What’s not to love about America’s best-selling car? After a redesign in 2012, and adding Hybrid technology, the 2013 Camry Hybrid XLE has some newly added features that will win over even more converts. Now standard is a 6.1” central display touchscreen system, upgraded door panels, and a rear cross-traffic alert feature. The plush ride that Camry owners have become accustomed to and road-hugging suspension will keep you and your passengers comfortable, whether you are quickly accelerating, or gliding along smoothly with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system. This system creates the smoothest electric to gasoline transition in the marketplace.
I decided to take the Camry to downtown Phoenix; where my husband and best friends Cathy and William Burford decided to do the Pancreatic Cancer run for the cure. You see our mutual friend; Sam was suffering with this disease and putting up the fight of his life. We wanted to support him and raise money for research. The hybrid Camry was energy efficient, our friend needed all the energy we could muster…. 200 friends and relatives ran for Sam that day, it was fantastic.
The Camry has stuck by that old adage, “do one thing and do it well.” Many of the features that keep the Camry at the top of the heap are evident throughout the vehicle. The interior is roomy, with good visibility, it offers dual climate controls, hands-free steering wheel controls for phone and audio, smart key system with push button start, multi information display, ten air bags ( that’s right, 10), Five Star overall safety rating, whiplash injury lessening front seats, brake assist and smart stop technology, and front and passenger knee air bags. It would seem as though they have included everything as standard equipment, but some of the optional equipment on this model includes; blind spot monitor, leather package, HDD navigation (with a 7” screen) and Entune and JBL sound system. And, we haven’t even addressed the Hybrid features yet!
When we drove downtown for the run, we arrived early and decided to walk around the area surrounding the Capital. There were sculptures, historical displays and memorials. I knew I wanted to come back in the cooler weather, when I could spend a few hours; but not today. I was looking at statues and historic plaques dating back to the birth of Arizona which made me realize just how far we’ve come with automotive technology. We have all electric cars and hydrogen powered vehicles… what next? Whatever it is, I’m sure Toyota will be at the forefront.
The posted MPG is: 40 city/38 highway, saving you nearly $1,000 per year in fuel costs alone. A concern with hybrids is always cargo space due to the batteries, but the Camry Hybrid has 13.1 cubic feet in the trunk, which is quite decent. While we are on the subject, the combined horsepower when the electric and gas systems function together is 200, and that’s a lot of ponies! The MSRP as tested was $27,670, making this a great deal, especially when considering that many hybrids have a much higher price point. I would be remiss if I failed to mention one of the overriding reasons that the Camry so often sits at the top of the list of best selling cars, and that is reliability. It’s what Camry owners keep coming back for year after year.
As more and more auto manufacturers engineer better ways to help the environment, devise better safety features and help with pollution, the better it will be. Let’s put that same effort in to cancer research and find a cure.
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* Source: American Cancer Society