Today we’ll finish the wee with the Camry Hybrid by giving a weekly summary.
Hybrids have had a reputation of being small in interior space, slow in the area of performance, and not very appealing in style. But with the introduction of the Camry Hybrid for the 2007 model year, Toyota has changed the buying public’s perception of what a hybrid needs to be.
The 2011 Camry Hybrid takes the hybrid technology to a new level. If you take the hybrid part out of the equation, and just judge the vehicle on its merits as a mid-size sedan, it would score well. The conventional Camry is still one of the best family sedans available. It offers a comfortable interior, enough power to handle Denver’s high altitude, plenty of options and features, and enough room to seat five adults.
When you add in the hybrid’s stingy use of fuel, which is better than most compact cars, it begins to bring into focus the Camry Hybrids place in our changing world of automobiles. In the next five-ten years vehicles like the Camry hybrid will be common place and not the exception. Technology is changing rapidly and the auto manufacturers are getting behind it.
In the past, vehicles that were stingy of fuel also had to sacrifice in other areas to accomplish that goal. But with the 2011 Camry Hybrid, very little is sacrificed for these fuel economy gains. The hybrid offers all the modern day convenience features that Denver buyers have come to expect as standard items. And options like navigation, leather, and a premium audio system are available. Safety features, such as front seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag and antilock brakes are included.
The only downside to purchasing the Hybrid over the standard Camry is the initial cost is more. The Hybrid costs approximately $1,500 more than a similarly equipped four-cylinder Camry XLE. Another consideration is that trunk capacity drops from the regular Camry’s 15 cubic feet to 10.6 due to the battery pack taking up additional space.
The bottom line is that the Camry Hybrid offers a complete package. The 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid does nearly everything exceptionally well and nothing badly. It delivers comfortable, pleasant, reliable transportation for up to five and is one of the most fuel-efficient mid-size vehicles available. That’s a hard combination to beat.
Come back one more time tomorrow and we’ll give a full report on the Hybrid with a full compliment of pictures.