We took the Toyota Camry Hybrid Luxury for a test spin and found it was pretty good for one of the larger cars in the hybrid family.
However, its size is not without some compromise on economy compared with Toyota's other offerings. We review the car's performance, comfort and savings to give you our verdict.
The steering is very light and quick for a big car, though it feels a touch lifeless and it's not as direct as others. That said, it's much better than the Prius'
steering. A leather-wrapped steering wheel feels slippery, just as with the Prius, but it is adjustable for both height and rake.
The car's acceleration to 100km/h is impressive. The brakes feel powerful and will stop the car quickly from any speed.
The car has constantly variable transmission which works well, and it's fast to respond when putting the right foot down quickly. The ride is comfortable, but quite firm, and the car feels stable even when cornering fast. The body also feels solid.
The cabin is comfortable – the seats are firm, and the backrest and pew of the driver's seat provide enough support.
A bit of road noise enters the cabin when driving on rough surfaced roads, and slight wind noise is present from the A-pillars (the part surrounding the windscreen) when going over 100km/h.
The Camry Hybrid has some nice features which make driving it a pleasant experience: a reversing camera, electric driver's seat adjustment with two memory positions, and a blind-spot monitor - a light built into the outside mirrors that comes on if there is another car next to you, warning you not to change lanes.
The Camry Hybrid's fuel usage is pretty good for such a large car. Like the Prius, the petrol engine turns off if you come to a stop, saving fuel. It's hardly noticeable when it fires up again and it's as good as the system in the Prius.
The Camry Hybrid base model is about $5000 more expensive than the base model Camry, which does make this a relatively expensive car. It's not quite as fuel efficient as other hybrids, however it's recommended if you're looking for a larger car but still want to reduce your fuel usage.
Fuel usage claim vs measured per 100km: 5.2L vs 6.0L
Acceleration to 100km/h: 8.5s
Braking distance from 50km/h: 10m
ANCAP safety rating: 5 out of 5 stars