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2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

The 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid ranks near the top of the hybrid and electric car class. It combines a refined powertrain and respectable fuel efficiency with perfect safety marks and a good predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Long list of standard features
  • Solid safety and predicted reliability ratings
  • Smooth acceleration
  • Regenerative brakes can take some getting used to
  • Numb, overassisted steering

8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 7.3
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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Is the Toyota Camry Hybrid a Good Car?

Yes, the Toyota Camry Hybrid is a good car. Let's start with what's likely the most important factor: It can achieve more than 50 mpg, which is an impressive figure for a hybrid car. It also delivers spry acceleration and a balanced, comfortable ride.

The hybrid Camry boasts top-notch safety scores and an above-average predicted reliability rating. Its infotainment features are straightforward, and passenger and cargo space hit the mark as well. We named the Camry Hybrid as a finalist for our 2020 Best Hybrid or Electric Car for the Money award because of its combination of quality and value.

Should I Buy the Toyota Camry Hybrid?

You should buy a Camry Hybrid if you want a comfortable, efficient cruiser or commuter car that's also a relatively good value. The base model is particularly appealing, with a long list of standard infotainment and safety features. Its fuel economy ratings are also several notches higher than those of other trims, owing to different types of batteries in the lineup.

Still, there are other well-rounded hybrids worth considering. The Honda Accord Hybrid has slightly lower gas mileage numbers than the Camry Hybrid, but it delivers sportier handling and has a larger trunk. The Toyota Prius touts fuel economy figures that approach 60 mpg in the city. Pricing for both of these cars starts thousands of dollars below the Camry Hybrid.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid is part of a generation that launched with a full redesign for the 2018 model year. Android Auto becomes standard for 2020, so stick with a new Camry Hybrid if this is a must-have feature. Also for 2020, Toyota increases the warranty coverage for the hybrid battery to 10 years or 150,000 miles. Previously, it was covered under an eight-year/100,000-mile umbrella with the car's other hybrid components.

If those changes aren't that important to you, consider shopping for a 2018 or 2019 Camry Hybrid. These models will likely save you thousands of dollars compared to a new Camry Hybrid. The 2019 model gained standard Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, and a Wi-Fi hot spot, making it a better choice for tech-savvy drivers than a 2018 Camry Hybrid.

You'd likely save even more money with a Camry Hybrid from the previous generation. However, these older models are not as fuel-efficient as current-generation models, they have fewer standard safety features, and the infotainment systems are without the latest in smartphone integration.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Camry Hybrid, 2018 Camry Hybrid, and 2019 Camry Hybrid reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 31 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 31 Toyota Camry Hybrid reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2020 Camry Hybrid is the right new car for you.

Our full review of the 2020 Camry Hybrid incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2018.

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How Much Does the Toyota Camry Hybrid Cost?

The 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid starts at $28,250, which is about average for the hybrid and electric car class. Two higher trims retail for $29,950 and $32,550. Adding major options can push the car's price up to around $38,000.

For comparison, the standard Toyota Camry has a base price of $24,295, while the hybrid Toyota Prius is a hair cheaper at $24,200. The Honda Accord Hybrid sports a price tag of $25,470.

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Toyota Camry Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota Camry Hybrid or Honda Accord Hybrid?

The Honda Accord Hybrid and the Camry Hybrid share many strengths, and it's easy to see why they both rank high in the hybrid and electric car class. Both return excellent fuel economy, and you can expect to spend around the same amount of money per year on gas with either car. These hybrids also have punchy acceleration and composed handling, but the Accord feels a little sportier than the Camry. The Honda also has a slightly larger back seat and trunk. The Camry Hybrid, on the other hand, has a distinct edge in predicted reliability. Take both cars for a drive to see which one you like better. You can't go wrong with either one.

Which Is Better: Toyota Camry Hybrid or Toyota Prius?

Among affordable hybrids, the Toyota Prius is one of the most fuel-efficient. Its base Eco trim gets 58 mpg in the city, but annual fuel costs are still very similar between these two Toyota models. As a hatchback, the Prius offers a larger cargo hold, and its second row is roomy enough for adults. You can equip the Prius with features that you can't get in the Camry, such as an 11.6-inch touch screen, automatic parking assist, and all-wheel drive. The Prius costs several thousand dollars less than the hybrid Camry. However, the Camry Hybrid is a little more fun to drive, and its interior is more upscale and stylish than the Prius. Both Toyota hybrids make good choices, and they share the same solid predicted reliability rating.

