Basically unchanged for 2009, the Toyota Camry Hybrid is a five-passenger sedan combining better-than-average fuel economy with a level of equipment on par with the top-of-the-line Camry XLE. The front-wheel-drive Camry Hybrid is powered by a 2.4L four-cylinder engine producing 147 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque working with an electric motor that adds another 40 hp, yielding a total of 187 hp, paired to a specialized continuously variable transmission. The Camry Hybrid can also be powered by the electric motor alone at speeds up to 30 mph. Toyota Camry Hybrid fuel economy is estimated by the EPA to be 33 mpg city/34 mpg hwy and is rated as an Advanced Technology Partial-Zero Emissions Vehicle, which is the best possible rating for a gas vehicle. Safety features comprise stability and traction control, antilock brakes, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. Camry Hybrid standard features, including push-button start, dual-zone climate control and HomeLink, offer real convenience, while elegant touches such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob give the Camry Hybrid a truly luxurious feel.Read more Read less
Across the board, 2009 Toyota Camry prices are up $150, and remote keyless entry is now standard on all non-Hybrid models instead of being an upgraded item on the SE and XLE trims. On the V6 SE, the Sport Convenience Package is now called Package #1, and the Sport Leather Package is renamed Package #2. Standard equipment on the Hybrid now includes alloys instead of 2007's steel wheels, while the optional Comfort & Convenience Package keeps the same price and content but is now simply referred to as the Convenience Package.
Value; available fuel economy and performance; roomy interior; luxury-car amenities; smooth, quiet ride.
The 2009 Toyota Camry continues to live up to its reputation as one of the most sensible buys among mid-size sedans, from the frugal-but-well-equipped four-cylinder CE model to the V6 XLE that flirts with having luxury-car appointments. The Hybrid continues to be one of the most fuel efficient vehicles on the road, in addition to ranking as one of the lowest carbon dioxide offender in its segment.