What Is It?

The 2014.5 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE combines two popular versions of the Toyota Camry. Under the skin, it's a fuel-efficient Camry Hybrid, which boasts a miserly 4-cylinder engine. But on the outside, it's a sporty Camry SE, with alloy wheels and attractive add-ons.

Such add-ons include a body kit that gives the car a lower appearance, redesigned front and rear fascias for a more aggressive look, black headlamp housings and a new grille. Each of those items is standard on the traditional Camry SE, which is offered in 4-cylinder or V6 guise.

But under the hood, the Camry Hybrid SE retains the same 2.5-liter hybrid 4-cylinder from the traditional Camry Hybrid. That means 200 horsepower and fuel economy ratings of around 40 miles per gallon in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

According to Toyota, the Camry Hybrid SE is going to be a limited-production model, with only 5,000 units built from February to June 2014. We're surprised, because the Camry Hybrid SE seems like it should be a hit, combining the most attractive Camry model with the most practical.

How Much?

The Camry Hybrid SE will start around $28,500 with shipping.

When Can You Get It?

Spring 2014

Add It to Your Shopping List Because?

We like the idea of the 2014.5 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE, as it combines the handsome Camry SE's styling with the hybrid's powertrain. If you've wanted a Camry Hybrid but you think it looks a little too plain, buying a limited-production Camry Hybrid SE is your chance to get a Camry that offers both excellent fuel economy and good looks.

Other Cars to Consider

Ford Fusion Hybrid -- The Fusion Hybrid may not boast the Camry Hybrid SE's sporty body kit, but it does offer 47 mpg city or highway -- a figure the Camry can't touch.

Honda Accord Hybrid -- Like the Fusion, the Accord Hybrid doesn't match the Camry Hybrid SE's sporty look. But with fuel economy ratings as high as 50 mpg in the city, the Accord Hybrid is the most efficient midsize sedan around.

Kia Optima Hybrid -- The Optima Hybrid can't quite match the Camry Hybrid's fuel economy numbers. But if you want a hybrid with a sporty look, you've found it in the Kia Optima Hybrid. Pricing is right, too, as the Optima starts around $2,000 less than the Camry Hybrid SE.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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