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Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.4
Safety: 10.0
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2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid is a top choice among hybrid and electric cars. It has a lively powertrain, a solid predicted reliability rating, a large trunk, and loads of standard features, including the welcome addition of Apple CarPlay.

Pros & Cons

  • Impressive amount of standard features
  • Comfortable, quiet cabin
  • Outstanding trunk size for a hybrid
  • Superb fuel economy
  • Powertrain occasionally lags and drones noisily
  • More expensive than most

New for 2019

  • New standard features, including Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, and a Wi-Fi hot spot

Is the Toyota Camry Hybrid a Good Car?

Yes, the Toyota Camry Hybrid is a fantastic car. In addition to being an excellent choice among hybrid vehicles, the Camry Hybrid's strengths also stage it as an appealing midsize sedan. It boasts a comfortable ride, an energetic powertrain, a roomy back seat, a large trunk, and lots of entertainment goodies. Its EPA-estimated gas mileage is also very impressive.

We named it our Best Car for Teens $35K to $40K because of its combination of good safety and predicted reliability ratings, as well as its long list of active safety features. We also named it a finalist for our 2019 Best Midsize Car for the Money and 2019 Best Midsize Car for Families awards. 

Should I Buy the Toyota Camry Hybrid?

Whether you’re ferrying around the family or commuting to work, the Camry Hybrid is an attractive choice. It offers peace of mind, with superb safety and predicted reliability ratings, and it comes with lots of standard features that help compensate for its relatively lofty price tag.

You don't have to spend $28,000 to get a good new car, however. The nonhybrid Camry costs around $4,300 less, and it’s also a top-ranking midsize sedan. Additionally, Toyota isn't the only automaker with a hybrid sedan; competitors such as Ford, Chevrolet, Kia, Honda, and Hyundai also build midsize hybrid cars. Alternatives worth considering include the Honda Accord Hybrid and Kia Optima Hybrid. Like the Camry Hybrid, these rivals have attractive interiors, good crash test scores, and strong predicted reliability ratings – all with starting prices that undercut the Camry Hybrid's by a few thousand dollars.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota Camry Hybrid?

Deciding between a used and new Camry Hybrid comes down to how many features you want to pay for, and how important performance is to you. Launched in 2018, the current generation of the Camry Hybrid is vastly better than the previous one. Its brakes are smoother, and its base fuel economy rating is phenomenal. A wealth of safety features also became standard with the redesign. For 2019, the Camry Hybrid gains standard Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa. If you can live without these updates, consider a 2018 Camry Hybrid instead, which could save you money.

Even though the previous-generation Camry Hybrid models aren’t as refined as new Camry Hybrids, they still have a lot of offer and will likely cut your purchase costs down even further. You can view details about the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Camry Hybrids in our separate reviews.

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We Did the Research for You: 29 Reviews Analyzed

Our Toyota Camry Hybrid review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 29 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

Why You Can Trust Us

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Does the Toyota Camry Hybrid Cost?

At $28,150, the new 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE is one of the most expensive base models among midsize hybrid cars. At the other end of the lineup is the new 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE. Its sticker price of $32,725 is closer to average when comparing top trim levels in this class. You can view details on features and pricing for all Camry Hybrid trim levels in the Which Toyota Camry Hybrid Model Is Right for Me? section below.

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Toyota Camry Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota Camry Hybrid or Toyota Camry?

The gas-only Toyota Camry and the Camry Hybrid were jointly redesigned for 2018. Both rank among the leaders in their respective classes. The nonhybrid Camry is a better pick if you prioritize performance over fuel economy, as it offers better handling and an available V6 engine. It will also save you around $4,300 with its lower MSRP. On the other hand, the Camry Hybrid emits fewer tailpipe emissions, and it will save you an estimated $400 in fuel costs each year.

Which Is Better: Toyota Camry Hybrid or Toyota Prius?

Although the Camry Hybrid has a higher price, you’ll likely enjoy driving it more than you will a Toyota Prius. Remarkably, estimated fuel costs are equal between the two. Though the Prius can't quite match the Camry's power, ride quality, or rear-seat legroom, it does have a few advantages to be aware of. First, its lower starting price can save you close to $4,700. The Prius is also worth considering if you need a large cargo area more than you need a roomy back seat.

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

Like the Camry Hybrid, the Honda Accord Hybrid is a much better vehicle following its 2018 redesign. The Camry and Accord hybrids share many of the same strengths. Both are economical and boast excellent crash test scores, backed by an impressive amount of standard safety features. We recommend taking both out for a spin to determine which interior and overall design you prefer.  

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Camry Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the Camry Hybrid Seat?

The Camry Hybrid has five seats, and it comes standard with cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver's seat. Travelers will enjoy the Camry Hybrid’s quiet cabin, which has a good amount of room in both rows of comfortable seats.

Camry Hybrid and Car Seats

The Camry Hybrid has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, as well as a middle-seat tether connection. The LATCH system in the Camry is easy to use, and all of the hardware is easy to find. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the highest rating of Good+ for ease of use. 

Camry Hybrid Interior Quality

The Camry Hybrid’s cabin features an attractive selection of quality materials, though you will spot the occasional hard-plastic surface as well. Still, the overall atmosphere has a premium look and feel. This is especially true in the top-of-the-line XLE, which boasts leather-trimmed seats and Tiger Eye wood inlays.

Camry Hybrid Cargo Space

Hybrids commonly forsake some trunk space in order to make room for the battery, but that's not the case with the Camry Hybrid. This Toyota’s 15.1-cubic-foot trunk is every bit as spacious as the nonhybrid Camry. Its trunk is also larger than almost every other hybrid's in the midsize car class.

