When Toyota stopped selling in Western Europe 15 years ago, we didn’t think anyone would miss Camry. It was a car that the British didn’t really take, even before the crossover / SUV explosion started seriously. I mean, why do you have a big Toyota sedan when you have a Lexus? And why did you buy a Lexus with a Mercedes, BMW or Audi?
It has been tremendously successful elsewhere (and doing it) – it has sold over 100 countries in 19 million, almost 40 years. Americans love them and the Middle East. Likewise, if the Europeans want a Ford car ’by default, they would move to Ford Ford if most of the world’s defaults contacted a Camry.
But the British always liked big, so-called premium cars with some badges. And a diesel option. Camry didn’t do any of that. That’s why we think it’s Toyota’s interests to stop British sales when we do.
But now Camry’s return – in the passage ocean, a new hall in a segment that doesn’t grow and grow. And recently, a little bit smaller than a company that killed the Avensis hall because they did not buy enough people. Huh.
So. There’s a Toyota that is almost as big as a BMW 5 Series, but cheaper than any BMW 3 Series and can only be used with the same type of den self-charging bir hybrid system with a Prius. This means a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a CVT transmission – basically the drivetrain you use in Lexus ES.
Do they have competitors? The Ford Mondeo Hybrid is probably not very good. Maybe the plug-in is VW Passat GTE. Even Skoda Superb and Vauxhall Insignia – even though they are not hybrid versions.
Whatever the competition, its appeal seems to be very limited with its size, shape, badge and engine. As a matter of fact, Toyota expects only to sell around 500 units a year and sell the majority of these to fleets.
In the states where this generation Camry has been selling since mid-2017, you can get one of these with a big V6 and a classic eight-speed automatic transmission. But we only get hybrid in Britain. It seems logical.
Toyota bills it and other self-charging ‘hybrids except the Prius. It sounds fancy and clever, but it’s a phrase that you really can do by those who do marketing, inventing Toyota / Lexus cars to set it apart from the new wave of plug-in hybrids.
This ild self-charging rit issue is not really a sign of any new technology – basically, the Camry Hybrid is not very different from the hybrids that preceded this statement. The engine is a hybrid that can travel up to a few miles on battery power before starting the engine. Often, it is about balancing petrol and electric power for optimal efficiency.
A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a small electric motor and battery give the combined 215bhp delivered to the front wheels via the CVT gearbox only. 0-62mph takes 8.3 seconds; this is not bad and the maximum speed is 112mph.
Nevertheless, you will not want to use all of this performance. Although this is among the least insulting CVTs we’ve tried, you’re still actively giving up fast acceleration. First, no one wants to hear what this kind of movement will do to your average mpg, while the second one doesn’t want to hear that this engine is droning at 5,000 rpm.
Camry feels more comfortable with driving at home, with smooth, thoughtful inputs that keep the engine at lower speeds. This is better (and more economical) than any other place around the city, as it is the first of all hybrids. Quiet, quiet and good driving with little road or wind noise, unless you’re accelerating hard. Although it is intertwined, the operation is fairly regular – it takes some time for the brakes to get used to. Thanks to skinny eco tires, there is not much grip.
He won’t have fun riding him, but with your eyes open you can’t go inside and you won’t be disturbed by something unique. Except for the CVT, you need to go on a busy road for the first time. Mostly as ordinary as they come. Bland.
Camry’s boot is too big. And deep, because the hybrid system’s batteries are under the rear seats instead of the luggage base. And so long that if you somehow want to grab something that rests on the back of the bench, you’ll practically have to bump into it and drive it to the back of the load compartment. Not elegant.
The front sides were fine – comfortable seats, spacious and relatively airy. We want to place the driver’s seat a few inches lower, but nothing important, the driving position is still good. In the meantime, there was a smooth leg room in the back, but the ceiling gap could have been better. A 6-foot guy won’t let his head in and out, but he can have four 6ft friends. A few USB ports should keep your fees quiet.
Leather is standard – something that would really make the little ones who bought this thing really happy, even if the touch didn’t feel particularly good. Because it’s completely clean. Especially after the scattered Friday night of the town, it is easy to relieve the patients. In other places, the materials are a mixed bag – some of them feel a little cheap when you touch them, while others are unnecessarily soft touches, even if you never graze.
The infotainment was also slightly affected and missed. Finding the user interface is easy enough, but nowadays it’s pretty basic that Apple misses CarPlay and is a little slow to respond. A line was drawn in Toyota, where both Toyota and the most inquisitive inquiries continued. The best featured cars are getting a wireless phone charge, with a tray that is slid backwards to reveal a kitten underneath.
What do you think about Toyota’s hybrid system? Assuming you’re driving the right way. If you don’t have access to a plug (or if you can’t be bothered watching the cables in your garage), a good way to forbid you to get the most out of your PHEV, even if you have alleged numbers, is not good enough to qualify for the best tax cuts.
Toyota’s hybrid system works in the opposite direction to normal internal combustion cars, making it the most efficient stop / start traffic. Why do you think the Über drivers love them a little? In the meantime, the CVT acts as an active deterrent to a gearbox and quick drive. Toyota claims that the combined and high 40s in the north of 50mpg is absolutely possible.
The Camrys on the small 17in wheel is below 100g / km CO2. Just. After all, it will be a very cheap car to run given the size.
Speaking of small wheels – Camry comes in both versions with hybrid power transmission as well as kit-stacked (there is no option beyond fancy paint). The ‘design’ starts just under £ 30k and offers you almost everything: alloys, leather, LED headlights, air conditioning control, keyless everything, parking sensors and Toyota ‘Touch 2’ infotainment system with Bluetooth and DAB.
The extra £ 1,300 çapraz Excel kör adds more LEDs, wireless phone charges, better parking sensors, blind spot monitoring and cross-traffic warning. Larger wheels also marginally increase CO2 emissions.
All Camrysler adopts adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and pedestrian detection autonomous emergency braking.
Only hybrid Toyota Camry is not a bad car. It is quiet, comfortable and economical. You get a lot of kit and because the kit is a Toyota, the kit will continue to work forever.
But it’s pretty boring. And also, who will buy one? Taxi drivers will love this because of their economic drivetrain, large interiors and low operating costs – but they have better, cheaper options. Most people who end up with a Camry don’t do it because they choose, but because the fleet managers are pushing it.
It looks like Lexus ES, only really interesting bits.