I bought my 2007 Camry Hybrid new in Feb of 2007. I just had my second 120k (yes, my car just turned over 240,000 miles) service performed. Other than scheduled maintenance (which I have performed religiously), the only other maintenance costs I have incurred are tires, brake pads, headlight bulbs, water pump at 135k and right front wheel bearing at 180k. Still getting around 37 mpg (actual, not indicated) as I drive around 600 miles per week. JM
Loved the car, But its expensive to keep. At 90,000 had to replace the battery ($500) at 112,000 had to replace the Hybrid batteries ($4,000). Even tough the gas mileage is great, I will not buy a hybrid again.
I have driven my Camry Hybrid now for 4 years and 152,000 miles. The only time this car has been to the dealer is for regular fluid changes and a rattle in the dash when it was new. I am still on the original front brake pads. I changed the rear brake pads at about 130,000 miles. The car still drives like new. These cars are turning out to be extremely reliable if the regular maintenance is done. The dealer told me he has a Camry Hybrid taxi cab that comes in for maintenance and had 490,000 miles on it last time he saw it. No repairs, just maintenance. Lifetime fuel consumption averages at 37mpg with normal driving. I'll keep driving it and see how far it can go.
I have had my Camry hybrid for about 2 months now, I sold my 2005 Subaru WRX STI and although I gave up some performance, I have been pleasantly surprised by the Camry's acceleration and handling. Intergration of the gas and electric modes is almost seamless and the CV transmission is great, all typical Toyota. I live the mountains of northeast Nevada, 6,500 ft elevation, and most of my driving is on the highway and in mountains, not hills. Mileage has been averaging around 35 mpg and thats not taking it easy trying for good milage, 80-90 mph is not uncommon and the car has plenty of passing power. Great car, highly recommended.
A little over a month and 3,000 miles and I have nothing but good things to say. You have to work a little at the mileage - learn how to coast into the most fuel efficient levels. I make several trips a month on the turnpike and get 38 MPG going 70 MPH. I get combined mileage of about 550 miles out of a tank of gas.
Hybrid 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Options on test vehicle
Front wheel drive
2362cc (144 cu-in)
double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
192 @ 6000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
138 @ 4400
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Not much to note here. Stick it in "Drive," mash the throttle and go. Surprisingly quick for a hybrid. Relatively quiet, too.
Very grabby pedal response in first few centimeters of travel. Takes some adjusting to keep from sending your passenger through the windshield. Not terribly impressive performance either.
Skid pad: This car is electronically limited by its traction/stability control in this test. The normal procedure for skid pad testing involves exploring a car's grip and balance limits around the skid pad to achieve the best lateral acceleration number. In this case it's a matter of mashing the pedal to the floor, dialing in some steering and letting the car do the rest. Trying to balance the chassis' limits against the pre-programmed limits of the safety systems is frustrating and pointless. Of course, limit driving is last on the priority list of most hybrid drivers. Slalom: Best times through the slalom are achieved by staying below the stability control's active threshold. Once it engages, the run is wasted. This car rewards smooth, slow inputs. Make a too-quick transition and you'll be fighting the stability control.