Camry Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

One of the biggest selling points for the 2019 Camry Hybrid is that it now comes standard with Apple CarPlay, allowing you to quickly integrate the vehicle with your iPhone to display many of your favorite apps on the car's 7- or 8-inch touch screen. Amazon Alexa is also standard, allowing you to connect your car to your in-home device. For the most part, the Camry's Entune interface is user-friendly, with knobs and buttons placed conveniently for quick adjustments.

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Camry Hybrid Performance

Camry Hybrid Engine: Peppy Hybrid

The Camry Hybrid is energetic, with enough oomph to easily merge onto the highway or overtake a slower car. It has a combined rating of 208 horsepower, which is actually higher than the base engine in the nonhybrid Camry. All models come with a four-cylinder gasoline engine, an electric motor, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The type of battery that comes with the Camry Hybrid depends on the trim level. The base LE has a lithium-ion battery, and the SE and XLE have a nickel-metal-hydride battery – more on this in the fuel economy section below.

Camry Hybrid Gas Mileage: Outstanding Fuel Economy

The Camry Hybrid is one of the most fuel-efficient midsize sedans you can buy. The base model earns an EPA-estimated 51 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway. The upper trim levels are rated at 44/47 mpg city/highway, which will cost the average driver an extra $100 a year in fuel, according to the EPA. The disparity in gas mileage ratings is partly linked to the differences in the type of battery.

Camry Hybrid Ride and Handling: Easygoing

The ride comfort in the Camry Hybrid earns high marks. It's not flawless – you may notice some body lean and the occasional pothole – but the Camry Hybrid is still very agreeable on the road. Its regenerative brakes feel much more natural than those in pre-2018 Toyota Hybrids. Still, they may take getting used to for first-time hybrid-car owners. Front-wheel drive comes standard.

Camry Hybrid Dimensions and Weight

Curb weight values for the Camry Hybrid range from 3,472 to 3,572 pounds. From front to back, this midsize sedan is 16 feet long.

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Camry Hybrid Reliability

Is the Toyota Camry Hybrid Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five.

Toyota Camry Hybrid Warranty

The 2019 Camry Hybrid comes with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty for hybrid components.

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Camry Hybrid Safety

Camry Hybrid Crash Test Results

The 2019 Camry Hybrid has a perfect five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Camry a 2019 Top Safety Pick+, which is the agency’s highest safety designation. The car earned the highest rating of Good in all six crash test categories, and it received top marks for headlight performance and the effectiveness of its front crash prevention features.

Camry Hybrid Safety Features

In addition to a rearview camera, every Camry Hybrid comes with Toyota Safety Sense P (also called TSS-P). This suite of safety equipment contains a pre-collision system, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beams, and full-speed adaptive cruise control. Available safety features include a 360-degree Bird's Eye View camera, emergency rear braking, adaptive headlights, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Which Toyota Camry Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

Toyota offers the 2019 Camry Hybrid in three trim levels: LE, SE, and XLE. All three have mostly the same hybrid components with the exception of the battery. A lithium-ion battery is in the base model, and the upper trims have a nickel-metal-hydride battery.

For the best value, we recommend the base LE. Among its lengthy list of standard features are treats such as heated front seats, separate climate controls for the driver and front passenger, and an impressive suite of safety technologies. As a bonus, because the 2019 Camry Hybrid comes with the latest Entune system, you now get Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa as standard equipment. 

Toyota Camry Hybrid LE

Standard features in the Camry Hybrid LE ($28,150) include heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, and push-button start. You’ll also get Toyota's newest Entune 3.0 infotainment interface, which boasts goodies such as Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

A wealth of safety technology is also standard. In addition to a rearview camera, the Camry Hybrid comes with a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and full-speed adaptive cruise control.

Toyota Camry Hybrid SE

The Camry Hybrid SE is the sport-tuned edition. Its notable features include leatherette-trimmed seats, paddle shifters on the steering wheel, and sporty styling elements. Prices start at $29,850.

Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

Leather seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and ambient lighting create an upscale atmosphere in the Camry Hybrid XLE, which starts at $32,725. Its upgraded Entune system has an 8-inch touch screen, additional USB charging ports, advanced voice recognition, satellite radio, and HD Radio. Other standard features include wireless charging for enabled smartphones, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

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The Final Call

Whether you're searching specifically for a hybrid or you simply want a solid, comfortable sedan, the 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid is worth a look. This well-rounded car is a good fit for those needing a carpool-friendly sedan or a commuter car that's enjoyable to drive. Its biggest downside is price. That said, the Camry Hybrid has an excellent predicted reliability rating and a high resale value, making the above-average MSRP a little more palatable.

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

  • "The 2019 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
  • "[T]he 2018 Camry goes above and beyond the predictable. It should still deliver the fundamental qualities that have kept loyal customers repeatedly returning every few years, while treating them to the sort of enhancements to the driving experience and design that other brands have been more likely to offer. At the same time, it stands a better chance of attracting those who have previously deemed the nation's best-selling car too conservative, ubiquitous, and well, boring. In other words, it's just better for everyone." -- Autotrader (2018) 
  • "The 2018 Camry isn't an evolution of the outgoing car, but rather a completely different and much-improved sedan that drives like no Camry before. My major gripes with the old Camry were that it didn't drive that well and its advanced safety features weren't available on popular trim levels; lesser complaints included a cheap and noisy interior. All of the above have been addressed for 2018." -- Cars.com (2018)
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