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Ready for the 600-mile summer trip up north on a 17-mile tank before a refill stop? Then take your seat in the revamped 2015 Toyota Camry hybrid, which can eke nearly 40 mpg in combined driving. The midsize sedan retains the 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder and an electric motor, putting out a total of 200 horsepower. Though not a powerhouse, the car can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds.
A 244.8-volt nickel-metal hydride battery is recharged by energy captured as the driver applies the brakes or coasts. Also, the electronically controlled Continuous Variable Transmission-equipped sedan boasts a regenerative braking system. When the car is coasting or the brakes are applied, the electric motor functions as a generator, capturing kinetic energy that would normally be lost as heat through the brakes. Instead, it converts the energy into useable electricity for recharging the battery pack.
The Prius operates in two modes: normal; EV, which is electric at lower speeds of up to 25 mph; and ECO, an efficient mode where the driver can control the throttle opening.
Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag and front knee airbags are standard along with side-impact door beams, four-wheel antilock brakes, Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, rearview camera and front and rear crumple zones.
Projector-beam halogen headlights with black trim bezels flank a smoked chrome upper grille hosting a blue-tinted Toyota emblem. Metallic wood and silver accents deck up the interior with its revised center stack, and fresh 4.2-inch TFT screen between the hybrid system power meter and the speedometer. Standard goodies include eight-way power driver and four-way front-passenger seat, dual auto climate control, tilt/telescopic steering column, and a 6.1-inch touchscreen for navigation, audio, phone controls.
The Toyota hybrid vehicle lineup just keeps getting better. The hot-seller Prius began the game, sort of, but its larger, more powerful and slightly-higher priced sibling is definitely worth a look. Besides, generous passenger/cargo room should entice families with little ones to sign on the dotted line of this fuel-sipper.

Wheelbase: 109.3 inches
Length: 190.9 inches
Width: 71.7 inches
Height: 57.9 inches
Suspension: independent MacPherson strut front; dual-link rear
Steering: electric power rack and pinion
Tires: P215/55R17
Mileage: city 40, highway 38
Weight: 3,565 pounds
Base price: $27,995
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Motoring Tampa Bay recommends test driving the 2015 Camry hybrid and other Toyota vehicles at Stadium Toyota, 5088 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa; for information, call (813) 872-4881 or visit