2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid

$28,430 - $32,730
Price Range (MSRP)
Toyota Camry Hybrid

2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review: No Compromise

by Aiden Eksteen

Ignoring the popularity of trucks in the United States, America's favorite passenger car for the last 17 years has been the Toyota Camry. That's some record, but the Camry has backed up the support by being comfortable, reliable, and spacious - catering to the needs of buyers in the midsize segment. But in recent years, as sales of sedans dwindle in favor of crossover SUVs, Toyota has fought back with a new Camry that's better than ever before, with striking styling, upgraded infotainment, and surprisingly agile handling dynamics. The Camry Hybrid is not just another Camry, however. It's got to do all things Camry, but be ultra-frugal and prioritize value for money, all while packaging its hybrid components to rival the best in the business - the Honda Accord Hybrid. With 208 horsepower from a hybridized 2.5-liter four-cylinder and combined EPA mileage estimates of 52 mpg, things look good for the Camry to be one of the best midsize hybrid sedans on the market.

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2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid Changes: What’s the difference vs 2019 Camry Hybrid?

For 2020, the Toyota Camry Hybrid officially gets full smartphone integration. Previously unavailable, Android Auto functionality is now standard in all Camry models, finally consolidating the connectivity trifecta along with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa functionality. That's about it for the new model year though, with the Camry undergoing no further enhancements or alterations.

Pros and Cons

  • Strong acceleration balanced with exceptional fuel-efficiency
  • Balanced handling and ride quality
  • Commodious cabin
  • Practical trunk space for a hybrid vehicle
  • Impressive warranty coverage
  • Android Auto - finally!
  • Unpleasant transition to regenerative brakes
  • The LE model occasionally feels floaty
  • Top-end models lose some fuel-efficiency

Camry Hybrid Exterior

The latest Camry design is arguably the most attractive it's ever been, and with that design, comes unique exterior traits with every model in the lineup. The LE gets a prominent dark gray grille, automatic bi-LED combination headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, LED combination taillights, color-keyed power side-view mirrors, and it rides on 16-inch steel wheels. The SE wears a bespoke sport-inspired front end with a black grille and faux air intakes, sport-styled side skirts, and a color-keyed rear spoiler, while it rides on 18-inch black alloy wheels. A bright metallic grille discerns the XLE along with the standard front and rear bumpers and silver machined 18s in the wheel arches.

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Dimensions

Staying true to its midsize sedan classification, the Camry Hybrid measures 192.1 inches in length (the SE measures 0.6 inches longer) and rides on a 111.2-inch wheelbase. Unladen, the Camry hybrid is 56.9 inches tall with 5.7 inches of ground clearance, while a width of 72.4 inches is identical to that of the non-hybrid variants. Impressively, however, due to a smaller four-cylinder engine than V6-equipped counterparts, the Carmy Hybrid weighs approximately the same as a V6 Camry, which is between 3,472 and 3,572 pounds.

2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid Exterior Colors

  • Super White
  • Predawn Gray Mica
  • Celestial Silver Metallic
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Brownstone
  • Galactic Aqua Mica
  • Blue Streak Metallic
  • Ruby Flare Pearl
  • Supersonic Red
  • Wind Chill Pearl

Camry Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

While standard Camry's get a choice between four and six-cylinder engines, the Camry Hybrid makes use of one powertrain regardless of trim. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder develops 176 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque, supplemented by an 88kW electric motor for a combined system output of 208 hp - besting the four-cylinder variants of the standard Camry range. Like a regular Camry, power is dealt to the front wheels, but unlike standard variants, the hybrid does so with the assistance of an electronically controlled CVT automatic transmission. With the added weight of the electric components, the Hybrid feels no different to the 2.5-liter base Camry, with enough power to manage city commutes, but underwhelming performance on the highway. The CVT is much to blame, as it effectively manages the surge of electric torque down low, but at higher speeds, the pursuit of efficiency means that throttle responses don't seem as eager as they do with the standard Camry's automatic gearbox.

  • Engine
    2.5-liter Inline-4 Hybrid
  • Transmission
    Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

For a midsize hybrid sedan, the Camry Hybrid delivers surprisingly sporty driving dynamics and without any comprise in ride quality. Its steering is nicely weighted as it feels heavier at higher speeds and light when maneuvering at lower speeds. The chassis handles the available power well, and with about as much weight to contend with as a standard V6 model, the suspension isn't overwhelmed and behaves perfectly. But if its sporting intentions you have for your Camry Hybrid, you'd be wise to avoid the vase LE, as the narrow steel wheels and skinny tires are equipped with efficiency in mind, and protest and squeal at even moderate speeds through drawn-out bends. The upper pair of trims fare much better here, although they do little to improve the braking feel of the Camry; Toyota has struggled to blend friction and regenerative braking, and while they do the job they're intended to, there's always a sense of delay after applying the brakes.

