I’ve never pretended to be a huge fan of the Toyota Camry – and I’m not a big fan of the latest one, either. The Camry is reliable as heck, but it’s about as exciting as a dust bunny. However, that doesn’t make it a bad car – in fact, it’s a great car. It’s comfortable, spacious, dependable, and good on gas. With the new 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid, we can change that last part to exceptional on gas.
Rated at 40 mpg city / 38 MPG highway, the new Camry doesn’t net you Prius-like fuel economy. However, it is the best gas mileage available in a conventional, regular-looking car. Not everyone wants to make a political statement while driving a futuristic-looking vehicle. Now, folks who just want to get great gas mileage and do less damage to the environment can do so without standing out. And, they don’t need to spend a fortune either – base price for the Camry Hybrid is just $26820 ( Destination included ).
2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid Specs
- 147 HP 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine
- 45 HP Electric motor
- Continuously Variable Transmission ( CVT )
- Standard side and side-curtain airbags
- 4-wheel ABS standard
- EPA Says: 40 MPG City / 38 MPG highway
2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid Reviews
Edmunds reviews the 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid and writes – ‘Fear not the hybrid lifestyle. You don’t have to drive around in something that looks like a pod. Our only difficulty with the car was driving up very steep hills. The engine complained loudly. So if you live in the Hollywood Hills or someplace similarly vertical, you may want to opt for more power. You could go for the V6 Honda Accord Hybrid, which is similar in dimensions but will cost you $5,000 more than the base Camry Hybrid’s $25,900.’
Cnet reviews the 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid and writes – ‘When the Camry is pottering around town, it can survive in electric-only mode, which makes for a smooth–and deathly quiet–ride. Initially, it can be quite unnerving to drive a car of this size in electric mode; more than once, we had to remind ourselves that the engine had not stalled when getting ready to pull off from the lights. To counter our butterflies in these situations, we found that we would step extrahard on the gas pedal to ensure that we didn’t hold up the traffic flow, an action that would cause the car to decide that we needed more power and to call upon the gas engine for extra torque. As the Camry switches from electric only to gas-and-electric, the car splutters and judders as it balances the two power sources–a minor design flaw but one we can live with. An LCD in the instrument panel informs the driver which fuel sources are currently being used, while a dial to its left gives an instantaneous readout of current gas mileage.’
Car and Driver reviews the 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid and writes – ‘There’s nothing wheezy about this hybrid. Holding the pedal down brings a high-revving purr from the engine room and a surge to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds, almost a full second quicker than a four-cylinder, five-speed Camry SE (March 2006). The quarter finishes in 16.3 seconds at 92 mph, compared with 16.9 at 86 mph for the four. This is punchy strawberry.’
Automobile Mag reviews the 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid and writes – ‘The Camry Hybrid is a comfortable and unassuming machine as long as you drive it calmly over smooth pavement, where you’ll enjoy generally placid ride characteristics. But stay away from pockmarked roads, where the Hybrid’s body control goes limp (likely due to the extra weight of the hybrid system), poor damping allows unwanted vibrations into the cabin, and severe bumps cause kickback through the steering wheel.’
Forbes Auto reviews the 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid and writes – ‘The economics of buying a hybrid are shaky at best, as the Camry Hybrid sells for $6,000 to $8,000 more than a comparably equipped standard four-cylinder Camry. Considering that the actual mileage for most hybrid buyers has been lower than the EPA estimates of 40 mpg city/38 mpg highway, recouping the initial cost in terms of money saved at the pump could take years.’