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MSRP: $26,140 - $28,625
Invoice: $24,049 - $26,336
MPG: 43 City / 39 Hwy
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Toyota Camry Hybrid Performance

Though it may not deliver thrills behind the wheel, reviewers say the Camry Hybrid has a refined powertrain and offers a confident, controlled ride. Acceleration is brisk for a hybrid and the engine and electric motor deliver ample power, test drivers note. Reviewers say that the steering is light, predictable and requires little effort. They also report that the CVT delivers power smoothly and that transitions between gas and electric power are seamless. Most reviewers are impressed with the regenerative brakes for their good pedal feel, and a few say the Camry Hybrid drives much like a gas-only car, which is unusual praise for a hybrid.

  • "With a 0-60-mph time of 7.4 seconds, the Toyota Camry Hybrid is downright quick for a four-cylinder midsize sedan, let alone one that also puts up an impressive EPA combined rating of 41 mpg." -- Edmunds
  • “With major mass reduction, handling dynamics on par with its conventional kin, and a redone Hybrid Synergy Drive system that finally has the engine/motor/transmission triumvirate speaking far more directly to each other, the most fuel-efficient Camry variant has far greater consumer appeal regardless of the price of gasoline." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "While it's not a high performance car in the hot rod sense, the Camry Hybrid is a high performer in its own right." -- Autoblog (2013)
  • "Like most regular Camrys, the Hybrid uses comfort-biased tires and suspension tuning that generally soak up smaller bumps and patches quite well." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • “Powertrain integration is honestly among the best of any hybrid vehicle out there." -- Motor Trend (2012)

Acceleration and Power

The 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, which generate 200 horsepower. A continuously variable transmission is standard. The Camry Hybrid LE gets an EPA-estimated 43/39 mpg city/highway, while the XLE earns 40/38 mpg. These estimates are good for a hybrid, but the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Toyota Prius both use less fuel. 

Reviewers say that compared with other hybrids, the Toyota Camry Hybrid delivers a surprising amount of power and strong acceleration. The continuously variable transmission is refined, they say, and the transition between gas and electric power is seamless.

  • "The transition from all-electric mode to the gasoline engine is less noticeable in the Camry Hybrid than in the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, for example. All the while, acceleration is surprisingly strong for a midsize, non-premium-brand hybrid sedan." -- Edmunds
  • “Light, tight and impressively integrated, the new system yields spirited performance under all conditions and an eye-popping set of fuel economy numbers." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "Toyota's continued development of its Hybrid Synergy Drive system is flat-out the best implementation of such a setup we've yet to sample in a midsize sedan. The new Ford Fusion is looking to challenge that, but other comers like the Hyundai and Kia twins can't touch the Camry Hybrid's level of refinement, seamless handoff between electric propulsion and gas engine, and isolation from the judders of engine stops and starts." -- Autoblog (2013)
  • “Mid-range throttle response is surprisingly immediate, especially for a hybrid. CVT provides smooth power delivery." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "The very first thing I noticed was that the transition between the electric motor and the gasoline motor was seamless - I was not able to detect when the gasoline motor powered on and off." -- Forbes (2012)

Handling and Braking

Test drivers say that the 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid offers a steady ride and predictable handling. Steering is responsive and requires little effort, they say, though a few add that it feels rather numb. While it’s a common complaint that hybrid brakes can feel grabby or abrupt, most reviewers are impressed with the Camry Hybrid’s regenerative brakes, saying they are strong and offer good pedal feel.

  • "The 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid is dynamically well-rounded. Thanks to careful suspension tuning, it grips the road well and the ride is mostly undisturbed by bumps and ruts. Most drivers will find the steering precise, but if you're more demanding, you might be annoyed by its lack of feel or its overly light effort level." -- Edmunds
  • "No Camry handles like a pedigreed sports sedan, but the Hybrid is predictable, poised, and pleasant within the deliberately modest limits of its suspension and available power. The electric-assist steering is linear and responsive, but a bit too light for our taste and rather lacking in road feel." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Revised chassis components and new geometry give all Camrys a more confident feel with better ride compliance and body control, changes that are particularly noticeable when the going gets twisty." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "Toyota gets my nod for best regenerative brakes, too. Where other hybrid brakes often feel inconsistent or even bricklike, the Camry Hybrid's pedal is almost as linear as a non-hybrid car's." -- Cars.com (2012)
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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