Toyota Camry Hybrid
We drove three Camrys, aV-6, I-4, and hybrid, this year and all got two thumbs up.The hybrid was our favorite, which may surprise some readers because it falls short of the fuel economy numbers posted by Toyota’s Prius family, the brand that has made the term hybrid synonymous with fuel economy.
The hybrid Camry, unlike the Prius, isn’t designated for maximum economy; instead, it’s a mix of economy, performance, and comfort. Individual drivers can adjust the economy equation in various ways. While all hybrids have an ECO gene, many also have a bit of performance built in. The electric motors in the system are high-torque and able to provide quick acceleration. The Camry edges into this category.
Figure on averaging between 37 and 43 mpg instead of of the near 50 on a Prius. The extra $2,500 or so you’ll pay for the hybrid over the four-cylinder LE would be recouped over 80,000 to 90,000 miles, assuming gas prices remain in the $3.75 range, sooner if fuel costs spike. --BG