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2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

The 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid ranks near the top of the midsize car class. In addition to its class-leading predicted reliability score and smooth ride, its spacious interior can accommodate five adults comfortably.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding predicted reliability rating
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Comfortable ride
  • Spacious cabin
  • Less fuel-efficient than some hybrids

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Midsize Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2017 Best Hybrid Car for the Money award and a finalist for our 2017 Best Midsize 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 42 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid Overview

Is the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The Toyota Camry Hybrid is more than a good car. It’s a great car. The Camry Hybrid delivers startlingly quick acceleration for a hybrid. Its soft suspension helps you cruise over bumps and holes in the pavement, and it has one of the most spacious cabins among midsize cars. Its infotainment system is simple and user-friendly. On top of that, the Camry Hybrid has below-average five-year projected ownership costs and a perfect predicted reliability rating.

Why You Can Trust Us

We analyzed 42 different data points, including safety scores, reliability ratings, and other professional reviews, to inform our comprehensive 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid review. We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. We're consumer-driven, so our reviews are straight to the point to help you find the best car when you're ready to buy.

The Best Cars staff has 75 years' combined experience working and writing in the automotive sector, and we've been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. Our reviews are data-driven and impartial. We don't accept expensive gifts or pricey trips from automakers, and the ads you see on our site are placed by an outside partner.

How Much Is the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

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How Much Does the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid Cost to Own?

Expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs on the Toyota Camry Hybrid are estimated to cost around $21,000 over five years. That’s below average for the midsize car class as a whole, but higher than the five-year costs of other hybrids. For example, the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu should cost around $23,200 for those same expenses over five years, while the Kia Optima Hybrid is expected to cost around $19,700.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Camry Hybrid?

Toyota fully redesigned the Camry Hybrid for 2018. The new model gains slightly improved horsepower and fuel economy, a retuned suspension, new exterior and interior styling, and a larger touch-screen infotainment system. Several new standard safety features were also added with Toyota Safety Sense, including forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. Starting just shy of $28,000, a new Camry Hybrid will likely cost more than a 2017 model. However, for most shoppers, these updates will justify the higher price.

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No new midsize cars can compete with the average price of a 2017 Camry ($17,800), so the same is likely true for its hybrid counterpart. However, there are some compact cars you might want to consider. The 2018 Kia Soul starts at around $16,200. It can’t match the Camry Hybrid’s fuel economy, but it does match its perfect predicted reliability rating and wins out in both safety scores and cargo space. The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze ($16,975) comes standard with features you won’t find in the 2017 Camry Hybrid, such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Further, its diesel engine manages to outshine the Camry Hybrid’s on the highway.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Camry Hybrid Is Best?

The 2017 Camry Hybrid concluded a generation that launched for the 2012 model year. Toyota made no major changes to the 2016 or 2017 Camry Hybrids, so you may want to opt for a 2015 model to save money. That model gained new exterior and interior styling, as well as new available safety features like forward collision warning and lane departure warning.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid earned a perfect predicted reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power. Among midsize cars, only the nonhybrid Camry matches that rating.

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2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid Recalls

As of this writing, one recall has been issued for the 2017 Camry Hybrid. The spare tire’s air pressure may not be adjusted properly. Before buying this car, make sure this issue has been addressed if applicable.

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Which Used Toyota Camry Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

Toyota offers the Camry Hybrid in three trims: LE, SE, and XLE. Most shoppers will be satisfied with the base LE. Aside from offering the best fuel economy of the lot, it comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control, proximity key entry, push-button start, a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, hands-free voice phone command controls, and a 6.1-inch touch-screen display with Toyota’s Entune interface. The SE trim adds alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, and leatherette upholstery. The top-of-the-line XLE comes with leather seats, heated front seats, qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging, and Entune Audio plus, which adds satellite radio, a 10-speaker stereo, and navigation. It’s also the only trim available with several of Toyota’s advanced safety features.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Hyundai and Kia both have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Camry Hybrid?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Camry Hybrid five out of five stars in side crash testing and four stars in front crash and rollover testing, for an overall five-star rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does not rate non-plug-in hybrid vehicles separately from their nonhybrid counterparts. It uses one powertrain as representative for both model types. The IIHS designated the Camry a Top Safety Pick+ and gave it a top rating of Good in five crash tests.

A rearview camera comes standard in every Camry Hybrid. Several advanced safety features are available, including adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision system, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert.

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2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid or 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid?

The Honda Accord Hybrid has a few advantages over the Camry Hybrid. It has better fuel economy, earning an extra 8 mpg combined city/highway than the Camry Hybrid. It also offers many standard technology and safety features that the base Camry Hybrid does not, such as forward collision warning and pre-collision braking. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available in the Honda, but not in the Toyota. The Camry Hybrid, however, is the better all-around car. It has a roomier interior than the Accord Hybrid, its infotainment system is easy to use, and its engine remains quiet even at highway speeds. Finally, the Camry Hybrid has a higher predicted reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid or 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid?

You can’t go wrong when choosing between the Camry Hybrid and the Malibu Hybrid. The Toyota offers a little more trunk space and a higher predicted reliability rating, but the Chevrolet comes with higher fuel economy. Braking feels grabby in the Camry Hybrid, while the Malibu’s feel more linear. The Malibu Hybrid also offers features you can’t find in the Camry Hybrid, such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. These are both excellent hybrid cars, so choose the one that best suits your preferences.

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2017 Camry Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid Drive?

The 2017 Camry Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor. Together, they produce 200 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard.

Unlike most hybrids, the Camry delivers impressively quick acceleration. It’s a great daily driver, but it also gets up to highway speeds without a hitch. The Camry Hybrid’s ride is smooth and comfortable, and this car handles corners well – particularly in the SE trim. However, the brakes are a little finicky, which is a common problem with hybrid cars.

Does the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 2017 Camry Hybrid LE earns an estimated 42 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Other hybrids earn even better estimates.

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2017 Camry Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Camry Hybrid Seat?

This midsize sedan seats five on cloth upholstery. A power-adjustable driver’s seat is standard, while heated front seats and upgraded upholsteries such as leatherette and leather are available. 

The Camry Hybrid has one of the most spacious cabins in its class. Adults will find plenty of room, even in the rear seats. The cabin is comfortable and quiet, thanks to its ample noise insulation. Abundant plastics in the base LE trim make it feel cheap, but higher trim levels feature much nicer materials.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The Camry has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats on the rear outboard seats, as well as an additional tether anchor for the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Camry’s LATCH system an Acceptable rating, the second highest, for ease of use.

2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid Features

Standard features in every Toyota Camry Hybrid include dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, proximity key entry, push-button start, a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, voice recognition, and a 6.1-inch touch-screen display. Available features include qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging, a larger touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, a JBL stereo, a moonroof, navigation, and numerous advanced safety features. 

The infotainment system in this hybrid – both in the base model and in higher trims – is user-friendly. It responds quickly to inputs, and straightforward audio and climate control buttons on the dashboard allow for easy access while driving.

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2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid Dimensions

Toyota Camry Hybrid Cargo Space

The Camry Hybrid offers 13.1 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s below average among midsize cars, though a slim pass-through area makes it possible to load longer items.

2017 Camry Hybrid Length and Weight

The 2017 Camry Hybrid is about 15.9 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,485 pounds (base LE model) to 3,585 pounds (XLE trim).

Where Was the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid Built?

Toyota assembled the 2017 Camry Hybrid in Kentucky.

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