Review: 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2012 Toyota Hybrid

The last time took a look at the Camry was back in 2006. For 2012 has completely redesigned the Camry the “sporty” SE model to the refrigerator-white model Michael Karesh for a spin. The base model’s  low appeals to dealers while the SE Toyota to believe the Camry is other than basic So what about the hybrid? The Camry is aimed squarely at that want more cred than a regular can deliver and Prius shoppers for something more powerful and traditional. One out of every seven sold in 2011 was a hybrid, those numbers expected to it is imperative Toyota gets baby-boomer hybrid just

Despite looking like a refresh, the 2012 Camry is entirely new from the sheetmetal to the frames. Only Toyota and seem to get away with redesigning a product that exactly like the old one. But remembers a high-selling mid-size that went for a dramatic new and flopped – yes bubble-Taurus, I’m lookin’ at you . boring usually ages than “exciting.” Case in the curvaceous Hyundai Sonata is stunning now, but in danger of horribly dated in a decade?

For 2012 there are two different for the Camry Hybrid; LE and XLE. The LE enables a low $25,900 MSRP (a of $1,159 vs the 2011 base and includes standard niceties keyless entry/go, dual-zone control, and USB/iPod/Bluetooth connectivity. The XLE at $27,400 and adds: a power seat, touch-screen infotainment and 17-inch alloy wheels. Of my personal mantra is “ base be damned! ” As such, our tester up the luxury ladder with an $6,320 options including blind spot monitoring, backup camera and alarm $450 Toyota Safety system with 1 year (ala GM’s OnStar), leather and faux-suede seats, moonroof and a whopping $2,600 for the JBL navigation system with sound, subwoofer, XM satellite and access to the premium XM services weather, traffic and fuel The result was an as-tested price of after a $760 destination While 35-large for a Camry bad, the competition “options up” to the ballpark with a comparably Sonata Hybrid hitting and the Fusion Hybrid reaching

Features mean nothing if are wrapped in nasty plastic, and be honest, the previous Camry from some questionable 2012 brings the Camry’s game up a few notches with trim and a new dashboard that is molded, then stitched to the latest in automotive interiors the faux-stitched dash. While GM may not to have the LaCrosse compared to the the dash reminded me of Buick’s improvements. Compared to the Sonata and the Camry may be setting a new bar for luxuriously dash bits.

Evolution rather than has been the key to Camry design over the years, and the 2012′s is no exception. Available in muted of grey and tan, the only feature is the busy gauge The cluster integrates four three LCDs, a plethora of lights, and an LED bar that displays instant MPG. You might be the needle showing 45MPG is an instant figure, but it’s the average MPG gauge. Instant is shown by an arc of green LEDs to the of the gauge. Yes, all the same MPG can simultaneously be displayed on the LCD in the center of the as well as in the infotainment system. so will let ensure that in the car knows how green you are. the gauges are extraordinary “blingy,” I them preferable to the electrofluroescent the Prii use.

When the Hybrid debuted in 2006, bought them because were discreetly styled, had a useable and provided more rear leg than a Prius. The cost of the packaging was the Camry’s 30-odd MPG If the “low” fuel economy a problem, the battery pack in the robbed precious cargo For 2012, Toyota uses a battery pack allowing the to grow to 13.1 cubic This is larger than the but unfortunately continues to eschew a trunk pass-through. Instead you get a 60% rear seat back reveals a small, oddly portal. While you might be to get a pair of skis in the car, long objects are thwarted by a passenger seat doesn’t

Like the rest of the Camry the Hybrid sports one “sound system and three different screen navigation/infotainment systems. up is the base AM/FM/CD audio with 6 speakers and iPod/USB and integration (the only available in the “LE”  model.) The XLE with the same speakers but for adds a 6.1inch LCD “display with navigation” (the also includes the keyless-go This “base” nav system is one of best, as the voice commands for are logical and easy to use. The also offers smartphone apps and data services you don’t need an XM subscription to the whiz-bang features work. can also bundle this with the 7.1 channel JBL “green” and amp system which gives the one of the better audio systems in the If you feel spendy, you can upgrade to the system (pictured below) uses a totally different interface. The up-level interface is based and has a few more POIs allows side-by-side map displays and XM as the data service and not your While the two systems offer features, the 6.1-inch system need an XM subscription to do traffic so it be my choice unless you plan on with a dumbphone forever. To see the system in action, check out Prius c video.

When Toyota scaled-up Hybrid Synergy Drive to handle the weight of the Camry in a desire to retain a standard of that mid-size shoppers accept), the enlargement resulted in EPA of 33 city/34 highway, well the Ford and Hyundai competition soon followed. In addition, the Hybrid wasn’t terribly To solve those complaints, ditched the old hybrid drivetrain for an system incorporating a larger 156HP Atkinson cycle engine and more powerful The new system is good for a combined (and around 200lb-ft of Largely thanks to the  of torque the motor delivers 0-1500RPM, acceleration is considerably than the Prius twisting out a 6.9 run to 60. While the system still Nickle based batteries of the trendier Lithium batteries in the the refinements to the system lifted the economy to 43 city, 39 highway and 41 In the old Camry, I had difficulty achieving the 34MPG highway numbers, but 730 miles of mixed driving, shoots, stop-and-go commute and a weekend out-of-town the Camry averaged an impressive 43MPG. our numbers were notably the EPA ratings, as with all cars, mileage will vary.

At 3400lbs, the Camry Hybrid is heavier than the non-hybrid and the weight gain impacts to some degree, however the resistance rubber causes of a problem with windy roads. Then again, of the Camry models are corner and although the steering is just as as the rest of the lineup, it is fairly for the class which focuses on ride than handling. The is a willing and capable commuter providing a quiet, compliant and delivering an average of 44MPG on my commute.

For some reason, car in America buy vehicles for their load rather than average load. In light of the Camry Hybrid (like mid-size hybrid competition) may be the ideal vehicle for the average delivering a solid 40MPG, for five and few compromises. While the Hybrid may be boring, I am a “white and smooth peanut butter” of guy, and judging by the Camry’s numbers, so are a large number of mid shoppers. With a 41MPG EPA score and 0-60 times 7-seconds, the Camry Hybrid just be the prefect Camry.

Toyota provided the vehicle and one tank of gas for this review

as tested

0-30: 2.7 Seconds

ran between 6.7 and 7.2 Seconds


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