Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about your 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid?
Quiet, powerful for passing & on-ramps (like a 6), roomy, lots of headroom, radio is great (powerful, clear reception, no antenna sticking out at car washes, bluetooth for phone hands-free, safety, wife likes seats Backseat roomy for adult kids when we go out. Dark gray color gets lots of head-turns.
My mileage 38 avg, 40 when careful, 35.5 if I am rushing. Love the "engine-off" in frequent NY & DC traffic jams. Great car for a salesman, doesn't look econo, yet "Hybrid" badge gets noticed. Went to Canada for 4 days, snowstorms, ESC Stability control kept car straight and true, Traction control got me out of 8" snow in the morning, Ready for gasoline when it goes to $5/gal, won't be long -:)
Cons: How would you improve your 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid?
When temperature hits 32 or lower, cold air blows in from inside door handles. With XM radio, the tuner button on steering wheel does not advance channel, but loses setting completely. Would like to be able to turn on rear reading lights from front to look for items on back seat/floor. Agree with other reveiewer that outside temperature indicator would be better on outside mirror, can't see it without pushing 'Display' button four times (nice feature up north). Snow slides off rear window right into trunk. Console lid is hard, elbow gets sore after a while, ditto the left elbow on the left window ledge. No indicator that side mirror heating is on. Wife didn't want leather, but that means no power passenger seat option. Bottom of soft plastic nose cracked immediately when parking too close to first snow bank and/or curb (whatever happened to 5 mph standards?). Cloth floor mats show dirt, will have to replace after only 6 months, will go to all-weather mats (after recall fixed sliding issue) Wishes: Quiet glass on front-side windows to make it even quieter when trucks pass or stop alongside. Dual exhausts would look great, would pay for option. The knock-out tabs on the lower front hinged compartment have allowed me to put my cell phone in the convenient pockets, but how about a 2" flat-plastic disc with a cable hole on the center of the dash for the portable navigator (instead of the stick-on that comes with the navigator, and the cable running in front of the radio. Maybe they would think that it might cause me not to buy their $2000 navigator option, rather than the $200 portable (that I need anyway when renting cars for business). More trunk space as everyone has said, but I guess that requires the future lithium batteries and/or capacitors. Traction control, while helpful (see above) is not enough to climb steep driveway in 4" snow (you can tell I live in the northeast).
Local Toyota dealerships load up oil change prices with useless additives, "checks" of fluids that get done anywhere. They have also padded the 30,000 check up costs to $700, for what should be a minor tune-up interval. Shame.
2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review:
Overall, I love it, my favorite car ever, wife loves it too, quiet, comfortable, we feel smug (forgive us Lord) rolling into gas stations. We drive 200 miles each way to visit daughter and 240 each way to vacation home once a month, so the mileage and range (1 tank of gas for whole trip) are pleasures. Has lots of features, sun-roof is a delight. I would buy a 4 wheel drive version if it came out.
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