The Camry has never been about outright performance. Instead, it aims to carry its occupants with enough pace to tie in with its comfortable persona. This is even more prevalent in hybrid models that do away with the powerful V6 found in certain gas-powered models. Instead, you get a moderately sized four-cylinder engine mated to a hybrid system that delivers mild performance. The fact that the car has the 'Hybrid' suffix attached to it should discourage most from accessing all of its performance potential as the main focus here is fuel economy, but with a little motivation, the Hybrid Camry can get up and go with convincing enthusiasm. Independent testing shows that the Camry Hybrid will accelerate to sixty in around 8.3 seconds, and the car will top out at 112 mph. Not exactly thrilling is it?
The 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid does away with turbocharged mills that offer a hefty low-down punch, and instead focuses squarely on fuel economy. How does it achieve this? By employing an efficient 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a mild hybrid system. This combo delivers a maximum power output of 208 hp, with the combustion engine contributing 176 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque to the mix. Power is sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission.
Driving at the speed limit is where this car feels most comfortable. The engine emits minimal noise, and there's enough low-down pull for busy city driving. Stab the throttle, however, and the engine has to quickly reach the upper rev range, which, in this case, sounds somewhat unrefined and strained. Out on the highway, the Camry Hybrid is a capable cruiser, but again, overtaking will require the revs to shoot up. There's enough of a low-down kick to make town driving pleasurable, but don't expect to be king of the traffic light drags.
|Toyota Camry Hybrid Trims||Toyota Camry Hybrid Engines||Toyota Camry Hybrid Horsepower||Toyota Camry Hybrid Transmissions||Toyota Camry Hybrid Drivetrains||Toyota Camry Hybrid MPG/MPGE|
|Hybrid LE||2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid||208 hp @ 5700 rpm||Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)||FWD||52 MPG|
|Hybrid SE||2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid||208 hp @ 5700 rpm||Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)||FWD||46 MPG|
|Hybrid XLE||2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid||208 hp @ 5700 rpm||Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)||FWD||46 MPG|
This is where the Toyota Camry truly shines. Its whole existence is focused on delivering excellent gas mileage figures, and boy does it achieve them. Well on paper at least. With that 2.5-liter engine and hybrid system in play, as well as relatively low curb weight and slippery body design, Toyota has hit the nail on the head. EPA figures suggest fuel consumption figures of 51/53/52 mpg city/highway/combined for the base model LE, dropping to 44/47/46 mpg for the SE and XLE.
Our test model arrived in XLE trim, and, by the end of the week, we were showing an indicated 42 mpg. That fuel economy was consistent all week, though, and no matter how or where we drove it. Even after driving up and down the mountain to Big Bear in California, we saw 42 mpg.
|Toyota Camry Hybrid Trims||Hybrid LE||Hybrid SE||Hybrid XLE|
|Toyota Camry Hybrid Tank size||15.1 gal.||15.1 gal.||15.1 gal.|
|Toyota Camry Hybrid Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy)||51/53||44/47||44/47|