2012 sees the launch of a revamped version of Toyota Camry Hybrid sedan. It's no secret that while the petrol driven version of the Camry has been a major success story for Toyota, their Hybrid version has been slipping steadily down the charts since it was first launched in late 2006, faring increasingly poorly against such strong opposition from within the family as the Prius and from without with Ford's Fusion Hybrid and Hyundai's Sonata Hybrid.
However thanks to a major breakthrough in engine configuration that reviews show guarantees dramatically slashed fuel consumption. With this advantage up their sleeves Toyota are rightfully confident that the 2012 Camry Hybrid will make a dramatic comeback and restore its rightful place in the top three best selling Hybrid engine powered cars in North America.
The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid Sedan continues in its basic format as a front-wheel driven four-door that will comfortably hold five people. Externally it is impossible to differentiate between the Hybrid Camry and its petrol powered cousins- the main difference lies beneath the hood. Therein lays the heart of the Toyota Camry Hybrid and the secret of its renewed success. A Hybrid Synergy driven combination electric motor/147-horsepower four-cylinder engine gasoline engine capable of 147-horsepower coupled with an electric motor paired with a six-speed automatic with manual shift feature transmission, that together produced combined 200 horsepower. Such a power pack needs some supervision and this comes by way a continuously variable transmission system, whose role it is to synchronize all these various power sources to maximizes the Camry's efficiency.
All that combined power goes to providing fuel economy equivalent to delivering an average of 41 miles per gallon, with an unbelievable 39 miles per gallon recorded in the city and 43 miles per gallon on the open road. Figures that have been confirmed by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Road holding in the Camry Hybrid Sedan continues to impress, earning rave reviews with special mention going to Toyota's Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) traction control feature, while the Camry's suspension remains in the top class, handling challenging turns with almost contemptuous ease.
The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid Sedan's totally re-designed body shape, with futuristic aerodynamic lines being very much in evidence and are well emphasized in the car's front end dominated by the hood's dramatic design dipping gradually towards the vehicle's full width grille. The side view of Camry Hybrid is more restrained, while the car's rear end stands out by it relative simplicity marked by a set of tail lamps that exactly complement the front design.
As a medium sized sedan, the Toyota Camry Hybrid Sedan provides all the space required and more for five adult passengers, with plenty of head and leg room. The 60/40 split-folding rear seat is designed to provide extra elbow room for the two remaining back seat passengers or to pass a long relatively thin object through from the trunk. Trunk space on the Toyota Camry Hybrid at fifteen cubic feet is just about adequate to carry luggage for four or five people.