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2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

The 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid sits near the top of the hybrid and electric car class thanks to its spacious cabin, gentle ride, and strong powertrain.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride
  • Lively powertrain
  • Intuitive infotainment controls
  • Lengthy list of safety features
  • Numb steering
  • Touch screen resolution could be clearer

Rankings & Research

The 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid's #2 ranking is based on its score within the Hybrid and Electric Cars category. Currently the Toyota Camry Hybrid has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 37 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 7.1
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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Is the Toyota Camry Hybrid a Good Car?

The 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid is a great vehicle in the hybrid and electric car class. It has a cushioned ride, ample horsepower, and, as you'd expect, good fuel economy. A roomy back seat, a long list of safety features, and an easy-to-use infotainment system further boost its appeal.

It’s not all good news though, as there are some cheap plastics in the lower trims, and there’s not much steering feedback from the road.

Why You Can Trust Us: 37 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data like horsepower ratings, fuel economy estimates, and cargo space dimensions with 37 professional Toyota Camry Hybrid reviews.

This review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2018.

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Should I Buy the Toyota Camry Hybrid?

There’s a lot to like about the Toyota Camry Hybrid, but there are other good options as well. The Honda Accord Hybrid is a bit roomier and nimbler than the Camry Hybrid, while the Toyota Prius has better fuel economy estimates for city driving. You might also check out the nonhybrid Toyota Camry. It may not have the mpg ratings of its hybrid counterpart, but it’s a very similar vehicle, and it carries a lower starting MSRP.

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2020 vs. 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid: What's the Difference?                

For 2021, Toyota introduces a new trim to the Camry Hybrid’s lineup (the XSE) and increases the size of the available touch screen from 8 inches to 9.

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Here are the major changes to the Camry Hybrid over the last few years:

  • 2018: fully redesigned with an 8-horsepower bump, better mpg ratings, sharper handling, a larger trunk, and an updated infotainment system with a larger touch screen and available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 2019: a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa added to standard features list
  • 2020: gained standard Android Auto; hybrid battery warranty lengthened
  • 2021: XSE trim debuts and 9-inch touch screen now available

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Camry Hybrid, 2019 Camry Hybrid, and 2020 Camry Hybrid reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Much Does the Toyota Camry Hybrid Cost?

The entry-level Camry Hybrid LE has a starting MSRP of $27,270, which is a hair below average for the class. The top-of-the-line XSE trim starts at $32,170.

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Toyota Camry Hybrid Versus the Competition

Toyota Camry Hybrid vs. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is one of the best sedans in the hybrid and electric car class. Both cars are spacious and get good fuel economy, but compared to the Camry, the Sonata Hybrid has a larger trunk and more available features, including a 10.25-inch touch screen and a solar panel roof that helps to recharge the electric battery. Both are good cars, but the Sonata Hybrid is slightly better.

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Toyota Camry Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry

Choosing between the Toyota Camry and its hybrid counterpart mostly comes down to what you want from your sedan. Both cars have similar features and cargo room. The hybrid gets better mpg ratings, but the gas-only Camry can be had with a powerful V6 engine and a track-tuned TRD trim, though they'll add a lot to the price. Neither of those options are available for the hybrid model.

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Camry Hybrid Interior: Above Average

Camry Hybrid Cargo Space

Because of the placement of their battery packs, hybrids tend to lose trunk space compared to nonhybrids. Not so with this Toyota. Both the Toyota Camry and the Camry Hybrid have a 15.1-cubic-foot trunk. Both cars’ trunks have wide openings, and their split-folding rear seats can be used to create extra space. While the Camry Hybrid’s trunk is about average for the class, you can get a lot more room with hatchbacks like the Toyota Prius.

How Many People Does the Camry Hybrid Seat?

This Toyota can seat five people. Entering and exiting the sedan can be tricky, given its low positioning. Once inside though, you’ll find plenty of space in both rows.

Cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard. A power-adjustable front passenger seat is available, as are synthetic or genuine leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Camry Hybrid and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats. There’s also a tether anchor for the rear middle seat, which can borrow a lower anchor from both sides. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Camry's LATCH system the highest rating of Good+, which indicates that it's among the easiest to use.

Camry Hybrid Interior Quality

For the most part, the Camry Hybrid uses high-quality materials in its cabin, though the doors and dash in lower trims are covered in hard plastic. Higher trims like the XLE or XSE add luxuries like wooden accents and patterned materials.

Camry Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Toyota’s Entune 3.0 infotainment system is intuitive, with large on-screen buttons and a well-organized menu layout. There are plenty of physical controls set around the screen too. However, some critics say that the larger touch screen could have better resolution.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay Amazon Alexa, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and two USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: a 9-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless device charging, a nine-speaker JBL sound system, and HD Radio
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control and push-button start
  • Other available features: a moonroof

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Camry Hybrid Performance: Well-Rounded

Camry Hybrid Engine

Every Camry Hybrid model comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor. Together, they produce 208 horsepower. The setup is well-suited for daily driving. Instant torque from the electric motor helps this sedan launch from a stop, and there’s a decent amount of passing power too. Transitions between gas and electric power are smooth, and most critics find the powertrain to be quiet, but a few say that it can be loud when pushed.

