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A Review of Toyota’s 2015 Camry SE Hybrid

'12_Toyota_Camry_Hybrid_(MIAS_'12)In the past two or so decades, Toyota has fallen short of its customer expectations and has therefore not been America’s bestselling car. The Camry is almost at the top of charts with respect to resale value, reliability, practicality, fuel economy, and other metrics considered by buyers. A few people have also praised Toyota’s sedan for the sports-like qualities. To satisfy its customers, Toyota has made major improvements and amendments for its 2015 Camry. The car will be a bit sportier, thanks to a snout that is longer and lower. It will also have a slightly folded and creased hood, and chiseled flanks with a wide stance.

Toyota’s Camry hybrid will now have three levels, the LE, the XLE and the 2015 SE level. Some of the additional features of the new SE include aluminum wheels of 17-inches, mesh grille, a spoiler and a trim that is dark chrome. All the 2015 Camry vehicles’ structure will be stiffened in addition to having spot welds in specific areas like door openings and the cowl. The car’s power steering has also been amended and it will have a traditional feel of a hydraulic system. In an effort to attain a linear pedal response, the new Camry will have a brake booster that is dual-stage.

The new SE Camry is great in terms of responsiveness with features such as a shock valve, suspension bushings and anti-roll bar. In comparison to other Camrys, the new SE has a firmer shape and is more comfortable. There is a quite remote feel for the brake-pedal response. Although it was expected that the SE hybrid would be sportier, it is not quite the case. Test numbers have shown that there, the new model doesn’t have additional liveliness. The stopping distance of the SE Camry is the same as that of the Camry XLE model.

Basically, Camry hybrid models are sportier compared to non-hybrid models, owed to a drivetrain that is more powerful. A primary reason for the high Camry sales is the fuel economy. Despite the alterations made to the SE model such as a wider rubber, the car’s mileage is similar to that of XLE hybrid model. The average mileage for the new model is 31 mpg, which is thriftier compared to the previous Camry by 5 mpg. Some of the major competitors of the SE Camry are Hyundai’s Sonata hybrid, Ford’s Fusion hybrid, and the Optima hybrid by Kia.



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Definition and Functionality of Hybrid Cars

512px-Toyota_Prius_V_Hybrid_car_familyThe past few decades have been characterized by major technological advancement. The impact of some of these advancements has been felt in various sectors, including the automobile industry. Earlier on, gasoline-only cars were alone on the roads, but currently more drivers are opting for hybrid cars. The popularity of hybrid cars has also increased with issues such as decreased reserves for fossil fuels and environment concerns coming to light. Automakers are choosing car technologies that are not only fuel economical, but also good in terms of performance. For a many years now, hybrid technology has been promoted and many car manufacturers have embraced the concept. One such company is Toyota, which came up with the Prius. Prius has been a huge success with respect to minimizing environmental pollution.

Following the success of Prius, other automakers such as Honda are also planning to manufacture hybrid cars. A hybrid car is one that has both electric motors and a gasoline engine. For this reason, a hybrid car has a combination of advantages including enhanced fuel economy and increased power. Simply put, a hybrid car has two major sources of power, the battery and fuel. The high cost of hybrid cars is mainly because they are partially powered by batteries.

Hybrid cars have major components including a generator, electric motor and a battery. All the gasoline car components are also present in a hybrid car. A hybrid car’s electric drive is made up of the three components mentioned above. Some of the major benefits that hybrid technology offers a car include fewer emissions and improved fuel economy. The fuel expenses will go down because the hybrid technology offers a vehicle good mileage. In other words, the electric motor powers the car when the gasoline engine is not in use. The gasoline engine would then save more on the electric charge when the vehicle gets to a speed of approximately 30 mph. In this way, the car’s efficiency is elevated.

With regard to the functionality of the power sources, it is essential to keep in mind that the hybrid concept is based on the principle of energy conservation; energy is neither destroyed nor created but rather converted from one form to another. Therefore, when a car accelerates and brakes, it produces kinetic energy which is then stored in a battery to be used when necessary. When a car accelerates strongly and needs additional power, it obtains it from the electric motor as well as the gasoline engine. Although the gasoline engine in hybrid cars is smaller than that of conventional gasoline powered cars, they offer a huge fuel efficiency boost.



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