The sedan (or saloon, as our British mates name it), which has been the usual type issue for passenger automobiles for a century, now appears to be a dying breed, as SUVs and crossovers take over the market. Shoppers love the additional house and elevated trip peak of an SUV, and automakers love the upper revenue margins. And the few who’re occupied with saving gasoline (or who merely don’t like bigger autos) are trending towards hatchbacks.
GM and Ford are within the means of phasing out sedans within the US market. In Europe, German sedans are nonetheless thought-about the top of automotive excellence, however patrons over there are steadily migrating to SUVs as nicely. Toyota, nonetheless, has proven no indicators of abandoning sedans – its Camry was the best-selling sedan, and the seventh best-selling automobile (together with pickups) within the US for the primary half of 2018 (in keeping with Kelley Blue E-book). Nonetheless, Tesla’s Mannequin three is starting to muscle in on Toyota’s territory – CleanTechnica estimated that the brand new EV was the sixth best-selling passenger automobile (excluding pickups) within the US in November.
Arguably, there’s no sensible motive to drive a sedan – they provide little cargo house, and you should purchase a hatchback with higher gasoline financial system (the Prius Prime), or an SUV with equal efficiency (Mannequin X). After all, sensible issues have by no means been a main motivator within the auto market, and a few, together with your correspondent, nonetheless like the looks and the trip of a sedan. Nonetheless, the overwhelming development in at this time’s auto market exhibits that that could be a minority opinion.
Charged not too long ago checked out the Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE for an prolonged interval, and we beloved driving it. Like each Toyota hybrid we’ve pushed, it has loads of pickup for metropolis driving, and the powertrain shifts between gasoline and electrical energy as easily as you would want.
There’s actually nothing to not like right here – the Camry Hybrid LE matches the gasoline financial system of the usual Prius, and it’s a bit of roomier and extra comfy for passengers. After all, the sore level of a sedan is cargo house, however the Camry’s trunk is respectable – like most trendy sedans, if you fold the rear seats down, the trunk is open to the passenger compartment, permitting you to load lengthy objects. It’s additionally price noting that the Camry Hybrid has the identical quantity of cargo house because the legacy Camry.
It’s a bit puzzling that the bottom degree LE trim will get considerably higher mileage than the SE and XLE variations – a part of the explanation could possibly be its barely decrease curb weight. The LE model additionally sports activities a lithium-ion battery pack, somewhat than the nickel-metal hydride pack discovered within the SE and XLE trims. Some hybrid specialists consider that Li-ion packs last more, and endure much less degradation in scorching climates.
2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid
|Electrical motor:||118 hp (88 kW)|
|Whole system energy:||208 hp|
|Gas financial system:||LE: 52 mpg mixed; SE, XLE: 46 mpg|
|MSRP:||LE: $28,150; SE: $29,850; XLE: $32,725|