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My next Camry (owned a 92 and now a 99 I have had for 15 years) WILL be a Camry Hybrid. The ROI (Based on a user like me who tends to keep a car for much longer than most) is there. Cutting $600-$800 a year on fuel alone justifies it (Assume 10 years @$700 a year based on current fuel prices of $3.35 per gallon) and you are saving $7K off a car that costs about 22K or less in my area. No brainer. Also, they are using what is arguably their 2006 version of that 4 cylinder...tried and true although it's newer. The underpinnings of their 4 cylinder go back to the 92. If you open the hood, you would recognize most of it, instantly. Why mess with success. It has MORE than proven itself. Kia? You must be joking. Same for Hyundai although they are improving dramatically. The Honda? Nope, transmissions and finicky tuning despite their better MPG. If you are going to flip a car every 4 years, or less, the Honda gets the nod as even that accord should easily last that long and the MPG matters. If you are going to KEEP the car, the Toyota wins hands down. The AC is ALWAYS superior to the other cars (Very very strong...a BIG deal in the south as you use it 9 months out of the year). The transmissions are smoooooooooooth and reliable. Toyota has earned a reputation. Key emphasis on "earned". Overtime they have been the right choice and I've owned a few Hondas and Nissans. Their mpg will be tweaked and improved over time but, for now, I can live with 40mpg overall while my 99 gas burner gets roughly 24/city and 30hwy....roughly 25mbps overall....15mpg is a NICE improvement. Buy the Toyota anything...you won't be sorry. Why buy misery?Report it
I recently read consumer reports 2014 where the Camry Hybrid was on the most reliable and least expensive to own list. After reading the report I'm really glad the Honda Accord was not yet available in my area (the civic is among the least reliable hybrids and getting worse each year) Ford and Hyundai are below average reliability especially their hybrids. I'm surprised by all the unhelpful responses to my review, must be people justifying the fords, hyundais, and Kias they bought or the extra $15,000 they spent on a few extra features and big L in their dash. anyway I stand by everything in my review and this car is extremely refined and quick for a hybrid. I heard the SE is now available so i would recommend if you can get the SE hybrid go for it. Much better appearance, seats, handling, similar features and cost as the XLE. I wish it was available when I bought. I still drive really fast and averaging about 35 MPG after about 6 months now. That's about 15 better than my previous Hyundai Sonata SE which was about 20. I drive about 40/60 highway/city.Report it
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