quieter.
        Marcello Porcu
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hugeduge
        same here
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        Diggz
        • 3 Years Ago
        the 2013 Ford Fusion is right around the corner.. and im sure its gonna surpass those numbers just like the current Fusion Hybrid did the previous Camry!!
          Diggz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Diggz
          if you follow Ford on facebook they actually just posted a article about virtually test drive the "Fusion + Hybrid" so please get ur facts str8
          Diggz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Diggz
          hahaaahaaahaaaahaaaaaahaahahhhhahahah thats funny cause the Fusion Hybrid doest NOT use Toyota SenergyDrive.. the Nissan Altima did tho.. good try
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Diggz
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          mapoftazifosho
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Diggz
          "Aisin Seiki Co., minority-owned by Toyota, supplies its versions of the HSD transmission system to Ford for use as the "Powersplit" e-CVT in the Ford Escape hybrid and Ford Fusion hybrid."
      Robt
      • 3 Years Ago
      "In 2010, the publication removed the Recommended ratings of many models as a result of Toyota's unintended acceleration controversy." Which, as with Audi twenty years ago, turned out to be absolute garbage. Nice to know that Consumer Reports can't distinguish between facts and media stoked paranoia.
        Charlie Jorgenson
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Robt
        lets note it was also due to poor fit and finish and reliability issues that crept up due to the company expanding too rapdily. It wasnt just the unintended acceleration issue.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      leunamme
      • 3 Years Ago
      all you guys will say this car looks bland, but honestly, it's a good look, nonoffensive car, with a bit of a sporty styling edge. the only reason this is bland is because it sells like hot cakes. if everyone had the a BMW 5 series, we would be calling the 5-series bland. Cars that sell in volume aren't always boring inherently, but can become so due to their volume.
      tvelt92
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not a huge toyota fan, but I really like the new interior in this car. Saw one up close and it's really nice, vastly improved over the previous generation, which was horrible.
      techie69
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not easy achieving minimum 6-sigma quality from your non- Japanese suppliers. All is possible with mutual cooperation and effort instead of what the big-3 & other manufacturers practice: leave their suppliers high and dry with engineering problems!
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not surprising at all.
      REOakes
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is very bland, and not because they are common on the road. This newest iteration is just boring. The new Sonata is not bland; it is interesting. The Malibu and Fusion are also attractive. Toyota has been looking for a successful design language through several generations of the Camry, and they keep coming up short - WAY short. Admittedly, the fit/finish, and interior of these cars are great. But not since the 2000 model (simple, classic) has Toyota managed an attractive Camry.
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