July 11, 2022 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2022 Toyota Camry 2.5V HEV

The Finest and Best of the Breed

It has been long coming, so rejoice, the all-new 8th generation Toyota Camry mid-size sedan is now everything we ever wanted in a full-featured executive saloon. It has most of the efficient and dynamic performance of the Lexus IS300h in a more affordable front-wheel driven package with abundant standard kit. The Toyota Camry is no longer the dull looking and clinical sedan for seasoned professionals in its latest iteration. Now you won’t pine for a North American-spec Toyota Avalon to fulfill the balance of affordable luxury, reliability, and efficiency. Our Philippine-spec Toyota Camry has everything you need. It is so much plusher with deeper abilities than ever especially when compared to its predecessors.

Sure, I do wish more vibrant exterior colors would be available to make the very spacious sedan even more attractive and visually lively for new customers. But as it is offered in its trick Hybrid form, you will not miss the old V6 engines, instead you will revel in its sublime ride and full-featured equipment from the heads-up display, more capacious cabin, rear passenger remote controls, powered rear window sunshade, moonroof, powered adjustable rear seats, wireless phone charger, Toyota Safety Suite with adaptive cruise control, more environmentally-sensitive Hybrid-system, and rocking 9-speaker JBL infotainment system managed by an excellent 9-inch management interface.

The new Toyota Camry is so loaded and comfortable that older folks may even mistake it for a Crown. In fact, it is larger than every generation of the legendary Toyota Crown until the 12th generation model. The full-LED signature lighting is great and include front fog lamps too. The 1.6-kWh battery is located under the rear seat so it does not reduce trunk space and improves weight balance. The Toyota Safety Sense includes lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, front automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert with automated braking.  The new TNGA chassis is 30% more rigid than before and the tangible results are very obvious. The new Camry feels very solid and rides similarly with the more upscale and larger Lexus ES on our roads as it absorbs punishment.

The 2022 Toyota Camry 2.5V HEV exceeded our expectations. It is an effortless daily performer with a conscience and sets the new standard in its class by a large margin.

Specification – 2022 Toyota Camry 2.5V Hybrid

Engine: Inline-4

Location: Front, Transverse

Displacement: 2487 cc

Cylinder block: Cast Aluminum

Cylinder head: Cast Aluminum, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, Dual VVT-iE

Fuel Injection: Direct and Port Fuel Injection, Atkinson-Cycle, 118 hp (88kW) /149 lb-ft (640V electric), 208 bhp (total power combined), Permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor, 1.6-kWh Nickel Metal Hydride (6.5Ah 244.8V NiMH) battery pack. Normal, Eco, Full-EV and Sport drive modes.

Max power: 176 bhp @ 5700 rpm

Max torque: 163 lb-ft @ 3600-5200 rpm

Transmission: E-CVT, Front-Wheel-Drive

Drag Coefficient: .26 cd

Front suspension: Independent MacPherson strut, gas-pressurized shock absorbers and stabilizer bar.

Rear suspension: Independent Double-wishbone with coil springs, gas-pressurized shock absorbers and stabilizer bar.

Steering: Rack-in-Pinion, Electronic Power Steering (EPS)

Fuel Capacity: 50 liters (13.2 gallons)

Trunk capacity: 428 liters

L x W x H: 4885 mm x 1840 mm x 1445 mm

Wheelbase: 2820 mm

Ground Clearance: 140 mm

Brakes: Front 12” (305 mm) ventilated discs with 1-piston calipers / Rear 11.06” (280 mm) solid discs with 1-piston calipers, ABS, VSC Traction & Stability Controls, Regenerative, HSA, IEB, Toyota Safety Sense.

Wheels: 7.5J x 18” Two-tone Multi-spoke alloys

Tires: 235/45R18 94W Bridgestone Turanza T005A

Weight: (kerb) 1620 kg. (3565 lbs.)

0-100 km/h (0-62mph): 8.1 sec.

Top Speed: 192 km/h (120 mph) Governed

Fuel Mileage: 44 mpg City / 47 mpg Highway (5.1L / 100 km Overall)

Price as tested: PhP 2,355,000.00 (in Metal Stream Metallic exterior paint)

C! RATING 10/10

+The executive sedan standard. Fully-equipped, dignified, ultra-smooth, efficient, 800-watt 9-Speaker JBL audio, very comfortable and can still be quite dynamic when coerced.

Price. North American Hybrid model uses a lithium-ion battery instead of nickel metal hydride.

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