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2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 7.9

Most reviewers find that the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid has a silent cabin and smooth ride. According to many critics, the Camry Hybrid handles well, especially the SE trim. The automatic transmission (CVT) can be a bit noisy, according to some critics.

  • "The Camry Hybrid drives a lot like the standard Camry, and that's a good thing. It offers a smooth, comfortable ride, a roomy interior and a surprisingly noise-free experience, all with minimal intrusion from the car's hybrid system. We suspect you might not realize you're driving a hybrid until you arrive at the pump and discover how much money the Camry Hybrid is saving you." -- AutoTrader
  • "The 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid has a confident driving character. It holds the road well, especially in sport-tuned SE trim, yet the cabin remains quiet and mostly undisturbed by bumps and ruts." -- Edmunds 
  • It's no sports sedan, but it's a better car to drive than it was." -- Motor Trend (2015)
  • "Its less appealing attributes include a buzzy four-cylinder during full throttle acceleration, balanced but lackluster handling, and rather numb steering." -- Autoblog (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that generate 200 horsepower combined. A continuously variable transmission (automatic) is standard. The base Camry Hybrid LE gets an EPA-estimated 43/39 mpg city/highway, which is decent for a hybrid, while Camry SE and XLE models earn 40/38 mpg.

Test drivers find that the Camry Hybrid feels quick, especially when out and about in the city. When the car is driving at speed, reviewers say the powertrain has an unnoticeable transition between gas and electric power. However, some find that when stopped for an extended time period the car will shake a bit when the gas motor comes to life. The transmission produces a high-pitched whine under hard acceleration, some critics say, though they add that you quickly become accustomed to it.

  • The Hybrid's CVT behaves differently than the regular Camry's traditional automatic, of course, holding revs at a constant high level during full-acceleration bursts, but it's easy to get used to." -- Edmunds
  • "… Toyota says it launches to 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds - I'd consider that conservative, as it feels a bit quicker. Acceleration like that puts it easily more than a half-second quicker than its four-cylinder sibling in the same sprint. More importantly, the hybrid's power delivery is more useable around town (e.g., pulling out in traffic) when its hybrid drive system is operating in its sweet spot." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • When you're moving, the gasoline engine's engagement is smooth and seamless. If you happen to be sitting at a long red light when the gasoline engine restarts, you'll feel an unmistakable shaking in the chassis." -- Motor Trend (2015)

Handling and Braking

Some reviewers say that the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid's composed handling indicates it is moving closer to competitors in terms of sportiness. Test drivers find the SE trim’s handling especially crisp. Some auto writers comment that the brakes are grabby if pushed too hard and have spongey pedal feel. Most critics appreciate the Camry Hybrid’s overall ride quality, which they say is especially quiet and smooth over ruts and dips in the pavement.

  • "Toyota's engineers also tightened up the handling as part of the overhaul, making the sport-tuned SE the most athletic Camry Hybrid yet." -- Edmunds
  • "Toyota recalibrated the suspension and enhanced the Camry's driving characteristics, and it shows. The car is more fun than ever, taking corners with surprising ease and stability. It's not quite up to the level of the sporty Mazda6, but it's getting closer to the top of the midsize-sedan market in terms of driving pleasure." -- AutoTrader
  • "The Camry Hybrid's brakes still need improvement. They're very grabby, throwing your forward against the seat belt if you give them anything but a gentle squeeze. Once they're engaged, the pedal feel is strange and completely unrelated to the stopping power." -- Motor Trend (2015)

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