Changes for the 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid:
The Toyota Camry Hybrid was redesigned for the 2012 model year. For 2013, the Camry Hybrid receives upgraded door panel materials, a turn signal that blinks three times with a single tap, and a standard 6.1-inch Display Audio touchscreen radio. The Camry Hybrid’s optional Blind Spot Monitor system gains a Rear Cross Traffic Alert feature for 2013.
Two versions of the 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid are for sale: LE and XLE. Differences between the Camry Hybrid and the standard Camry models include subtle styling and trim changes, unique fabric and leather selections, standard Optitron gauges, special instrumentation pertaining to fuel consumption and hybrid system energy monitoring, and low rolling resistance tires.
Engines and Transmissions:
The 2013 Camry Hybrid is equipped with an Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine, an electric assist motor, a nickel-metal hydride battery pack recharged through a regenerative braking system, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Total system output measures 200 horsepower, 22 more than the standard 4-cylinder engine.
The Camry Hybrid is equipped with an Eco Mode that adjusts throttle response and air conditioning operation to help maximize fuel economy, and an EV (Electric Vehicle) mode providing electric-only operation for up to 1.6 miles at speeds under 25 mph. Toyota says the Camry Hybrid can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds while meeting AT-PZEV (Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) standards.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
If fuel economy is the primary reason for choosing the 2013 Camry Hybrid, stick with the lighter LE trim level and its smaller tires. This version is rated to get 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, for a combined rating of 41 mpg. The heavier XLE model with larger 17-inch wheels is rated to get 40 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg in combined driving.
In crash tests conducted by the NHTSA, the 2013 Camry Hybrid receives an overall rating of 5 stars, the highest possible result. The Camry is also a “Top Safety Pick” according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, in the new IIHS small overlap frontal impact crash test, which is designed to measure effectiveness at protecting occupants if the car impacts a pole, tree, or oncoming vehicle on the front left corner, the 2013 Camry receives a “Poor” rating, the worst score provided by the IIHS.
Standard technology for the 2013 Camry Hybrid includes a humidity-sensing dual-zone automatic climate control system, a Smart Key keyless entry and push-button ignition system, Bluetooth calling and music streaming capability, a touchscreen radio, and a USB port with iPod connectivity and control.
Options for the XLE model include safety and infotainment upgrades such as Safety Connect telematics with Automatic Collision Notification, a reversing camera, a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, HD Radio, JBL GreenEdge speakers, and Entune services including Bing Internet search and Pandora Internet radio.