Easy ways to improve gas mileage

No matter what type of car or truck you drive, there are a few relatively simple things you can do to improve your gas mileage. These are not costly, expensive or complicated measures such as changing the computer chips or fuel delivery systems in your vehicle. The keys are something as simple as reducing weight and friction. The greater than either, or both, of these two characteristics are in your vehicle, the more gasoline you will use.

First let's look at the weight factor. Without taking a cutting torch to your vehicle, or drilling lightening holes in the body and chassis, you can reduce the weight. There are two types of weight to consider - sprung and un-sprung weight. Sprung weight is exactly what it sounds like - the weight born by the vehicle's suspension. That includes the body, chassis, motor, interior, and trunk (or bed in a pickup). Reductions in this type of weight are not easy to come by; but if you are the "pack rat" type that carries everything you might possibly ever need in your vehicle, then taking a close look at all of that dead weight you are carrying around and taking steps to reduce it will help some. Also, the old adage that a clean car runs better has some basis in truth - not from any gains in aerodynamics of a clean body, but in less weight of the junk you are hauling around. Cleaning the chassis, motor and undercarriage with a pressure washer periodically will also help. Built up mud, tar and road grime on the undercarriage, motor and chassis add much more weight to the car than the little bit of dirt you wash off the body. However, even relatively large weight reductions in sprung weight will not give you the gas savings that a small reduction in un-sprung weight will.




Un-sprung weight includes the weight of the axles, wheels and tires. There isn't much you can do about the axle weights, but the wheels and tires are a different matter. If you are using oversized, extra-wide tires and wheels, then you are paying a price for them in reduced gas mileage. In this area, a relatively small weight reduction can produce significant gains in gas mileage. After market custom wheels are not necessarily bad. Many of them are made of lighter materials than factory wheels and adding a set of custom wheels can be an advantage as long as they are lighter and not much wider than factory stock wheels. Tires, too, should be of the same size as factory stock, or at most one size larger, and no wider than 70 series. Not only will reductions in un-sprung weight give you increased gas mileage, but you should notice a performance improvement as well.

Friction is the second major enemy of good gasoline mileage. Increase friction and you increase the amount of energy required to achieve the same result. That includes internal friction in the motor, friction of the moving components of the drive train and friction (or traction) between the tires and the road. Internal motor friction is necessary to a point to achieve compression of the gasoline / air mixture above the pistons, but many synthetic oils and teflon based oil additives will reduce that friction while still maintaining enough to achieve compression. This will result in increased performance and gas mileage. Whatever oil or additive you use, frequent and regular changes (including oil filter) will help keep friction minimized. Changing your oil every 3000 to 5000 miles will not only help in reducing friction, but you will get longer life from your motor.

Friction in the drive train components will also rob power and increase gas consumption. The aforementioned periodic pressure washing of the chassis and undercarriage will help in this respect too. If grit and grime is left to accumulate, it can work its way into bearing surfaces creating friction and eventually destroying the bearings

The friction between the tires and road is an area that improvements can easily be made. Not only do oversized, ultra-wide tires add un-sprung weight, they create more friction. Friction in this area, called traction also, is necessary, but unless you are pushing your car to the limits of traction in sharp hair-pin turns you probably don't NEED those 50 and 60 series tires that look so cool. As in the weight factor, 70 series of no more than one size over factory stock is the better way to go for fuel economy. Whatever size of tire you use, maintaining correct air pressure is important to good fuel economy and tire life. The lower the air pressure, the better the traction (or higher the friction) to a point. Air pressure that is too low will cause premature wear on the outside edges of the tires and weaken sidewalls. Air pressure too high can make the car skittish to steer (traction too low) and create premature wear in the center of the tread. The best option is to maintain tires at the upper end of the recommended pressure range noted on the sidewall of the tire.

In addition to improvement in your gas mileage from weight and friction reductions, there are some simple measures in the fuel delivery and exhaust systems that will help. Maintenance is the key to the simple and inexpensive measure that you can utilize. Regular changing or cleaning of air and fuel filters will make your car run better and more efficiently. Efficiency equates to improved fuel economy. Also, if a replacement of the muffler is needed, consider a high performance, low back pressure type. These will give you a performance gain, but also have the added benefit of increased fuel economy. Dependent, of course, on how you utilize that extra horsepower. Your driving style has a lot to do with your fuel economy, but however you drive, these simple measures will help improve your gas mileage and the life of your vehicle.


Simple effective measures for improving fuel economy can be taken without being a mechanical genius.


Conserve Gas Inflate your tires


Tire

Inflate your tires. It’s often said that the best things in life are free. And while I’m still waiting for someone to send a free bag of coffee beans to headquarters, inflating your tires doesn’t cost a penny. In fact, it pays you about $57 a year.

