A little while ago Toyota Canada signed on to Twitter and began following me. I followed them back and sent them an update about how I like the Yaris (we had the chance to rent one last year, and drive one as a Zip Car). Within a few minutes I was communicating with Toyota about trying out their 2010 Camry Hybrid and we arranged something for Earth Day as well as my recent trip to Harrison.
Basics: 2.5-litre, four cylinder engine, six speed powertrain, Hybrid Synergy Drive, 185 horsepower (268-horsepower 3.5-litre V6 is also available), 5.7L/100 km rating.
Features: I don’t know what “psychoacoustics” or “plasmaclusters” are or what they do but here’s a personalized list…
Things I liked about the Toyota Camry:
I’ve been able to get some input from friends and family as well. For my sister, the car is a great size with decent trunk space (even with the battery back there) and has a huge glove box. However, she said you’d never be able to get three car seats across the back since there’s a bit of a hump in the rear-middle seat. Being a busy mom, something like that is a key feature for her. My husband on the other hand, was pretty much sold on the car when he saw the media inputs and USB slot — where you can plug-in, charge, and play your iPod.
It was an incredibly smooth ride and when that engine shuts off, when you idle or pop it into reverse, it just feels so cool — and good to know you’re not spewing emissions. When accelerating from a complete stop there is a bit of a shudder, but that’s simply the engine kicking in. Being someone who used to drive a manual transmission, it scared me at first since I thought I had stalled the car but I soon got used to it.
When returning the Toyota Camry to the press fleet after my trip out to Harrison and Agassiz (about 360-400 kms round trip) I topped it off with about $18 of premium gas. I did a bit of city driving throughout that time (doing the carpool thing) and some short trips while away, but I think that’s pretty darn good all things considered.
You can check the website to find out how much one of these will run ($24,650 MSRP) and if you’d like updates, follow @ToyotaCanada on Twitter.
I wasn’t paid to write this review but I was given the car on two occasions for this very purpose, thanks to a connection on Twitter.