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2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid was new.

Most report the 2008 Camry Hybrid is a comfortable vehicle that's packed with features. The Los Angeles Times describes the car as "loaded to the gills," while Forbes says its proportions "allow the interior to feel quite spacious, with decent space in front, a rather cavernous trunk and a backseat that's comfortable enough to seat two and just wide enough to fit three smaller folks in a pinch."

The hybrid's interior is not entirely without its differences from the gas-model Camry, as MSN reports. "The hybrid is the only Camry with a special acoustic-dampening windshield designed to absorb road noise for a quieter interior," the review reads. "Indeed, the test Camry Hybrid conveyed a luxury feel because it was so quiet inside."

Seating

The Camry Hybrid seats five in relative comfort, starting with the driver. Car and Driver finds: "The feeling is spacious, with the windshield and dashboard pushed forward and out of your face. The driving position is excellent." Forbes notes the same. "Most drivers can fit comfortably, thanks to a wide range of seat and steering-wheel adjustments," they say. "However, taller drivers should take time to adjust to their normal driving position and make sure they have enough headroom -- it's especially tight with the optional moonroof."

The front generally has "well-shaped, comfortably padded seats," according to Consumer Guide, but several note that the seats aren't accommodating to everybody. Kelley Blue Book finds that "the passenger seat bottom could be angled up for better thigh support," and Forbes says "front seats weren't so supportive, even on a short test-drive, with lower cushions that might prove too short for taller drivers."

"Rear seat legroom is excellent," according to The Auto Channel, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette likes the "roomy back seat that holds two child seats and still has room for another child." But other writers are slightly disappointed. BusinessWeek finds plenty of room in the "back seat for normal sized adults," but "adding a fifth person in the back would be pushing it on long drives." Edmunds also notes that "for long drives two rear passengers would be more comfortable than three."

Interior Features

Most describe the Camry Hybrid as a fully-loaded car straight off the lot, or as the Washington Post says, "a work of swank modernity." Motor Trend adds, "From the Lexus-quiet cabin and intuitive nav system to the up-to-the-minute fuel-mileage display and convenient auxiliary audio jack, the Camry has proven pleasurable to drive."

Praise starts with the console. The Detroit News is "mesmerized by the center stack. The climate and audio controls are surrounded by a beautiful translucent blue trim that's unlike anything I've ever seen on a car; it reminds me a bit of my old iMac." Kelley Blue Book is particularly pleased with the 2008 Camry Hybrid's push-button start. "With the Smart Key System, one only needs the remote key fob at hand to unlock the doors and start the vehicle with a dash-mounted push-button starter," the review states.

The most often mentioned feature is the Camry's multi-information display. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman states, "Hybridistas will enjoy a couple of digital readouts that let you monitor your driving efficiency or monitor the power flow between the gas engine and the electric motor." To the Boston Herald, "Watching this display is like playing a giant video game for environmentalists and cheapskates. Test-drive a Camry Hybrid and you'll quickly find yourself laying off of the accelerator as much as possible, trying to push the fuel-efficiency meter higher and higher."

Navigation

The 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid's optional navigation system has mostly gotten good reviews. The Detroit News writer calls it "one of the best and most intuitive I've used." Meanwhile Forbes likes that it "has a simple interface, yet it's one of the most feature-packed nav systems available in any car, and it integrates Bluetooth hands-free cell phone operation and a hybrid energy monitor screen."

On the other hand, CNET's report is critical. "The GPS was reliable around town and quick to recalibrate when we went astray, but the unit completely lost its bearings on a trip through the Santa Cruz Mountains," it states, also noting that "voice recognition on the Toyota nav unit was also a little disappointing."

Voice recognition is commonly touch and go, but there are some portable navigation devices that do a better job with this feature and others. Check out our GPS reviews to find out if an aftermarket navigation system is the better way to go.

Cargo

Due to the battery pack, the Camry Hybrid's trunk space is only 10.6 cubic feet compared to the regular Camry's 15. Many reviewers don't mind. The Detroit News writes: "The battery pack cuts down on trunk space a bit, but it's still surprisingly roomy. We even put a week's worth of groceries back there."

What reviewers do complain about is trunk access. Kelley Blue Book says, "The sweeping rear-window design creates a narrow trunk opening, making it difficult to insert wide or bulky items." Several also note that the fold-down pass through in the rear seat is even smaller than normal, thanks to the battery pack's position, but Cars.com looks on the bright side. "Though it's also relatively small, the Hybrid's pass-thru beats the Accord Hybrid, which offers none at all," they say.

The 2008 Camry Hybrid also provides stowage space in the dashboard, center console, center armrest and on the doors.

Review Last Updated: 3/10/09

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