After the highway trip, the average fuel economy on the Camry (with a little over a quarter tank left) is 38MPG. And that’s with running the AC in both directions, and the not-so-good initial mileage averaged in. 🙂 The AC on the Camry has an “ECO” mode, which seems to work pretty well at restricting the drain while just taking a little longer to get the cabin to the desired temperature.
We also got stuck in a traffic jam on the way home, for something like half an hour of stop-and-go driving… it handled it beautifully, turning the motor completely off when we were stopped and running on battery when we could only move forward at a snail’s pace. I’m sure that greatly helped the efficiency.
On other fronts, I had a chance to use the Camry’s engine braking “gear” for a few seconds on the trip, and it worked well. I also found that you can hear some road noise while on the highway with it. Not much though, and what’s there is a lot quieter than what we heard in the Corolla.
Very satisfied customer. 🙂