Little has changed for the 2013 model year on the Camry Hybrid, which many buyers may welcome. Only two trims are available, the Hybrid LE and XLE. While the LE is nicely equipped it does not offer nearly the amount of option packages as the XLE.
Other features exclusive to the pricier XLE include available Display Audio systems that have Navigation and Toyota's Entune (allows drivers to access cell-phone apps and data services). Although equipped standard with a 6.1” touch-screen, AM/FM/CD player, six speakers and Bluetooth technology, Camry’s top-level trim comes with navigation as optional. However, three different Display Audio with Navigation systems are offered.
Least expensive is the Display Audio with Navigation and Entune, which simply adds the two latter features plus satellite radio capability to the standard XLE equipment and costs $1,050. For an additional $1,700, customers can have the eco-friendly JBL GreenEdge audio system added to the Display Audio with Navigation and Entune. At the top end is the Premium HDD Navigation system that requires buyers to shell out an additional $2,600. Featuring a 7” high-resolution VGA touch-screen display with split-screen functionality, it has advanced navigation capabilities like NavTraffic and NavWeather by way of the onboard hard-drive.
All automakers are interested in fuel-efficient models, resulting in quite a bit of competition for the Camry Hybrid. Ford’s Fusion Hybrid, especially the new 2013 design, is a force to be reckoned with. Good fuel-economy is a given yet the Fusion also has a roomy interior and drives as if it was gas-only. Although, some of the Fusion Hybrid trims achieve worse gas-mileage than the Camry. For better fuel-economy on the highway, consider a diesel like the Volkswagen Passat TDI. Though drivers see less mpg’s in the city, the TDI is a more powerful performer and will deliver more mileage on the highway than the Camry Hybrid.
The Toyota Camry wins over consumers not for all it does well, but more so for all it does not do badly. However, with the Camry Hybrid, fuel-efficiency can be added to the list of areas in which the sedan excels.