If you’re currently driving a big truck or SUV, then we wouldn’t blame you if you cry every time you fill it up. If that’s the case, then you may want to consider trading that gas guzzler in for a hybrid sedan like a 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Why a 2017 model? Because it’s already taken the biggest depreciation hit and is relatively new. Here are five other reasons why it’s a good idea.
1. The 2017 Toyota Camry achieves exceptional fuel economy
The main reason why buying a 2017 Toyota Camry is a great idea is its stellar fuel economy ratings. According to the EPA, this vintage of the Camry Hybrid can achieve up to 40 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. In their real-world testing, the editors at Car and Driver were able to squeeze out 31 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway, which is probably far better than whatever SUV that you’re driving now.
2. The Camry Hybrid comes standard with plenty of in-cabin technology
Any 2017 Camry Hybrid that you can find will have a host of in-cabin technology as standard equipment. Some of the most notable features include dual-zone auto climate control, a push-button start, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, and a 6.1-inch touchscreen display.
If you’re lucky, then you may be able to find a Camry Hybrid with some optional tech features like a wireless phone charger, a larger infotainment display, and a JBL premium sound system.
3. The 2017 Camry Hybrid is safe
The 2017 Camry comes standard with a backup camera, but the higher trims come with more advanced features like adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision warning system, lane-departure warning, auto high beams, and blind-spot monitoring, reports U.S. News.
If those features are enough to quell your fears, you can rest assured that the Camry Hybrid is safe as the NHTSA gave it a five-star overall safety rating. It also earned a Top Safety Pick + award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
4. The Camry Hybrid has a lot of power under the hood
While the 2017 Camry Hybrid isn’t a racecar, it does have plenty of power under the hood to get it moving. Its motivation comes from a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that’s paired with an electric motor for a combined power rating of 200 hp. That’s good enough for a 0-60 mph time of 7.2 seconds according to Car and Driver’s testing, making it considerably quicker than a comparable Prius.
5. You can find a 2017 Toyota Camry for a fair price
According to a nationwide search on CarGurus, you can currently find plenty of 2017 Toyota Camry models on sale for anywhere between $16,000 up to $28,000. Keep in mind that at the time of this writing, the used car market is relatively inflated, so prices can vary in the future.
Either way, this used Toyota Camry Hybrid model is sure to present an excellent value both in what it has to offer and the amount of money that you’ll save at the pump. Instead of crying at the total amount after filling up, you’ll be crying tears of joy over how much you have saved.