Toyota is considered as the largest car maker in the world in terms of volume. Unfortunately, the company’s global operations were shaken when the strongest earthquake that had happened in March 2011 hit Japan. Toyota’s production slowed down and one of the models that were greatly affected was the Toyota Camry.
In order to regain the model’s former glory, Toyota has upgraded the Camry and this has resulted to the launching of the 2012 model line-up. The line-up is composed of five trim levels with the 2012 Toyota Camry XLE V6 as the most expensive. For those who are wondering why the XLE costs more, take a closer look at the features it provides by reading the facts provided below.
1. Engine used
The 2012 Toyota Camry XLE V6 is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine is capable of generating 268 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque. Given these figures, the 2012 Toyota Camry XLE V6 has the EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 21 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway. In addition to this, Toyota claims that the XLE V6’s engine is the best compared to those that are used in other mid-size car models in the market. This was probably one of the reasons why the XLE V6 is more expensive compared to its other siblings.
2. Exterior design
Aside from the larger and more powerful engine, the 2012 Toyota Camry XLE V6 obtained a more attractive exterior design. Compared to the former models, the 2012 version looks more pleasing to the eyes. In addition to this, the slab-like sides were gone and the vehicle’s nose was fitted with a more aerodynamic-looking grill. The headlamps were also replaced with projector beam headlights. These headlights are doing a great job in improving the nighttime vision of the driver.
3. Interior design
The interior design of the 2012 Toyota Camry XLE V6 has also improved. The current layout offers more legroom in front and rear. Instead of using hard plastics and cheaper materials, Toyota has shifted to the use of softer ones and this was further improved by the single needle stitching used to fasten the soft touch materials in place. As a result, the XLE V6’s interior looks more upscale and elegant.