Buying a used car is always a risk. How many owners has it been through? How was the vehicle-treated? Was it appropriately maintained? These questions and many more always swirl around in our heads when looking for a used car.
Hybrids are especially more confusing for many because they are not traditional cars. The expense of a failing hybrid battery alone can wipe out an owner's pocketbook. More often than not, though, most used Toyota Prius are good deals. The cars are built well enough they will last.
So if buying a used Toyota Prius is ok what does that say about the Toyota Camry Hybrid? I thought about it, and here is what I think most need to know about getting into one.
Toyota Hybrid System, Camry Edition
Prius was mostly through its second iteration when Camry hybrid rolled off the line. The Toyota Hybrid System had already proven viable in the marketplace. Now it was time to bring another popular car to the fleet.
Camry hybrid was introduced in 2006 and became a trendy mid-sized car. Camry hybrid inherited all of the good things about the Prius and the base Camry car.
Camry was already a great seller, but to boost the MPG and give it a better transmission system was a sure winner. This hybrid was destined to be a desirable car, and all these years later, it shows.
Used Camry hybrids are still selling for thousands more than Prius and with high mileage (200,000+). The proven hybrid transmission (MG1 and MG2). Fewer parts, fewer problems.
Toyota Camry Hybrid, The Alternative To A Prius V
Many hybrid owners love the Toyota Prius V for the extra room and versatility. Quite honestly, I agree. While Camry hybrid is not a wagon, it does have more space.
More space is usually connected with more luxury. The seats are more comfortable, there is more legroom, which can mean all the difference in a long road trip.
Camry is also a household name and is well established. Prius is now but has had to fight to get the recognition.
I am going to buy my first Camry hybrid soon. I thoroughly enjoy my Prius, but I want to experience a larger hybrid and see what all the hype about it is.
The fuel economy is still pretty decent on the first generation 38 HWY and 40 City (of course, this varies with how good your battery is). So is having a bigger hybrid that gets better than average MPG worth it? I certainly think so.
Thank you all for reading. I will have more to come soon on this topic. I look forward to seeing you in the following article.
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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting. Read more of Peter's stories at Toyota news coverage on Torque News. Search Toyota Prius Torque News for more in depth Prius coverage from our reporters.