According to the the U.S. Department of Energy, you can improve your gas mileage by about 3.3% if you keep your tires at their appropriate pressure. For a vehicle that gets the national average 19.6 mpg and is driven the national average 12,000 miles per year (presumably toting the national average 2.2 children), properly inflated tires result in a savings of about 20 gallons of gas each year. With gas at $2.93/gallon, your net savings is $57, enough for a Standard TerraPass plus a work-week of performance-enhancing java.

I’ve included a spreadsheet that allows you to enter in your average mpg and miles driven to derive your expected savings. One of the nice things that I noticed in doing this a few weeks ago is the improved performance of the vehicle. You can definitely feel the difference when you drive. According to the same DOE website, properly juiced tires also increase safety and last longer.

Most importantly, you’ll be sparing the air 383 lbs of CO2 emissions. Make that 12,383 lbs of CO2 if you spring for the Standard TerraPass.

So there you have it, earn the first 383 lbs by pumping up the Goodyears and the next 12,000 are a cinch.

Improve Gas mileage by 20%

  1. Keep your engine tuned up. Incorrect fuel ratio, bad spark plugs and incorrect spark timing can have a big effect on gas mileage.

  2. Don't use your air conditioner (A/C) unless you really need it. The A/C compressor puts an extra strain on the engine.

  3. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Under inflated tires cause more resistance to travel.

  4. Avoid stop and go traffic by taking alternative routes or less congested travel times.

  5. Ask other people with the same type of car what kind of gas mileage they get, it may alert you to a problem with your car.

  6. Use a good engine oil, preferably a synthetic or standard oil treated with a friction reducing oil additive. These have been known to improve fuel economy by as much as 12%.

  7. Reduce the weight in your vehicle as much as possible. (Good excuse to get the mother-in-law out of the car....)

  8. Use your cruise control whenever possible.

  9. Keeping your highway speed at 55 mph can improve you gas mileage by as much as 25%, compared to 75 mph. (Yeah, I know--this one's tough for us too)

  10. Avoid trying to increase speed while climbing a hill, your engine is already working hard trying to overcome gravity.

  11. Keep your windows closed when possible. Open windows actually reduce gas mileage compared to using the A/C.

  12. Remove accessories, such as luggage rack, etc. that lower the aerodynamics of your vehicle.

First diesel Porsche on sale in February


The German sports car maker's first ever production diesel model will be a Cayenne SUV powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel sourced from Audi.

Porsche Cayenne
Porsche Cayenne diesel goes on sale in the UK in February

Porsche says that the adoption of diesel was driven by the significant tax advantages enjoyed by diesel-engined cars in the European market. It also says that its stake in the Volkswagen Group, which includes Audi, allows it access to state-of-the-art compression-ignition engines that deliver the performance Porsche buyers expect along with lower emissions and reduced running costs.

The Cayenne V6 diesel develops 240bhp and a mightly 406lb ft of torque. Its claimed EU Combined fuel consumption is 30.4mpg, with CO2 emissions of 244g/km. Equipped with a Tiptronic-S automatic transmission as standard, it is expected to cost from £40,250.

It will be initially sold only in Europe, although Porsche is paving the way for its introduction to other markets. The Stuttgart-based sports car maker is confident that the new, low-consumption model will continue the success of the all-wheel-drive Cayenne, which enjoyed its best ever 12 months in the financial year 2007-08, with 45,478 units sold.

The use of a high-performance diesel is a logical step for Porsche, which has traditionally had an exclusively petrol-powered range. The Cayenne has employed petrol direct-injection technology to reduce fuel consumption since 2007, and Porsche now fits a refinement of this system to its seminal 911 sports car.

Porsche is also working on a petrol/electric hybrid drivetrain, in conjunction with Volkswagen and Audi, for possible use in the Cayenne. The prototype made its debut at last year's Los Angeles Auto Show.


source:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/.....he-on-sale-in-February.html


2009 Toyota Camry Vehicle Overview

2008 Toyota Camry XLE Sedan Shown

Pros

Spacious cabin, powerful and fuel-efficient V6, plush ride quality, top crash test scores, high resale value.

Cons


Inconsistent fit and finish, a few low-grade interior plastics, minimal feedback from the chassis.

What's New for 2009

The Toyota Camry sees no major changes for 2009.


What i found:--

Initially, the addition of work of an electrical motor wonders. One week with the hybrid of Camry is turned over an average economy of fuel of test of 6.8 liters by 100 kilometers. This 's amazing considering that approximately 50% of the drive were on the road, which is where the hybrid does not carry out with its most effective.

