High expectations come with the territory when you’re the maker of the first mass-produced, and now world’s best-selling hybrid car. Not surprisingly, Toyota has raised its own bar with the introduction of the redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Toyota has taken their success and run with it, adding just slight improvements to the second-generation Toyota Camry Hybrid while bringing back what works.
The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, unlike its non-hybrid Camry sedan counterpart, as well as a host of available tech upgrades. For the new model year, Toyota introduces their comprehensive infotainment Entune system along with steering wheel-mounted controls. Toyota’s Entune option allows drivers to access supported apps from their compatible smartphones through a 6.1-inch touchscreen. Some available functions include the ability to use search engines, stream music, as well as check current traffic conditions, weather, and fuel prices. Packages that include the Entune option also offer basic navigation.
Unfortunately, neither Entune nor navigation come standard on the LE or XLE, and while it comes standard on its non-hybrid counterpart, the touchscreen is missing from the LE Hybrid. Toyota does offer hands-free phone capability and Bluetooth music streaming for those with the technology. For those without, there is a CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, auxiliary audio jack, and a USB port that comes standard on both models.
The 2012 hybrid design improves on the first-generation with a darker, more sophisticated interior that features an elevated stitched faux leather dashboard with brushed-aluminum trim. The leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls featured on the XLE takes the stylishness up a notch. Toyota moved the battery pack forward a few inches, giving the new Camry an expanded trunk volume of 2.5 cubic feet.
Fuel efficiency and power are enhanced with the redesigned build and tweaked technology of the new model. The Hybrid XLE is rated at 41/38 mpg and 40 mpg combined compared to the 43/39/41 mpg* cranked out by the more narrow tires of the lighter LE. San Antonians who drive the XLE fill up only about once a month – almost half that of non-hybrid drivers – and spend $15 a week at the pump on an average round trip commute of 36 miles per day. LE drivers save $0.35 more a week than XLE drivers, and almost $340 a year compared to drivers of the non-hybrid Camry.
The 2012 Camry hybrid’s closest competition is the Ford Fusion ($28,600) and the Hyundai Sonata ($25,795), both with EPA ratings lower than the Camry’s (39 and 37 mpg*, respectively). The more affordable and efficient Toyota Camry Hybrid – starting at $25,900 – saves San Antonians an average of almost one cent per mile. Ford Fusion drivers spend over $35 more than those with LE hybrids, and Camry drivers rack up a yearly commute savings of almost $80 when compared to Sonata costs. If you’re looking for an affordable hybrid sedan, the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid is it.
With its upgraded features, tastefully redesigned interior and increased cargo room, you might forget you’re driving a hybrid. At least until you see all you save at the pump. The new 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid has better fuel economy than ever before, making it a great car for just about everyone.
Test Drive the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid at Toyota of Boerne
If you want to truly get the full Camry Hybrid experience, schedule a test drive and come on down to Toyota of Boerne. Our knowledgeable and friendly sales team will be happy to answer any questions you have about the Toyota Camry Hybrid. We’ve got all the latest Toyota Camry Hybrid models in stock in addition to our wide selection of used and certified pre-owned Toyota vehicles to look at too. Come find the one that’s right for you!
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.