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The good: The hybrid power train in the 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid delivers excellent mileage and smooth operation. Navigation and a Bluetooth phone system are available.

The bad: Even with the premium stereo, audio output is poor. The only input for an MP3 player is an auxiliary audio jack. The navigation system lacks advanced features such as live traffic.

The bottom line: Although its cabin tech is behind the times, the 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid provides an easy and comfortable driving experience while delivering excellent fuel economy and extremely low emissions.

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Pushing the start button lights up the instrument panel but leaves the engine quiet.

And maneuvering out of our parking garage, the engine stays quiet, as an electric motor powers the drivetrain. However, once on the street, moderate pressure on the accelerator pedal makes the software that controls the power sources kick in the 2.4-liter engine. The transition from pure electric to gas is noticeable, but very smooth.

The Camry Hybrid encourages tech geeks like us to play with the power train, in our case trying to keep it running under electric power for as long as possible. But that is not practical in a well-trafficked urban setting, where impatient drivers behind aren’t going to tolerate the slow acceleration or 20 mph speeds it takes to keep the gas engine off. Because of the regenerative braking, we find that using the brakes leads to a certain satisfaction, as the battery gets recharged.

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Going back to our standard driving habits, the Camry Hybrid proved very capable and comfortable on city streets. The ride is surprisingly soft for a nonluxury car and the cabin design is unobtrusive. It helps that our test car is decked out in the leather seating package and has all the available tech.

The maps and the destination screens in the navigation system all look good, but we’re not pleased that the only port for an MP3 player is an auxiliary input. Of course, we don’t really want to hear our favorite music mangled by the muddy audio system.

This power animation lets you see when the engine or electric motor is at work.

Freeway entrances work great for testing real-world acceleration, and in this setting the Camry Hybrid shows some weakness. Although producing a combined 187 horsepower with its hybrid system, we don’t feel much oomph, just a gradual wind up from the gas engine and electric motor. It’s enough to get the car safely onto the freeway, but not the exhilarating rush we want when the accelerator is all the way to the floor.

Out on the freeway, we start to wish we actually had a daily commute with heavy traffic, because the Camry Hybrid seems like it would be very comfortable for that type of driving. It has no problem running at speed, a mode in which we can relax and check out the fuel economy display and power animation.

Normally we put cars through their paces in the hills, seeing how they handle hard cornering. But the Camry Hybrid didn’t feel suitable for that type of driving. It may not feel as tippy as the Prius, but it’s definitely not tuned for sport.

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