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2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

Materials quality in the base 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE is not great, with low-rent plastic trim pieces that cheapen the appearance. Upper trims are fitted with much nicer materials. The cabin in all models is roomy, with spacious seats in both rows. All trims have easy-to-use infotainment systems and straightforward physical controls too. The Camry Hybrid has a typical amount of cargo room for a midsize hybrid, but less trunk space than average for the midsize class as a whole.

  • "The Camry has long been known for its smooth ride and quiet, roomy interior, but last year's overhaul added nicer materials and improved controls to the mix." -- Edmunds
  • "The base LE trim leaves something to be desired in both materials quality and design, with cheaper-looking soft touch materials, no accent stitching, and fake wood trim that isn't fooling anyone. Go for the SE or XLE and enjoy better materials and better-looking metallic trim." -- Motor Trend (2015)

Seating

Cloth upholstery and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat come standard in the 2017 Camry Hybrid, while leather upholstery, a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, and heated front seats are optional. Toyota did an excellent job in noise, vibration, and harshness mitigation, with plenty of insulation to keep out unpleasant road noise.

Few competitors can match the Camry Hybrid's roomy interior, which has plenty of room for five people. The seats in both rows have plenty of head- and legroom to keep even tall passengers comfortable. Some competitors, like the Ford Fusion Hybrid, have slightly less rear-seat headroom, so you should stick with the Camry Hybrid if you have tall family members or friends who will need to ride in back.

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors in the rear outboard seats, and an additional upper tether in the middle seat. The lower anchors can be hard to reach because they're tucked deep inside the bottom cushion. There is plenty of room to install a rear-facing infant seat, but it's hard to get a forward-facing child seat in the correct position because of the rear headrests.

  • "The 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid offers one of the most comfortable and roomy cabins in its class. There's plenty of headroom and legroom up front and nearly as much in back. A rear-facing child seat will fit in back with ease, but fixed rear headrests make it difficult to properly secure a front-facing child seat." -- Edmunds
  • "In all, it's a nice place to spend time, with ample passenger space, comfortable seats, and very little road or wind noise thanks to extra sound insulation." -- Motor Trend (2015)

Interior Features

The 2017 Camry Hybrid comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key, push-button start, a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, and a rearview camera.

Optional features include a power moonroof, wireless smartphone charging, an upgraded 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, navigation, the Entune App Suite, a 10-speaker JBL premium audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and Toyota's Safety Connect telematics system.

Both the standard and optional touch-screen infotainment systems are user-friendly. They have logical menus to help you find what you need quickly, and user input response times are short so you won't be distracted from the road for long periods. Neither one of the displays has especially sharp graphics, though. Some rivals like the Honda Accord Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid have larger screens.

The upgraded infotainment system comes with the Entune App Suite, which gives you access to internet apps like Pandora, Slacker Radio, and OpenTable. The infotainment system has to use your smartphone's data connection, though, so you'll have to connect your smartphone to the infotainment system via Bluetooth. Chevrolet takes smartphone integration a step further in the Malibu Hybrid, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which let you use some of your smartphone's apps on the infotainment screen. The Malibu Hybrid also comes with a Wi-Fi hot spot to connect all your mobile devices to the internet.

Changing climate and audio controls is easy thanks to large physical buttons and knobs on the center stack. You can simply reach over and twist a knob to change the temperature without looking away from traffic.

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  • "On the electronics front, the LE and SE get a standard 6.1-inch version of Toyota's Entune touchscreen infotainment system, with an upgraded 7-inch touchscreen standard on the XLE. The graphics aren't as crisp as the segment's best, but like the Camry Hybrid's other control interfaces, these screens are straightforward and easy to use." -- Edmunds
  • "While other cars like the Honda Accord put an emphasis on touch-screen controls for audio and climate functions, the Camry sticks with knobs and buttons. They may look less digital, but in reality they are far easier to use, which we'll take any day." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The standard Entune audio, information, and (optional) navigation system is simple and intuitive to use, and the touchscreen responds instantly to your inputs." -- Motor Trend (2015)

Cargo

Because carmakers have to squeeze in the bulky battery packs, hybrid midsize cars usually lose some trunk space compared to their gas-only siblings. The Camry Hybrid has 13.1 cubic feet of cargo volume in the trunk, compared to the Camry's 15.4 cubic feet. The Camry Hybrid's trunk is smaller than average for the midsize class as a whole, but it's on par for a midsize hybrid.

You can get more room in the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid's trunks. However, the Accord Hybrid's rear seatback is a fixed piece, while the Camry Hybrid's can be folded down to give you more room. The Camry Hybrid also has a pass-through opening for long objects like skis, giving you a bit more versatility while still having two of the rear seats available for passengers.

  • "The Camry has good room for passengers up front and in back, and the trunk has a sizable 15.4 cubic feet of space. The trunk of Camry Hybrid models is a couple cubic feet smaller, but unlike the Honda Accord Hybrid, its rear seat folds." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Trunk space is respectable at 13.1 cubic feet, although that's 2.3 fewer cubic feet than the non-hybrid Camry. The rear seatback folds down for added cargo capacity." -- Edmunds

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