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#185 of 670 Re: sporty? [alp8]
Sep 12, 2006 (4:23 am)
Sorry for bringing this up on the Toyota Camry Hybrid forum but if you want a hybrid and want it to be "exciting" (or at least not boring) to drive, then you may want to wait for the forthcoming Nissan Altima Hybrid. The downsides are that the Nissan Altima Hybrid will not be out until at least February 2007 and even then it will only be available in the eight states that follow the California emission standards (California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut). Plus, no one knows for certain how it will drive.
However, Altimas have generally been more "exciting" than Camrys, if you can avoid the torque-steer. If you're not in a hurry to purchase, it may be worth your while to wait and compare. Also, you are more likely to get the full Federal tax credit if you purchase the Nissan Altima Hybrid. (The full credit for the Toyota Camry Hybrid ends this month.)
You can go to Nissans website for more information on their 2007 Altima.
#186 of 670 Re: sporty? [newcars]
Sep 12, 2006 (7:12 am)
thanks for bringing that up - it seems ON-topic, to me
#187 of 670 Re: sporty? [newcars]
Sep 12, 2006 (8:48 am)
As an owner of a TCH, and the previous owner of an HCH, let me assure anyone out there that hybrids are "fun to drive."
Most of the "fun" for me comes from using the car to reduce my gas consumption. That's VERY fun.
If you want a hybrid car to "drive fast" then buy a GS450h or an Accord Hybrid.
#188 of 670 Regenerative or Transmission Noise
Sep 12, 2006 (6:17 pm)
When brake at high speed or low speed, I hear a "wheew" noise before the TCH comes to a stop. I hear it every time I apply the break. The noise is loudest just before the TCH comes to a full stop.
Anyone has experienced this?
#189 of 670 Re: sporty? [larsb]
Sep 12, 2006 (7:00 pm)
well, I drove an Accord Hybrid, today
are you telling me that the Camry Hybrid is LESS fun to drive than the Accord? (ignoring the fun of reading the NAV screen to see your energy savings/consumption)
I liked the drive of the Accord, but I didn't think it was that much better than my Sebring convertible.
damn, I wish Acura made a hybrid
I will try to drive the TCH this week, and I really hope I like it. I don't need to toss it around corners, but I don't want to feel like I am driving a damned Taurus!! (or a 4-cylinder Camry - and I know it will feel better than that)
Is the interior of the Camry Hybrid "nicer" than the Accord? I wanted to really like the Accord, but I came away a bit flat.
Maybe that's how I'd feel driving ANYTHING that is going to get 30+ mpg.......
#190 of 670 Re: Regenerative or Transmission Noise [abbie5]
Sep 13, 2006 (4:46 am)
Its your brakes. Its perfectly normal (in the TCH) and part of the car's "charm."
#191 of 670 Re: sporty? [newcars]
Sep 13, 2006 (4:52 am)
With all due respect for Mr. Ghosen and Nissan Motors, they've come up short in overall quality lately, even more so when they try to rush a new car to market. I had an Infiniti (Nissan product) that was fundamentally sound but plagued by all sorts of relatively minor, but annoying electrical, mechanical and software-related problems. I know the new Camry hasnt been a slam-dunk either, but I think I'd wait awhile before commiting to the new Altima hybrid.
#192 of 670 Re: sporty? [sallyspal]
Sep 13, 2006 (1:36 pm)
I had a 2000 Maxima, a 2003 350 Z and an Infiniti FX45.
The maxima had rotor problems (turn at 10,000, replace at 20,000) I traded it. The Z had alignment problems and went through tires at 6000 miles I traded it. I loved the FX45 but it always had a slight shimmy that I couldn't get rid of and I blamed it on the 20" wheels. Traded it for the TCH.
Nissan makes a sporty car but their quality left me wanting more.
I even dumped their stock I owned as I figured these issues would hurt them eventually
#193 of 670 Re: sporty? [wvgasguy]
Sep 15, 2006 (4:51 am)
For the record, I definitely don't disagree that the quality standards of Nissan (and Infiniti) are not quite the match of Toyota (and Lexus). I was simply stating that if alp8 finds the Toyota Camry Hybrid to boring, then if he can wait he may want to take a look at the Nissan Altima Hybrid. His choice, that's all.
#194 of 670 Update new JP TCH
Sep 15, 2006 (8:04 am)
Approaching 300 miles on my JP nonav TCH today (delivery last Thursday). And with a 1/2 tank of gas remaining - all after normal city/highway driving! (I find that amazing, because my other vehicle is an '05 Sequoia).
More comments from other drivers, too - parked at a gas station, grocery store and work, folks near the car have said they really like the color and want to know about how it drives and the hybrid system. They're amazed, too, when I silently pull away! I'm looking forward to a 500 mile round trip in a few weeks to visit grandchildren - and not stopping to get gas!