2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid, which Toyota did not change the body
style from the 2012 model, pictured, gets mileage of 43 mpg in
the city and 39 on the highway.
Toyota introduced the redesigned midsize Camry Hybrid sedan, which
came as part of the makeover of the entire Camry line.
The hybrid got
a revised Synergy Drive system, with a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder
gasoline engine and improved fuel economy.
Changes to the
hybrid were part of an overall Camry makeover, including the
this year range from $26,140 for the base LE to $27,670 for the
there are just a few minor enhancements, including a rear
cross-traffic alert system for the optional blind-spot monitoring
system, new soft-touch materials on front-door panels for the LE
model, and new stitching accents on the door panels of the
In its first
year, the new Camry hybrid was named the best sedan in the midsize
segment by Consumer Reports, based in part on its great fuel
economy, but also on its price, which is not much more than you
would pay for a gasoline-only Camry with similar content.
hybrid model is lighter, with improved aerodynamics, helping it to
achieve more than a 30 percent improvement in fuel economy over the
are 43 mpg in the city and 39 on the highway for the LE model, and
40/38 for the XLE. The tank holds 17 gallons, and the engine uses
unleaded regular gas.
combination of a gasoline engine and electric motor, the Camry
Hybrid is certified as an Advanced Technology-Partial Zero Emissions
Vehicle (AT-PZEV). This is not a plug-in hybrid, so it never has to
connect to an outside power source. The onboard nickel-metal-hydride
battery is recharged while the vehicle is running on gasoline power
or slowing down.
also aid fuel efficiency, including a new water-cooled system that
re-circulates exhaust gas to lower emissions; an EV Drive mode,
which allows the vehicle to operate on battery power alone for up to
1.6 miles at speeds below 25 mph; and ECO mode, which optimizes air
conditioning output and throttle response to save gasoline.
options packages are offered. My tester was the XLE, which has more
standard equipment than the LE, including 17-inch alloy wheels
(16-inch steel on the LE), chrome exhaust tip, eight-way
power-adjustable driver seat and a four-way manual passenger seat.
This is a very
pleasant car to drive, with plenty of power. There is a continuously
variable automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive is standard.
The drive system has a combined total of 200 horsepower; the
gasoline engine alone has 156 HP.
My tester came
with an audio/navigation/Entune package with a 6.1-inch touch
screen. The audio/navigation system included voice activation for
navigation and Bluetooth, real-time traffic information, satellite
radio, iPod and USB connections, MP3/WMA player, six speakers, and
the Toyota Entune system , which includes apps such as Bing,
Pandora, iHeartradio, MovieTickets.com, sports and stocks.
audio/navigation package upgrades to a JBL Greenedge sound system
with 10 speakers.
audio/navigation system was a little more complicated and
time-consuming than some, and also less intuitive. I would suggest
studying the manual for full utilization and enjoyment.
redesign, the Camry’s interior is nicer, with a padded and
stitched dash (dark on top, light on the bottom) and two-tone
textured cloth seats. Two-tone heated leather is also available with
the optional leather package, but was not included on the test
My tester had
the light-gray interior with darker gray-on-gray geometric-textured
inserts on four seating positions. A cloth panel below the
windowsills and on the armrests added a soft touch to the doors. The
front of the armrests, where the window controls were located, was
trimmed in a gray-on-gray "grained" plastic. The same
plastic trimmed the lower dash, center console and shifter knob.
area felt very roomy and wide open, with 41.6 inches of legroom and
38.8 inches of headroom. I didn’t feel the need to duck as I
entered, and I could move my legs without bumping into something.
The front passenger had lots of space under the dash as well.
passengers weren’t slighted on space, either, with 38.9 inches of
legroom and 38.1 inches of headroom. Even the middle seat was
adequate for an older child or small adult on a short trip, with no
"hump" blocking the floor, and plenty of headroom. The
rear middle seat is not equipped for a child safety seat, though —
which is exactly where I would want to put one, as that’s the
safest place in the car.
The trunk of
the hybrid model is a little smaller than that of the gasoline-only
Camry, 13.1 cubic feet, to accommodate the battery and hybrid
dual-zone climate control with vents on the rear of the console and
an extra vent on the side bolster of the rear outboard seat. There
were two cupholders on the pull-down center armrest in the rear and
two bottle holders on each door.
The Smart Key
system with push-button start allowed the key to remain in my
pocket. There were a leather-wrapped tilt/telescopic steering wheel
with controls for audio and Bluetooth hands-free devices; an
auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass; two 12-volt outlets; and
a multi-information display.
For a quieter
ride, the Camry comes with a noise-reduction front windshield, and
there is High Solar Energy Absorption glass all around.
Hybrid now comes with "first-in-class" rear seat-mounted
side air bags, as well as front advanced air bags, front knee bags,
front seat-mounted side air bags and front and rear side-curtain air
Star Safety System, including antilock brakes, electronic
brake-force distribution, brake assist, Smart Stop technology,
traction and stability control, and whiplash-injury-lessening front
seats, the Camry has earned five stars overall in the federal
government’s crash-testing program.
My tester came
in beautiful Clearwater Blue Metallic (Pacific Ocean blue) with dual
chrome exhausts, side rocker panels with chrome inserts, integrated
chrome-trimmed fog lights, projector-beam headlights with auto
on/off, daytime running lights with on/off switch, and body color
folding/heated/power outside mirrors.
Package added an integrated backup camera, a universal transceiver
and an anti-theft system with alarm. The power tilt-and-slide moon
roof came in another optional package.
exclude destination charges.