Roomy interior; smooth and quiet ride; unique comfort (LE) and sport (SE) trim levels; plentiful standard features
Rivals have better mileage; driving experience could be more engaging
There will be an all-new Camry Hybrid next year, but until then, 2017 sees the addition of wireless smartphone charging and an improved touchscreen interface on top trim levels. See the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid models for sale near you
We'd go for a Camry Hybrid SE -- it is pleasantly more responsive to drive while still being very comfortable. We think it looks better, too, and appreciate its key extra features beyond the base LE.
The 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid is offered in three trim levels: base-level LE, sportier SE and upscale XLE.
The LE ($26,800) comes standard with 16-in steel wheels, automatic headlights, keyless passive entry and push-button start, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-way power driver seat, Bluetooth, a 6.1-in Toyota Entune touchscreen and a 6-speaker sound system that includes a CD player and a USB port.
The SE ($28,000) gets retuned suspension and steering to provide a more connected feel when driving. It also gets bolder styling, 17-in alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and different seat fabric.
Topping the range is the Camry Hybrid XLE ($30,140). It reverts to the LE's suspension and steering tuning, but adds its own 17-in wheels plus leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power passenger seat, wireless smartphone charging, a 7-in Entune touchscreen upgrade (Entune Audio Plus), a variety of smartphone-based apps and a 10-speaker JBL sound system with HD and satellite radios.
Entune Audio Plus can be added to the other trims. The SE and XLE can be equipped with a sunroof and a navigation system, while only the XLE can be had with extra safety features like emergency communications and remote vehicle controls (Safety Connect), adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Hybrid/Electric Components||8 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||2 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/25,000 Miles|
2017 Toyota Prius Prime -- The recently redesigned Prius is quieter, comfier and more refined than ever before, removing key reasons why someone might prefer the Camry Hybrid. The plug-in hybrid Prime is the best choice of the bunch.
2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid -- The Fusion Hybrid is a little cheaper than the Camry Hybrid and offers slightly better gas mileage. It's also better to drive and looks better too.
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid -- The Accord Hybrid is more expensive than the Camry Hybrid, but its 50 mpg is unrivaled in the midsize-sedan segment. It has more equipment, too. If we were buying, the Accord Hybrid would be near the top of our list.
Used Toyota Avalon Hybrid -- Although the Avalon Hybrid only recently went on sale, used models are starting to make their way into the marketplace. Consider one if you don't think the Camry Hybrid offers enough room or luxury.