The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid offers an improved version of last year's engine: a respectably powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder that, combined with the electric drive motor produces a total of 200 horsepower. An improved regenerative braking system that converts more braking energy into electricity also helps the new Camry Hybrid achieve an EPA-estimated 41 mpg in combined driving, and a substantial 10 mpg gain in city driving.
The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid is offered in LE and XLE trim levels. The LE features 16-inch steel wheels, auto headlights, keyless entry/ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, power accessories, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth, six-speaker CD sound system with auxiliary input and USB jacks.
The XLE adds 17-inch alloy wheels, heated exterior mirrors, chrome garnishments, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat and the six-speaker Display Audio system featuring a 6.1-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth audio streaming.
Option packages -- available only on the XLE -- offer features including a sunroof; a rearview camera; heated driver and passenger seats; four-way power passenger seat; the Display Audio system integrated with a navigation system, HD Radio, satellite radio, voice recognition, Entune integration of smartphone and Web functions; and a premium 10-speaker JBL audio system with all of the Display Audio features integrated with a 7-inch touchscreen hard-drive-based navigation system.
The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid offers a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 156 hp and 156 pound-feet of torque. An electric motor furnishes some low-speed propulsion and brings the gas engine to life when it shuts down at stoplights in order to save fuel. Combined, the two power units are good for 200 hp. A continuously variable transmission delivers power to the front wheels. Toyota says the Camry Hybrid will return an estimated 43 city mpg/39 highway mpg and 41 mpg combined.
The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid comes with a battery of standard safety features, including antilock brakes with brake assist, stability control, front- and rear-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and knee airbags for both driver and passenger, the latter new for 2012. A blind-spot monitoring system is also available.
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