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Toyota updates Camry Hybrid's style, retains high fuel economy (pictures)

The 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid features a whole new look, and carries over its excellent gasoline-electric drivetrain.

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The Camry is Toyota's midsize sedan, and comes with a four-cylinder engine, V-6 engine or a hybrid gasoline-electric drivetrain that gets stellar fuel economy.

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Toyota updated the entire Camry line for the 2015 model year, but carries over drivetrain options and Entune app itnegration.

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The gasoline-electric drivetrain uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and 105-kilowatt electric motor, producing 200 horsepower and getting 40 mpg average fuel economy.

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The grille and headlights are nicely integrated. In SE trim the grille is painted black.

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As a midsize sedan, the Camry Hybrid offers everyday utility, working as a commute car, errand runner and even a vehicle for taking the family on road trips.

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The long upper cabin lets in a lot of light.

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Toyota does not offer a panoramic sunroof like so many other automakers.

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The Camry Hybrid is a front-wheel-drive vehicle.

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The SE trim has sporty pretensions, using a sport-tuned suspension.

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A minor sacrifice for the hybrid model is the loss of 2.3 cubic feet of cargo space, but the trunk remains very large.

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The cabin electronics come in one package, called Entune Premium Audio Plus with Navigation.

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Seat coverings in this SE trim model are a synthetic material designed to keep occupants from slipping.

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Rear-seat legroom is very good.

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Electric power steering is very responsive.

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This shifter controls a planetary gearset, Toyota's transmission that mixes power from engine and electric motor.

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Putting the transmission in reverse activates the rearview camera.

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A display in the middle of the instrument cluster shows trip info and other useful information.

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Buttons on the console activate Eco mode and EV mode.

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You can watch the power flow from the drivetrain on this screen.

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The infotainment system lets you configure this homescreen with your favored content.

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Push the Apps button and you see all the system's available features.

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Another page shows connected apps from Entune.

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Maps in the navigation system look good.

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Destination options include a Web search button, powered by Toyota's Entune app integration.

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Bing and Yelp are the two location search apps available.

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Audio sources include HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth audio, apps and USB devices.

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HD Radio provides clearer audio than traditional FM radio.

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Devices plugged into the USB port get a music library interface.

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The now-playing screen shows album artwork, when available.

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The audio system only has six speakers in the Camry Hybrid SE. Go up to the XLE trim for much better sound.

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There is, of course, a hands-free phone system which can be activated with voice command.

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The Camry Hybrid is the best of the Camry line, offering an excellent mix of power and fuel economy.

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