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#373 of 646 Re: To buy a Hybrid now or to buy a regular next year [mapleleave]
Mar 28, 2008 (6:58 am)
I thought about this too, but I bought this year because of fuel, maintenance cost and trade-in value change, based on my current vehicle (which was V6).
I ran my numbers, and it was about $4,000 cheaper to buy this year than wait.
So basically, it was "I can buy this year's Hybrid model (2009, fully loaded) for ~$24,000, (minus trade-in was ~$13,000), or I can wait a year, and pay ~$29,000 (minus trade-in ~$20,000 for the 2010 Hybid model (which may or may not have new body styling and other features.)
The answer was pretty obvious for me. (I assumed a small price increase by Toyota, and assumed no unexpected out-of-warranty repairs on my current vehicle.)
Now, comparing the regular Camry 4 cyl. vs the Hybrid, I think the answer might be different, as depending on trim level, there can be a big difference. And while the Hybrid fuel economy will beat the 4 cyl., it won't be as dramatic (and therefore less cost differential.) So it is always "cheaper" to ge the regular 4 cyl. over the Hybrid when looking over just one one year.
You need to decide how much you can afford, and the costs. I would run them over 5 years and see what you come up with. A lot is preference; I would not by the base model of a new car, because to me, it I am going to go new, I want to fully enjoy it, and want all the toys and comforts.(which I know if they weren't there, would bother me over the 5 years).
#375 of 646 Re: To buy a Hybrid now or to buy a regular next year [mikec]
Mar 30, 2008 (8:27 am)
I too am trying to decide between a Hybrid or a regular 4cyl(either LE or XLE).
Where can you get a "2009 fully loaded Hybrid at $24000"?
I have been looking for a Hybrid ( or LE or XLE)with Leather, VS (std on Hybrid) CQ and UP options-Cant get a number close to that!
Thanks for the help, in advance.
#376 of 646 Re: To buy a Hybrid now or to buy a regular next year [s60leaser]
Mar 30, 2008 (8:40 am)
I bought my loaded '07 Camry hybrid on Ebay from a private party. It had 19k miles on it. They loved it. They even sent a dozen people to their dealership to buy the same car. They sold it because they had a second child and were going to buy a Highlander Hybrid.
Anyway, mine was $25k with 19k miles on it. Hopefully like other Toyota's this would be "break-in" miles. No taxes no other charges, period. It was the ONLY Hybrid I could find in the US used at the time, so I felt pretty lucky. I've owned it for a year, and couldn't be happier. It has a heck of a lot of giddy-up for getting on a highway. I'm told it is comparable to an '06 3.3liter Camry. It certainly feels like a 6 second 0-60 kind of car. Not that I drive it like that, but sometimes when you need it....
So that's my take on it. Maybe look around for a slightly used.
#377 of 646 Re: To buy a Hybrid now or to buy a regular next year [mikec]
Mar 30, 2008 (2:38 pm)
Hybrid is not so easy to adopt to new engine so there are always some delay. To make the new 2.7L into Hybrid will at least take a few years. So the MPG difference between 2010 regular I4+6sp and Hybrid+CVT will be relatively small for a couple of years and HP being the same. At the same time, I am also waiting for the next high MPG Prius, which should come next Summer. By that time, the next RXh might be available as well.
Trade off is, I need to keep driving my 18mpg V6 for another 12~15 months (12k/year).
#379 of 646 Re: Trunk dimensions? [jaxs1]
Mar 31, 2008 (7:37 am)
Minimum trunk dimensions are roughly 45Wx27Dx20H.
#380 of 646 Re: Trunk dimensions? [lzc]
Mar 31, 2008 (9:00 am)
The largest bike on that page for riders up to 6'6" says "Folded Size: 41” x 28” x 12”," but I would think it would still fit, but just not lay completely flat.
#381 of 646 Re: Trunk dimensions? [jaxs1]
Mar 31, 2008 (9:33 am)
Just add a little hitch to the car and get a bike carrier that attaches via hitch. Then you can use any bike you want.
My 2007 TCH has a hitch I got at U-Haul. Works great for small stuff.
#382 of 646 Re: Trunk dimensions? [larsb]
Mar 31, 2008 (9:58 am)
I thought of that, but I heard that any trailer hitches will void your warranty because towing is not allowed.