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2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid finishes near the top of our midsize car rankings because of its strong safety and predicted reliability ratings, spacious interior, and impressive driving dynamics.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Solid driving dynamics
  • Great safety and predicted reliability ratings
  • Ample second-row legroom
  • Inconsistent transmission response
  • Rivals have more tech features

Rankings & Awards

The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Affordable Midsize Cars category. It was the winner of our 2018 Best New Cars for Teens award. Currently the Toyota Camry Hybrid has a score of 8.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 25 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 8.7
Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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Is the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid a Good Used Car?

Yes, the Toyota Camry Hybrid is a great used car. It boasts a strong blend of fun and efficiency. It gets among the highest fuel economy estimates in the midsize car class while also delivering swift acceleration and lively handling. Quite frankly, it's the total package. 

There are many reasons to buy a 2018 Camry Hybrid:

  • 50+ mpg fuel economy rating
  • Peppy hybrid powertrain
  • Composed ride and handling
  • Spacious second-row legroom
  • Long list of driver assistance and infotainment features
  • Exceptional safety score
  • Good predicted reliability rating

There are some weaknesses, however:

  • Doesn't offer Android Auto or Apple CarPlay
  • Sluggish transmission performance
Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 25 Toyota Camry Hybrid reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars since 2007, and our team has decades of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

We currently do not have pricing information for the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid. However, you can view listings of the 2018 Camry Hybrid for sale on our site.

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How Much Does the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid Cost to Own?

The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $20,100, or around $4,020 per year. That’s below average for a midsize car.

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

The Toyota Camry Hybrid gains standard Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility for 2019, along with a Wi-Fi hot spot. This is the first time CarPlay and Alexa are available in the Camry, so if those features are must-haves, buying new is your only choice. If you can live without the extra connectivity, consider an otherwise identical used 2018 Camry Hybrid. Sticking with a used model will likely save you thousands of dollars compared to a new model.

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Toyota fully redesigned the Camry and Camry Hybrid for the 2018 model year, and it's a vast improvement over the previous generation. The 2018 Camry Hybrid got an 8-horsepower bump, better driving dynamics, and improved fuel economy over the previous-generation model.

The Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assistance technology comes standard in the 2018 Camry Hybrid, while these features were only available in the top trim of the 2017 Camry Hybrid. Additionally, the repositioned battery pack increases the 2018 Camry Hybrid's trunk space, giving it the same cargo volume as the nonhybrid Camry.

You can probably save a lot of money by shopping for an older Camry Hybrid, but you'll miss out on all the benefits of the redesign.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The Toyota Camry Hybrid has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid Recalls

As of this writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid.

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Which Used Toyota Camry Hybrid Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid comes in three trims: LE, SE, and XLE. All models have the same hybrid powertrain, a continuously variable automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive.

The base model is well-equipped, with heated front seats, an infotainment system, and several active safety features. Moving up to the SE model only adds synthetic leather upholstery, while the XLE comes with genuine leather, two more USB ports, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Some features are not standard, regardless of trim level, including an 8-inch touch screen, wireless device charging, satellite radio, and a moonroof. You'll also have to find loaded XLE models if you want features like a premium stereo, a surround-view parking camera, or adaptive headlights.

  • Toyota Camry Hybrid LE: The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE comes standard with cloth upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a six-speaker stereo, smartphone app-linked navigation, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. Models with the Audio package have wireless device charging, integrated navigation, an 8-inch touch screen, HD Radio, and satellite radio. Other available features include a moonroof, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid SE: The Camry Hybrid SE adds synthetic leather upholstery as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. It has the same available features list as the base model.  
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE: The Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE has genuine leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, LED headlights and taillights, a 7-inch digital driver information display, two additional USB ports, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a head-up display. The XLE's Audio package has the same features as in lower trims, along with a nine-speaker JBL premium stereo. Available features include a moonroof, a surround-view parking camera, and adaptive headlights. 

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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. Mazda, Hyundai, and Honda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Camry Hybrid?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid an overall rating of five out of five stars, with a five stars in the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests.  

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • adaptive cruise control
  • automatic high beams
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist
  • forward collision warning
  • pedestrian detection
  • automatic emergency braking

Available advanced safety features:

  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • adaptive headlights
  • head-up display
  • surround-view parking camera

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2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid or 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid?

The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid finishes just behind the Camry Hybrid in our rankings. Both cars were fully redesigned for 2018, and both have commendable safety and predicted reliability ratings. The Camry Hybrid gets a little better fuel economy than the Accord Hybrid, but in reality, you would spend about the same amount of money per year on gas with either car. Many critics say the Toyota is also a little more fun to drive than the Honda. Both cars have a spacious second row, though the Accord Hybrid serves up a couple more cubic feet of trunk space. These rivals have comparable lists of standard and available features, but unlike the Camry, the Accord offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Choosing between these two might come down to your personal preferences and the prices you find. Both are great hybrids that are worthy of consideration.

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid or 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid ranks in the top half of the midsize car class, but the Camry Hybrid beats it in nearly all areas. The Fusion Hybrid has few standard features, with no fully fledged infotainment system or driver assistance features besides a rearview camera in the base trim. You'll get more trunk space and better fuel economy with the Camry Hybrid. The Toyota's stronger engine makes merging and passing at higher speeds easier than in the sometimes-underpowered Ford. Add in the Camry Hybrid's slightly better safety and predicted reliability ratings, and it’s clear that the Toyota is the better choice.

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2018 Camry Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid Drive?

With over 200 horsepower, the 2018 Camry Hybrid is one of the most powerful hybrid sedans available. It delivers swift acceleration in most driving situations, but the standard continuously variable automatic transmission can be slow to respond at times. The Camry Hybrid strikes a nice balance of handling engagement and a ride comfort. It can handle turns with a little bit of enthusiasm, and its smooth ride makes it a great commuter car. 

  • Base engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor with a combined 208 horsepower
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Does the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 Camry Hybrid has the best fuel economy in its class, even beating out other hybrid rivals.

  • LE trim: 51/53 mpg city/highway
  • SE and XLE trim: 44/47 mpg

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2018 Camry Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Camry Hybrid Seat?

The 2018 Camry Hybrid seats five people in two rows. The front seats might be a little short on headroom for taller drivers, but outward visibility is great thanks to the thin roof pillars. The Camry Hybrid's back seat also affords plenty of legroom.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat

Available seating features:

  • synthetic or genuine leather upholstery
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The 2018 Camry Hybrid has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats. The middle seat has a dedicated tether anchor, and it can borrow a lower anchor from either outboard seat. However, doing so prevents you from using a car seat on that side.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the highest rating of Good for ease of use. All of the anchors are easy to locate and attach car-seat straps to.

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid Features

Toyota's Entune infotainment system is straightforward and easy to use. The touch screen is responsive, and physical controls flank the screen for common functions like audio volume, tuning, and climate adjustments. Despite its lengthy list of tech features, the Camry Hybrid still doesn’t offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone integration, which can be found in several other cars in the class.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo, and smartphone app-linked navigation
  • Available infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, HD Radio, satellite radio, two additional USB ports, a nine-speaker JBL premium stereo, wireless device charging, and integrated navigation
  • Additional standard features: proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Other available features: a moonroof and a 7-inch digital driver information display

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2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid Dimensions

Toyota Camry Hybrid Cargo Space

The 2018 Toyota Camry has 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for a midsize car. These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet
  • Curb weight: 3,472 to 3,571 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid Built?

Toyota built the Camry Hybrid in Kentucky.

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