Toyota Camry Hybrid Interior
The interior of the Camry Hybrid, reviewers agree, is comfortable and packed with features. Like the exterior, the hybrid's interior style echoes the regular Camry. This means, as BusinessWeek writes, it's "clean, with the regular Camry's elegant, understated design."
The interior of the Camry, like the rest of it, underwent an overhaul for this year. Forbes explains that this results in "a slightly extended wheelbase and new proportions" that "allow the interior to feel quite spacious, with decent space in front, a rather cavernous trunk and a backseat that's comfortable enough to seat two and just wide enough to fit three smaller folks in a pinch."
The hybrid's interior is not entirely without its differences. MSN reports, "The hybrid is the only Camry with a special acoustic-dampening windshield designed to absorb road noise for a quieter interior. Indeed, the test Camry Hybrid conveyed a luxury feel because it was so quiet inside." Also, because of the hybrid's battery pack, trunk space is reduced from 15 cubic feet in the regular Camry to just 10.6.
Most reviewers find the seating comfortable and supportive. "There is plenty of room in the generally upscale interior," reports MSN. "I immediately noticed how much quieter this new Camry is compared with its predecessors and how much better the new seats feel." Consumer Guide finds that the Camry provides "ample leg and knee space even for six-footers riding in tandem." The Camry's cabin is not necessarily more spacious, however, than those of other cars in its class. New Car Test Drive points out, "Tempering the feel of roominess in the new Camry are direct comparisons with the competition. Today's midsize sedans are roomy vehicles."
In the front, combing a telescoping steering wheel "with a driver's seat that now goes farther back than ever before means nearly anyone can get comfortable," according to Automotive.com. The writes, "The new Camry has redesigned front seats with more fore-aft adjustment for taller occupants, and a more forward cowl enhances the sense of openness and room." Consumer Guide praises the "fine leg room on well-shaped, comfortably padded seats" and finds "good head room for all except the very tall." BusinessWeek voices a pair of minor complaints: "Taller folks will likely find the lower seat cushions just too short, and the backrests are noticeable devoid of mid-back support."
"The Camry easily holds four people," notes the, "but I wouldn't want to be the fifth, squeezed in the back seat for more than an hour or so." adds, "The rear seat is roomy for two adults, adequate for three." According to , "The rear seat provides generous leg and knee space, as good as some supposedly bigger cars. And the seat itself is comfortable." Rear passengers "will find no individual reading lights and no vents," points out the .
Consensus has it that the Camry Hybrid is, as theputs it, "loaded to the gills," and, as expressed by the , "a work of swank modernity." The praise starts front and center, with the console. The reports, "Everyone who got in the Camry Hybrid with us was mesmerized by the center stack. The climate and audio controls are surrounded by a beautiful translucent blue trim that's unlike anything I've ever seen on a car; it reminds me a bit of my old iMac."
MSN, like many reviewers, notes the "nifty hybrid power graphic on a dashboard display screen that no other Camry has. It's an attention-getting, instructional diagram showing where power is coming from and where it's going among the internal combustion engine, electric motor and storage battery pack." The says, "Watching this display is like playing a giant video game for environmentalists and cheapskates. Test-drive a Camry Hybrid and you'll quickly find yourself laying off of the accelerator as much as possible, trying to push the fuel-efficiency meter higher and higher." Many reviewers also mention, but don't express strong opinions one way or another about, the push-button start switch that stands in for a regular ignition.
The optional navigation system draws raves from reviewers. A writer for theForbes says it "has a simple interface, yet it's one of the most feature-packed nav systems available in any car, and it integrates Bluetooth hands-free cell phone operation and a hybrid energy monitor screen." CNET reports, "The GPS was reliable around town and quick to recalibrate when we went astray, but the unit completely lost its bearings on a trip through the Santa Cruz Mountains." CNET adds that "voice recognition on the Toyota nav unit was also a little disappointing," but concludes, "Despite these drawbacks, the navigation system is packed full of information. Drivers are able to enter destinations by address, freeway entrance, coordinates, and intersection, as well as by the name or category of a point of interest (POI)."calls it "one of the best and most intuitive I've used."
The Camry Hybrid's cargo space is somewhat compromised by its hybrid design. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman says, "One drawback to the hybrid is a smaller trunk, on account of the battery pack, which takes up considerable space." Because of this, the hybrid's trunk only has 10.6 cubic feet of storage space, while regular Camrys have 15. Some reviewers don't mind. The writes, "The battery pack cuts down on trunk space a bit, but it's still surprisingly roomy. We even put a week's worth of groceries back there." The rear seats only have a fold-down pass through on one side for the same reason. Cars.com looks on the bright side: "Though it's also relatively small, the Hybrid's pass-thru beats the Accord Hybrid, which offers none at all." BusinessWeek considers the possibilities, concluding, "You could haul a fair amount of lumber in this car, as well as skis."
A number of reviewers complain not of the trunk space, but of the trunk opening. Consumer Guide says the "sickle-shaped lid hinges intrude and trunk opening too small for really bulky items." Kelley Blue Book finds, "The sweeping rear-window design creates a narrow trunk opening, making it difficult to insert wide or bulky items." Cargo space throughout the cabin is adequate and includes cubbies on the dash, in the console, in the center armrest and in the doors.
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