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2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid vs. Its Competition

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With much-improved gas mileage, thanks to some improvements handed down from the Prius, the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid is again the most fuel-efficient car in its class.

Against the Camry Hybrid, the Nissan Altima Hybrid has been a rival, though that model is on hiatus for 2012.

But the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is new; it offers gas mileage numbers close to those of the Camry Hybrid, but it's sorely lacking in sophistication, with a more lurching.

That said, the rest of the Sonata Hybrid is, as the Sonata lineup, styled with more excitement than the Camry.

The Ford Fusion Hybrid gets fuel economy ratings that are close to those of the Hybrid (up to 41 mpg), and its handling is particularly good.

Meanwhile, the Volkswagen Passat, in high-mileage TDI diesel form, gets an excellent 43 mpg highway while maintaining strong, confident performance.

All of these offerings have around the same sticker price.

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid2012 Hyundai Sonata 4-door Sedan 2.4L Auto Limited Side Exterior View2012 Hyundai Sonata2012 Volkswagen Passat2012 Volkswagen Passat
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The 2012 Toyota Camry is the most fuel-efficient way to transport the family in a traditional-looking, comfortable four-door sedan.
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The 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid scores with its deft hybrid integration, and for preserving so much of the Fusion's basic goodness.
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After more than a decade on the market, the latest Hyundai Sonata's an overnight success--thanks to great gas mileage, grabby styling, and exceptional value for the dollar.
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A massive rear seat and better-than-hybrid highway fuel economy mask the slight loss of refinement and nimble road feel in the 2012 Volkswagen Passat.
MSRP From   
$25,990Browse Used ListingsN/ABrowse Used Listings$19,795Browse Used Listings$20,590Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage   
40 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric I4N/AGas I4Gas I5
EPA Class   
MidsizeN/ALarge CarsMid-Size
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan LE (GS)N/A4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S PZEV
Front Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door SedanN/A4 Door Sedan4 Door Sdn
Continuously VariableN/AManualManual
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