Though Toyota has yet to issue an official press release on the subject, Dale Jewett in an Automotive News piece has revealed that the 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid will start at $26,480 when it reaches dealers in May. That price is around $5,000 less than a Honda Accord Hybrid sans a nav system, which has a sticker of $31,540.

While the Accord Hybrid is somewhat of a hot-rod in its own right with a V6/electric hybrid drivetrain that puts out a combined 253 hp, the Camry Hybrid goes all green with a high-tech 2.4L four-cylinder making 187 hp in concert with its electric aid. At the Camry Hybrid’s launch Toyota claimed the green machine would be capable of returning 43 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.

The base price for the Camry Hybrid will include an uplevel stereo, cruise, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, power driver’s seat and automatic climate control. For a basis of comparison, the smaller yet more frugal Prius lists at $22,305 on Toyota’s website.

*All prices quotes include manufacturer’s charge for delivery, processing and handling.

[Source: Automotive News]