MPG & Toyota Reliability!
February 25, 2018
Early 2018. Gave my 2007 Camry Hybrid to a family member, which is still going strong after 130K miles. Beyond normal maintenance, this car only required a new 12V battery six months ago (not the main hybrid battery), and the hybrid battery still tests as nearly new. Wanted a new hybrid with all of the current safety devices, but did drive the highly acclaimed new-gen CRV to see what it was about (we own a 2010 CRV). Nice car, but no long term reliability track record for the turbo engine, and not hybrid mpg. The 2018 Camry Hybrid's entry/exit height is a lot lower than before and too low for me. Drove the 2018 RAV4 Hybrid and loved it. Was going to buy a new one when I found a 15 month old 2016 RAV4 Hybrid Limited with less than 5,000 miles at a nearby dealership. 2016 Limited has all of the same safety features as 2018, got a great price, bought it. My wife and I are delighted! No problem getting 30-31 mpg in our mostly urban driving, our former Camry Hybrid got 33-34 mpg for the same routine driving. Smoother, quieter, more fun to drive than the Camry, too. Best of all, we know that the hybrid drive in our new RAV4 will last for at least the next decade! Highly recommended!