While some manufacturers' commitment to hybrid technology sometimes seems to ebb and flow, with hybrid versions of familiar models being introduced, discontinued and then reintroduced again, Toyota has gone all-in with hybrids. As well as the Prius range of electrified vehicles, the Japanese automaker also offers electrified versions of the Avalon, RAV4, Highlander and the huge-selling Camry. The Camry is the best-selling model in the midsize sedan segment, so let's see how the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid measures up.
Although crossovers are tempting droves of buyers away from sedans of all sizes, the Camry shows a vehicle doesn't necessarily need a high roof and SUV styling to still be spacious, practical and incredibly popular. The Camry is strong on interior comforts and doesn't disappoint in any way on the inside, and if buyers leaning towards a crossover give it a chance, they'll see there's not much to be gained by opting for a crossover. The front and rear seats are large and comfortable, the trunk is spacious, and there's an abundance of interior storage in the form of cubby holes and neatly placed bins. The dash is pushed a little further forward than much of the competition, which provides an open and airy feel that's comparable to a similar size crossover.
Toyota calls its hybrid system "Hybrid Synergy Drive," which combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with electric motors to deliver a superb combination of power and fuel-efficiency. The advanced design, lightweight materials and refined aerodynamics of the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid offer a combined output of 200 horsepower, but in a car that also allows you to go farther for less. With an EPA-estimated fuel-economy rating of up to 42 mpg in the city, you don’t have to worry about fuel consumption while you’re enjoying everything else the Camry Hybrid has to offer.*
It's still not unusual for some manufacturers to offer electrified versions of their existing models in just one very high specification trim. Toyota's commitment to hybrid technology is further demonstrated by the fact the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid comes in three different flavors of LE, XE and XLE. To be fair, there isn’t a huge amount of difference between the LE and XE, which is probably because Toyota is more than generous with the standard features and equipment in the base model. The top-of-the-line XLE is noticeably more opulent, but there isn't a huge uplift in price between the XE and XLE, so the XLE can look like pretty impressive value at its MSRP of just a whisker over $30k.
Features and equipment
Standard features in the Hybrid LE includes: dual-zone climate control, Toyota's Entune audio system with Multimedia Bundle, projector-beam halogen headlights with auto on/off feature, daytime running lights, an acoustic noise-reducing front windshield, a backup camera, Smart Key System, power features and plenty more. At the other end of the scale, the XLE includes the likes of Qi-compatible wireless device charging, LED daytime running lights, leather upholstery and multi-stage heated front seats. When it comes to safety, all versions of the Camry Hybrid now come standard with Toyota's Star Safety System. The system includes: Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, 4-wheel anti-lock brake system, electronic brake-force distribution, Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology.
The 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid is available now from Toyota of Downtown LA, so don’t hesitate to get in touch for more details and to arrange a test drive is this powerful, frugal and beautifully appointed hybrid midsize sedan.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.