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#721 of 3214 VA HOV Exemption?
Apr 19, 2006 (12:07 pm)
Anybody have an answer on whether the Camry Hybrid will be able to drive single occupant in the HOV lanes of Virginia? Wikipedia has a note that says "Will not meet requirements to drive in carpool lanes." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camry_Hybrid). Virginia's DMV page says:
Hybrid Vehicles (Not all hybrids qualify for clean special fuel license plates.)
The following hybrids meet California's super ultra-low emission vehicle (SULEV) rating or the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) equivalent and, therefore, qualify for a clean special fuel license plate: Toyota Prius, Honda Insight, Honda Civic, 2005 Ford Escape, 2006 Ford Escape, 2006 Toyota Highlander, 2006 Lexus RX400, 2006 Mercury Mariner.
NOTE: As new hybrids qualify, this information will be updated.
They seem to approve based on some combo of California and EPA. However, CA considers the following hybrids NOT exempt:
NON-QUALIFING HYBRID AND ZERO EMISSION VEHICLES
2005-2006 ESCAPE HYBRID - not qualified due to fuel economy less than 45MPG.
2005 ACCORD HYBRID - not qualified due to lack of compliance with ATPZEV emission standard and fuel economy less than 45MPG
2005 INSIGHT HYBRID - not qualified due to lack of compliance with ATPZEV emission standard.
2006Rx400h HYBRID - not qualified due to fuel economy less than 45MPG and lack of compliance with ATPZEV emission standard.
2006 MARINER HYBRID - not qualified due to fuel economy less than 45MPG.
2006 HIGHLANDER HYBRID - not qualified due to fuel economy less than 45MPG and and lack of compliance with ATPZEV emission standard.
This list contradicts Virginia's list, UNLESS Virginia's list is counting some of these because the EPA permits it.
So, I looked at http://www.epa.gov/emissweb/enviro_scores.pdf, and it looks like the Camry MIGHT qualify in VA. It looks like SULEV II (Score 9, Bin 2) requires combined MPG of 36, which the Camry meets.
Would like someone to discuss this with. Virginia is only allowing the HOV exemption to vehicles registered by 30 June 2006. After that, it's regular lanes! I don't have much time to figure this out, but I don't want to buy it on a mere "hope", either.
Apr 22, 2006 (6:53 am)
My aplologies if this has already been covered in this forum, but a search did not show anything relevant. I have a (Toyota Canada) Camry brochure in front of me and on the page devoted to the Camry Hybrid it mentions key features including this: Manual ECO mode for improved mileage. Anybody have any ideas what this is about?
#723 of 3214 Re: Manual ECO mode [grandtotal]
Apr 22, 2006 (8:17 am)
"Manual ECO mode for improved mileage. Anybody have any ideas what this is about?"
Don't know all the details yet, as I haven't taken delivery, but it basically limits the amount of output of the A/C and Heater to allow the engine to shut down under a wider range of conditions.
#724 of 3214 Weight of TCH Alloy Wheels
Apr 23, 2006 (4:08 pm)
Anybody know the weight of the TCH 16 x 6.5 alloy wheels? They are the same as the standard alloy wheels on the XLE (8 spoke allow wheels). Toyota sure does not know. If one wants to replace them with aftermarket alloy wheels, one does not want to get heavier ones.
#725 of 3214 sliding arm rest?
Apr 24, 2006 (9:28 am)
Is it true the Camry Hybrid does NOT offer the center console sliding armrest that is on the XLE? At minimum this should be an upgrade option, if not downright free on the high-trim-level hybrid.
#726 of 3214 Re: sliding arm rest? [anniemfuse]
Apr 24, 2006 (5:09 pm)
I have a feeling we aren't getting the sliding armrest on the Hybrid. All the pictures I've seen show a console like on the CE/LE. Too bad cause the one on the SE with the different cup holder covers is much better.
#727 of 3214 Re: sliding arm rest? [anniemfuse]
Apr 25, 2006 (2:13 am)
Everything I've seen written down plus talking with my dealer seems to show that the sliding armrest is only available on the XLE.
However there is nothing stopping us from going over to Parts and replacing the regular armrest with the sliding one. (That is what I'm planning to do.)
#728 of 3214 Re: sliding arm rest? [john312]
Apr 25, 2006 (5:01 am)
Please keep us posted whether this solution is workable (replace Hybrid armrest with sliding XLE armrest)- it's a good idea and I will do the same if there is compatibility. Thanks.
#729 of 3214 Fog lights for Camry Hybrid?
Apr 25, 2006 (5:50 am)
I just selected the hybrid version I wanted (base version, with a couple of minor accessories added). The only thing I wanted and could not get was fog lights, very useful in the winter here in Ontario. Has anyone investigated the idea of adding aftermarket lights to the hybrid, or maybe just getting the lights from another Camry model? (Those look like they would fit, but I'm saying that after just looking in the brochure. No hybrids on the lot yet!)
#730 of 3214 TCH interior in Canada
Apr 25, 2006 (7:21 am)
my understanding is that bisque it the only other interior colour avail. in Canada.