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43 / 39MPG

TYPE: Sedan


BASE MSRP: $25,900

the all-new 2012 Toyota Hybrid is pretty much driving the all-new gas powered Camry. Now I don’t expect you to my word on this so, I would to throw out a challenge. When the Toyota Camry rolls dealerships in November, take cars out for a test drive. when you slip behind the wheels, you can’t know version of the car you are testing.

After driven both cars I’m to bet—not large sums, a few pennies to be exact—that unless among the most perceptive of you found little if any difference in the experience between the two cars.

has been America’s top-selling car out of the last 10 years, but competition is with Ford, Hyundai, Kia and Volkswagen making significant with their midsize As for the Camry Hybrid, it has taken a Introduced in 2006 as a 2007 it quickly became the second hybrid behind the Prius. By the end of it dropped to fourth best hybrid. For the first six-months of year, it has slipped to eighth, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid the big gainers.

is confident the seventh-generation Camry continue its streak of being the seller. It is equally confident the Camry Hybrid will its sales in its first year to 50,000 to reclaim its sales Here’s why.

More And More MPG

The 2012 Camry boasts the latest incarnation of Hybrid Synergy Drive. The system again teams a engine, a small high electric motor and nickel-metal batteries. Power continues to be to the front wheels through the continuously variable transmission.

The half of the Camry Hybrid is a new Atkinson-cycle version of the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. (An engine gives up a little output in exchange for improved efficiency and reduced emissions.) The produces 156 horsepower, nine than the 2.4-liter in the 2011 Hybrid. The larger displacement and efficient combustion boosts to 156 pound-feet, 16 more than the model.

The second half is a 105-kW motor and a revised 245-volt pack. The battery pack of 34 nickel-metal hydride modules, of which contains six 1.2-volt Although smaller in size, the pack stores and delivers power.

Combined power of the hybrid powertrain is 200 horsepower, a of 13 horsepower compared to the previous (Toyota does not publish a net torque figure, though it the electric motor alone out 199 pounds-feet.)

Fuel economy for the generation Camry Hybrid—31 mpg highway/33 combined—was first by the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Hyundai’s Sonata Hybrid. But the model demonstrates Toyota’s in gasoline-electric hybrid technology, a 43/39 mpg EPA fuel economy with a combined average of 41 That’s a whopping 12 mpg increase in driving and an impressive gain of 8 mpg for driving cycles, numbers elevate the Camry Hybrid to claim the title of most midsize sedan.

So, how did the automaker a car with more power and miles per gallon?

Weight is a nemesis of fuel economy, and cut around 250 pounds from the new This includes trimming the and weight of the battery pack.

plays an important role in economy and the 2012 Camry achieves a notable 0.27 of drag (Cd) wind (The Toyota Prius 0.25 Cd.) To reach number, underbody aerodynamic was strategically placed and, the mirrors and taillight lenses integrated small fins create a buffer around the helping the vehicle to slip the air. This aero trick was culled from Formula One days.

Under the the engine features a roller-rocker valvetrain and a variable-output oil pump help reduce internal boosting economy. Another strategy is a water-cooled exhaust-gas (EGR) system. This boosts fuel economy by engine pumping losses. accessory drive belts been eliminated, replaced by driven accessories, including the air compressor, water pump and steering pump.

Software engineers are credited for to increase the mpg numbers by enhancing the system’s power management; the electronic sensors precisely what blend of gas and electric best balances power and economy. And finally, Toyota lower rolling resistance also help boost economy.


Like the models, the 2012 Camry rides on an all-new platform, wheelbase, length, width and are carried-over dimensions. The result is a looking vehicle, even designers clad the sedan in sheetmetal from bumper to

Except for those who work at a dealership, most people they see the new car won’t say, that’s the new Camry.” And surely will be a host of auto who will berate Toyota for its redesign, pointing to the Hyundai with its swoopy lines and creases. But their livelihood dependent on Camry sales.

says that 50 percent of new buyers will be current owners. With a projected first year sales—50,000 automaker wisely won’t alienating that many customers with polarizing

Granted, this seventh-generation sheetmetal clothing bears than just a little to the previous model, the styling, not stirring or striking, is clean, and safe.

The most noteworthy is up front where a new chrome sweeps upward to a refreshed design. Below, an expansive air is flanked by trapezoidal chrome fog recesses. The design fools the eye and the impression of greater width. In the chrome taillight accents discarded and replaced by a more design that wraps the rear side panels and into the trunk.

There is little to distinguish the Hybrid from the gasoline Small hybrid badges the front fenders and trunk. The Toyota emblem has a blue rather than black, a design element from the


Toyota heeded about the hard, cheap interior plastics of the previous The 2012 Camry’s cabin is furnished and is now on par with competitors. plastic on the upper dash is an upscale appearance with cloth stitching. Soft are also used on the upper trim, door and center armrests as well as kneepads on side of the console.

