Drive Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

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Bruce Newton

Make Model Camry Hybrid From $34,990 Engine 2.5-litre 4-cyl petrol, motor Emissions 121 g CO2/km Consumption 5.2 L/100km Power Torque 270Nm

Make an

When Toyota launched its Australian-built Camry Hybrid (or Camry as the marketers dubbed it) in it bullishly predicted 10,000 a year. The reality fell short.

Second time Toyota has made the package enticing by dropping prices, fuel consumption, improving and adding equipment. Will the come flocking now?

and equipment

Launched months the latest orthodox four-cylinder the Hybrid comes as the entry-level H being tested here and the high-spec HL.

Both are fitted with the drivetrain including a 2.5-litre petrol engine, two electric and a nickel-metal hydride battery The car can be driven on a combination of petrol and via petrol or electricity alone latter for only short

Driving the front wheels via a variable transmission, the combination 151kW of power and a claimed consumption average of just 5.2 per 100km. Helping achieve figure is a new ECO mode that petrol engine performance and performance. A driver selectable EV has also been added.

The old hybrid made 140kW and 6.0L/100km.

Total torque is up, but Toyota doesn t provide because of the different delivery of electric motors and petrol

Despite the improvements the H drops from its predecessor to $34,990. delivers it a significant price over other fuel-conscious cars such as the Ford Ecoboost and Holden Commodore

It also matches the price of the imported and substantially smaller Prius.

New equipment for the H includes a driver s seat and driver s airbag (boosting the total bag to seven). It claims a full ANCAP rating, but VDIM assist has been deleted.

standard equipment includes control, single CD audio, an plug, USB port and Bluetooth audio streaming), alloy dual-zone climate control, entry and start, a reversing metallic paint, cruise and a trip computer.

The H misses out on rear headrests but gets a spare tyre.

Under the

One of the beauties of Toyota s hybrid is its seamlessness. It is very hard to when the electric motor is as there are no jars or jolts it kicks in or out.

There is of performance though, thanks to the motor characteristic of producing max from zero revs. It outdoes the standard Camry and show up many small too.

At start-up, low speeds, or downhill, you can be running on electricity saving fuel and emitting no

The result, especially around is dramatic fuel savings. orthodox cars are using fuel in stop-start city the Camry Hybrid is actually less.

On the open road the s fuel consumption advantage but it is still frugal. Overall we 6.6/100km on recommended 91 RON. s simply sensational.

It s not the most characterful of drivetrains of The CVT encourages a droning soundtrack, by a whirring when braking and

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The brakes feel unhappily in the regenerative phase, before the system cuts in to offer feedback. There s also an click each time the is released.

How it drives

The Hybrid like a typical Camry. s no involvement or response here. The that can be said is the more aspects have been out to make it an acceptable and even capable device.

The electric steering is accurate yet vacant and the suspension acceptably comfortable. But it back-to-back against a mid-sizer as a Mazda6, or a Falcon or Commodore, and you ll it s at least a generation behind. No considering the underpinnings have even less than the through the years.

Comfort and practicality

The Camry is an example of the packaging advantages drive provides. Despite shorter than the rear-wheel Falcon or Commodore it has almost as rear-seat room. Two full-size fit comfortably.

The 421-litre boot is than its predecessor but lacks a because the battery pack behind the rear-seat. Suitcase-crushing hinges are retained.

Up-front instrumentation adds class, but looks somewhat jumbled. An gauge replaces the orthodox s tachometer.

The centre stack is an the controls are better damped and than the flimsy dials of

A flow chart in the media shows whether the car is being by petrol, electricity or both and power is being regenerated and either under brakes or

The driver sits on a high and — yet big — seat. and rake steering-wheel adjustment comfort and control.

Storage is a feature, with no less 10 beverage holders .

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