Healthy (hybrid) options: Toyota Corolla Altis vs. Toyota Camry

Healthy (hybrid) options: Toyota Corolla Altis vs. Toyota Camry

Toyota knows hybrid — a drivetrain that reduces a car's CO2 emissions and fuel thirst, and benefits that ensure a healthier, cleaner environment. 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How does the hybrid powertrain of the Toyota Corolla Altis Hybrid and Camry Hybrid work?

    The Altis Hybrid and Camry Hybrid feature electric motors that assist their gas engines in propulsion, in order to decrease fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
  • What are the fuel economy ratings of the Altis and Camry Hybrid?

    The Altis Hybrid and Camry Hybrid can reportedly net 21 and 22kpl, as claimed by the manufacturer.
  • The Japanese carmaker is considered to be the hybrid pioneer, as it launched its unique Hybrid Synergy Drive for mass-produced cars in 1997. Basically, the hybrid drivetrain consists of an internal combustion engine (ICE), a battery, and electric motor. These three things work together or separately to provide power to the car's wheels. 

    As the ICE no longer relies too heavily on its own steam for propulsion duties, emissions and fuel consumption are kept low. Some carmakers' hybrid systems only use the electric running gear to provide the combustion engine an additional boost of power. 

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    In some hybrid systems, the battery and e-motors enable the car to travel at short distances in electric power only. Once the juice runs out, the ICE takes over and drivers need to plug in and charge the car's electric running gear. 

    So, why did we describe Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive as "unique"?

    That's because while the Synergy Drive allows for short, fully-electric journeys, the system can charge itself — no need to plug the car into an outlet. An electric generator and Toyota's ICE take care of the charging. 

    Since the Synergy Drive appeared in the 1997 Prius, the system achieved its eco-efficiency goal — and in such a reliable fashion, too. This is why the system found its way to the Corolla Altis Hybrid and Camry Hybrid we have here. 

    Toyota Corolla Altis Hybrid Profile Pic

     

    Toyota Camry Hybrid

    The Corolla Altis Hybrid is motivated by a 1.8-liter engine and an electric motor. This powertrain generates a maximum power output of 121hp and maximum torque of 142Nm. 

    When idle or at low speeds, only the Altis Hybrid's battery is used to power the car. To provide quicker acceleration, the gas engine and the e-motor work together. When this compact sedan's brakes are applied, a generator recovers the kinetic energy from braking which recharges the hybrid battery.

    The vehicle automatically switches between driving modes depending on the road and driving conditions: conventional engine only, electric engine only, or combination of the two. All of these modes help the Altis Hybrid net an estimated 21kpl. 

    The Camry Hybrid also use the Toyota system that automatically shifts from gasoline engine to the hybrid battery based on speed, acceleration, and driving circumstances. 

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    2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid Wide

    The Camry Hybrid's gas engine comes in the form of a 2.5-liter, which 178hp and 221Nm of torque. Along with the e-motor, this midsize sedan can reach a claimed 22kpl. 

    So, aside from the proven Toyota hybrid system, what else do the Altis and Camry Hybrid offer?  The spec sheets of both cars, as provided below, tell more information about these environment-friendly sedans. 

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8 V Hybrid CVT

    Toyota Camry 2.5 V HEV

    Vehicle Type

    Compact Sedan

    Midsize Sedan

    Overall Length (mm)

    4,630

    4,885

    Overall Width (mm)

    1,780

    1,840

    Overall Height (mm)

    1,455

    1,445

    Minimum Ground Clearance (mm)

    141

    140

    Seating Capacity

    Five

    Five

    Engine Model

    2ZR-FXE

    A25A-FXS

    Engine Type

    Hybrid Synergy Drive, Variable Valve Timing - Intelligent, 4 Cylinder In Line DOHC, 16 Valve

    16-Valve DOHC, Four-cylinder, In-line, VVT-iE (Intake), VVT-i (Exhaust)

    Displacement (cc)

    1,798

    2,487

    Maximum Power Output (ps/rpm)

    97/5,200

    178/5,700

    Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm)

    142/3,600

    221/3,600-5,200

    Motor Generator Max. Power Output (ps)

    71

    120

    Total System Max. Power Output (ps)

    121

    211

    Fuel Type

    Gasoline

    Gasoline

    Fuel Tank Capacity (L)

    43

    50

    Transmission

     

    Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

     

    Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

    Suspension

    Front: MacPherson Strut with Stabilizer

    Rear: Double Wishbone with Stabilizer

    Front: MacPherson Strut

    Rear: Double Wishbone

    Brakes

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Solid Disc

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Solid Disc

    Tires and Wheels

     225/45R17 Alloy

    235/45 R18 Alloy

    Spare Tire

     Ground Tire

    Ground Tire

    Headlamps

     LED

    Bi-beam LED

    Headlamp Leveling

    Manual 

    Automatic

    Daytime Running Lights

     LED

    LED

    Clearance Lamp

     With

    With

    Front Fog Lamps

     LED

    LED

    Outside Rear View Mirror

    Power Adjust with Turn Signal

    Power Adjust, Auto-Retract, Reverse, and Memory with Turn Signal

    Windshield Wiper

     Rain-Sensing

    Rain-Sensing

    Rear Window Defogger

     With

    With

    Rear Combination Lamp

     LED

    LED with Black Accents

    Door Belt Molding

     Body color

    Chrome

    Hoodlift Assist

     With

    With

    Antenna

    Printed Type (Rear Window Glass)

