Intro: Sharing the same redesigned look as the standard Camry, the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid uses innovative engineering to deliver a lighter, more powerful hybrid sedan than the model it replaces.
Save for the subtle ""Hybrid"" badging on the sculpted trunk lid, one would be hard pressed to differentiate the Camry Hybrid from its conventionally powered brethren. While previous Camry Hybrids were offered only in the XLE trim, the 2012 edition is now offered in the LE trim as well. This added trim gives more frugal buyers the option of a Camry Hybrid with a lower starting price.
Performance: The Camry Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 combined with an electric motor to put out a total 200 horsepower. That's 13 more horsepower than last year. Power is sent to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission. Two trims offer varied fuel economy, as the XLE's added features, also contribute to total weight.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Features: To get the most out of the Camry Hybrid, we recommend adding one of the three optional navigation packages that include Toyota's innovative Entune system. When paired with a smartphone, Entune allows you to play Pandora steaming music, search movie theaters and restaurants, even make a reservation, all via the touch screen in the center console.
Safety Features: Standard safety features include 4-wheel antilock brakes, vehicle stability control, side-impact door beams, and a full array of front and side impact airbags.
Pricing: Base MSRP for the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid is $25,900 for the LE trim. The XLE starts at $27,400.
Warranty: The Camry Hybrid is backed by a transferable 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a transferable 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: With a fresh new look, a cutting edge Hybrid drivetrain and expanded trim options, the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid offers buyers more attractive choices in the green car marketplace.