Drive — Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

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Bruce Newton

Make Model Camry Hybrid From $34,990 Engine 2.5-litre 4-cyl petrol, motor Emissions 121 g CO2/km Consumption 5.2 L/100km Power Torque 270Nm

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When Toyota launched its Australian-built Camry Hybrid (or Camry as the marketers dubbed it) in it bullishly predicted 10,000 a year. The reality fell short.

Second time Toyota has made the package enticing by dropping prices, fuel consumption, improving and adding equipment. Will the come flocking now?

and equipment

Launched months the latest orthodox four-cylinder the Hybrid comes as the entry-level H being tested here and the high-spec HL.

Both are fitted the same drivetrain including a four-cylinder petrol engine, two motors and a nickel-metal hydride pack. The car can be driven on a combination of and electricity, via petrol or electricity (the latter for only distances).


Driving the front wheels via a variable transmission, the combination 151kW of power and a claimed consumption average of just 5.2 per 100km. Helping achieve figure is a new ECO mode that petrol engine performance and performance. A driver selectable EV has also been added.

The old hybrid made 140kW and 6.0L/100km.

Total torque is up, but Toyota doesn’t provide because of the different delivery of electric motors and petrol

Despite the improvements the H drops from its predecessor to $34,990. delivers it a significant price over other fuel-conscious cars such as the Ford Ecoboost and Holden Commodore

It also matches the price of the imported and substantially smaller Prius.

New equipment for the H includes a driver’s seat and driver’s airbag (boosting the total count to seven). It claims a five-star ANCAP rating, but steering assist has been

Other standard equipment stability control, single CD an auxiliary plug, USB port and (with audio streaming), wheels, dual-zone climate smart entry and start, a camera, metallic paint, control and a trip computer.

The H out on adjustable rear headrests but a full-size spare tyre.

Under the bonnet

One of the beauties of hybrid system is its seamlessness. It is hard to tell when the motor is operating as there are no or jolts when it kicks in or

There is plenty of performance thanks to the electric motor of producing max torque from revs. It easily outdoes the Camry and would show up small sixes too.

At low speeds, or ambling downhill, you can be on electricity alone, saving and emitting no CO2.

The result, around town, is dramatic savings. While orthodox are using more fuel in city traffic, the Camry is actually using less.

On the road the Hybrid’s fuel advantage decreases, but it is still Overall we averaged 6.6/100km on 91 RON. That’s simply

It’s not the most characterful of of course. The CVT encourages a droning replaced by a whirring when and slowing.

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The brakes feel wooden in the regenerative phase, the orthodox system cuts in to more feedback. There’s an annoying click each the pedal is released.

How it drives

The drives like a typical There’s no involvement or response The best that can be said is the annoying aspects have ironed out to make it an acceptable and moderately capable device.

The power steering is accurate yet and the locally-tuned suspension acceptably But drive it back-to-back against a such as a Mazda6, or a Falcon or and you’ll understand it’s at a generation behind. No surprise the underpinnings have evolved less than the styling the years.

Comfort and practicality

The Camry is an example of the packaging advantages drive provides. Despite shorter than the rear-wheel Falcon or Commodore it has almost as rear-seat room. Two full-size fit comfortably.

The 421-litre boot is than its predecessor but lacks a because the battery pack behind the rear-seat. Suitcase-crushing hinges are retained.

Up-front instrumentation adds class, but looks somewhat jumbled. An gauge replaces the orthodox tachometer.

The centre stack is an the controls are better damped and than the flimsy dials of

A flow chart in the media shows whether the car is being by petrol, electricity or both and power is being regenerated and either under brakes or

The driver sits on a high and — yet big — seat. and rake steering-wheel adjustment comfort and control.

Storage is a feature, with no less 10 “beverage holders”.

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