Camry Hybrid Gas Mileage

Gas mileage estimates are impressive from the Camry Hybrid, but differ substantially based on your chosen trim. Eco-warriors will automatically look to the LE trim, which makes use of narrow tires and a 1.04 kWh lithium-ion battery to attain mileage estimates of 51/53/52 mpg city/highway/combined compared to the Honda Accord Hybrid's 48 mpg combined estimate. However, on the XLE and SE trims, larger wheels and tires combine with a nickel-metal hydride battery pack to reduce gas mileage estimates to 44/47/46 mpg. All trims feature the same 13.2-gallon gas tank, but the LE can achieve the greatest theoretical range of 686 miles per tank in mixed conditions.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    13.2 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 51/53 mpg
* 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE CVT

Camry Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

The Camry Hybrid is set up to seat a total of five passengers in reasonable comfort, with an expansive cabin as a carryover trait from the standard Camry. Six-footers won't struggle, whether they're seated in the front or the back, with both areas of the cabin afforded generous dimensions of 38.3/37.6 inches of headroom and 42.1/38 inches of legroom respectively. Rear passengers in an Accord Hybrid have an extra two inches of legroom, but the Camry is still one of the most spacious in the segment. The seats are comfortable both front and rear, however, there's a huge discord between the material quality on the base LE trim and the XLE, the former feeling spartan while the latter is genuinely luxurious.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Camry Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

When the new-generation Camry Hybrid was released, Toyota moved the battery pack from under the trunk of the previous model to under the rear seats, freeing up tunk space and resulting in the hybrid boasting identical storage capacity to its standard siblings: 15.1 cubic feet. But the Accord Hybrid employs this same tactic, meaning it retains an advantageous 16.7 cubic feet as the best in the segment, with the Camry a close second. 60/40 split rear seats fold to increase the available storage space, and the broad, flat loading area makes the Camry Hybrid immensely practical.

There are numerous storage solutions within the cabin; wide door pockets are present on all four doors, all capable of carrying bottles, and there are two front cupholders and two cupholders in the armrest that folds down from the center rear seatback. Additionally, there's a small front center armrest console, a moderate glovebox, and a seatback map pocket behind each front seat.

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  • Trunk Volume
    15.1 ft³

Camry Hybrid Infotainment and Features

Features

With three trims making up the Camry Hybrid roster, there's an even spread of features across each. The LE gets keyless entry, push-button start, a tilt/telescoping steering column, a rearview camera, eight-way power adjustment for the driver's seat, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Stepping up to the SE equips adaptive cruise control and lane departure alert, while the XLE Hybrid gets an upgraded rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, eight-way power adjustment for both front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, additional USB ports, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and the option of a surround-view camera and head-up driver display. Standard across the range, the Toyota Safety Sense P suite of pre-collision features includes pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking.

Infotainment

A seven-inch touchscreen is standard on the LE and SE models, inheriting last year's functionality in Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa, and boasting Bluetooth, SiriusXM, and a Wi-Fi connect mobile hotspot. But new for 2020, the Camry Hybrid is among the first Toyotas to be given Android Auto functionality. Sound quality is taken care of by six speakers across all trims. The XLE, however, receives a larger eight-inch touchscreen and gets the option of upgrading to a suite with onboard navigation and a nine-speaker sound system from JBL.

Camry Hybrid Problems and Reliability

At the time of writing, there have been no recalls issued for the 2020 model of the Toyota Camry Hybrid, although the 2019 model fell victim to two. The first pertained to a potentially leaky fuel filler pipe which would increase the chances of a fire and the second was for non-permanent text on the load capacity label, but in both cases, the number of vehicles recalled wasn't exorbitant. Toyota compounds buyer confidence by covering the Camry Hybrid's powertrain for five years/60,000 miles and including a basic warranty of three-years/36,000-miles. Hybrid components receive eight years/100,000 miles of coverage, and new for 2020, the battery pack is covered for ten years/150,000 miles.

