The 2012 Camry, which went on sale in October, was evaluated for the February 2012 issue of the magazine published by Consumers Union, a non-profit group.
"The Camry has a nicer interior, more responsive handling, and better fuel economy than before," the review said. "In fact, the four-cylinder model's 27 mpg overall ties with the Hyundai Sonata for the best fuel economy among conventional gasoline-powered family sedans."
Favorable reviews by car manufacturer Carmakers seek favorable reviews from the magazine as they are considered among the most objective because of its policies of accepting no advertising and buying every vehicle it tests. According to Consumer Reports Toyota has historically fared well in 2007 it would scrutinize the brand more closely due to problems it found in the Tundra pickup, Lexus GS luxury car and previous V-6 engine Camry sedan.
The magazine declined in August to recommend Honda Motor Co.'s 2012 Civic, a car it previously favored. Honda has since said it's considering revisions to the Civic, without elaborating.