2018 Toyota Camry Ascent Hybrid Road Test, Review

2017 Toyota Camry SL

Buying a a hybrid once signaled a level of smugness that could be measured in light years. Now, cars powered at least partially by batteries are commonplace. The taxi fleet switched from LPG to hybrid once the fossil fuel industry shot itself in the foot by raising prices.

London’s congestion tax uses the EU emissions ratings as its barometer. If your diesel is more than 4 years old, or petrol engine more than 12 years old (euro 5), it will cost you $21.38 a day. Is it an evil government grab for your wallet, or is it merely a sensible position on climate change.

Hybrids, and other vehicles which emit less than 75g/km of CO2 are exempt. So, the writing is on the wall for internal combustion engines. Electric and hybrid engines are here to stay.

Diesel engines have nasty NOX issues because they don’t have the catalytic converters petrol engines do. This was the reason naughty old VW and Mitsubishi cheated on their emissions exams.

It’s all a bit of a mess.

Hybrids seem to be the answer to a question no-one wants to ask: what will fill the gap between the internal combustion engine, and cars powered only by batteries.

Camry comes in 4 models: Ascent, Ascen