Part of the reason of the hybrid of the 'sordid consumption of S is in fall with the capacity to lead around the city using anything but the energy recovered while going or during braking. I managed to lead at the speeds above 60 km/h using only the electrical motor.

Many tries to draw the best party out of an hybrid by babying the gas in addition to line, which requires to accelerate at slow intervals agonizingly. If you attack more than one snail the 'step of S, the petrol engine engine gives a kick almost always inside. I gave up on this method and accelerated in addition to line in a normal way, removed gas and awaited the engine to cross. To kill the gas engine when it does not do anything productive is one of important measurements of saving in fuel. Once the engine is dormant, pressing always so much gently on gas sees the stay of Camry on the electric mode and humming around the city in almost complete silence.

If the need for obtaining a movement is felt above, the hybrid with jam to obtain work carried out. The twin-cam four of 2.4 liters produces 147 powers in horses and a couple of 138 deliver-feet with 4.400 t/mn. Hardly substance of the knowledge. It is where the electric side inherits its clean. The electrical motor of 140 powers in horses produces a couple of 199 deliver-feet anywhere between the t/mn of the rev. one and 1.500. In addition to line, it is the extraordinary electrical motor and its couple which gives to the hybrid of Camry its astonishing blow-of-foot. The engine and the electrical motor function then together to provide a combined result of 187 powers in horses, which is more than to justify the car of 1.650 kilogrammes enough.

The test put the hybrid the 'time of S zero-to-100-km/h at 8.4 seconds and 80 to-120-km/h passing the movement at 6.8 seconds. These times fall between Camry to four low cylinders (the hybrid is approximately a faster second) and its counterparts from the worms the high-level V6 (him 'sA little more than second slower). Think of that for one moment. The hybrid the 'power and acceleration of S raises of the distance from hello from V6-powered Camry, however it consumes approximately half of the quantity of fuel by grinding the suburbs. Speak to have your cake.

The hybrid 'the experiment of drive of S is also better than that of the majority of the cars which have misfortune to employ a transmission without variable interruption. The hybrid of Camry uses this box because it provides not only the reports/ratios necessary, it also duplicates the power, quiest-EC-which makes it possible the hybrid to be led using the gas engine, the electrical motor or with both functioning of par. If you hammer gas, Camry 's CVT forces the engine towards discriminate financially against where it tends to obtain a thrashy little. The grace of economy is that the hybrid manages to establish speed without having to go to the large power control - opened.

2009 Toyota Camry Vehicle Overview

Introduction

Constants can be strangely comforting. Knowing, for example, that your Grandma's tasty lasagna or your tennis partner's solid serve are going to be as you expect may even cause warm and fuzzy feelings. Of course, in some cases constants can wane over time -- such as the Red Sox losing or Paul McCartney producing good music.

As one of the best-selling vehicles over the past 20 years, the Toyota Camry has been a comforting constant in its own right. Buyers are frequently working on their third or fourth Camry because of their prior positive experiences. The 2009 version of this Toyota stalwart continues to offer what most folks are looking for in a mainstream midsize family sedan: a roomy cabin, a comfortable ride, an easy-to-drive demeanor and a reputation for reliability and low maintenance costs. A strong resale value doesn't hurt either. However, like Sir Paul, this automotive constant has started to wane.

The current generation of the Camry is the largest version of the car yet. Although categorized as a midsize car, the Camry offers plenty of passenger room front and rear. This is also the most muscular Camry ever, with an available 268-horsepower V6 at the driver's beck and call. Matched to a smooth six-speed automatic transmission, that powerhouse can propel this family sedan to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds -- as quick as some sport sedans and coupes. It also returns fuel economy that's impressively close to that of a four-cylinder Camry.

Likable as it is, the 2009 Toyota Camry has some significant caveats. One is that its historically excellent build and materials quality has slipped in the last few years, and reliability has slipped. Competitors who have trailed the Camry in the past have stepped up their game, surpassing the Toyota in many areas. One in particular is handling -- in spite of its quickness and speed, the Camry is not an athlete, placing light-effort driving over communicative steering that would lend a sense of confidence to the driver. For those who prefer greater feedback and a more involving driving experience, the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Mazda 6 and Nissan Altima are worthy of close consideration.

And then there is pricing -- the ever-popular Camry commands a premium over value-packed rivals such as the Malibu, Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata. Of course, there is the Camry's chief competitor, the Honda Accord, which provides a more involving drive, though not as hushed a freeway ride as the Toyota. It also beats the Camry in terms of cabin materials and build quality.

With so many strong entrants in this segment, back-to-back test-drives are encouraged. Though the 2009 Toyota Camry may be as enticingly familiar as flannel pajamas on a cold winter's night, savvy consumers may find that trying on brand X yields an even more comfortable fit.