Exclusive design touches differentiate the Camry Hybrid from Camry models. The Hybrid’s grain” trim is a combination of a dashboard with brushed-aluminum and light gray or ivory fabrics. Unique to the Hybrid is a instrument cluster with an fuel economy gauge a power-flow display graphically energy flow, cruising and real-time fuel economy.

is all-day comfortable, and not just in the row. Camry seats are to the gluteal portions of the anatomy, in a car with a fuel range of miles. Designers reshaped components to make it more with big gains in rear leg and hip room.

There’s also trunk space. The trunk battery pack was reduced in and the DC-to-DC converter was moved the trunk area to under the That increased cargo to 13.1 cubic feet, a 2.5 feet gain. For long the right rear seatback forward.

On The Road

Toyota’s introduction was held on the eastern of Washington state’s Cascade about three miles the tiny town of Rosyln, the for the somewhat outré 1990’s TV Northern Exposure. There several drive routes that included some two-lane black top roads encouraged back road nearby Interstate 5 and a drive the small town of Cle Elum.

The 2012 Camry Hybrid more like V-6 power inline four. Toyota the scoot from 0 to 60 mph is 7.6 seconds—halfway the gas V-6’s time of 6.8 seconds and the cylinder’s 8.6 seconds. Throttle is near perfect; ideal for on-ramps as I found out when an was motivating faster than I thought. At the same time, the car is as silk in low speed conditions.

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from gas engine to electric and back again is no longer seamless,” it is seamless—no shuddering, no none, nada. As for the quirky, brick-like feel of the regenerative system of the previous Hybrid, it exist anymore. Brake feel is equal to gas-powered and very linear.

In terms of the Camry is more than and is devoid of vices and totally It corners well and the electric steering has good on-center and offers decent driver

But Camry’s are best known for ride quality. A more body structure and tweaks to the suspension provide a smooth and feel that makes it for long trips and daily

Cabin noise intrusion a role in perceived ride Toyota has made wind almost nonexistent in the Hybrid stronger door and rocker seals; optimized placement of insulating materials; foam the pillars and door openings; and glass used for the windshield.

All adds up to a controlled, balanced and four-door family sedan.

And there’s fuel economy, the Camry Hybrid is really all I drove three stints on a that was a near duplicate of my daily 15 mile commute—a tad two miles on the freeway and the balance on and rural roads with limits of 25 to 40 mph. In the 2011 the instrument panel readout was mpg, the 2012 Hybrid LE yielded 49.7 mpg.

My trip was in the Hybrid XLE model, yes are two Hybrid versions for 2012 below). By employing the Eco mode, maximizes fuel economy all driving conditions, and the new EV mode keeps the vehicle in electric only up to 25 mph, the readout was mpg. A longer 54-mile in the XLE that included a little 40 miles on the Interstate registered mpg.

All of these fuel economy far exceed the EPA estimates, and for a couple of First, I’m quite sure I was judicious in managing fuel than the EPA’s protocols. the EPA does not factor the Eco and EV modes in fuel economy estimates. Or, as the EPA “Your fuel economy may

More Car For Less Money

For the time, the Camry Hybrid be offered in trim levels, LE and The Camry Hybrid LE has a sticker of $25,900, that’s $1,150 than the outgoing model. this is no stripper model. features include: keyless with push-button start; windows, locks and outside cruise control; dual-zone climate control, tilt/telescoping and an audio system with and USB/iPod connectivity.

Step-up to the XLE and the price of $27,400 is a decrease of compared to last year’s with upgrade package. The $1,500 for the XLE adds a power seat, a touch-screen stereo and 17-inch alloy wheels.

A warning system is an option on the XLE as is a JBL system, two separate navigation and Toyota’s Entune multimedia Entune includes apps OpenTable, and Movietickets.com so you can book a or buy movie tickets, as well as that offers different radio stations from the country.

The average age of Camry owners is 64 and it would seem would be more likely to own a cell phone than a phone, which is required for For the hip baby boomers, the apps are but the smart phone data will cost you.

Completing the Camry Hybrid’s are all the biggies when it comes to safety systems. For active Toyota’s Star Safety integrates stability control, disc braking system and control. Passive safety 10 passenger airbags that in addition to head-protecting curtain airbags, driver and passenger knee airbags and torso-protecting outboard-side airbags.

The Competition

the Camry Hybrid with the Fusion Hybrid and Hyundai Hybrid reveals the competition the three is fierce. The Camry’s price is $25,900, the Sonata for $25,795 and the Fusion is priced at But at the pump, the Camry is the clear besting the Sonata’s city economy by 8 mpg and the Fusion by 2 mpg.

New car buyers with no attachments to a will have to spend time to determine which of the three is right for them. For devotees, however, it is pretty a no brainer: The 2012 Camry offers plenty of power, an interior, loads of features, room for five adult and there’s that fuel

The 2012 Camry will likely again be the top selling car in the But when the numbers are tallied, be surprised if the Camry Hybrid up a total way beyond the 50,000 the is projecting.

Prices are Manufacturer Retail Price (MSRP) at of writing and do not include destination taxes or licensing.

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