2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid 4-Door Sedan
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- Comfortable and semi-luxurious
- Slight thump when engine kicks in
Purchased As New
I traded in a 2008 Prius because it was a bit too small for me. I have back problems and getting in and out wasn't the easiest. However, I did like the gas mileage of the Prius at an average of about 45 MPG but the engine also screamed when I accelerated hard in order to pass or needed extra power. The Camry Hybrid is a completely different offering. Quiet, lots of power, luxurious leather interior, larger (power) seats with lumbar support and nice heavy feel. It's very similar to a Lexus ES350 I had a few years ago. But there are a few things missing. A backup camera (which I had the dealer install) and bumper sensors (which I also had the dealer install) Unfortunately, the backup camera had to be attached to a bracket and is not tucked away underneath like the Prius camera. It makes it very vulnerable to theft - easy to cut the wires and yank off. I'm going to try and find a custom shop that will cut a hole underneath like the Prius. As for gas mileage, I average about 34.5 MPG in town and freeway. I do have hills where I live so that may be why I don't get good mileage as others report. But 34.5 is very respectable for a large luxury car. I've yet to take a long trip to see how it does on the freeway but if it's like the Prius, it should get a little better mileage. The Camry Hybrid engine does "shudder" a little more than the Prius on takeoff. I've gotten use to it. I've also found that 40 MPH is the sweet spot where I can cruise without the engine kicking in. Once the car is warmed up the engine is a little better but the "shudder" on takeoff is still noticeable. It's a great car and I hope to keep it until my lease is up - which is kind of confusing. I traded in my 2008 loaded Pruis and they pre-paid 3 years lease (I hate car payments) and installed the backup camera and bumper sensors and gave me back $3,000 cash. My residual is $17,000. The MSRP on the car was $32,000. I think I got a good deal? I went to 3 other dealers and none came close to what Thousand Oaks Toyota gave me.
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