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.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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