Which Is Better: Toyota Camry Hybrid or Toyota Camry?

The nonhybrid Toyota Camry ranks near the top of the midsize car class. To choose between these two variants, you'll have to decide if you want to save money at the pump or upfront when you buy the car. Comparing the base models of each Camry, you'd have to drive the Camry Hybrid for almost 10 years to make up the nearly $4,000 price difference. The nonhybrid version gets great fuel economy for its class, and it also offers a potent V6 engine and a sport-tuned TRD version.

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Camry Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the Camry Hybrid Seat?

The Toyota Camry Hybrid sedan can carry five people. You'll find both rows of seats to be accommodating, with a decent amount of head- and legroom. A standard eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat makes finding an ideal setup a cinch.

Cloth upholstery and heated front seats are also standard, and notable options include synthetic or genuine leather upholstery and ventilated front seats.

Camry Hybrid and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat has an upper tether and can borrow a lower anchor from each side.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Camry's LATCH system the highest rating of Good+ (with the"+" indicating an extra seating position). All of the anchors are easy to find and access, and it's simple to attach the car-seat straps.

Taking a cue from many luxury vehicles, Toyota places the lower anchors behind dedicated plastic flaps instead of burying them down in the seat cushions.

Camry Hybrid Interior Quality

This hybrid Camry has a sleek, attractive interior. The stylish dashboard features sweeping lines that accent the centrally mounted infotainment screen.

As with most vehicles from affordable brands, materials quality gets better as you move up the trim ladder. You might notice a fair amount of hard plastic surfaces, especially in places that you touch often, such as the doors. However, there's an equal smattering of soft-touch materials, and the range-topping model has wood trim.

Camry Hybrid Cargo Space

There's 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space in the Camry Hybrid. While hybrid versions of nonhybrid cars typically lose some trunk space in favor of the battery, that's not the case with this Toyota. The Camry Hybrid has the same size trunk you get with the nonhybrid Camry. Although 15.1 cubic feet is about average for the class, it's still less than the Honda Accord Hybrid's 16.7 cubes. Other hybrids such as the Toyota Prius are hatchbacks that afford much more space.

The Camry Hybrid's trunk is still big enough for several suitcases, and a wide opening makes it easy to put things in. The liftover height is also low, helping you to load heavy gear.

Camry Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Camry Hybrid comes standard with an infotainment system that has a 7-inch touch screen, though an 8-inch version is optional. Both setups function the same way, with on-screen buttons that are large and clear. The touch screen is responsive, and the menus are easy to navigate. You'll find several physical buttons around the screen for shortcuts such as changing the audio source or enabling smartphone integration.

Other controls are easy to reach from the driver's seat, though a few are unintuitive. Clearly marked climate controls are located beneath the touch screen, but the audio tuning knob is right below the volume knob, making it easy to confuse the two.

Android Auto debuts for the first time in the Camry Hybrid for this model year, and it comes standard. Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa are also standard, as are satellite radio, three USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Optional amenities include wireless device charging, HD Radio, two additional USB ports, navigation, and a nine-speaker JBL premium stereo.

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Camry Hybrid Performance

Camry Hybrid Engine: Perfectly Peppy

The Camry's hybrid powertrain consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. The total system output is 208 horsepower, helping the Camry deliver respectable off-the-line acceleration and good passing power at higher speeds.

A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard. It works unobtrusively in the background, complementing the hybrid setup nicely.

Camry Hybrid Gas Mileage: Choose Wisely

The base 2020 Camry Hybrid LE gets an EPA-rated 51 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway. These figures are above average, but they're still not quite at the top of the hybrid and electric car class.

The LE model uses a lithium-ion battery, while SE and XLE trims use a nickel-metal-hydride battery. These models return lower EPA ratings of 44 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway.

Camry Hybrid Ride and Handling: Tame

This hybrid serves up a comfortable ride that should be very agreeable for those driving it every day or on long trips. It feels poised and stable around corners, even if it isn't as athletic as some rivals. Steering is overassisted, so there's not that much feedback from the road.

