High expectations come with the territory when you’re the maker of the first mass-produced, not to mention the world’s best selling, hybrid car. Luckily enough, Toyota has the goods to back it up with the introduction of the redesigned 2012 Camry Hybrid. The 2012 Camry Hybrid builds on a strong foundation with only slight improvements from the first-generation hybrid.
The 2012 Camry Hybrid LE comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, unlike its sedan counterpart, as well as a host of available tech upgrades. For the new model year, Toyota introduces their comprehensive infotainment system with steering wheel mounted controls. Toyota’s Entune allows drivers with compatible smartphones access supported apps through a 6.1-inch touch screen. Available functions include the ability to use search engines, stream music, as well as check traffic, weather, and fuel prices. Packages that include Entune also offer basic navigation. In addition, hands-free phone capability and Bluetooth music streaming are great for those with smartphone technology. For those without, a CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, auxiliary audio jack, and a USB port satisfy personal music playing needs.
The 2012 hybrid design improves on the first-generation with a darker, more sophisticated interior that features an elevated stitched faux leather dashboard with brushed-aluminum trim. The leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls featured on the XLE takes the stylishness up a notch. By bumping the battery pack forward a few inches, the new Camry even offers an expanded trunk volume of 2.5 cubic feet.
The second-generation Camry hybrid enhances fuel efficiency and power with its redesigned build and tweaked technology. The XLE is rated at 41/38 mpg with 40 mpg combined*. The lighter LE features more narrow tires that crank out 43/39 mpg for a combined 41 mpg*. A Birmingham commuter driving an XLE will find themselves filling up fewer than once every six weeks and will spend less than $45 a month at the pump in commuting costs.* However, an LE will save an average of $0.26 per week in commuting cost over the XLE, and a total of almost $250 a year in savings on the commute as compared to the non-hybrid 2012 Camry.
The most apparent competitors of the 2012 Camry Hybrid include the Ford Fusion and the Hyundai Sonata, both with EPA ratings lower than the Camry’s (39 and 37 mpg* respectively). The Camry Hybrid is not only more affordable, but it’s more efficient; On average, the hybrid saves Birmingham commuters almost one cent per mile. When compared to the Sonata, Camry drivers rack up an annual savings of nearly $60 on their daily commute, and spend around $30 less than Fusion drivers.
If you’re looking for an affordable hybrid sedan, the 2012 Camry hybrid is it. With upgraded features, tastefully redesigned interior, and increased cargo capacity, you might forget that you’re driving a hybrid. That is until you see all that you save at the pump. The new 2012 Toyota Camry hybrid has better fuel economy than ever before making it a great car for just about everyone.
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*The average Birmingham commute being 25 miles round trip at $3.50 a gallon.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.