The sole transmission is a continuously variable automatic (CVT).

Camry Hybrid Gas Mileage

For the best fuel economy, stick with the LE trim. It has a lithium-ion battery and gets an EPA-estimated 51 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway. Those are good ratings for the class, and they’re on par with nonbase trims of the Toyota Prius. The other trim levels employ a nickel-metal-hydride battery and get 44 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway.

Camry Hybrid Ride and Handling

Hybrids operate with a regenerative braking system that uses the force from braking to recharge the battery pack. Normally, the brakes in this Toyota operate smoothly, but the pedal can be extremely sensitive at lower speeds. The steering can be a bit lifeless too. On the plus side, the ride is silky smooth, and handling is composed. Front-wheel drive comes standard. All-wheel drive is not available.

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Camry Hybrid Reliability

Is the Toyota Camry Hybrid Reliable?

The 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

Toyota Camry Hybrid Warranty

Toyota backs the Camry Hybrid with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hybrid components get an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty, and the hybrid battery is covered by a 10-year/150,000-mile warranty.

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Camry Hybrid Safety

Camry Hybrid Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2021 Toyota Camry the highest rating of Good in six crash safety tests. The Camry Hybrid XLE trim received the highest rating of Good, and the Camry Hybrid XSE received the second-highest rating of Acceptable for how well the headlights illuminate the road ahead.

The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. The Camry received the highest rating of Superior for its standard front crash prevention systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2021 Camry Hybrid a perfect five-star overall safety rating. This Toyota earned five stars in the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests.

Camry Hybrid Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane trace assist
  • Pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Forward collision warning
  • Forward automatic emergency braking
  • Rearview camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

Available advanced safety features:

  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Reverse automatic emergency braking
  • Head-up display

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Camry Hybrid Dimensions and Weight

The Camry Hybrid is about 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,480 to 3,580 pounds.

Where Is the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid Built?

Toyota builds the 2021 Camry Hybrid in Kentucky alongside the nonhybrid Camry.

Which Toyota Camry Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

Toyota makes the 2021 Camry Hybrid in four trim levels: LE, SE, XLE, and XSE. Toyota has not released official pricing as of this writing, so we are using 2020 prices as an estimate.

Every trim has a four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), and front-wheel drive. For many shoppers, the base LE is a good bet. It has lots of features and options. You’ll have to move to the XLE to get niceties like leather upholstery. For slightly sharper handling, look to the SE or XSE. A moonroof is available throughout the lineup, and a heated steering wheel can be had in any trim except the LE.

We review the gasoline-only Toyota Camry separately.

Toyota Camry Hybrid LE

The Toyota Camry Hybrid LE is expected to have a starting MSRP around $27,270. It comes with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two USB ports, Bluetooth, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a rearview camera.

You’ll also get the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 (TSS-P) suite of driver assistance features. Included are a pre-collision warning and braking system, cyclist and pedestrian detection, lane trace assist, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beam headlights.

The Audio Upgrade package adds wireless device charging, and the Audio Plus package adds a 9-inch touch screen. Other options include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, heated front seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Toyota Camry Hybrid SE

Other than adding SofTex synthetic leather upholstery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, paddle shifters, and alloy wheels, the Camry SE isn’t much different from the base model. It has many of the same options too. Additionally, the SE and XSE share some exterior design elements, such as chrome tips and a rear spoiler. These styling differences help distinguish the two from the comfort-oriented LE and XLE. The SE is expected to have a starting MSRP around $28,785.

Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

XLE models (expected MSRP: $32,170) gain genuine leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, rear-seat air vents, adjustable rear-seat headrests, wood interior inlays, ambient interior lighting, and the LE’s optional features.

The Navigation Upgrade package adds a navigation system and a nine-speaker JBL stereo. There’s also a Driver Assist package for the XLE, which includes reverse automatic emergency braking, a 10-inch head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, and ventilated front seats. Adaptive headlights are optional too.

Toyota Camry Hybrid XSE

For the most part, the range-topping XSE has the same features and options as the XLE, plus a few enhancements, such as a black gloss grille and larger alloy wheels. The XSE also has the SE’s sporty features and sport-tuned suspension. XSE models should start at around $32,720.

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The Final Call

A few minor shortcomings, such as some low-rent cabin materials and numb steering, aren’t enough to overshadow the Toyota Camry Hybrid’s many strengths. This roomy sedan boasts straightforward infotainment controls, a gentle ride, and an animated powertrain. On top of that, it gets pretty good fuel economy compared to other hybrid and electric cars.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The Camry has returned to glory with its exciting lineup, improved build quality, and priority on safety." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Camry is one of the best cars in its segment. It is safe, reliable, practical, stylish, and drives well." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It might not be the most exciting car on the planet, but the Toyota Camry Hybrid absolutely excels at its intended purpose. It's comfortable, efficient and sufficiently equipped with modern creature comforts. For 2021, a smattering of nonessential updates slightly refines the formula, making a contextually excellent vehicle just that much better." -- CNET
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