July 25, 2012
For the 650-mile trip I wrote about earlier this week, I averaged 32 mpg. Considering that it was mostly highway driving (70 mph-plus speeds, A/C on) but with some city driving mixed in, I'm pretty happy with that. For reference, EPA estimates are 25 city, 35 highway and 28 mpg combined.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor
April 23, 2012
Got a couple random thoughts on our Camry's fuel economy for Earth Day. For starters, our Camry is not doing very well in matching its combined EPA number. In the last Fuel Economy update, it was at a 24.1 mpg average, compared to the EPA's 28 mpg. No other actively blogged about car in our fleet is further off its target right now. Other than it hasn't been used for any really long trips yet to boost its average with more highway mileage, I'm at a loss to explain why.
I've been doing a lot of city driving recently, and at least the in-car gauge is pretty close to the EPA's 25 mpg city. Maybe I'll check to see if I can easily match EPA highway later this week.
I've come to like the fuel economy gauge in the instrument cluster. At first it seemed silly to me to dedicate space for a gauge like this when a trip computer can tell you the same thing. And why wouldn't it show you instant fuel economy, too? But having it there all the time has made me more aware of my average fuel economy and, sort of like with a hybrid, makes it more like a game to try and keep my average near a particular number (30's been my goal recently). And while it only shows average economy on our car, you can see instant fuel economy (plus past economy in one-minute increments) on the main display screen.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 7,325 miles
April 10, 2012
I did a road trip over the weekend with my family. Actually, the one-way trips were split between two vehicles, the Explorer and the Camry. Those aren't two vehicles you would normally compare, but it was interesting to me nonetheless to notice the differences.
I was a little worried at first since I had the Explorer to start out. As I have two small children, there's no such thing as a small load for a road trip. After packing up, the Explorer's cargo area wasn't at capacity, but it was pretty close to being at my comfort level (not putting stuff higher than the top of the second-row seats). Would it all fit in the Camry?
March 28, 2012
This is the Camry SE's mpg gauge, which displays average fuel economy -- a useful enough metric. But it bugs me that it tells me I'm getting 32 mpg while sitting still, which is when this picture was shot.
Getting the Hybrid XLE buys you an incremental LED gauge to the right of the needle's sweep, which shows instant MPG.
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor @ 6,446 miles
March 26, 2012
So I went on a bit of a road trip this weekend. The trip up was 228 miles door-to-door and the Camry (despite craptacular traffic escaping L.A.) earned 33 miles/gallon, or 2 mpg shy of the official EPA estimate. While there, I logged about 35 miles around town and drove back, earning 28 mpg, or exactly the EPA combined figure. The near-500-mile drive averaged 30-miles per gallon. I was about to claim "best tank" for my 33 mpg until I glanced at the entry belonging to "JD" who managed to eke out a 36 mpg average over a piddly 174 miles.
I also found a trip screen that reminded me very much of one in the Toyota Prius.
December 13, 2011
This is how the gas mileage is displayed in our 2012 Toyota Camry. I think I prefer the digital readout of mpg, which is more precise. I know there's really no reason to know what your mpg is to the tenths, unless of course, you have a little contest with yourself. Then this wouldn't be satisfying but at all. Hypermilers care to chime in? Here, I read the mpg as around 24. Eh.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 1,612 miles
December 12, 2011
This weekend I had our 2012 Toyota Camry as my ride about town. As a comfortable conveyance to run my errands, it performed well. I stuck to surface streets, hit up brunch in Mid-City, a party in Hollywood, Christmas card shopping.... Nothing too exciting. Cushy seats, effective seat heaters and decent power made it all bearable.
Only thing is that the Camry didn't feel like me. Ever put on a piece of clothing that so wasn't you? Think the Big Lebowski being forced to wear a suit. That's sort of how I felt in our Camry. It was too "grownup" for me.
Not that that's a bad thing. I can appreciate how it would work well for small families or my parents what with its roomy interior, decent mpg (25 city/35 highway/28 combined), conveniences (Entune) and plush ride. Folks who just want to get from Point A to Point B will like the Camry.
But I want a car that makes my heart skip a beat. Where you can feel the road and get a thrill from driving it. Again, not that the Camry is bad, I'm just not ready to grow up.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 1,606 miles