Toyota: Camry or the new Camry Hybrid?
The new 2018 Toyota Camry Ascent comes with a hybrid option, so what’s the better choice, stick to petrol or add the electric motor? We take you through the list of positives and negatives of both options.
The positives that both cars share:
When it comes to boot space both models have 493 litres, so no winner there. It should be noted however that this that is a very sizeable boot size for a Hybrid car. Both Camry’s also offer a surprising amount of leg room for those in the back, great for both adults and kids.
Hybrid cars have often been congratulated for their smoothness while driving, and the Camry is no exception. Both models feel great to drive and handle smoothly on the road. Toyota certainly hasn’t cut any corners now with the first ever Camry made in Japan.
So what are the differences that may impact your buying decision? You always consider price with a new car purchase. In this case, it’s the regular, well known Camry that is going to save you money. You can pick up the Ascent from upwards of $27,690 and the Ascent Hybrid from $29,990.
Safety features don’t change much between the models but the Hybrid does indeed miss out on some bonus components. These include active cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitor, lane departure warning and AEB (Autonomous emergency braking). The lack of these features, however, does not affect the overall safety with ANCAP giving both the Hybrid and the regular Petrol Camry a 5-star rating. Whilst these additional safety features are always nice to have, it certainly may not be a deal breaker.
Both cars have attempted to reduce their ecological footprint in their new 2018 models. It’s no surprise however that the Hybrid is far superior, mainly due to less Carbon Dioxide (CO2) expulsion.
Finally, Fuel use. The Hybrid certainly dominates this department at 4.2 litres for every 100 kms compared to the regular 7.8 litres. However, there is speculation as to whether the petrol saving costs will be as much as the saving you would make on purchasing a non-hybrid Camry. At a rough estimate, you would need to use the Hybrid for a little over six years in order to make your money back.
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Overall, whilst you do save around $2000 upfront it’s important to look at what you are potentially giving up. Both cars are great purchases, with both reasonable prices and great features. The hybrid offers a lot of positives to consumers but so does the regular Camry. When choosing between the two make sure you head into your local dealership and drive both to really get a feel for what you are buying.