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2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.3

The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid features a well-built interior. There are high-quality materials throughout, and even the lower trims look and feel nice. The seats are comfortable and generally roomy, and there are plenty of user-friendly tech features. The trunk is also larger than those in many hybrids thanks to the battery’s new location under the rear seat.

  • "There's really not much of an aesthetic or quality gap between the volume-selling LE trim and the higher-lux XLE. … the LE still possesses the same genuinely attractive new look complete with soft-touch and nicely-textured surfaces, handsome stitched faux leather accents and a tasteful bank of wood-look trim (the SE's get metal look). The result is a cabin that, if not class-leading, is certainly in the top three." -- Autotrader
  • "But wait, there's more: The redesigned interior has higher-quality pieces all around and very comfortable redesigned seats." -- Cars.com
  • "The quality of materials is way up, with the old car's disjointed hard plastic surfaces and ridiculous stitched rubber dash top replaced by a more appealing, driver-focused design with softer, more nicely textured surfaces everywhere. The stitched stuff on the dash is now a more convincing simulated leather, the cloth and SofTex vinyl upholstery has a greatly improved look and feel, and the gloss black trim around the also-improved switchgear looks suitably lux. And perhaps the best part is that the visual and quality differences between the LE and supposedly ritzier XLE are pretty much restricted to extra equipment and seat upholstery. You're not missing that much." -- Autoblog

Seating

The Camry Hybrid seats five people. Cloth upholstery, heated front seats, and power-adjustable front seats come standard. Synthetic and real leather upholstery are available. The cabin stays quiet, even at highway speeds, and driver visibility is good thanks to thin roof pillars.

There’s a good amount of space for occupants of both rows of seats. The front seats are supportive, but taller drivers will probably want a little more headroom. The rear seats have more legroom than many other cars in the class. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The middle seat has a tether anchor but no lower anchors.

  • "The nearly two-inch-longer wheelbase helps preserve interior roominess, including generous rear-seat legroom and knee clearance, even as engineers lowered the roof and the seating position. They also lowered the hood and the beltline to avoid the feeling of sitting in the bottom of a barrel." -- Car and Driver
  • "Space remains excellent as well, although the lower roof might make it seem a tad squished for taller folks. If anything, Toyota could've lowered the seating position further, but then that might've been too much of a deviation from the norm for those used to successive Camry generations." -- Autotrader
  • "Per usual, the Camry has endless sheets of sound-deadening material to permit easy conversation at highway speeds—until those rare moments in a Camry when wide-open throttle is called for." -- Motor Trend

Interior Features

Standard features in the Camry Hybrid include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a USB port, and the Entune infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free, and Bluetooth. Standard active safety features include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, and the Toyota Safety Sense suite, which includes a pre-collision warning, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning.

Available features include a moonroof, two additional USB ports, wireless smartphone charging, HD Radio, satellite radio, a nine-speaker JBL audio system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, and an upgraded Entune system with an 8-inch touch screen and the Entune App Suite. Available driver assistance features include a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a surround-view camera.

Toyota’s Entune infotainment system is one of the most user-friendly systems on the market. It takes little time to master, and the touch screen responds to inputs better than it did in previous Camry models. There are also physical controls for some functions, so you’re not beholden to the touch screen for everything.

The Camry Hybrid also has plenty of active safety features, and some that are standard in this Toyota, like forward collision warning and lane departure warning, are optional or unavailable in some class rivals.

The Camry Hybrid does have a few shortcomings in the tech department. Most notable is the absence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. These features are available in many competitors (and standard in some), but you’ll have to do without them in the Camry Hybrid.

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  • Toyota's Entune system, which combines stereo, hands-free phone and, optionally, navigation, has always been simple, making it easy to use but not quite as feature-laden as other infotainment systems. It's disappointing that the new Entune system still doesn't have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, but Toyota fills that void with its own App Suite, integrating useful third-party apps. Simply install the Entune app on your Android or iOS smartphone, connect your phone to Entune and you have access to real-time traffic and weather as well as apps like Pandora, Slacker and, new for this year, NPR One." -- CNET
  • "A 7-inch touch screen is standard, and an 8-inch version is optional (but isn't available in the base version). Controls are easy to use, and we appreciate the knobs for audio volume and tuning placed on the driver's side." -- Consumer Reports
  • "There'll be no complaints regarding the features list, which is bolstered for 2018 with standard forward collision warning and automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and LED headlights. That equipment is optional on other family sedans and was previously restricted to the uppermost Camry trim." -- Autotrader

Cargo

The Camry Hybrid provides 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is the same amount as the nonhybrid Camry. Unlike most hybrids, the 2018 Camry Hybrid’s battery doesn’t eat into your cargo space because the battery rests underneath the back seat, not in the trunk. A split-folding rear seat comes standard, which allows for extra cargo room when you’re carrying larger items.

The Camry Hybrid’s trunk features a wide opening, but the hinges for the lid dip into the load space somewhat. You may also have trouble loading some longer items because even though the rear seats fold, they aren’t level with the trunk floor when folded down.

  • "Either battery pack, however, is now located under the back seat. This allows the Hybrid to have the same 15.1 cu ft. trunk as the non-hybrid and moves the car's center of gravity lower and toward the middle of the car." -- Autotrader
  • The trunk is wide at the rear and quite roomy, and though the trunklid opens wide to create a large opening, its sickle-shaped hinges dip into the load space a bit. Also, the folded rear seat backs rest about seven inches above the level of the trunk floor, making it tougher to slide long items forward." -- Consumer Guide

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