2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid

The 2012 Camry Hybrid boasts of several advanced features that make it a vehicle of convenience and safety.

Some of the cool features of the car include the standard smart key system that automatically unlock the door when the owner approaches the vehicle and also a variable transmission which allows the driver for smoother shifting during driving.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hybrid Sedan Base Price: $25,900.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17 gallons (64.3 liters) MPG: 43 city / 39 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 189.2 in. (480.5 cm) Wheel Base: 109.3 in. (277.6 cm)
Height: 57.9 in. (147.1 cm) Width: 71.7 in. (182.1 cm)
Curb Weight: 3435 lbs (1558 kg) Ground Clearance: 6.1 in. (15.4 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 13.1 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: Hybrid w/ 4 Cylinder DOHC Displacement: 2.5 Liter
Horsepower: 200 HP Transmission: ECVT Transmission
Available Trims & Engine
Option:Camry Hybrid XLE MSRP: $27,400; MPG: 40 city / 38 hwy

Pros & Cons

The Camry Hybrid is a luxurious, spacious and upgraded version of Toyota Prius hybrid. It is known for its fuel economy the same as that of the Toyota Prius hybrid. One aspect that customers find as off-putting about this car is its compact size.

Some say that it is one of the best mid-size cars available in the market today. The most remarkable feature about this model is its switching from gas to electrical power with excellent transition. The electric qualities are simply the best when compared to its counterparts.

Aerodynamics

The weight of the new model has been cut short around 250 pounds in order to have more fuel efficiency. This is achieved by reducing the size and weight of the battery pack. Aerodynamics plays a significant role in fuel efficiency as well.

The Camry Hybrid features an excellent 0.27 coefficient of drag wind resistance. In order to achieve this, the rear view mirrors as well as the tail lights were provided with small fins which allow the vehicle to slip through the air.

Moreover, the underbody aerodynamic cladding is placed strategically. The engine features roller-rocker type valve train which helps in reducing internal friction.

Another fuel-saving strategy includes a water-cooled exhaust recirculation (EGR) system which helps in reducing the combustion temperatures below 2,500 degree. With its reduced retail price, and higher gas prices facing United States, Toyota Camry Hybrid can be considered as one of the excellent choices of buyers who want to save some serious cash.

Interior

The interior can be quite deceiving. The cabin is finely furnished with soft plastic on the upper dash. It is also used on the upper door trim, center console arm rest and knee pads. The interior design of Camry hybrid differentiates it from other models.

The Hybrid's trim is a combination of black dash board with ivory or light gray seat fabrics. The dash board holds a three-gauge instrument cluster which includes power flow display, fuel economy gauge, real time fuel economy as well as cruising range.

Seating is comfortable since they maintain correct anatomical positions for the passenger and driver.

Exterior

The exterior looks of Toyota Camry Hybrid are remarkable for its simplicity combined with splendid luxury. Each and every design and color is carefully selected to provide an elegant look.

One of the most remarkable changes in Camry Hybrid's exterior is the chrome grill that sweeps upwards to reach the head lights. Below there is an expansive air inlet that lies adjacent to the fog lights. This fools the eye and gives it a look of greater width.

Overall Rating
82 out of 100

What others say:

“The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid is a stealth green car; packing a version of Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive system, from the Prius, the Camry Hybrid looks much like a standard four-cylinder or V-6 Camry, yet its 43 mpg EPA city rating (LE) makes it one of the most fuel-efficient cars of any size.”Car Connection

“The three powertrain choices include the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a 3.5-liter V6, and the Hybrid that uses the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a small electric motor, and a more compact battery. Fuel economy for all three engines are impressive.”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid is a solid hybrid family sedan thanks to improved fuel economy and enhanced driving dynamics.”Edmunds