Its no surprise that the Toyota Camry continues to be one of the best selling vehicles in the world. The Camry has a lot to offer to buyers looking for a reasonably priced mid-size family sedan. Though the Camry has stiff competition from the likes of the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, and Chevy Malibu, the Toyota Camry still remains one of the best choices in the mid-size sedan category.
The 2009 Toyota Camry comes in many different styles with prices ranging from about $19,000 up to $30,000. This particular review will focus on the 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Hybrid models offer increased fuel efficiency over their gasoline counterparts by combining a gasoline engine with an electric motor and battery pack system. Read on to learn more about the 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid.
Model Overview: The Toyota Camry Hybrid appears similar to other Camry models. The main difference is the unique power-train which returns great fuel economy numbers for a small increase in price over other Camry models. There are a few changes that the hybrid version receives, those changes will be covered below.
Pricing: The Toyota Camry starts at a low base price of $19,145. The base model forgoes many options to keep the price low. However, the hybrid model, the focus of this review is well equipped at starts at a price of $26,150. For the price, you get many standard features and the added benefit of good fuel economy numbers.
Performance: For all practical purposes, the Camry Hybrid drives similar to other Camry models. It offers a solid ride, with decent handling. Though far from sporty, the Camry Hybrid displays good road characteristics and offer adequate acceleration. The Hybrid model returns 33 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. Great numbers for a midsize sedan. Power is provided by a 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine that outputs 147 hp and is paired with an electric motor that adds an additional 40 hp from 30 kW of electrical power. The battery system used is a nickel metal hydride system that provides power to the electric motor.
Standard Features: The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid comes well equipped with features including a 6 speed automatic transmission, halogen headlights, front fog lights, 17 inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust with chrome tips, rear defrost, and so on. The hybrid version has many standard features that are optional on lower model levels.
Bottom Line: Consumers buy hybrid vehicles for their fuel efficiency and the 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid returns strong fuel economy numbers at a bargain price. At 33 city and 34 highway mpg, the Camry Hybrid may not win for overall fuel economy numbers, but it is a no sacrifice hybrid. It offers all that is expected of a standard Camry, but sips fuel at a lower rate.
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