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2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

The 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid is essentially a nonhybrid Camry with better fuel economy. It has very good reliability and safety scores, as well as an upscale interior. 

Pros & Cons

  • Pleasant, smooth ride
  • Straightforward infotainment system
  • Roomy interior
  • Very good reliability rating
  • Sensitive brakes

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Midsize Cars category. It was the winner of our 2019 Best Used Cars for Teens award and the winner of our 2020 Best Used Cars for Teens award and a finalist for our 2016 Best Hybrid Car for the Money award. Currently the Toyota Camry Hybrid has a score of 8.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 38 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.3
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2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid Overview

Is the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid a Good Used Car?

There’s not much to dislike about the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid. It has a roomy interior and an exceptionally quiet ride, but it’s not the sportiest driver in the class. Still, this midsize sedan will move you around comfortably while sipping gasoline.

Used Toyota Camry Hybrid Performance and Interior

The 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that generate 200 horsepower combined. (The 2016 Toyota Camry is reviewed separately.) At speed, the Camry Hybrid’s powertrain transitions smoothly between gas and electric power. However, the car shakes a bit when the gas motor comes to life after sitting at idle for a while. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard.

The Camry Hybrid is a comfort-focused vehicle, though the 2016 version offers sportier handling than previous models. However, it still can’t match competitors like the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid. More so than other hybrids, the Camry Hybrid has brakes that are grabby if pushed too hard and feel spongy when pressed. 

The base Camry Hybrid LE gets an EPA-estimated 42 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, which is decent for a hybrid. Camry Hybrid SE and XLE models offer 40 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway.

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The Camry Hybrid seats five and comes standard with a power-adjustable driver's seat, while a power-adjustable passenger seat, leather upholstery, and heated front seats are available. The front and back seats are comfortable and have plentiful rear-seat legroom. The Camry Hybrid has full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the outboard rear seats, as well as a middle-seat tether anchor. Rear-facing infant car seats fit easily in the back row, but the fixed headrests interfere with front-facing car-seat installation.

Standard interior features include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, and Toyota’s Entune audio system with a 6.1-inch touch screen. Available features include a sunroof, satellite radio, an upgraded Entune system with navigation and smartphone app integration, wireless smartphone charging, and a JBL audio system.

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Used 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid Prices

The price of a used 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid ranges from about $26,600 for a base model LE trim to almost $30,000 for the fully loaded XLE trim. The price varies depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 38 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Instead of basing our used car rankings and reviews on our own tests and personal opinions, we collect data like safety and reliability reports and ownership costs. We also evaluate the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 38 pieces of data for this 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid review.

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The U.S. News Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry, and we’ve been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for a decade. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from carmakers or dealers, and an outside team handles our site’s advertising.

How Reliable Is the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid has a reliability score of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. That’s one of the best scores among all 2016 vehicles, and it tops other sedans in the midsize car segment.

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How Safe Is the Camry Hybrid?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) did not independently review the 2016 Camry Hybrid. The gas-engine 2016 Camry, however, was named a Top Safety+. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Camry Hybrid five out of five stars overall, with four stars for the frontal and rollover crash tests.

The Camry Hybrid has a standard rearview camera, but it lacks other standard active safety features. Available features include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert.

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Should I Consider Another Used Camry Hybrid?

The 2016 was the fifth year of the Camry Hybrid’s second generation, which launched as a 2012 model and includes the 2017 Camry Hybrid. There are no significant differences between the 2016 model and the 2015 Camry Hybrid, so you may want to consider the older model to save money.

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Which Used Camry Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid has front-wheel drive and is available in LE, SE, and XLE trims. The LE base model comes with a rearview camera, a proximity key with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, and Toyota’s Entune audio system with a 6.1-inch touch screen. The SE adds sport seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. The top Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE includes leather-trimmed upholstery, daytime LED running lights, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The LE trim is a good choice because it has the best fuel economy among the three trims.

You might consider a certified pre-owned Camry Hybrid. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. The hybrid battery warranty is eight years or 100,000 miles, though it's longer in some states. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

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2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid or 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid?

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid's four-cylinder engine and two electric motors transition between gas and electric power seamlessly. That’s mostly true of the Camry Hybrid, except when it sits at idle for a while. While the Camry Hybrid’s regenerative brakes can be sensitive, the Malibu Hybrid's brakes are consistently smooth. Additionally, the Malibu Hybrid’s fuel economy estimates are better than the Camry Hybrid’s. The Malibu Hybrid is available with a few features the Camry Hybrid doesn't have, such as semi-automatic parking assist, low-speed automatic front braking, and front and rear parking sensors. The Chevy is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid or 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

The 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid stands out for its agile handling, quick steering, and limited body roll. It's a great option if you prefer an engaging driving experience. The Fusion Hybrid’s base engine has good power for city driving, and its electric and gas power transitions are smooth and virtually unnoticeable. Cabin materials are top quality, with sweeping lines and curves that make for an attractive, modern environment. Your choice comes down to the ride you want. Go with the Fusion Hybrid if you enjoy a sporty – but green – ride.

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid or 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Sonata Plug-in Hybrid are worthy competitors of the Camry Hybrid. Both Sonata Hybrid models feature nice interior space, a comfortable and calm ride, and discrete transitions from gas to electric power. Is highway driving your primary goal? The Sonata Hybrid, with a combined fuel economy rating of 44 mpg compared with the Toyota Camry Hybrid’s 38 mpg rating, is the better choice. If you drive around town a lot, look at the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid – just be aware that its electric-only range is 27 miles.

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