2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid Test Drive Review: Being Green Has Never Been So Easy

Despite what internet comments like to tell us, the midsize sedan is not dead. Sure, crossovers are outselling them, but that only seems to have encouraged automakers to make their stalwart sedan models the best possible. Toyota is one of those automakers, and the current generation of Camry offers chiseled styling, a comfortable and spacious interior, crisp driving dynamics, and fuel-efficient engines. With the latest iteration of the Camry Hybrid, fuel efficiency has reached an all-time high. The Camry Hybrid boasts a return of 51/53/52 mpg city/highway/combined for the base model. That's Prius territory and means nobody has to trade size and comfort for fuel economy anymore.

The Camry Hybrid isn't the only player in the market, though, with the Honda Accord Hybrid always ready to fight. However, the Camry is prepared to do battle with Toyota's legendary reputation for reliability, and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a mild-hybrid system to deliver a total of 208 horsepower with 163 lb-ft of torque.

Read in this review:

  • Exterior Design 7 /10
  • Performance 6 /10
  • Fuel Economy 10 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 7 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 8 /10
  • Reliability 10 /10
  • Safety 10 /10
  • Value For Money 7 /10
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2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Camry Hybrid?

While the standard Camry range sees the addition of the track-tuned TRD version, the rest of the range remains relatively unchanged. Changes for 2020 include the addition of Android Auto, which joins Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility in the infotainment segment. Possibly the biggest news is the addition of Toyota's Safety Sense-P driver assistance program, which becomes standard across the range. This package includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, and automatic high beams.

Pros and Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Roomy interior
  • Lots of cargo space for a hybrid
  • Good forward visibility
  • Standard driver assistance features
  • Brakes can be touchy
  • Floaty handling at highway speeds
  • Old-timer image

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2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Hybrid LE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
Hybrid SE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
Hybrid XLE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
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Handling and Driving Impressions

A mid-size hybrid sedan is not something anyone expects to thrill on the road. The Camry Hybrid holds to that, but still provides some sporty driving dynamics. Those dynamics blend well with the ride quality, which does a sterling job of evening out choppy roads and keeping passengers comfortable while they sip on a latte. Overall, the Camry Hybrid handles well, delivering a well-controlled ride and responsive handling.

The only area of discomfort we found is the brakes. Blending friction with regenerative braking to recharge the battery pack is a tricky exercise in engineering. The brake pedal is firm and responsive, but at lower speeds, it becomes over-sensitive. It's not a deal-breaker, but it does require a bit of practice to bring the Camry Hybrid to a smooth stop.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid a good car?

There's no argument to the fact the Camry Hybrid has never been a better car than it is now. However, the Honda Accord is still its most ardent competitor. The Camry offers a better hybrid drivetrain in terms of performance and economy, while the Accord brings better overall driving dynamics. If fuel economy is more important than dynamics, then the Camry becomes the clear winner and the best car in its category based on the lowest trim model. However, because its fuel economy drops outside the base model, then the choice between the Accord and Camry in hybrid form becomes a matter of personal taste. However, if you're thinking about a mid-size sedan with a hybrid drivetrain, you should be cross-shopping the Camry.

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2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid Comparisons

Honda Accord Hybrid Honda
Toyota Corolla Hybrid Toyota

2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid vs Honda Accord Hybrid

Ther Honda Accord is a tried and trusted offering in a competitive market, and alongside the Toyota Camry, make up the bulk of sales in the midsize sedan market. The 2020 Accord Hybrid is a handsome looking car and is arguably better to look at than the Camry. Under the hood lies a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors. Combined, this setup produces a total power output of 212 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque. The Honda is more powerful, and you can feel it behind the steering wheel. In terms of fuel economy, the Accord will achieve 48/47/48 mpg city/highway/combined, so just slightly off the best numbers offered by the Camry. On the road, the car feels more dynamic to drive and is a comfortable cruiser. In terms of the interior space, the Honda is just as comfortable, and we prefer the general design of the dashboard, the range of features is also on par, and you get a ton of driver assistance features. What the Accord does offer is a bigger trunk, but the trunk opening is on the narrow side. Both are great vehicles, but the Honda edges the competition.

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2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid vs Toyota Corolla Hybrid

The Toyota Corolla Hybrid slots in below the Camry in Toyota's hybrid lineup and is smaller, less powerful, and cheaper to buy. The exterior of the corolla is cheerful when compared to the Camry. Power is provided by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a hybrid system and develops only 121 hp. Power is sent to the front via a CVT transmission. Power is noticeably less potent in the Corolla which can feel breathless under hard acceleration. Fuel economy comes in at a stunning 53/52/52 mpg, though, matching the larger and more powerful Camry. The interior of the Corolla feels younger and more contemporary but offers fewer high-quality materials. Features are also not as impressive as in the Camry, but safety is still excellent. In the back, the Corolla doesn't impress with its trunk space, even when compared to its smaller rivals. These cars don't compete in the same class, so the choice will depend purely on what you need out of a hybrid. The Camry is more expensive, but it's worth the extra outlay.

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