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2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid

2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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Superb Comfortable Ride and Great Fuel Mileage

by from North Georgia on April 23, 2013

Traded in a 2012 Elantra that handled horribly, but wanted to keep good fuel mileage and get something bigger and more comfortable. The Camry Hybrid was the perfect choice, ride is incredibly smooth a...
Traded in a 2012 Elantra that handled horribly, but wanted to keep good fuel mileage and get something bigger and more comfortable. The Camry Hybrid was the perfect choice, ride is incredibly smooth and with the Michelin MXV4 tires, this car will coast forever. Overall quality is great with a quiet ride and MUCH better handling than the Hyundai/KIA crowd. Just a few minor quibbles. The GOOD: Smooth quiet ride, excellent fuel economy (AND ACCURATE!), JBL stereo is good, comfortable interior with lots of rear seat leg room. Torque is good when combined with the electric motor, Backup camera and peripheral/blindside package works great, especially when you are backing up and you hear the warning of traffic coming from either side that you can't see. Really like the keyless entry and swiping the door with your finger to lock the doors. The BAD: Ok, c'mon guys, switch to Lithium Ion batteries!! MUCH lighter and much better than NiMH. Don't care for the CVT, wish they would have offered the 6-speed AUTO tranny. May just be me, but I like to control the A/C-heater fan with a knob and not a tiny rocker button. Regenerative braking takes a lot of getting used to and just doesn't stop as well as standard braking. Voice activation for phone is extremely difficult to use if not worthless. The $199 Alpine I put in my truck destroys the Camry. Not excited at all about Entune subscription-based BS. Overall navigation is decent though. OVERALL: Worth every dime IMO. Smooth ride, great gas mileage, comfortable seating, great reliability, what more do you want in a car? Just make SURE when you put new tires on the Hybrid that you go with low rolling resistance tires or your gas mileage will drop by about 2-3 MPG. I highly recommend the Michelin MXV4's as we had them on our 1997 Accord and was glad to see Toyota use them on the Camry. I have also confirmed with two tanks of gas that the on-board computer is exactly correct with the fuel mileage (the Hyundai we bought was off by 2-3 MPG on EVERY tank). Buy one, you won't regret it. My wife and I have already decided that we will never buy another car/SUV/truck that is not a hybrid. I did a LOT of research before buying this car, and the Camry is currently the best out there if you are looking for room, comfort, and decent power along with an affordable price tag.
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Best Camry I've ever had - am very enthused!

by from Roseville, CA on September 23, 2013

We've had this 2013 Camry XLE Hybrid since early July 2013, and have put about 2,000 miles on it in most conditions possible. We enjoy the comfort - very quiet (especially after owning a Prius 3 year...
We've had this 2013 Camry XLE Hybrid since early July 2013, and have put about 2,000 miles on it in most conditions possible. We enjoy the comfort - very quiet (especially after owning a Prius 3 years) and much better road ride, and the mass of the car means less wind gust sensitivity. We drove it during quite a storm (rain, winds) 21 Sep and it was a relative joy to drive. Steering has generally been soft on Camrys, but this one is quite manageable. Visibility is great (no major Prius blind spots, and the side mirror and backup warnings plus rear view cam with guidelines are really great. I'm 6'4" / 193 cm and large, so the seat is important to me - it's quite comfortable overall, and the heat built in is convenient. The seat bottom of the leather seat can get feeling a bit flat after a couple of hours, is I'll likely get a thin, high-density foam cushion for it. The HVAC has worked well even when temperatures have been in the 100's. The moon roof works flawlessly - we used it on a lovely central California coastal highway / CA 1 trip and it's completely easy and watertight when closed, a breeze (literally) when open, letting in air but not huge blasts. The trunk and back seat passthrough are slightly smaller than the normally powered Camry - the battery does take up some real estate, but it's not that much - the trunk area still has good capacity for two of us with gear and suitcases. Gas mileage is spectacular - I am used to manufacturers fudging fuel stats, so I am very happy to be getting 42 MPG on short commutes with stop lights and 42- 45 MPG on longer highway trips. Using tips from my Prius when I was trying to get high averages I have been able to get 46-48 MPG on some highway and up to 53+ MPG truly hypermiling it. Presumably the 17" wheels / tires reduce fuel efficiency, but not that I've noticed - and they do keep the front air dam from scraping on sidewalk lips and the like, which was common with the Prius. The nav system takes a bit of getting used to after previously owning an Avalon and Prius - no standardization, of course! - but it works quite well once one puts a bit of study into it. Audio is also a bit more complex, but getting to know how to use it all is worth the effort - I quite like my XM Sirius and the Entune-enabled services, though it took a bit of work to get it all up and talking to each other (the newest Sep ~20 Entune app seems to work much better on my Android-OS smartphone). In my opinion, this is one well thought out and designed car, and both of us (my wife and I) dearly love it. I'd buy again in a trice, and feel quite comfortable recommending this car to others.
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2013 Camry hybrid XLE Super car

by from Colorado Springs, Co. on March 9, 2013

I bought my new camry XLE about a month ago. I must say I am totally impressed with it. I have owned 8 canmry's before and had become disenchanted with camrys lately. The last one I had was a 2011 cam...
I bought my new camry XLE about a month ago. I must say I am totally impressed with it. I have owned 8 canmry's before and had become disenchanted with camrys lately. The last one I had was a 2011 camry XLE. I was very disappointed with it. I looked at the 2013 Camry very hard in every way before buying it. It passed all my concerns so far. It rides like a dream. The milage is even better than I had hioped for. and the quality most of all is back. This car i can own and enjoy a while.
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Best combination of fuel economy and performance

by from Ellicott City, MD on September 17, 2013

I have been driving my new 2013 Camry Hybrid for three weeks now and I am still amazed by the excellent combination of fuel economy and power it offers. The 200 HP combined gas and electric power is m...
I have been driving my new 2013 Camry Hybrid for three weeks now and I am still amazed by the excellent combination of fuel economy and power it offers. The 200 HP combined gas and electric power is more than adequate for merging into fast moving highway traffic and I routinely get 45 miles per gallon on my 30 mile drive to work. The car is very quiet and has a solid feel that I have come to expect from Toyota. The blind spot monitor is a very useful option to consider. My only complaint is that the audio system is very complex and takes too much of my attention off the road to adjust.
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Awesome car!!!

