Toyota is an overachiever. They’ve already got a best-selling nameplate in the Camry, but they care about your wallet, so here’s their hybrid. You don’t have to exert yourself to check out the 2012 Camry Hybrid; it’s right here.
Toyota Camry Hybrid Trims and Feature Highlights
The Camry Hybrid takes a best-selling midsize shell and drops in a gasoline/electric powertrain for near mystical numbers of 200 horsepower and 41 combined MPG (40 for XLE). This combo, alongside a reasonable starting price of just under $26,000, makes the Camry Hybrid an ideal hybrid starter car for all the needy families of America.
Toyota redesigned the Camry Hybrid for 2012, so both the LE and better equipped XLE trims provide fresh features and style. Beyond the aforementioned fuel numbers you can look forward to a spacious cabin featuring plenty of room for five, and if you go with the XLE trim you’re free to add extras like navigation and Entune infotainment, leather trim, and Bluetooth, along with safety tech like a blind spot monitor and backup camera.
Stylistically, things remain pretty familiar even though Toyota has sharpened exterior lines to be acceptable for the present, and updated interior features to provide more class and comfort. Call it cute without being sexy. Camry Hybrid is still attractive enough to take home, but also safe to bring around the family.
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Toyota Camry Hybrid Performance
When you go Camry Hybrid, you go 4 cylinders and 2.5 liters partnered with an electric motor that combines for 200 horsepower. Completing the package is a continuously variable transmission connected to a front-wheel drive setup.
If it weren’t for the ECO indicator and energy monitor you may forget that you’re driving a hybrid, as potent acceleration and seamless power transitions combine with decent handling for a downright enjoyable driving experience.
Toyota Camry Hybrid Fuel Economy
EPA estimates tag the 2012 Camry Hybrid at either 40 or 41 combined MPG depending on trim. LE Hybrids receive 43/39/41 (city/highway/combined) MPG, and XLE trims dip to 40/38/40 MPG; impressive any way you look at it.
Toyota Camry Hybrid Interior Highlights
Freshness is the theme inside Camry Hybrid’s revised cabin. Unsightly plastics are no more, and both front and backseat passengers will find plenty of comfort and space with which to move around in. Entune and navigation systems are easy to browse thanks in part to a 6.1 inch touchscreen that looks good sitting alongside the rest of the gauges.
That space mentioned earlier boasts some good numbers. Enjoy 38.9 inches of legroom in the back and 13.1 cubic feet of trunk space, thanks to a wise decision to shift hybrid components up front to the engine compartment.
Toyota Camry Hybrid Safety
Standards for 2012 include4-wheel antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability & traction control, and Smart Stop Technology- all part of Toyota’s Star Safety System. Also standard are ten airbags, which is a nice round number for family circles. You’ll have to spring for the XLE if you want Safety Connect roadside/emergency services, backup camera, and a blind spot monitoring system; all three are available in packaged form for the top Camry Hybrid trim.
Rounding out the impressive safety feats are perfect overall crash test scores from both the NHTSA and IIHS- lots of abbreviation and lots of safety for Camry Hybrid.
Toyota Camry Hybrid Summary
There’s a reason for that best seller tag. The 2012 Camry Hybrid combines an already proven formula with one of the best hybrid powertrains in the segment. Economy, performance, and room for the family- all three check out, and the price is right for just about any budget. So that’s how Toyota sells so many cars.
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