Superior safety equipment and ratings; superior fuel economy; higher-quality cabin and sharper driving dynamics than past Camrys; user-friendly tech interface; distinct LE and SE trims
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren't available; sunroof reduces headroom; most efficient trim rides on steel wheels
The Camry Hybrid has been completely redesigned for 2018. To learn more about what changed, read 2017 vs. 2018 Toyota Camry: What's the Difference?.
The base Camry LE gets the best fuel economy of the group and is far from a stripped-down model. OK, so the steel wheels are unfortunate, but there's still plenty of standard equipment, especially in the safety realm. With the LE, you get the same fuel economy as a Prius but with a larger, more comfortable cabin, higher-quality interior trappings and a more refined driving experience. It's also not that much of a letdown from the higher, pricier trims. Don't write it off.
The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid is available in LE, SE and XLE trim levels. Read our regular 2018 Camry review for more information on the gas-only models, and watch our 2018 Camry first drive review video to see some of the visual differences between trim levels.
The base Camry Hybrid LE ($27,800) comes standard with 16-in steel wheels, automatic bi-LED headlights, LED running lights, automatic high beams, proximity entry and push-button start, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, multiple drive modes (EV, Eco, Normal, Sport), a backup camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-way power driver's seat, a manual height-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split folding back seat, a 7-in Toyota Entune 3.0 touchscreen, a variety of smartphone-streaming apps (including one for navigation), one USB port, a media player interface, an auxiliary audio jack and a 6-speaker sound system.
The Hybrid SE ($29,500) adds different styling, 18-in wheels, altered suspension and steering tuning, more aggressively bolstered front seats, SofTex simulated leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The Hybrid XLE ($32,250) reverts to the LE's styling, chassis tuning and seat design. It adds its own 18-in wheels, an enhanced climate-control system, an 8-way power passenger seat, leather upholstery, the leather-wrapped steering wheel, a color head-up display, three USB ports and blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems (optional on the others). Adaptive LED headlights and a birds-eye parking camera are optional.
Available on all, the Audio Package adds an 8-in touchscreen, wireless smartphone charging, a CD player, HD Radio, satellite radio, Safety Connect emergency communications, Remote Connect remote vehicle control services and in-car Wi-Fi. In the XLE, this package also includes a 9-speaker JBL sound system. A sunroof is also optional on every trim.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||2 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/25,000 Miles|
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid -- The Accord Hybrid is also all-new, and definitely gives the Camry Hybrid a run for its money. It has its own attractive new styling and standard allotment of safety tech. Its 47-mpg estimate falls in between the LE and the SE/XLE figures.
2018 Honda Clarity PHEV -- With its hefty tax credits, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid should actually end up costing as much or less than a Camry Hybrid while being capable of going 47 miles on electricity alone. Its cabin quality, space and overall refinement are also more in keeping with the Camry than plug-in hybrids like the Prius Prime.
2018 Toyota Prius Prime -- If you're willing to sacrifice refinement for even greater fuel efficiency, the Prius Prime gets one of the highest miles-per-gallon-equivalent ratings of anything that's not completely electric.
2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid -- If you're interested in the top Camry Hybrid XLE trim level, it's definitely worth checking out the all-new Avalon Hybrid. It ups the ante in terms of luxury and space. It could also be worth checking out the outgoing Avalon Hybrid.
Used Lexus ES 300h -- For a used car alternative, this Lexus is mechanically related to the last-generation Camry Hybrid, and provides similar fuel economy to that car. Not surprisingly, its cabin quality is superior to that of the Camry.