by from Bristol , VA on December 17, 2015

I absolutely Love it!! best car I have ever owned, quiet and awesome gas mileage :). It is comfortable and desired for pleasure
I absolutely Love it!! best car I have ever owned, quiet and awesome gas mileage :). It is comfortable and desired for pleasure
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Camry Hybrid

by from Seattle on April 2, 2013

I only have 800 miles on this car, but so far it is getting 40 mpg hwy and city and the performance of the hybrid drive train is seamless.
I only have 800 miles on this car, but so far it is getting 40 mpg hwy and city and the performance of the hybrid drive train is seamless.
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Most Comfortable, Quiet Car I've Owned

by from California City, CA on April 9, 2013

This car is quiet on the road; literally glides. Its autolight, cruise control, and automatic lock and unlock when driver is outside the door and has key in his/her pocket or purse, are user-friendly....
This car is quiet on the road; literally glides. Its autolight, cruise control, and automatic lock and unlock when driver is outside the door and has key in his/her pocket or purse, are user-friendly. The HD sound is awesome.
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Great Car

by from Denver, CO on August 4, 2015

I bought this used in early 2015 with about 21K miles. I've put about 10K on in six months. Consumer Reports ranks this car tops in reliability, and it came with the 7 yr 100K certified warranty on th...
I bought this used in early 2015 with about 21K miles. I've put about 10K on in six months. Consumer Reports ranks this car tops in reliability, and it came with the 7 yr 100K certified warranty on the hybrid system and 8 yr 100K on the battery. Gas mileage has been close to the factory estimates -- I get a little better on the highway (~40) and a little less around town (~38). Recently drove it round trip from Denver to LA and back. Speeds were 65-75 mph across the Mojave and through the Rockies. My calculated gas mileage was 39.9 MPG (the Camry readout claimed about 2-3 MPG higher, but I know better). The electric AC easily handled the 105+ temperatures using the second to lowest fan speed. By the way, I dislike the automatic temperature control, which wants to blow at higher fan speeds most of the time. The automatic feature is a bit awkward and confusing to circumvent -- far less convenient and intuitive than a simple knob and lever. Both the brakes and accelerator are a bit twitchy and take some getting used to (regenerative brakes are slightly too eager to engage, and the continuously variable transmission is equally quick to adjust to small throttle changes), but I quickly got used to it. One thing I'm not completely used to is the lag in response when punching full throttle. It takes a second or so for the engine to ramp up and the transmission to deliver full power to the drive wheels. But once the engine and motor are at full power, the car is very responsive, even on steep mountain roads. So be warned, if you're the type of driver that likes to dart from lane to lane and shoot in front of other cars, this may not be for you. My DIY repair days are probably limited with this model -- while I can do brakes, shocks, oil changes, etc., a major repair of the hybrid system would be impossible without tools and training. I'm banking on the same or better reliability I enjoyed with my previous Camry. Gas mileage suffers a lot in Denver's cold winters. On short trips, the car wants to burn gasoline to warm up the engine for the heater, even when it can run in EV mode. MTBE in the gasoline probably also cuts mileage, as does snowy roads. But those factors affect other cars as well, and the lower gas mileage may seem more evident in the Camry simply because I'm paying closer attention. The oil change interval is 10K miles, and I'm nearly ready for my first change. The oil level on the dipstick hasn't changed perceptively in the 10K since I got it -- still right at the full mark. That's sweet!
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Acceleration problem

by from California on June 29, 2013

I have a Camry XLE Hybrid 2013. When accelerating from stop, it makes click feeling. I also tried other Camry Hybrid, they make this kind of click feeling when accelerating from stop. But Prius and Le...
I have a Camry XLE Hybrid 2013. When accelerating from stop, it makes click feeling. I also tried other Camry Hybrid, they make this kind of click feeling when accelerating from stop. But Prius and Lexus ES Hybrid don't make this click feeling. I hope Toyota recall Camry Hybrid to fix it.
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Excellent car

by from Aberdeen, MD on August 2, 2014

I bought this 2013 vehicle since Thompson Toyota in Edgewood, MD was giving an excellent discount. So far I am not disappointed because this car is performing exactly as advertised. I am getting 40-42...
I bought this 2013 vehicle since Thompson Toyota in Edgewood, MD was giving an excellent discount. So far I am not disappointed because this car is performing exactly as advertised. I am getting 40-42 MPG each fill up and I live in Maryland where we had the worse winter last year. I've had the vehicle now for 6 months and it handles everything that nature or I throw at it to drive on. Cornering is great, safety electronic system functions really well, and driveability and rideability is like a dream. Sure the car is quite expensive but you do get what you pay for, and the 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid I believe is such a good value. My previous vehicles were Nissan but driving this vehicle has sold me back to Toyota and I am no longer a skeptic. So far so good and I think this vehicle will give me at least 10 years of its life.
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