For Pricing information, see our Pricing page.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2009 Toyota Camry is a midsize four-door sedan that comes in four trim levels -- base, LE, SE and XLE. The base Camry comes only with a four-cylinder engine, while the other trims offer a choice between the four-cylinder and a V6.

The base Camry features 16-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, a six-speaker CD audio system with an auxiliary input jack, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, full power accessories and a 60/40-split-folding rear seat. The Camry LE adds keyless entry and an eight-way power driver seat.

The SE includes a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, and special interior and exterior styling details. The luxurious XLE reverts to the LE's softer suspension settings and 16-inch wheels while treating its occupants to a 440-watt JBL sound system (with an in-dash CD changer and satellite radio), Bluetooth connectivity, automatic dual-zone climate control (with a cabin air filter), reclining rear seats, a moonroof, wood-tone accents and, on the V6 model, leather seating. Note that neither the SE nor the XLE offers the folding rear seat, though each has a center pass-through.

Most buyers' needs should be satisfied by the assorted trim levels. However, a few key options are available, including a navigation system, a sunroof and heated seats. A keyless ignition system is available on XLE V6 models.

For more Style information, see our Compare Styles page.

Powertrains and Performance

All Camrys are front-drive and the standard engine on all trim levels is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated for 158 hp and 161 pound-feet of torque. In most states, the four-cylinder carries Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) certification. It meets the more stringent Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) standard in California-emissions states, but has slightly lower output ratings -- 155 hp and 158 lb-ft.

With the four-cylinder engine, one may choose either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission, except on the XLE, which is automatic only. Performance is relatively spirited, as we've timed a four-cylinder with the automatic at 8.9 seconds for the 0-60-mph drill. Regardless of which transmission is selected, fuel economy ratings are 21 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.

For those seeking a swifter Camry, there is the 3.5-liter V6 that pumps out 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission choice. Outfitted as such, the Camry can sprint to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds, while fuel economy is still impressive at 19 city/28 mpg highway.

For more Performance Data, see our Specifications page.

Safety

Every 2009 Toyota Camry comes with antilock brakes (with brake assist), front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. Stability control (which includes traction control) is optional across the line.

In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Camry earned a perfect five stars in all frontal- and side-impact categories. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the top rating of "Good" in its frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests.

For more Safety information, see our Safety page.

Interior Design and Special Features

In base and LE models, the Camry's interior is more about function than flash. Large controls are logically placed, and the wide seats easily accommodate most body types. There are plenty of functional storage cubbies, too. One of the few exceptions to the hyper-practical design dictum is the stylish ice-blue backlighting for the audio and climate controls.

The upper trims step up the style and comfort level a bit -- the XLE features simulated bird's eye maple accents that are so convincing you might find yourself breaking out the furniture polish when detailing the car. The XLE also features a luxury not typically seen in this segment -- reclining rear seats. Trunk capacity measures around 15 cubic feet.

Sadly, build and materials quality aren't up to the high standard set by previous-generation Camrys. Specifically, we've noticed that some plastics are mediocre in quality and the panel fitments aren't uniformly precise. Many competitors are now better.

For more Interior Features information, see our Specifications page.

Driving Impressions

Although the base four-cylinder engine should be adequate for most buyers, a more appealing choice for those who can spend more is the smooth and vigorous V6, which transforms the Camry into one of the fastest mid-priced sedans on the road, with barely any penalty in fuel efficiency.

However, all that power isn't quite in keeping with the Camry's lackadaisical driving dynamics. A soft, quiet ride characterizes the Camry's on-road demeanor, and unless you opt for the more firmly sprung SE model, this Toyota asks its driver to forgo all involvement in the motoring experience. The overriding impression is one of a serene and somewhat isolated feel from the road compared to more athletic competitors. Toyota knows that the majority of buyers in this market segment are more interested in comfortable, stress-free travel than tearing through corners, and the refined and very capable 2009 Toyota Camry should prove satisfactory with them.


2009 Toyota Camry Safety Ratings

2009 Toyota Camry
View Safety Features

Overview

Anti-lock brakes

ABS brakes automatically sense when a tire has stopped rotating under extreme braking, and will modulate the brake pressure to allow the tire to rotate. This increases the vehicles ability to turn while braking.

Front-impact airbags

Front-impact airbags for the driver and passenger have been designed to protect the head during a frontal crash.

Side impact airbags

Side impact airbags for the front seats have been designed to protect the torso during a side impact collision.

Overhead airbags

Overhead airbags are used to protect the occupant's heads in the event of a side collision or rollover.

Knee airbags

Knee airbags help to protect the occupants lower extremities from serious injury in the event of an accident.

