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What is it: The Camry Hybrid is a midsize sedan with gas/electric hybrid technology to make it more fuel-efficient, from a company known for its green street cred. The XLE model is the top trim level available, above LE and SE, and shows its status with 18-inch chrome aluminum wheels, a metallic front grille, and full LED head and taillights. However, the LE, both lighter and with narrower tires, achieves better fuel economy.

Key Competitors: Ford Fusion Hybrid, Honda Accord Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Base Price: $33,145 As Tested Price: $37,363

Full Review: 2018 Toyota Camry first drive

Highlights: New for 2018, the Camry is built on Toyota’s strategy of single platforms across the world. They call it TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture); the Camry’s is the GA-K platform. Styling is new too, allowing the Camry to step out of its pure vanilla shell. The Hybrid LE achieves 52 mpg combined, but this heavier XLE trim level manages just 44 city, 47 highway, 46 combined.



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Our Opinion: The Camry definitely looks new. Some find it overwrought, especially the front grille, but I personally think it’s a nice departure from the bland styling used in the past. Sedans across the board are struggling as SUVs rise in prominence, so even the best-selling one needs to be a bit more bold and try new things.

Powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four with assistance from a permanent magnet electric motor and nickel-metal-hydride battery pack (LE trimmed models use a lithium-ion battery), total power is an adequate 208 hp. Power transfers through a continuously variable transmission and on to the front wheels. Requests for power from your right foot are met in a reasonable time — not as satisfying as the better automatics these days, despite pretending to be a six-speed automatic with the console-mounted shifter.

I could go on about the lack of driver engagement, but truthfully, in the context of a midsize sedan hybrid, it’s darn decent. Actually, I found it better than the nonhybrid Camry. Perhaps the battery pack lowering the center of gravity a tad makes the difference. It’s spacious and comfortable inside, and the switchgear is easy to find and operate. As an A-to-B commuter, it makes a lot of sense.  





Robin Warner



Robin Warner



– Robin Warner is Editorial Manager at Autoweek. He once tried and failed to become a professional race car driver, but succeeded in learning about debt management and having a story to tell. A former engineer, Warner loves cars for their technology and capability.

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On Sale: Now


Base Price: $33,145


As Tested Price: $37,363


Powertrain: 2.5-liter inline-4, electric motor, CVT, FWD


Output: 208 hp


Fuel Economy: 44/47/46 mpg(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)


Pros: Fuel economy and styling that veers off the bland trail


Cons: A lot of people prefer the bland trail



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