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Camry: Goes Hybrid

By: Anthony Fontanelle

There have been several redesigns and revisions over the years. The Toyota Camry Hybrid is a hybrid version of the Camry sedan. It is a 4 door, 5 passenger family sedan, available in one trim only, the 4 Door Sedan. It is a new addition to the Camry lineup which has good quality and reliability with increased fuel efficiency.

“The Camry Hybrid is equipped with a standard 2.4 liter, I4, 192 horsepower, hybrid engine that achieves 33 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. A variable speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard.” Reviewers state that the Camry Hybrid is a good performer and one of the most fuel-efficient mid-size vehicles around. The driving experience in the Camry Hybrid is as excellent as a normal sedan. ‘Most of the time you can quite simply forget that you're driving a hybrid’

In terms of exterior design the Camry Hybrid does not stand out, unlike the Prius. Its physical appeal is similar to a conventional Camry's outfit.

The Camry has a moon roof which is something unavailable on the Prius. It also has a side glass that arcs inward as it rises, suggesting a canopy

2008 Camry Hybrid is a comfortable vehicle that's packed with all new .

The driving position is excellent. Even with the optional navigation system, remarkably few buttons are needed to operate this complex machine. Riding this car gives a feeling of comfort with the windshield and dashboard pushed forward and out of your face.

Interior features include: an audio control surrounded by a beautiful translucent blue trim; a JBL audio system, a leather-trimmed steering and shift knob, an electro-chromic rearview mirror, and a garage door opener.

The 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid does very well in government crash tests. According to usnews.rankingsandreviews.com, the 2008 Camry Hybrid earned five out of five stars for both frontal and side impact tests.

“The new Camry Hybrid has traction control, vehicle stability control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution, as well as a tire-pressure monitor.” The Camry also crumple zones that are designed to absorb collision impact. It also has all kind of airbag that exists in all conventional sedans.

“The 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid ranks 2 out of 25 Affordable Midsize Cars.”

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About The Author, Anthony Fontanelle


Anthony Fontanelle is a 35-year-old automotive buff who grew up in the Windy City. He does freelance work for an automotive magazine when he is not busy customizing cars in his shop.

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