2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid MPGs Beat Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata

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The reviews of the 2012 Toyota Camry mid-size sedan are in now, and the consensus is that it's a competitively priced mild refresh with unadventurous styling. Which may be exactly what Camry buyers are looking for.

But on one metric--gas mileage--the 2012 Camry line shines.

The 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid model has been completely re-engineered, and the result is gas mileage that's not only projected to be 24 percent better than the 2011 model it replaces, but gets the car past the magic 40-mpg mark.

The new hybrid Camry's projected EPA ratings both surpass the previous model's ratings and handily beat two popular competing hybrid mid-size sedans: the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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Here's how the ratings line up for hybrid sedans that are now on sale or will be within a few months:

  • 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid: 43 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, 41 mpg combined (PROJECTED)
  • 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid: 41 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, 39 mpg combined
  • 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: 35 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, 37 mpg combined

Gas mileage has clearly risen, as you can see from the lower fuel efficiency ratings of two hybrid sedans that are no longer on sale:

  • 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid: 31 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, 33 mpg combined
  • 2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid: 33 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, 33 mpg combined

One thing to keep in mind about the fuel economy ratings for the 2012 Camry Hybrid: The highest mileage (shown above) applies only to the LE model. A more luxurious Camry Hybrid XLE trim level has added features and different wheels, giving it slightly lower gas mileage at 41 mpg city, 38 mpg highway.

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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While Nissan is no longer selling its Altima Hybrid for 2012, it is expected to relaunch the hybrid Altima when that car is redesigned within a couple of years.

Another potential mid-size contender is the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, which goes on sale early next year. That car uses a less expensive mild-hybrid system that can't propel the car exclusively on electricity. The Malibu Eco will still return projected mileage of 26 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, for a combined rating of 31 to 33 mpg.

And Honda has said it will launch a full hybrid system for mid-size and larger vehicles sometime next year. The mid-size Honda Accord sedan is a likely candidate to receive that system, which will maximize gas mileage (unlike the 2004-2007 Accord Hybrid model, which was tuned for quicker performance).

It's worth pointing out that the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid even comes close to the mileage of the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, rated at a combined 44 mpg. But the mid-size Camry is a full car class larger than the compact Civic, which also uses a mild hybrid system that can't run under electric power alone.

[Toyota via TheCarConnection]


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Comments (5)
  1. As a past Camry Hybrid owner, I am not overly impressed with the exterior styling of this "new" 2012 Camry, but I am impressed with the MPG improvement. Another website, in actual road testing, reports mileage at or above the EPA ratings, so in terms of operating efficiency, this IS the "real deal" of hybrid engineering.

  2. George, I am surprised by your comments about the look. I think the new Camry actually looks better and never much cared for the old one.

    But it is nice that they finally put a decent hybrid system it the thing.

  3. I'd buy it - if it had a trunk that would fit more than a few golf clubs!

  4. This stupid because the 2013 Fusion gets 47 combined which trump's Camry .even better the Fusion is beautiful while the Camry looks like a New/Used car.Camry is also very slow and handles poorly while the Fusion handling geometry is sports car with very good power.

  5. @Peter: You will note that this article is from August 2011, and deals with 2012 models--not the 2013 Fusion Hybrid that you refer to, an entirely new model for 2013.

    It's also worth noting that while the 2013 Fusion Hybrid is EPA-rated at 47 mpg, owners report that they cannot achieve anything near that number and that it, like the C-Max Hybrid that uses the same powertrain, seems to achieve real-world mileage of 36 to 39 mpg:

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