Toyota's Camry has long dominated the family car sector, and that doesn't look set to change any time soon. The February issue of product testing organization Consumer Reports carries tests of three different Camry models, including the important and extensively-updated hybrid model. All three are given the Recommended tag, beating Volkswagen's all-new Passat comprehensively. The Camry was rated highly for its more agile handling, improved interior and better fuel economy. The hybrid model in particular was praised for its 38 mpg rating. This marginally beats the diesel Passat TDI's 37 mpg combined rating, but the Passat was praised for its impressive 51 mpg during CR's highway testing.
Review: Toyota Camry Hybrid
Toyota Camry Hybrid Test Review Car and Driver
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First Test: 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE
Data services such as fuel prices, weather, and traffic come in through satellite radio, while Entune supports Bing searches, Pandora radio, and other apps. Of course, fuel economy is great for a vehicle of this size. The Bad The Entune smartphone app can be majorly annoying on the Android platform. Voice command system struggles with oddly spelled street and contact names, doesn't offer option to input intersections. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic.
Until I passed the radar-equipped eye of the local constabulary, nobody had noticed the Toyota Camry I was driving. Entune optimizes internet for the car. Touch screen coexists with physical buttons. Excellent fuel economy. Not nimble.