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2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE: Technology In A Mid-Size Sedan

Music Features

Music playback is one of the things Toyota's DA6 system does well. It supports flash drives, iPhones and iPods, SiriusXM, and HD Radio.

USB Playback

Toyota places a USB port in the storage cubby directly below the climate controls. The cubby has quite a bit of space, and could probably fit five smartphones stacked on top of each other and still let you close the cover. Auxiliary input and a cigarette lighter plug are available in there as well.

Audio file playback is pretty straightforward: just pop in a thumb drive and select your music by folder, artist, or album. The DA6 supports cover art if there’s an image in the folder.

Track data is also displayed by default. There’s a “Play More Like This” feature that we didn’t have much luck with. So, we defaulted to folder-based and random playback options throughout our week with the car.

Radio

Toyota includes a 90-day trial of SiriusXM radio with the 2012 Camry Hybrid XLE. By no fault of Toyota's, we continue to find the quality of SiriusXM lacking due to heavy compression. Nevertheless, the included SiriusXM playback features are pretty much limited to just listening to stations. You don't get the ability to add favorite tracks, which would either notify you when it's playing or time-shift it.

HD Radio support is a nice addition to new vehicles, particularly since the quality of HD Radio is substantially cleaner than SiriusXM. Toyota supports HD Radio tagging in the Camry when an iPhone or iPod is connected. But unless you tend to purchase tracks you hear in the car, this feature is of limited utility.

Perhaps the nicest feature of the Toyota DA6's radio is the ability to mix presets between the FM band, HD Radio, and SiriusXM. It’s a simple nod to useability that we enjoy and wish more manufacturers would implement as well. This lets us cycle through our favorite broadcasts on multiple formats without needing to change sources.

  • blackmagnum
    Are we rivals to Car and Driver now?
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  • apache_lives
    but can it run crysis?

    wait its a car on a computer related website my bad
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  • Anyone got this and forgone the Display Audio with Navigation and Entune option and instead got an proper aftermarket nav system (not those portable ones)?
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  • alyoshka
    Shouldn't they save all that power wasted on the in car electronics and utilize it for the commuting purpose itself?
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  • Sakkura
    alyoshkaShouldn't they save all that power wasted on the in car electronics and utilize it for the commuting purpose itself?Small problem: Even if it's using 500W, that still only amounts to a little more than half a horsepower.
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  • lunyone
    Though, in this case, it's used to maximize has mileage.
    I"m thinking it was "GAS" mileage :)
    Under the "Hybrid Synergy Drive > Combining The Power" section.
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  • lunyone
    During our week with the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE, we found that aggressive driving from stoplight to stoplight was actually quite a big of fun
    I'm also thinking it was "actually quite a bit of fun"??
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  • lunyone
    Sorry last comment was from the "The End Result" of the Hybrid Synergy Drive section.
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  • xsamitt
    Do I see a trend happening here?
    I guess if this is the way things are going why not review some skidoos next time?
    Word on the street they too also have advanced computers nowadays.
    Hard core Computer world be gone,we've had enough of you apparently!!!
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  • cangelini
    lunyoneI"m thinking it was "GAS" mileage Under the "Hybrid Synergy Drive > Combining The Power" section.Thanks, fixed!
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