I drove my new XLE hybrid to El Paso and back about 150 mile round trip not including all the city miles added to that. I had about 85 miles on the car when I headed to El Paso. When I shut off the engine the multi information display read 54 mpg. I varied my speed with the new engine, but tried to average 50 to 55 mph
on the highway. City driving was a madhouse Friday with many on the service roads due to construction, some red lights, stop and go due to people changing lanes.
My guess is the miles driven beat out the 10 or 15 miles driven in the city. I am a hypermiler and found when stopped at a red light I can release the ECO button and press the EV button down. I can then accelerate at a pretty good pace up to 25 mph
, then you will hear a beep as the car cancels the EV and switches it to ECO all by itself.
Once clear of traffic I will manually release the EV and press the ECO down. Coming home they were times leaving the city were I was driving at 50 on a very slight downgrade. I looked at the battery/engine/wheels in the main display. The connection was between the battery and wheels showing it was charging the traction battery and this lasted maybe a half mile before the engine engaged again. Love that you can't even feel when it changes back and forth.
My trip was to swap out the new bridgestone tires. I don't like their whine and seems noisy on the pavement. I bought a set of michelin primacy mxv4 93V_TOY tires, made for the new '12 Camry with the 17" wheels. These are LRR tires and have the tiny green-X symbol on them. I did not look at the LE with the 16" wheels, but i'm sure michelin makes one that size also. I saw some LE's on the dealers lot that already had the michelin energy-saver tires on them.
I called 6 discount tire stores and most would give me $45 to $55 for my pull-off tires. I asked one that I had talked to a week earlier. If he would go $60 per tire if I bought the new set of michelins. He agreed and ended up costing was like $531 difference. Now the car rides smoother and oh so much quieter. No more whine at any speed. Even my wife was the first one to mention the improvement.
The toyota dealer where I bought the car offered to put nitrogen back in these new tires. The car came with nitrogen which suppose to help the ride, but will help the tires last longer. My theory on that is that you only have to add a 2 or 3 pounds of nitrogen annually. The tire pressure on the navigation display shows they had 36 nitrogen and discount tried to match that with their air. Both the nitrogen and air grew to 39 psi once I was a ways out on the hot highway shown on the nav display.
I like the sensitivity of the improved ECO mode. Look for the indication ECO in the upper left of you instrument panel, if the ECO button is pressed. If you don't see either lit, then you engine is set for power.
I will now start my almost daily 33 mile loop to town and back. I can compare the new '12 to that the '07s mpg. Seems this '12 engine is already broke in earlier compared to the '07 which took 8000 miles before I got high mpg out of it.