Toyota Camry Hybrid Tops Safety Rating

By: Jenny Mclane

All-new Toyota Camry Hybrid, the powerful redesigned version of a 4-door sedan, tops the safety rating for front and side crash protection. It was rated five out of five stars safety rating. 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid was given seven standard airbags which include knee airbag. The latter is also used to keep the driver in the right seat position in case of frontal crash.

Aside from its safety rating, the most obvious difference of is the drive feel. In its newest version, said car was made more refined and quiet. With just a touch of the standard push-button, the driver can experience the difference. However, the downside of it is passed on to the pedestrians. The latter must be cautious enough to notice Camry Hybrid coming up from behind.

The car is equipped with .4-liter, I4, 192-horsepower, hybrid engine that yields 40-mpg in the city and 38-mpg on the highway. Camry Hybrid is given the latest Hybrid Synergy Drive system with state-of-the art electronics that is capable of mixing electric power with gas engine power, when needed. The 105-kilowatt electric motor can instantly yield 199 pound-feet of torque for easy and smooth acceleration. Camry Hybrid is also given a quieter interior for a more tranquil ride.

Compared to , which has a combined 110 hp from its electric or gas system and a 5-door hatchback design, Camry Hybrid serves less mileage. The ratings for Prius are 60 mpg city/51 mpg highway.

Camry Hybrid weighs 3,680 pounds. Said car weighs less than Prius and Accord. Its trunk space loses approximately 4.6 cubic feet than the gasoline-only Camry. To reduce the trunk space, the battery pack is placed behind the rear seats.

So far, Camry Hybrids have more than 17, 300 sales just for this year. The suggested retail price of Camry Hybrid is $26,480. It includes continuously variable transmission (CVT), up level ergonomics and amenities like the 8-way power driver's seat.

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