About the Toyota Camry Hybrid : That Toyota is renowned for its hybrid electric vehicle leadership is an understatement. Toyota sells more hybrid models than all its competitors combined, having sold more than 4 million units to date as of 2012. Its Prius line is synonymous with hybrids, but other models, including the Toyota Camry and Avalon also offer hybrid variations. Camry is the best selling midsize sedan in America and the Camry Hybrid further adds to this model’s class leading accomplishments, by delivering the expected quality and value in a fuel efficient package.
Completely redesigned in 2012, the Toyota Camry Hybrid is a five-passenger front-wheel drive sedan that is sold in LE and XLE trim levels. It is powered by a 2.5-liter four cylinder engine that is paired with a continuously variable transmission. An electric motor provides energy for around town driving. The gas engine is rated at 156 horsepower and 156 foot-pounds of torque. Combined, 200 horsepower is achieved.
Fuel efficiency is the hallmark of all hybrid models and the Toyota Camry Hybrid does not disappoint. The Hybrid LE model is rated at 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. The Hybrid LXE, equipped with larger wheels and tires, achieves 40 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. These numbers clearly outstrip nearly every small gas car on the road while delivering family size driving and comfort.
The Toyota Camry Hybrid sits on a 109.3-inch wheelbase and is 189.2 inches long. It is 71.7 inches wide by 57.9 inches tall. Its ground clearance measures 6.1 inches. Front track comes in at 62.4 inches to a rear track of 62 inches.
Inside, the Camry Hybrid offers 38.8 inches of head room up front to 38.1 inches in the rear. Front leg room measures 41.6 inches to 38.9 inches in the rear. Hip room measures an identical 54.5 inches front and rear. Shoulder room comes in at 58 inches up front to 56.6 inches in the rear. Total interior volume is 115.8 cubic feet and includes its 13.1 cubic foot trunk.
Standard features include cloth seating surfaces, a height adjustable driver’s seat and front bucket sets. A split-folding bench seat holds three people in the back. Power accessories include power windows and door locks. This model is outfitted with a clock, a trip computer, cruise control, front and rear upholders, a front console with storage, door pockets, front seat storage, power steering, a 12-volt outlet and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel.
The Camry Hybrid is equipped with six-speaker audio system that features a single CD player with a CD MP3 playback stereo. A USB connection, audio input and iPod integration are standard. Bluetooth connectivity is standard.
Choose the Hybrid XLE model and its standard features include an 8-way power driver seat with lumbar support, rear ventilation ducts, heated side mirrors and available remote engine start. Other accessories available include power tit and slide moonroof, a navigation system and a leather package.
Matt Keegan is a freelance automotive writer. He is also a contributing writer for Andy’s Auto Sport and affiliated websites, an aftermarket supplier of quality auto parts including Corbeau Seats and Tokico Shocks.