2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review
This review was written when the 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid was new.
The Camry Hybrid delivers comfort and fuel efficiency, but can't match the exciting performance of others in its class. For better performance at the cost of gas mileage, consider the Honda Accord Hybrid, or the conventional Toyota Camry.
The 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid, according to reviewers, is a comfortable sedan that nicely balances performance, comfort and fuel economy. USA TODAY says, "Try to find some other nice car with honest room for five adults that will give you mid-30s real-world mileage." Kelley Blue Book asserts, "Driving a Camry Hybrid is one way to appease your social conscience while still providing your family with a roomy and comfortable car." Restrained exterior styling and ample power do little to betray the car's hybrid status. Edmunds calls the Camry Hybrid "pure smarts," writing, "It's fresh, refined and above all, very, very normal."
In a head-to-head test conducted by Motor Trend, the Camry Hybrid bested the more-powerful Honda Accord Hybrid because of its "consistent 30-mpg-plus mileage without the Accord's $30,000-plus asking price. Toyota's extraction of true V6 performance from a pedestrian-size inline-four simply upstages Honda's transformation of a sweet 3.0-liter V6 into an admittedly swaggering one." , comparing the Camry Hybrid to the Toyota Prius, finds, "The Prius can't match the Camry's quietness and its elegant ride."
The majority of reviewers judge the Camry Hybrid to be a good value in relation to its competitors largely because of its loaded interior. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman writes, "Like Honda's Civic and Accord hybrids, the Camry is priced at the top of the lineup," and points out, "That includes a good set of standard features." BusinessWeek suggests that prospective owners "check out current tax incentives on hybrids at hybridcenter.org," a site which "has a cost calculator that allows you to plug in different financial variables" and "determine your likely real costs of ownership." IntelliChoice gives the Camry Hybrid a rating of "excellent," for its predicted five-year cost of ownership, compared to other vehicles in its class.