Toyota Camry was one of the best-selling mid-size vehicles on the U.S. market. Its reliability and comfort were its main attributes. In 2009, the Japanese carmaker introduced a hybrid version.
While the Prius was not the first hybrid vehicle globally, it was the car that started the hybrid revolution. It was the first mass-produced vehicle with gasoline-electric power and helped the Japanese carmaker to become a leader in that domain. That's why it was normal to offer a similar powertrain for the Camry. While the 1.8-liter gasoline unit was good enough for a compact-sized vehicle, it was too weak for a mid-size sedan such as Camry.
The 2009 Camry Hybrid adopted the same front design as the rest of its family, with angled headlights and a small, leaves-looking grille. To aerodynamically enhance the front fascia, Toyota chose to install a wrap-around bumper with a narrow grille at the bottom. In the rear, a small lip on the trunk enhanced the car's drag coefficient. The carmaker stated that it even enhanced the fuel-efficiency.
Inside, the Camry featured a mix of retro-styling with modern amenities. While the big dials for the speedometer and tachometer helped the driver read the marks, the designers installed a complex infotainment system on the center stack. On its 6.1" screen, the car displayed its hybrid system status. A 7" screen with advanced functions and a navigation system was available on the options list.
Under the hood, Toyota installed a 2.5-liter Atkinson engine helped by an electric motor. The hybrid synergy drive offered good performance and very good fuel-efficiency.
ENGINE SPECS - 2.4 Hybrid CVT (187 HP)
|Power:||109.6 KW @ 6000 RPM|
149 HP @ 6000 RPM
147 BHP @ 6000 RPM
|Torque:||138 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM|
187 Nm @ 4400 RPM
|Fuel System:||Multipoint Injection|
|Top Speed:||130 mph (209 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||9 s|
|Drive Type:||Front Wheel Drive|
|Gearbox:||Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)|
|Tire Size:||P215/55 R17|
|Length:||189.2 in (4806 mm)|
|Width:||71.7 in (1821 mm)|
|Height:||57.7 in (1466 mm)|
|Front/rear Track:||62/61.6 in (1,575/1,565 mm)|
|Wheelbase:||109.3 in (2776 mm)|
|Ground Clearance:||5.1 in (130 mm)|
|Cargo Volume:||14.5 cuFT (411 L)|
|Unladen Weight:||3483 lbs (1580 kg)|
|Gross Weight Limit:||4630 lbs (2100 kg)|
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
|City:||33 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)|
|Highway:||34 mpg US (6.9 L/100Km)|
|Combined:||33.5 mpg US (7 L/100Km)|
|Total system power: 187 HP (139 kW)|