The 2012-2017 Toyota Camry, also known as the 7th-generation Camry, delivered yet another generation of what Toyota has done best for decades. It offered a rock-solid platform with an excellent balance of durability, quality, and value, with four- and six-cylinder engines as well as a hybrid. You could get a leather and luxury Camry or you could get a simple cloth and plastic wheel cover version if that was more to your liking.

It’s been a few years since the last of these 7th-gen Camry models left the factory, and that means it’s time for maintenance, repairs, and even customization. This is your guide to maintenance and replacement parts as well as a buyer’s guide of common issues for the 2012-2017 Toyota Camry.

Seventh Generation (2012-2017) Toyota Camry Specifications
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While the generation lasted six model years, an update for model year 2015 saw the Toyota Camry get a new nose and tail as well as a new 7.0-inch infotainment display touchscreen. Other nice new features included available navigation and a revised backup camera. Powertrains didn’t change over the life of the car, with a 2.5-liter four making 178 hp and a 3.5-liter V6 with 268 hp joined by the hybrid driveline’s 215. This was the first Camry to not be offered with a manual transmission, the only gearbox in gas models was a six-speed automatic, while hybrids got an eCVT.

This was the last Camry before Toyota began its current shift from dependable to dependable and enthusiast driver-focused. Depending on what kind of driver you are, that might well be a plus in favor of the older car.

2012-2017 Toyota Camry Commonly Reported Problems
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Common issues in the Camry are rare, but there are reports of bad smells from the vents when using the air conditioning or heating system. Some owners say that it requires the evaporator coil to be cleaned, a high-labor task. Others report that changing the cabin air filter to a fresh replacement can solve the problem, and if you’re changing the filter to stop a smell, then a system cleaner is a good idea as well.

This evaporator cleaner and refresher from DWD2 is designed to break down grime and mold inside your evaporator core. It foams to coat the entire surface and is non-toxic and non-corrosive to leave your car feeling and smelling fresher.

If you’re looking for a better voice command solution, a common complaint with Camry owners, an upgraded infotainment system with an Android operating system like the one featured later in this article can offer a much more up-to-date solution.

Some owners also reported short life spans for the rear brake calipers leading to premature pad wear. While a simple inspection is recommended by Toyota every 5,000 miles, a rear caliper service, cleaning and lubricating the caliper sliders with a quality caliper lube like this from Permatex can help stop brake troubles in their tracks. It is a synthetic non-melting lubricant that works to keep your caliper pins and pistons lubricated for a long time. In short, it stops them from sticking and keeps the calipers alive.

2012-2017 Toyota Camry Gas Mileage

Pick a Camry with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and you can expect an EPA rating of 25 mpg city and 34 highway with a combined rating of 28. The V6 gives you nearly 100 hp more, but sacrifices shockingly little at the pumps. It has a 24/33 rating and 27 mpg combined. The fuel sipper, though, is the hybrid, which is rated for 42 city, 38 highway, and an impressive 30 mpg combined giving it a 680-mile estimated range on a tank. Actual owners of those models report similar real-world figures, though V6 owners report being slightly thirstier. Likely because if you want those extra ponies, you also want to use them.

2012-2017 Toyota Camry Recalls
This generation of Toyota Camry has seen very few recalls. The first is that a clogged A/C drain could cause the airbag to deploy. It affects 2012-2013 models under NHTSA campaign 13V442000 and the fix was a reseal of the condenser housing by the dealer. Certain 2014 models had an incorrectly made lower ball joint, and 2015 saw an issue with electronic power steering motors. Some other compliance issues like an incorrect loading label appeared in 2016 and 2017.

2012-2017 Toyota Camry Common Parts: Wheels

For new alloy wheels, check out these 17-inch wheels that will work with your factory tire pressure sensors. They give your vehicle a more premium look without being overly flashy, and that’s the spirit of the Camry. Your factory bolt pattern is 5×114.3, with different models using 16-, 17-, and 18-inch diameter wheels.
2012-2017 Toyota Camry Headlights

A cracked headlight on a car approaching 10 years old is common. Replace that light with an upgrade like this from AUTOSAVER88. It has a black-out housing just like the SE model for a more sporty appearance. It fits all 2012-2014 non-hybrid models. If you have a hybrid of that era, or don’t want the darkened SE look, this offers the same light with a chrome surround and fits all 2012-2014 Camry models.

To restore your nighttime vision we recommend a set of LABLT replacement lamps for the 2015-2017 model. These lamps not only offer great light throw but also come with a factory-style polycarbonate lens and plug-and-play installation.
2012-2017 Toyota Camry Cabin Air Filter

When that cabin air starts to get stale, it’s probably a good time to change the cabin air filter. Keeping particles out of the cabin will improve your breathing and a clean filter will make sure you’re getting plenty of airflow. See the maintenance schedule below for more on when to change it.

To change the cabin filter, open the glovebox and look for the panel in the back. Remove that panel and the one behind it by pressing their tabs and make sure the arrow on your new filter points up when it is installed.

If you’re looking for a more affordable option, Philtop offers the same activated carbon filter at a lower price.
2012-2017 Toyota Camry Engine Air Filter

Your air filter is critical to proper performance and long life for your engine. If it’s dirty, your engine can’t breathe. It will waste more fuel and make less power. Two clips on the side of the air filter housing are all that’s needed to remove and replace the part.

The right air filter for your four-cylinder Camry, either the base or the hybrid engine, is 17801-0h050, or try 17801-0P051 for your V6.

For a more affordable option, EPAuto offers engine air filters for four-cylinder models as well as V6 models, and this EcoGard premium filter is offered for hybrid models.
2012-2017 Toyota Camry Tires

Toyota Camry models wear a variety of tire sizes depending on trim and engine, so always make sure to check the information sticker on your door jam to make sure which you need. The usual sizes are 205/65R16 on LE and 215/55R17 on SE and XLE while XSE models use 225/45R18 tires. The Camry is a car designed to be economical and efficient, and came with a range of fuel efficient tires from the factory including the Michelin Energy Saver A/S and Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02. We recommend the Michelin Defender that offers an 80,000-mile warranty as a more modern and more efficient replacement tire that is also smooth and quiet. For sporty XSE models, this Firestone Firehawk AS tire is an excellent replacement offering to give you the feel that the XSE demands. It trades some quiet and fuel economy for traction and handling.
2012-2017 Toyota Camry Front Bumper

Found yourself in a fender bender? This front bumper cover fits 2012-2014 L and Hybrid models while this model fits SE grade vehicles. Both offer a direct replacement fit using the same plastics as from the factory. Both bumpers guarantee proper fit on your Camry. For 2015 and up, it’s one size fits all, as Toyota made the bumpers the same and the parts inside different.