Any Camry Hybrid MPG stories to share
I am in sales and travel all over Northern California from Bay area commuting (the worst) to Central Valley I-5 cruising and routinely get a tank average of 38.6-40.4 MPG which is right on the money as far as the figures that Toyota and the EPA report for this model. The car is new with 6,500 miles on it as of today and I have noticed that the MPG has gradually gotten better after the first 2000+ miles.
Recently, I averaged 46.4 miles per gallon :D in my 2007 Camry on a return trip from Reno, Nevada to the bay area in California. Granted I was well above sea level in Reno but I still had to travel over the Sierra Nevada mountains on I-80. I used premium gas, had my Pirelli tires at 40 PSI and used the cruise control as much as possible. The outside temperature was anywhere from 30 degrees in Reno to 26 through Donner Pass and warmed up to the mid forties entering the Bay area.
1 Month Driving Impression and Results
I drive my car for outside sales here in Connecticut. I average about 600 miles per week in all types of traffic -- 70 to 80 mph on the highway, rush hour stop and go, and city streets. I bought my Camry May 3, and now have 2200 miles on it. So far my average is about 36.7 miles per gallon. The first two tanks were lower, around 35 mpg, but the last two tanks have been higher, more like 37.5 mpg, even with the air conditioner on.
I previously had a Toyota Prius, which I loved. With it I averaged over 45 mpg. When I saw somebody filling his Camry Hybrid in line at the gas station, I asked him how he liked it. He said he loved it, and that he had traded his Prius in for it, and he could not believe how much they gave him for his trade in. So the next day I went in and sure enough, they offered me over $17,000 for my Prius, which had 45,000 miles on it. How could I turn that down.
For me, since I am in and out of my car 6 to 8 hours a day, and also have customers with me periodically, the Camry's lower gas mileage is more than offset by the luxury feel, versus the spartan eco feel of the Prius. In fact, I continue to be amazed at how well Toyota has underpromised, and over-delivered with this car. I am confident that my mileage will continue to be at least 36.5 mpg, if not higher, yet I have the luxury and performance of cars getting almost 1/2 that.
My first 3 cars were Volkswagons (73 Bug, 86 Golf, 89 Jetta) and all were very good cars. I have owned Chevy's (Lumina and Malibu), Mercedes (S320 and 420SEL) and a Ford Focus. No car manufacturer has consistently delivered like Toyota. I have had 2000 Camrys (a 4 cyl and a 6 cyl), a 2005 Prius, and now the 2007 Cary Hybrid. I used to laugh at the Toyota commercials that had the line "Oh what a feeling"., but after driving Toyotas for 9 years now, I really have to say that no other car brand has given me the feeling of quality and owner satisfaction that Toyota has.
Camry is great on millage if
Camry is great on millage if it runs.
My transmission failed once then the new one was put in wrong and I started getting DIAG lights.
This car is a peice of junk. I will never buy a Japanese car again.