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This week I’m travelling green, in a green Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE. Although I didn’t get horrible gas mileage last week in the GS 350, I always welcome a week where my fuel bill will be on the very low side.

This 2012 Camry Hybrid is part of an all-new design for the Camry. It has a starting price of $26,990, and is powered by a 2.5-litre inline four-cylinder engine that is augmented by an electric motor for a total of 200 horsepower, fed to the wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Camry Hybrid has a Natural Resources Canada rating of 4.5 L/100 km city and 4.9 L/100 km highway—pretty darned impressive for a large family sedan.

Day by Day Review: 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE toyota car test drives daily car reviews
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The XLE model adds $2,000 to the price of a base Camry Hybrid, but adds an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, an upgraded stereo, 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels (over the standard 16-inch steel wheels), fog lamps and the ability to add a few other option packages.

My tester has the Leather and Premium Package, which adds Navigation, 10-speaker JBL audio system, power moonroof, backup camera, anti-theft system, leather-trimmed seating and heated front seats, for an additional $5,520, which seems like a considerable amount for the features you get.

With features like dual-zone climate control, cruise control, power windows and mirrors, and keyless entry with push-button start standard on all Camry Hybrids, I feel that the real value is in the base model. But I have to evaluate based on what I have in my possession, and this week I hope to test how seamless and comfortable this new Camry Hybrid can be.

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE
MSRP as tested (including destination): $34,510

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James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).