TOYOTA CAMRY HYBRID HL
VALUE The HL gets power seats, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and ignition, reversing camera and rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels (and full-size spare), fog lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls for phone and 10-speaker digital sound and power rear-window shade. TECHNOLOGY The petrol-electric drivetrain packs a punch without drinking heavily. It goes about metro mundanities with minimal fuss. The 2.5-litre four-cylinder (118kW/213Nm) teams up with electric motor (105kW/270Nm), which under battery power alone covers short distances at low speed. DESIGN No more whitegoods on wheels, said Toyota, but it’s a slow process. The Camry is getting better looking but the real gains are in cabin and boot space, although the latter yields a little to electric gear. Longer, wider, taller and heavier, the Camry has room for a family of four and gear to the tune of 421L. SAFETY ANCAP awards the Camry five stars thanks to seven airbags (dual front, side, fulllength curtain and driver’s knee), seat belt reminder for all occupants, stability and traction control and ABS. There’s also a blind spot monitor and auto-dipping high beam. DRIVE Thanks to electric components at the rear, the hybrid Camry has a balanced feel. Motive outputs are smooth, linear and ample, endowing effortless pace. The lack of decent towing capacity is a minus — it’s just 300kg. It’s a quiet conveyor of families that’s not as mundane as its ancestors.