Basically unchanged for 2009, the Toyota Camry Hybrid is a five-passenger sedan combining better-than-average fuel economy with a level of equipment on par with the top-of-the-line Camry XLE. The front-wheel-drive Camry Hybrid is powered by a 2.4L four-cylinder engine producing 147 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque working with an electric motor that adds another 40 hp, yielding a total of 187 hp, paired to a specialized continuously variable transmission. The Camry Hybrid can also be powered by the electric motor alone at speeds up to 30 mph. Toyota Camry Hybrid fuel economy is estimated by the EPA to be 33 mpg city/34 mpg hwy and is rated as an Advanced Technology Partial-Zero Emissions Vehicle, which is the best possible rating for a gas vehicle. Safety features comprise stability and traction control, antilock brakes, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. Camry Hybrid standard features, including push-button start, dual-zone climate control and HomeLink, offer real convenience, while elegant touches such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob give the Camry Hybrid a truly luxurious feel.
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