Camry Hybrid

The 2022 Toyota Camry shares a nameplate with the generations that came before, but its extroverted styling and performance model make it almost unrecognizable. That’s because the current Camry is arguably the most compelling it has ever been. The standard, albeit humdrum, four-cylinder engine is economical and fine for daily driver duty. The hybrid version maximizes fuel economy, even if its acceleration is uneventful. That leaves the lusty 301-hp V-6 to pick up the pace, especially on the sport-tuned Camry TRD, which is actually entertaining to drive. Toyota has its own desirable qualities, such as a full suite of standard active safety features and goodwill generated by decades of proven reliability.

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The whole Camry lineup performed extremely well in the EPA’s tests, and a four-cylinder model did brilliantly in our real-world highway testing. The most efficient nonhybrid Camry models are the LE and SE with the four-cylinder engine, which earned EPA estimates of 28 mpg city and 39 mpg highway; the base LE hybrid earned ratings of 51 mpg city and 53 mpg highway. The hybrid’s upper trims sacrifice some efficiency at the altar of luxury, however, and models powered by the V-6 earned ratings of 22 mpg city and up to 33 mpg highway.

Performance

We’ve driven the Camry in both top-level XLE guise and in its more plebeian SE trim. Both are spacious and comfortable, and the XLE is downright luxurious. However, there’s a serious gap in material quality between the entry-level models and the more expensive versions, and the center part of the dashboard left some of us cold with its uninspired design.

The Camry is a large sedan, and there’s plenty of cargo space and interior storage in both its trunk and in its cabin with the rear seat folded. It’s not the best in every storage category, but overall, it’s thoroughly competitive. Toyota relocated the Camry hybrid’s battery from the trunk to beneath the rear seats, so hybrid owners don’t have to sacrifice carrying capacity for the extra mpg.

Comfort

No matter what engine is under the hood, the 2021 Camry offers a long list of standard safety features. Automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, full-speed adaptive cruise control, cyclist and pedestrian detection, lane-centering steering and automatic high-beam headlights are standard on every Camry. Additional features like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are also available. Relatedly, the 2021 Camry recently earned a Top Safety Pick Plus rating, the highest possible score, from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Camry Hybrid delivers a smooth ride that makes daily commutes or long-distance drives a breeze. Coupled with its agile steering, the Camry is a willing driving companion no matter where you’re headed — or how lumpy the pavement you’re traversing. During our time with it, we noted the Camry Hybrid felt responsive and “more natural to drive” than the rival Accord Hybrid.

Car Safety Features

Toyota’s touchscreen infotainment system—called Entune 3.0—is standard across the Camry lineup, with an enhanced version available as an option. Entune has loads of features and responded reasonably well to user inputs in our tests, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard.

We continue to applaud Toyota’s decision to make driver-assistance technology standard on all Camry models.

  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking.
  • Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist.
  • Standard adaptive cruise control.
  • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles.
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles.
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for two years or 25,000 miles.
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