The Camry Hybrid employs a regenerative braking system, which can take a little getting used to if you don't drive hybrids on a regular basis. The brake pedal has a different feel to it, which critics in the industry usually refer to as grabby or mushy.

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Camry Hybrid Reliability

Is the Toyota Camry Hybrid Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five.

Toyota Camry Hybrid Warranty

Toyota covers the Camry Hybrid with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Most hybrid components are backed by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty, and the battery has a 10-year/150,000-mile warranty.

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Camry Hybrid Safety

Camry Hybrid Crash Test Results

The 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid has perfect crash test scores. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Camry an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests.

The 2020 Camry earned the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and was named a Top Safety Pick+. The Camry's standard headlights received the second-highest score of Acceptable for how well they illuminate the road ahead, and an optional setup with adaptive headlights received the top rating of Good.

The IIHS has a different scale for grading active safety features. The Camry earned the highest rating of Superior for the effectiveness of its standard front crash prevention system in avoiding a collision with another vehicle. In vehicle-to-pedestrian testing, the Camry received the second-highest score of Advanced.

Camry Hybrid Safety Features

All Camry Hybrid models come standard with a rearview camera and the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) group of active safety and driver assistance features. This bundle includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control.

Optional safety technology includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera system, reverse automatic emergency braking, adaptive headlights, and a head-up display.

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Camry Hybrid Dimensions and Weight

The Toyota Camry Hybrid is about 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,472 to 3,572 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid Built?

Toyota builds the 2020 Camry Hybrid in Kentucky.

Which Toyota Camry Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid is available in three trim levels: LE, SE, and XLE. All models come with front-wheel drive, a continuously variable automatic transmission, and a hybrid powertrain with a total output of 208 horsepower.

The base model is a good pick. It comes with a long list of comfort, infotainment, and active safety features, including heated front seats, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, forward automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. The LE also gets the best fuel economy of the lineup, beating higher trims by 6 or 7 mpg. If you're looking for value and efficiency, stick with the base model.

The two higher models only cost a few thousand dollars more, so if you're willing to sacrifice some fuel economy, there's a lot to be gained with just a little more money. Step up to the top-of-the-line XLE model to get leather upholstery, and that's the only trim available with features like a JBL stereo, ventilated front seats, a surround-view parking camera, and a head-up display.

Toyota Camry Hybrid LE

The Camry Hybrid LE starts at $28,250. It comes standard with cloth upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a six-way manually adjustable passenger seat, LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 4.2-inch digital multi-information display, proximity keyless entry, and a hands-free trunk.

The standard 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system features Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, voice recognition, satellite radio, three USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a six-speaker stereo, and Bluetooth. Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, and a rearview camera.

A package that costs $2,705 adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a moonroof, wireless device charging, a universal garage door opener, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an 8-inch touch screen, and HD Radio.

Toyota Camry Hybrid SE

The Camry Hybrid SE retails for $29,950 and gains alloy wheels, synthetic leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and paddle shifters.

The SE model is available with the same package as the base model, but the price is $2,535.

Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

The Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE costs $32,550. Additional standard features include leather upholstery, an 8-inch touch screen, HD Radio, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and two additional USB ports.

An option package that costs $2,670 adds a moonroof, navigation, and a nine-speaker JBL premium stereo. For $5,460, you can get all of those features plus a surround-view parking camera system, reverse automatic emergency braking, ventilated front seats, adaptive headlights, and a head-up display.

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The Final Call

There's not much to complain about with the 2020 Camry Hybrid. It delivers impressive fuel economy, has fairly engaging road manners, and offers a comfortable cabin. Throw in a solid predicted reliability rating, perfect crash test scores, and a long list of standard and available features, and this Toyota deserves a look from most shoppers.

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

  • "The new Camry offers sleeker styling, but it's the improved fuel economy and handling, plus standard advanced safety systems, that distinguish it among the crowd of midsized sedans." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The Camry Hybrid is the king of its castle, being the first midsize-hybrid sedan to break the 50-mpg barrier, with the current 2020 version earning a combined 52-mpg rating from the EPA. That easily beats competitors like the Honda Accord Hybrid, Kia Optima Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The … Toyota Camry Hybrid is one of the most desirable hybrid sedans on the road. Some might even say that the hybrid version of this popular family sedan is more appealing than the standard gasoline-powered model." -- Edmunds (2019)

 

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