Pretensioners

Seatbelt pretensioners automatically tighten seatbelts to place the occupant in the optimal seating position during a collision.

Security system

The vehicle is equipped with an ignition disable device that will prevent the engine from starting if the correct original manufacturer key is not used.

IIHS Frontal Offset Crash Test

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.


  • Dynamic Ratingmarginal
  • Driver Head Protectiongood
  • Rear Passenger Head and Neckgood
  • Overall Sidegood
  • Chestgood
  • Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leggood
  • Seat Head/Restraint Geometrygood
  • Right Leg/Footgood
  • Overall Frontgood
  • Rear Passenger Head Protectiongood
  • Rear Passenger Torsogood
  • Restraintsgood
  • Left Leg/Footgood
  • Driver Head and Neckgood
  • Driver Torsogood
  • Head/Neckgood
  • Structure/safety cagegood
  • Driver Pelvis/Leggood
  • Overall Rearmarginal

NHTSA Frontal Crash Test

NHTSA rates crash-tested vehicles by assigning them one to five stars, with five stars indicating the most injury protection and one star indicating the least protection.

  • Driver Front:5
  • Passenger Front:5

2009 Toyota Camry Review



The 2009 Toyota Camry is unchanged. This midsize car lineup includes CE, LE, SE, and top-line XLE models. Also available is a Hybrid model that offers a standard equipment level similar to the XLE. All but the Hybrid come standard with a 158-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on CE, LE and SE models. A 5-speed automatic is standard on XLE and optional on the others. LE, SE, and XLE also offer 268-hp 3.5-liter V6 versions, which use a 6-speed automatic. The Hybrid teams a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder gas engine with a battery-powered electric motor for 187 hp. Like Toyota's other hybrids, it runs on one or both of its power sources depending on driving conditions and requires no plug-in charging. It uses a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Available safety features include ABS, traction control, an antiskid system, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, and a driver knee airbag. SEs have a firmer suspension and, like the Hybrid, specific interior and exterior trim. A split folding rear seat is standard except on SE, which has a center pass-through. Leather upholstery is standard on the XLE V6 and optional for automatic transmission equipped SE, 4-cylinder XLE, and Hybrid models. A navigation system with wireless cell phone link is optional for SE, XLE, and Hybrid models, as are heated seats. A keyless-entry/starting system is included on the Hybrid and is available for the V6 XLE.
Competition
Consumer Guide Automotive places each vehicle into one of 18 classes based on size, price, and market position. Midsize Cars represent the heart of the U.S. car market. Most are price-sensitive, conservatively designed, family-oriented sedans and wagons. Our Best Buys include the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, and Kia Rondo. Our Recommended picks are the Hyundai Sonata, Mazda 5, Saturn Aura, Toyota Camry, and Toyota Prius.

New or significantly redesigned models include the Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Mazda 6, Mitsubishi Galant, and Nissan Maxima.

2009 Toyota Camry Road Test
Pros Cons

Acceleration (V6) Steering feel

Fuel economy (Hybrid)

Ride

Build quality

Passenger room/comfort

Consumer Guide® Road Test Ratings
Acceleration

LE 4-cylinder, automatic SE V6 XLE V6 w/navigation Hybrid w/navigation Class Average
3 7 7 5 5.4

Camrys with the 4-cylinder engine furnish adequate go with either transmission. In Consumer Guide testing, an LE automatic did 10.1 seconds 0-60 mph. However, 4-cylinder models feel taxed with the automatic when attempting quick acceleration in the 35-55-mph range. V6 versions are impressively strong in all situations; in our tests an XLE V6 did 6.2 seconds 0-60. V6's 6-speed automatic transmission is sometimes hesitant to kick down for passing power. The Hybrid is sleepy on takeoff but builds speed quickly; in our tests a Hybrid did 8.3 seconds 0-60 mph. Still, throttle response at low and midrange speeds lags as the CVT summons engine power.
Fuel Economy

LE 4-cylinder, automatic SE V6 XLE V6 w/navigation Hybrid w/navigation Class Average
6 6 6 8 5.6

In Consumer Guide testing, 4-cylinder models averaged 26.2 mpg in mostly highway driving, 19.0 in testing that also included acceleration runs. V6 models averaged 17.9 in mixed city/highway driving that included gas-eating acceleration tests and 22.5 mpg with a slight majority of highway driving. Test Hybrids averaged 28.6-31.2 mpg in city/highway driving, 35.0 with more highway use. All engines use regular-grade gas.
Ride Quality

LE 4-cylinder, automatic SE V6 XLE V6 w/navigation Hybrid w/navigation Class Average
7 7 7 7 6

