Advertisement
Go
2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid Photo
8.0
/ 10
On Performance
BASE INVOICE
$23,796
BASE MSRP
$26,150
On Performance
The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid achieves better fuel mileage than the four-cylinder, gasoline-only version and adds a significant performance advantage.
8.0 out of 10
Browse Toyota Camry Hybrid inventory in your area.

SEE LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS

PERFORMANCE | 8 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

The Camry Hybrid feels a little cruder than the Prius
Popular Mechanics

Camry Hybrid leaves little to be desired
Cars.com

Takes turns smoothly and easily
Mother Proof

33 mpg city, 34 mpg highway
Edmunds

TheCarConnection.com finds that the 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid's performance rivals that of not just other hybrids, but some gasoline-powered sedans as well.

The Toyota Camry Hybrid is propelled by Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive system, which also powers the Toyota Prius. It consists of a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a continuously variable transmission. The other component, the Camry Hybrid's electric motor, can run the vehicle independently, but only at speeds below 30 mph. The engine provides 147 hp, but Edmunds notes that the "electric motor adds another 40 hp," making for a decent 187 hp total.

The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid goes from 0-60 mph "in a very respectable 8.4 seconds," according to Edmunds. "The ride and handling are no sacrifice at all. This Camry virtually glides down the road and takes turns smoothly and easily," Mother Proof reports, adding that it's possible to "feel the moment when things move from electric to gas and back again." For some, this might be fun—for others, it might get old.

"Fuel economy is an impressive 33 mpg city, 34 mpg highway," according to Edmunds. And that's quite good except when compared to the 2009 Prius' "48 mpg in the city, 45 on the highway" as cited by Autoblog. This discrepancy leads Popular Mechanics to wonder if people "are willing to pay about the same for the larger Camry Hybrid as they will for the slick but smaller Prius." Since fuel mileage is the stick by which hybrid vehicles are typically measured, it's a very valid question.

Conclusion

The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid achieves better fuel mileage than the four-cylinder, gasoline-only version and adds a significant performance advantage.

« Prev: Interior / Exterior Next: Comfort and Quality »
Advertisement
Other Choices
8.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
Advertisement
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
Advertisement

How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

More From High Gear Media


 
 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by Homestar, LLC. Send us feedback.