Toyota Camry Hybrid — Feature — Car and Driver

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Toyota Camry Hybrid

Toyota Camry Hybrid

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the Arabs called off their oil late in the winter of #8197;’74, gas generally settled lower for the several years, then up late in the decade to peak in 1981 at $1.35 a gallon in today’s dollars).

Maybe prices won’t stretch out so this time, but the prudent might want to take out insurance to protect the family If regular hits $5 a gallon, a Camry hybrid in the garage make you the sage of your

Here’s why: EPA ratings of 33 mpg 34 highway, and 34 combined. This is 9 mpg up on the number for a four-cylinder Camry 10 up on a similar Honda Accord. and 8 on a Malibu with the optional automatic. It’s even 5 mpg than the hybrid version of the Malibu. Nissan’s Altima hits 34 combined, too, but inclined toward the smoother, Camry.

Figure about $2000 over similar nonhybrid to buy into either Camry or fuel sipperswe say about the equipment list isn’t comparable. Not counting interest on the initial price, that’ll pay in 30 months, using the Camry’s EPA Fuel Cost ($5 per gallon, miles)$2206 for the hybrid versus for the four-cylinder automatic. If gas goes the payback is shorter.

This is a low-risk investment of Toyota’s lengthy warranty; the and other hybrid components are for eight years or 100,000 longer in California (10 years/150,000 This is a huge benefit with the powertrain warranty of years/60,000 miles on the regular Moreover, unlike the deal on underhood DieHard, Toyota’s traction battery is not prorated if it You get a new battery at no cost, never that you may have already seven years and 11 months.

another benefit: If regular five bucks, fuel-efficient cars will be in big demand. past summer, used Priuses averaging 22,000 on the odo were selling for just less than new 2008 only a month earlier, to Automotive News. Why? had no more new ones to sell.

An obvious runner-upthe Altima And the Toyota Prius also into the EPA’s family-sedan It has a base price $4150 than the Camry hybrid’s, and save $575 in annual costs. Only problem: will think you’re a statement.

One caution: If you drive mostly on the the hybrid payback will be Toyota’s hybrid system used in the Altima), and Ford’s as really saves big in the stop-and-go, or slow-and-go. They drive at constant speeds, but the highway are only a few mpg.

Even if gas comes to a fin, you’ll be a much peppier machine a nonhybrid four, and you’ll have the 34 mpg combined.


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