All models are comfortably absorbent, even on severely cratered roads. All but the SE also suffer moderate float over large humps and dips at highway speed. The SE has better body control on its firmer suspension, but it thumps a bit more over sharp bumps on its 17-inch tires.
Steering/Handling/Braking

LE 4-cylinder, automatic SE V6 XLE V6 w/navigation Hybrid w/navigation Class Average
6 7 6 5 5.9

Confident and predictable at moderate speeds, but most models--SE excepted--are spoiled by marked cornering lean from their comfort-biased suspensions. SEs lean less and feel more composed at speed. Other models feel slightly clumsy in fast turns. Steering on all but the Hybrid is accurate and responsive, if a bit overboosted and numb in the opinion of some testers. Hybrid steering also lacks feel, has inconsistent boost, and delayed response. One test Hybrid suffered an alarming creaking noise from the steering column during cornering. Brakes provide smooth and ample stopping power.
Quietness

LE 4-cylinder, automatic SE V6 XLE V6 w/navigation Hybrid w/navigation Class Average
7 7 8 7 5.9

Wind rush is most noticed at highway speeds. Tire thrum annoys only on very coarse pavement. Four-cylinder engines, including the Hybrid's, suffer moderate high-rpm engine roar, but are otherwise unobtrusive. The silky V6 is very quiet in all but full-throttle acceleration.
Controls

LE 4-cylinder, automatic SE V6 XLE V6 w/navigation Hybrid w/navigation Class Average
8 8 7 7 6.3

Gauges are large and legible. The control layout is logical after brief acclimation. Hybrid replaces other models' tachometer with an unhelpful "power" gauge and has a center dashboard screen for displaying power-flow and fuel-economy data. The climate display panel becomes difficult to read in bright light. The navigation system is easy to program, but it absorbs and complicates some audio functions.

Details

LE 4-cylinder, automatic SE V6 XLE V6 w/navigation Hybrid w/navigation Class Average
5 5 5 5 5.6

Cabin materials are generally solid and serviceable, with soft-touch surfaces, and inoffensive faux metal or wood trim. Several test cars disappointed with unsightly seams, misaligned plastic panels, and assorted interior squeaks and rattles.
Room/Comfort/Driver Seating (front)

LE 4-cylinder, automatic SE V6 XLE V6 w/navigation Hybrid w/navigation Class Average
7 7 7 7 6.6

Headroom is six-footer adequate, even beneath the sunroof housing. Well-shaped and comfortably padded seats offer good legroom. The steering wheel tilts and is telescopic, helping to fine tune the driving position along with ample seat settings. Styling slightly impedes visibility aft and to the right-rear, but sightlines are clear elsewhere.
Room/Comfort (rear)

LE 4-cylinder, automatic SE V6 XLE V6 w/navigation Hybrid w/navigation Class Average
6 6 6 6 5.2

Legroom and knee space are ample even for six-footers riding in tandem. Headroom is less generous but it is OK, as is the cabin's width for three-abreast travel. The seat cushion is not long enough for best support, though. Entry and exit is easy despite slightly narrow thresholds.
Cargo Room

LE 4-cylinder, automatic SE V6 XLE V6 w/navigation Hybrid w/navigation Class Average
4 4 4 3 4.3

Note that the Hybrid has 10.6 cu ft of trunk volume vs. the other models' 15.0. All have a useful shape, though the sickle-shaped lid hinges intrude and the trunk opening is too small for really bulky items. All but SE and XLE have folding rear seatbacks. SE has a fixed seatback with a center pass-through. XLE's rear seat is split 40/20/40, has manually reclining seat backs, and a fold down center armrest with a pass-through. Cabin storage is ample in all models.
Value within Class

LE 4-cylinder, automatic SE V6 XLE V6 w/navigation Hybrid w/navigation Class Average
8 7 6 6 6.3

Camry is no excitement machine--not even the sporty SE version--and recent test examples have suffered uncharacteristic lapses in materials and workmanship. But we Recommend Camry for its powertrain refinement and passenger comfort.
Total Score

LE 4-cylinder, automatic SE V6 XLE V6 w/navigation Hybrid w/navigation Class Average
67 71 69 66 63.1
Scores for all Midsize Cars

Low Score

48
Average Score

63
High Score

74




2009 Toyota Camry Prices & Equipment
Model Prices
Prices Updated: 08/11/2008
Trim Name Retail Price Dealer Invoice Destination Charge

