In the mid-size family sedan segment, competition is intense. To be a sales success, products have to deliver on multiple fronts: safety, features, convenience, passenger and cargo space, technology and fuel economy. For 2012, the redesigned Toyota Camry Hybrid has upped the ante by achieving a projected EPA rating of 43 mpg city/39 mpg city/41 mpg combined.
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Of course, that’s only in the Camry Hybrid LE model. In the XLE trim, the figures are just slightly lower at 41/38 mpg. The difference is that the XLE has a few more features, which add weight, and a larger wheel size.
Comparing what’s available from the competition, the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid achieves better fuel economy than the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid (41/36 mpg) and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (35/40 mpg).
As our sister publication, TheCarConnection, points out, this is nowhere near the 51/48 mpg that the Toyota Prius gets, but it is close to the 44/40 mpg in the new 2012 Prius v.
GreenCarReports says buyers can expect competition from a forthcoming Nissan Altima Hybrid in a couple of years when the automaker launches a redesigned model. Nissan will not sell a 2012 Altima Hybrid.
There’s also the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco to contend with, although the projected fuel economy in this mid-size sedan is 26/38.
What about a mid-size Honda Accord Hybrid? Speculation is that Honda, which has said it will a new full hybrid system for its mid-size and larger vehicles next year, will select the Accord to receive it.
For now, though, even though the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid may not be overly dramatic in terms of styling, it is fully capable, practical, and gives family buyers looking for a highly fuel-efficient mid-size sedan another choice to consider.
One other benefit to consumers is that the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE is priced from $25,900 and the Camry Hybrid XLE starts off at $27,400. These prices are $1,150 and $800 less than the 2011 Camry Hybrids, respectively.