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The new Camry Hybrid gives back to drivers what they sacrificed for years in the name of social consciousness—mainly trunk space eaten up by a battery and powertrain smoothness in exchange for high mpg.
That changes with the new version. The LE Hybrid returned a stellar 47 mpg overall, not that far from the impressive Toyota Prius’ 52 mpg overall. Despite those gains, the trunk is now the same size as the regular Camry thanks to a smaller battery that’s better packaged.
The Hybrid is also quicker off the line—when red lights turn to green—than the regular four-cylinder version. And it delivers power more quietly than the conventional Camry we recently tested. That’s partly due to its smoother-shifting continuously variable transmission as opposed to the regular Camry’s eight-speed automatic.
The ride remains a mainstay Camry attraction, smoothly muting bumps and other road imperfections. It does, however, have longer stopping distances, and drivers might find that the brakes grab sooner than expected at lower speeds.
Five adults can fit in the Camry Hybrid nicely. And it comes with some nice upscale features such as standard automatic climate control, heated front seats, and an electronic parking brake.
All Camrys come with standard forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, but blind-spot warning is optional.
Read the complete Toyota Camry road test.
Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the February 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.