The Toyota Camry is one of the most popular cars in the world, and possibly the most popular car EVER. Toyota sells around 400,000 Camrys every year in the USA alone. Toyota has sold a total of 12,466,305 Camrys throughout the model's 36-year history. On average, around 346,286 Camry models have left dealership lots yearly in the US alone. To put this in perspective: Toyota sells more Camrys in a single USA sales year than the 330,000+ cars of all types that Mercedes sells in the United States in that same year.
Due to the pandemic, Camry sales were down during the past two years, but Toyota still made 294,348 U.S. sales in 2020 and 293,721 U.S. sales in 2021. Why are so many Camry’s sold? Camry is considered one of the best examples of Toyota’s longstanding commitment to reliability, exceptional endurance and excellent resale value. Camry’s rock-solid reputation, along with outstanding comfort, attractive styling and a generous array of safety and creature comfort features, combine to make it one of the top brands in America, year after year.
Says motorbiscuit.com’s Ronny Sullivan: “No sedan sold more in Q1 2021 than the Toyota Camry. The Toyota Camry is a midsize family sedan known for its good fuel economy, comfortable ride, quiet cabin, and easy-to-use controls. The refreshed 2021 Toyota Camry has an exciting lineup, improved interior and exterior style, and a high safety priority. Toyota Camry is not the fanciest car around, but for several years, it has been one of the best-selling sedans in the U.S.”
The Camry Hybrid was introduced in 2007, offering a gasoline/electric hybrid powertrain that boasted uncanny fuel efficiency and the new body style for that model year. 33,826 Camry Hybrids were sold in 2020, verifying its continued popularity 13 years after its debut.
There are 4 Camry Hybrid trims to choose from: LE Hybrid (MSRP: $27,380), SE Hybrid Nightshade (MSRP: $29,615), XLE Hybrid (MSRP: $32,270), and XSE Hybrid (MSRP: $32,820).
Important fuel efficiency facts concerning the 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid:
• EPA-Estimated MPG is excellent: 51/53/52 City/Highway/Combined
• Total range is around 686 miles
• EPA estimates are not out yet for the 2022 model, but the 2021Camry Hybrid saved drivers $4,500 over 5 years compared to drivers using a comparable gas car
All 4 hybrid models come with a 2.5L 4-Cylinder Gas/Electric Hybrid Engine with Front Wheel Drive, plus:
• DOHC w/VVT-i D4S direct injection
• Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive
• EV, Eco, Normal and Sport modes
• ECVT with Sequential Shift Mode
By combining the power and impressive fuel consumption of Camry’s Dynamic Force Engine with a proven electric motor and smooth-shifting ECVT, Camry Hybrid reaches new levels of efficiency. Camry Hybrid’s electric motor outputs 118 Horsepower and 149 lb.-ft. (202 N·m) of Torque, providing a Hybrid System Net Power of 208 Horsepower. The 1.0kWh Sealed Lithium-Ion Traction battery provides 259.0 Volts.
Camry Hybrid’s Sport Mode enhances throttle response, while Eco Mode adjusts throttle input to maximize your efficiency. EV Mode enables electric driving to help reduce noise and emissions. Having more choices gives you a more controlled drive.
The entry level model – the LE Hybrid – comes standard with:
• Dual zone automatic climate control
• Smart Key System with Push Button Start
• 4-mode switch (EV, Eco, Normal, Sport)
• A 7-in. touchscreen with six speakers
• Integrated backup camera with projected path
• Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ (TSS 2.5+)
• Auto on/off headlights
• Android Auto & Apple CarPlay & Amazon Alexa compatibility
Concerning the sleek roofline and front-end design of the Camry XSE Hybrid, Toyota says: “Camry XSE Hybrid’s powerful stance and captivating style announce your arrival with authority. You’ll immediately notice its aggressive, wide stance with a low roofline. The sporty accents complement Camry’s sleek yet bold contours. Styling boundaries are further pushed with an available gloss-black front grille with a sport mesh insert.
The Camry Hybrid Nightshade is a welcome new addition to the trim line. Featuring black accents, like its 18-in. wheels, window trim and badging, it's always ready to impress. This Special Edition is available in Midnight Black Metallic, Celestial Silver Metallic and White.
Toyota's touchscreen infotainment system – called Entune 3.0 – is standard across the Camry lineup, with an enhanced version available as an option. Entune is an integrated multimedia navigation and telematics system for Toyota automobiles, providing satellite-based information on traffic, weather, sports scores, stocks, and fuel prices via subscription through SiriusXM.
Entune 3.0 comes in 3 levels:
• Entune 3.0 Audio (Standard) – Includes Touchscreen display, AM/FM Radio, Siri Eyes Free, Scout GPS Link with Moving Maps, Entune 3.0 App Suite and Voice Recognition controls
• Entune 3.0 Audio Plus (Optional) – Touchscreen display, Siri Eyes Free, Scout GPS Link with Moving Maps, Entune 3.0 App Suite, CD Player, AM/FM/HD (replaces AM/FM Radio), SiriusXM, Scout GPS Link with Moving Maps, Safety Connect, Service Connect, Remote Connect, Wi-Fi Connect, Available JBL with Clari-Fi
• Entune 3.0 Premium Audio (Optional) – Touchscreen display, Siri Eyes Free, Scout GPS Link with Moving Maps, Entune 3.0 App Suite, CD Player, AM/FM/HD (replaces AM/FM Radio), SiriusXM, Dynamic Navigation, Dynamic POI Search, Destination Assist Connect, Safety Connect, Service Connect, Remote Connect, Dynamic Voice recognition controls, Wi-Fi Connect, Available JBL with Clari-Fi
The 2022 Camry Hybrid comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense2.5+ (TSS 2.5+), which includes: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Road Sign Assist (RSA) and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).
The hybrid’s Star Safety System includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology (SST).
The car comes standard with 10 airbags, including a driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, rear seat-mounted side airbags, and front and rear side curtain airbags.
Caranddriver.com’s Eric Stafford says: “The 2022 Toyota Camry shares a nameplate with the generations that came before, but its extroverted styling and performance model make it almost unrecognizable. That's because the current Camry is arguably the most compelling it has ever been. While rivals like the Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata are more refined and satisfying overall, the Toyota has its own desirable qualities, such as a full suite of standard active safety features and goodwill generated by decades of proven reliability.”
Stafford: “We've driven the Camry in both top-level XLE guise and in its more plebeian SE trim. Both are spacious and comfortable, and the XLE is downright luxurious. The Camry is a large sedan, and there's plenty of cargo space and interior storage in both its trunk and in its cabin with the rear seat folded. It's not the best in every storage category, but overall, it's thoroughly competitive. Toyota relocated the Camry hybrid's battery from the trunk to beneath the rear seats, so hybrid owners don't have to sacrifice carrying capacity for the extra mpg.”
WRITTEN DECEMBER 2022
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