CE 4-door sedan, manual $18,920 $17,311 $720

CE 4-door sedan, automatic $19,970 $18,271 $720

LE 4-cylinder 4-door sedan, manual $20,375 $18,234 $720

LE 4-cylinder 4-door sedan, automatic $21,425 $19,174 $720

LE V6 4-door sedan, automatic $23,990 $21,349 $720

SE 4-cylinder 4-door sedan, manual $21,590 $19,213 $720

SE 4-cylinder 4-door sedan, automatic $22,590 $20,103 $720

SE V6 4-door sedan, automatic $25,265 $22,484 $720

XLE 4-cylinder 4-door sedan, automatic $25,350 $22,561 $720

XLE V6 4-door sedan, automatic $28,470 $25,337 $720

Hybrid 4-door sedan, CVT $25,650 $23,084 $720
Price note: Prices are for vehicles distributed by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. The dealer invoice and destination charge may be higher in areas served by independent distributors.
Pricing Key: Retail prices listed with each report are set by the vehicle's manufacturer. These figures appear on each car's federally mandated window sticker. Most price lists also include dealer-invoice prices. Dealer-invoice prices are what the dealer pays the manufacturer for the car and its factory-installed options. The destination charge is not included in the suggested-retail or dealer-invoice price and must be added to the cost of the vehicle. Car companies change prices frequently throughout the year. If the prices published do not match those on the vehicle's window sticker, the manufacturer has probably altered the price recently.
NA = price note available, NC = no charge.
Rebates and Incentives
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Standard Equipment
CE
Powertrain
2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission w/manual-shift capability.
Safety
Dual front airbags, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, driver knee airbag, antilock 4-wheel disc brakes, brake assist, tire-pressure monitor, daytime running lights, emergency inside trunklid release.
Comfort and Convenience Features
Air conditioning, interior air filter, tilt/telescopic steering wheel w/radio controls, cruise control, cloth upholstery, front bucket seats, driver-seat height and lumbar adjustment, center console, split folding rear seat, power mirrors, power windows, power door locks, AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, digital-media player connection, tachometer, outside-temperature indicator, variable-intermittent wipers, rear defogger, automatic headlights.
Appearance and Miscellaneous
Theft-deterrent system, 215/60R16 tires, wheel covers.
LE adds to CE:
Powertrain
2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine or 3.5-liter V6 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission w/manual-shift capability (V6).
Comfort and Convenience Features
Power driver seat, remote keyless entry.
SE adds to LE:
Comfort and Convenience Features
Leather-wrapped steering wheel, trunk pass-through.
Appearance and Miscellaneous
Deletes: split folding rear seat.
Fog lights, sport suspension, 215/55R17 tires, alloy wheels.
XLE adds to LE:
Comfort and Convenience Features
Dual-zone automatic climate controls, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery (V6), power passenger seat, reclining split folding rear seat w/trunk pass-through, heated power mirrors, power sunroof, JBL AM/FM radio w/in-dash 6-disc CD/MP3 changer, wireless cell phone link, trip computer, automatic day/night rearview mirror, compass, universal garage door opener, illuminated visor mirrors, rear sunshade.
Appearance and Miscellaneous
Fog lights, alloy wheels.
Hybrid adds to LE:
Powertrain
2.4-liter 4-cylinder gasoline/electric motor, continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), traction control.
Safety
Antiskid system.
Comfort and Convenience Features
Dual-zone automatic climate controls, leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless access and starting, trip computer, universal garage door opener.
Appearance and Miscellaneous
Deletes: tachometer.
Optional Equipment
Major Packages
Retail Price
Invoice Price
Sport Convenience Pkg.
SE
$275
$220
Automatic day/night rearview mirror, compass, universal garage door opener. NA w/manual transmission.

Sport Leather Pkg.
SE
$1,770
$1,416
Leather upholstery, heated front seats and mirrors, power passenger seat. NA w/manual transmission.

Upgrade Pkg.
Hybrid
$1,150
$989
JBL AM/FM radio w/in-dash 4-disc CD changer, automatic day/night rearview mirror, compass, leather-wrapped shift knob, alloy wheels.

Upgrade Pkg. w/Navigation
Hybrid
$2,350
$2,009
Upgrade Pkg. plus navigation system, wireless cell phone link.

Convenience Pkg.
Hybrid
$470
$376
Heated front seats and outside mirrors. Requires leather upholstery.

Premium Preferred Accessory Pkg.
CE, LE, SE, Hybrid
$277
$181
XLE
$475
$325
First-aid kit, cargo mat and net, floormats, glass-breakage sensor (XLE).

Safety


Antiskid system
CE, LE, SE, XLE
$650
$520
Includes traction control. Std. Hybrid.

Comfort and Convenience Features


Navigation system
SE
$2,140
$1,755
XLE
$1,200
$1,020
SE includes JBL AM/FM radio w/in-dash 6-disc CD changer, wireless cell phone link. NA w/manual transmission.

Power sunroof
LE, SE, Hybrid
$940
$752
Includes illuminated visor mirrors.

