2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid starts at $25,900

Toyota announced MSRP prices today for the new 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid family sedan.

Surprisingly, the new car will be offered at a price, which is significantly lower than forecast by market analysts. Finally, virtually any American family can afford the car, which is not only greener, but is also easier on their budgets, especially for the kind of drivers whose daily routine includes travels on busy urban roads with many traffic lights and lots of left turns: in this kind of cycle, the hybrid drive truly shines.

Being one of the most popular family sedans on the U.S. market during the last decade, the Camry with a hybridized drive will still have to prove sales estimates that were made by Toyota’s marketologists before introducing the car. Those guys think that Japan, the United States and Europe can swallow and digest about 60,000 Hybrids per year, or 15 per cent of all Camry sales.

2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid starts at $25,900

Perhaps, they can be right, too, because, according to the company’s latest press release, the new Camry Hybrid will have a base MSRP of just $25,900. That is $4,100 below previous estimates that were pretty recently made by independent observers.

2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid (interior)

For this money future buyers will get a Camry equipped with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive System, which consists of two complimentary gas and electric power sources.

The gas one is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder fuel-efficient Atkinson-cycle internal combustion engine that produces 147 horsepower and is mated with a continuously variable transmission.

2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid (side view)

The electric part consists on a 105-kW electric motor and 244-volt battery pack that produces a peak of 45 hp.

So, the total power output of this hybrid system rises to 192 horsepower providing the car with acceleration from zero-to-sixty mph of about 9.4 seconds — a result, good enough for a basic sport-sedan like BMW E60 520i with automatic gearbox.

List of standard features includes a ‘tire-pressure monitor system, halogen headlamps with automatic on/off, a premium JBL audio system with an audio auxiliary jack and Bluetooth technology, cruise control, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, an eight-way-adjustable power driver’s seat, a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, 16-inch aluminum wheels, heated outside rear-view mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control heating and air conditioning with a Plasmacluster ionizer, and so on.

2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid (rear 3/4 view)

As to the fuel efficiency, Toyota claims that the Camry Hybrid with Hybrid Synergy Drive will run around 40 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway and about 39 mpg in a combined cycle.

The figures look particularly impressive if you take into account the official mileage numbers of a normal 2006 model year Camry, which is rated at 24 and 34 miles per gallon in city/highway cycle. While on the highway the hybridized sedan will be just over 10 percent more efficient, it the city with its multiple start/stop cycles where the new car truly excels: with almost 1.7 times better mileage, buying this vehicle will be one of the best financial decisions that you could possibly make.

The Japanese company plans to ship first Camry Hybrids later this May.

See also: 2006 Lexus GS 450h hybrid sedan

2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid (front view)

Photos: Toyota

2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid technical specification

Body Type: 4-door sedan
Layout: front internal combustion engine + an electric motor
Engine: 147 hp @ 6000 rpm, 137 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm, 2.4-liter, inline-4 + a 105 kW electric motor
Transmission: CVT
Top Speed: N/A
0 – 62 mph: N/A
Fuel Economy EPA city / highway cycle mpg (l/100 km): 43 / 37 (5.5 / 6.4)
Exterior Dimensions (L/W/H/Wheelbase) inches: 189.2 / 71.7 / 57.5 / 109.3
Ground clearance (inches): N/A
Track (frt/rr): N/A / N/A
Curb to curb turning circle (feet): 36.1
Curb Weight: 3589 lbs
Coefficient of Drag (Cd): 0.27
Seating Capacity: 5 (2/3)
Cargo capacity, max (cu ft): 11 cu.ft.
Payload (max w/ occupants and cargo): N/A
Towing Capacity (max): N/A
Direct Competitors: Honda Accord Hybrid, Nissan Altima Hybrid, Saturn Aura Green Line Hybrid