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Camry Hybrid Nice But Pricey, Writes USA Today

Automotive columnist James R. Healey test drives the 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid and finds that with the tax credit -- which just got cut in half -- the price difference vanishes.

Published: 23-Jul-2006

Each new gasoline-electric hybrid seems to advance the breed — smoother, more interesting, more useful than what's come before. The 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid does that in some ways, but judged by the regular-production test car, it also has backslid.

The point of a hybrid is to provide better fuel economy than a similar gasoline model. The Camry hybrid is rated a commendable 40 miles per gallon in town, 38 on the highway, 39 mpg in combined driving. No others except small hybrids do better, not even tiny gasoline-power cars.

The test car's trip computer showed 32.7 mpg in 390 miles of mostly suburban driving, punctuated by short freeway hops.

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