    Printed Type (Rear Window Glass)

    Moonroof

     Without

    Tilt and Slide + Jam Protect

    Seat Material

     Leather

    Smooth Leather

    Seat Adjustment

    Driver: Eight-Way Manual Adjust,

    Front Passenger: Four-Way Manual Adjust

    Rear: 60:40 Split Folding with Center Armrest 

     

    Driver: Eight-way Power Adjust, Memory, and Lumbar Support

    Front Passenger: Eight-way Power Adjust

    Rear: Power Recline and Trunk Through

    Instrument Panel and Center Cluster

    With LED Illumination

    With LED Illumination

    Multi-Information Display

    Seven-inch Thin-film Transistor (TFT)

    Seven-inch Thin-film Transistor (TFT)

    Economy Meter

     

    Eco Meter and Hybrid System

     

    Eco Meter and Hybrid System

    Head Up Display (HUD)

     Without

    With

    Steering Type

     

    Electric Power Steering

     

    Electric Power Steering

    Steering Column

    Tilt and Telescopic

    Tilt and Telescopic (Power and Memory)

    Steering Wheel Material

     Leather

    Leather

    Steering Wheel Controls

    Audio, Multi-Information Display, Phone, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Alert

    Audio, Multi-Information Display, Phone, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Alert

    Inside Rear View Mirror

     Auto- Dimming

    Auto-Dimming

    Sun Visors

     

    Driver and Front Passenger; with Mirror and Lamp

     

    Driver and Front Passenger; with Mirror and Lamp

    Parking Brake

     

    Electronic Parking Brake

     

    Electronic Parking Brake

    Door Trim

     Soft Touch Panel + Matte Black Ornament

    Soft Touch Molded Trim with Leather

    Cup Holder

    Front: Two

    Rear: Two

    Front: Two

    Rear: Two

    Bottle Holder

    Front: Two

    Rear: Two

    Front: Two

    Rear: Two

    Rear Sunshade

     With

    Back: Power

    Rear Door: Manual

    Room Lamp

     With

    With

    Front Personal Lamp

     With

    LED

    Rear Personal Lamp

     With 

    LED

    Door Courtesy Lamp

     Front

    Front and Rear

    Inside Door Handle Lamp

     Without

    With

    Foot Lamp

     With

    With

    Luggage Room Lamp

     With

    With

    Illuminated Entry System

     

    Room Lamp, Key Illumination, Inside Door Handle, and Foot Lamp

     

    Room Lamp, Key Illumination, Inside Door Handle, and Foot Lamp

    Keyless Entry

     Smart Entry

    Smart Entry

    Ignition System

     Push Start System

    Push Start System

    Drive Mode Select

    Eco, Normal, and Sport

    Eco, Normal, and Sport

    EV Mode

     With 

    With

    Power Windows

     

    Auto + Jam Protect

     

    Auto + Jam Protect

    Power Door Locks

     Speed Sensing

    Speed Sensing

    Air Conditioning System

    Single-Zone Automatic 

    Three-zone Automatic with Rear Seat Control Panel

    Rear A/C Vent Duct

     With

    With

    Light Control System

     Standard

    Automatic + Follow me Home

    Cruise Control

     

    Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

     

    Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

    Audio System

    Eight-inch Display Audio

    Nine-inch Display Audio

     Connectivity

    Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Smart Device Link, and Miracast

    Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Smart Device Link, and Miracast

    Audio System Function

     

    AM/FM Radio, Bluetooth, and USB

     

    AM/FM Radio, Bluetooth, and USB

    Speakers

     4 Speaker + 2 Tweeters

    Nine-speaker JBL

    Wireless Charger

     Without

    With

    Rear USB Charger

     With

    Two

    12V Accessory Outlet

     One

    One

    Pre-Collision System (PCS)

     With

    With

    Automatic High Beam (AHB)

     With

    With

    Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)

     With

    With

    Lane Departure Alert (LDA)

     With

    With

    Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)

     With

    With

    Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)

     With

    With

    SRS Airbags

     

    Driver, Front Passenger, Front Side, Curtain Side, and Driver’s Knee

     

    Driver, Front Passenger, Front Side, Curtain Side, and Driver’s Knee

    Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)

     With

    With

    Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

     With

    With

    Hill-Start Assist Control (HSA)

     With

    With

    Seatbelts

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner and Force Limiter

    Rear: Three-point ELR (x3)

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner and Force Limiter

    Rear: Three-point ELR (x3)

    Seatbelt Reminder

     Lamp and Buzzer

    Lamp and Buzzer

    Child Restraint System

     

    Isofix (x2) and Tether Anchor (x2)

     

    Isofix (x2) and Tether Anchor (x2)

    High Mount Stop Lamp

     LED

    LED

    Emergency Brake Signal

     With

    With

    Toyota Vehicle Security System

    Immobilizer and Alarm

    Immobilizer and Alarm

    Camera

     Back Monitor

    Panoramic View Monitor

    Clearance and Back Sonar

    Rear: Two

    Front: Four

    Rear: Four

    Available Body Colors

    Platinum White Pearl Mica, Celestite Gray Metallic, Silver Metallic, Attitude Black Mica, Red Mica Metallic,  Super White II 

    Platinum White Pearl Mica, Metal Stream Metallic, and Attitude Black Mica

    PRICE

     P1.595 million (P1.610 million Platinum White Pearl)

    P2.335 million

     

    Photos from Toyota Motor Philippines and Roy Robles

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