2009 Nissan Altima, 2009 Toyota Camry, 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Comparison

2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Despite the Fusion's impressive showing, we're betting most consumers still think Toyota when searching for a hybrid. Toyota certainly scored a huge success with the Prius, which has become the poster child for the hybrid car movement. Combining the technology that made the Prius famous with the Camry's legendary popularity is certainly a recipe for success, but the Camry Hybrid's secret handicap is that it's the oldest car in this group.

We had a difficult time keeping the Camry in EV mode when pulling away from a stop and the car didn't want to cruise in EV mode like the Fusion. The Camry also does nothing to connect with its driver - the steering and brakes provide the least feedback in the class and the purpose of the car seems to be to insulate the driver as much as possible. So the Camry Hybrid is primarily for people who have no interest in driving and wish to save fuel when they do. Enthusiasts need not apply, but there are millions of drivers who would be perfectly happy with a Camry Hybrid.

2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Price: $26,870 (base)

Engine: 2.4-liter DOHC I-4
Power: 147 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 138 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Electric Motor:
Type: 650v permanent magnet AC motor
Power: 199 hp @ 0-1500 rpm

Type: 244.8v Nickel-Metal Hydride
Output: 40 hp
System Total Power: 187 hp
Transmission: Continuously variable automatic
Wheels, Tires: 16-inch aluminum, P215/60R16

L x W x H: 189.2" x 71.7" x 57.5"
Legroom F/R: 41.6"/38.3"
Headroom F/R: 38.8"/37.8"
Trunk capacity: 10.6 cu ft
Curb Weight: 3680 lb
EPA Rating (city/highway): 33/34 mpg

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