Camry Hybrid Safety

Top safety scores have been achieved the Camry Hybrid, with the NHTSA awarding five stars overall and the IIHS awarding it as a 2019 Top Safety Pick +. Key to these scores is a suite of ten standard airbags - including dual front knee airbags and rear-seat side airbags - and Toyota's Safety Sense P (TSS-P) suite of safety features. This includes pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control as standard, while optional on lower trims and standard on the XLE, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert bolster safety further.

Verdict: Is 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid a good car?

Traditionally in the last few years, the Toyota Camry has only faced genuine competition from one source - the Honda Accord - and in their latest iterations, this trend continues. Even in hybrid form, both try their hardest to provide uncompromised trunk capacity, competitive fuel economy, and high levels of specification. For the Camry Hybrid, it's a winner in terms of gas mileage, but only if you opt for the base trim - which loses out on the Camry's impressive driving dynamics. However, upper trims are still mighty economical, boast cavernous trunks, loads of interior space, and a comprehensive suite of safety and convenience features. The Camry Hybrid has simply never been better than it is now, and with Android Auto added for 2020, it's now a comprehensive package in the midsize sedan segment. But it's not the best, and the Accord still has it beaten in a few areas. However, tastes differ, and for that reason, the Camry Hybrid should still be on your shortlist.

What's the Price of the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

Value for money is key to the Camry Hybrid's success, and with a starting price of $28,430, the base-spec LE is still within an affordable price bracket. The SE surpasses the 30k mark at an MSRP of $30,130, while the range-topping Hybrid XLE asks $32,730, substantially less than the top-spec Accord Hybrid. However, prices exclude tax, licensing, registration, and a $995 destination charge.

2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid Models

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Hybrid LE
2.5-liter Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$28,430
Hybrid SE
2.5-liter Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$30,130
Hybrid XLE
2.5-liter Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$32,730
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What Toyota Camry Hybrid Model Should I Buy?

A simplified Camry Hybrid lineup of three reduces the number of choices to make, and simplifies the process into a case of what you want out of the Camry Hybrid to start with. All models feature dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, and power-adjustable driver's seats, but if you're after the 52 mpg combined mileage estimate claim for the Camry hybrid, you'll have to settle for the cloth-upholstered seats and seven-inch infotainment display of the basic LE. Fancier trimmings, larger wheels with stickier rubber, and slightly reduced mileage estimates are part and parcel of the Hybrid SE, while luxury is fully encompassed by the XLE, including leather upholstery, power adjustment for both front seats, a larger eight-inch infotainment system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a Tiger Eye wood interior trim. For us, we're willing to sacrifice on the Camry's supreme mileage estimates for the better levels of performance and comfort from the top-spec XLE.

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2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid vs Honda Accord Hybrid

The two hybrid midsize rivals are the best in the segment, but that doesn't mean there isn't one clearly better than the other; in this case, the Accord is still the hybrid to beat. It starts off at around $3,000 cheaper than the Camry Hybrid, and while upper trims are vastly more expensive, they're much better equipped as well. The Accord is more enjoyable to drive, however, and its 2.0-liter engine feels more potent than the Camry's powertrain. It's also vastly more consistent when it comes to gas mileage estimates, with 48/47/48 mpg achieved across the range, while the Camry's 51/53/52 mpg estimates are only achievable on the base trim. Both rivals offer similar infotainment capabilities, thanks to Toyota's inclusion of Android Auto for 2020, but the Honda offers the nicer interior, with two inches more rear legroom, higher quality materials, and around two cubic feet more trunk space. The Camry Hybrid is good - great even - but the Accord Hybrid is simply the best.

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2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid vs Toyota Corolla Hybrid

With no fewer than seven Toyota hybrids on sale, the Camry Hybrid faces stiff competition from within the family in the form of the first-ever Corolla Hybrid. The Corolla, although smaller, is nearly $5,000 cheaper than the Camry and comes loaded with many of the same safety features, as well as gas mileage estimates of 53/52/52 mpg to match the Camry. The Corolla is also a little more nimble by virtue of its smaller footprint, but as a result, it loses out when it comes to interior volume, offering less rear-seat passenger space and only 13.1 cubic feet in the trunk. But you pay far less for it and get many of the same safety and convenience features. Some are missing, however, as the Corolla still misses out on Android Auto, even if it does make use of a larger touchscreen. Ultimately, it comes down to needs - do you need to save money, or do you need the better hybrid sedan? If you answered with the former, get the Corolla, but if you want the best hybrid between the two, the Camry is better-equipped, more spacious, and more luxurious.

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