JBL AM/FM radio w/in-dash 6-disc CD changer
LE, SE
$940
$705
Includes wireless cell phone link.

Satellite radio
Hybrid, LE, SE, XLE
$449
$359
LE, SE, require navigation system or JBL AM/FM radio w/in-dash 6-disc CD changer. Hybrid requires Upgrade Pkg. NA CE.

Leather upholstery
SE automatic, Hybrid
$1,300
$1,040
XLE 4-cylinder
$1,050
$840
Hybrid includes power passenger seat.

Heated front seats
XLE
$440
$352
XLE 4-cylinder requires leather upholstery.

Keyless access and start
XLE V6
$450
$360


Remote engine start
Hybrid, LE, SE, XLE
$529
$380
NA CE. NA w/manual transmission.

Automatic day/night rearview mirror
LE automatic, SE manual
$150
$120
Includes compass.

Heated outside mirrors
SE, Hybrid
$30
$24
Hybrid requires Upgrade Pkg. NA w/manual transmission.

Floormats and cargo mat
CE, Hybrid, LE, SE, XLE
$199
$126


Appearance and Miscellaneous


Rear spoiler
SE
$200
$160


Alloy wheels
CE, LE
$795
$595


18-inch alloy wheels
CE, Hybrid, LE, SE, XLE
$2,100
$1,650



2009 Toyota Camry Specs & Safety
Vehicle Dimensions
Specification Toyota Camry 4-door sedan


Wheelbase, in. 109.3


Overall Length, in. 189.2


Overall Width, in. 71.7


Overall Height, in. 57.9


Curb Weight, lbs. 3263


Cargo Volume, cu. ft. 15.0


Standard Payload, lbs. --


Fuel Capacity, gals. 18.5


Seating Capacity 5


Front Head Room, in. 38.8


Max. Front Leg Room, in. 41.7


Rear Head Room, in. 37.8


Max. Rear Leg Room, in. 38.3
Specifications Key: NA = not available; "--" = measurement does not exist.
Engines

dohc I4 dohc V6 dohc I4/electric




Size, liters/cu. in. 2.4 /144 3.5 /211 2.4 /144




Horsepower @ rpm. 158 @ 6000 268 @ 6200 187 @ 6000




Torque (lb-ft) @ rpm. 161 @ 4000 248 @ 4700 @




Availability Standard Standard Standard




EPA City / highway mpg







5-speed manual 21/31 --/-- --/--




5-speed automatic 21/31 --/-- --/--




6-speed automatic --/-- 19/28 --/--




CVT automatic --/-- --/-- 33/34
Engine Key: l/cu in. = liters/cubic inches; ohv = overhead valve; ohc = overhead camshaft; dohc = dual overhead camshaft; I = inline cylinders; H = horizonally opposed cylinders; V = cylinders in a V configuration; W = cylinders in a W configuration; rpm = revolutions per minute; CVT = continuously variable (automatic) transmission; NA = not available; "--" = measurement does not exist.
Safety Features
Antilock Brakes
Traction Control
Antiskid System
Front Side Airbags
Curtain Side Airbags
Rear Side Airbags

NHTSA Crash-Test Results
Test Toyota Camry 4-door sedan


Front Impact, Driver 5


Front Impact, Passenger 5


Rollover Resistance 4


Side Impact, Driver 5


Side Impact, Rear Passenger 5
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tests a vehicle's worthiness in front- and side-impact collisions and rates its resistance to rollovers. Front-impact crash-test numbers indicate the chance of serious injury: 5 = 10% or less; 4 = 10-20%; 3 = 20-35%; 2 = 35-45%; 1 = More than 45%. Side-impact crash-test numbers indicate: 5 = 5% or less; 4 = 6-10%; 3 = 11-20%; 2 = 21-25%; 1 = More than 26%. Rollover resistance numbers indicate the chance for rollover when the vehicle leaves the roadway: 5 = Less than 10%; 4 = 10-20%; 3 = 20-30%; 2 = 30-40%; 1 = More than 40%.
Manufacturer's Warranty
Class Years/Miles Comments



Powertrain 5/60,000 8-years/100,000-miles on hybrid components.



Bumper-to-bumper 3/36,000 --



Corrosion 5/unlimited --



Free roadside assistance None/-- --



Free scheduled maintenance None/-- --
Manufacturers may periodically offer additional coverage as a purchase incentive. There offers are not reflected on this chart. The federal government requires two other warranties. The Exhaust Emission Warranty covers corrosion-related parts for 2 years/24,000 miles, plus 8 years/80,000 miles on the catalytic converter and any on-board diagnostic device. The Passenger Restraint Warranty covers seat belts and airbags for 5 years/50,000 miles.
Built in: USA
Drivewheels: front-wheel drive