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2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid Performance Review


Performance: 8.7

The 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid returns solid fuel economy and blends a comfortable ride with peppy acceleration. It's not truly sporty, however, and its hybrid braking system is not as smooth as what you'll find in some other hybrids.

  • "Better yet, the hybrid gets 47 mpg overall, bettering all other midsize hybrid sedans. It is also quieter and has a smoother power delivery than the conventional car without losing any oomph in acceleration." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Toyota's engineers claim the hybrid is actually the best Camry to drive, thanks to its battery placement under the back seat (and therefore between the axles) that balances the car and lowers the center of gravity." -- Autotrader (2019)
  • There's goodness in broad swaths with the Camry Hybrid, but some areas have yet to be conquered. Power and hybrid performance are smooth and plentiful, but its brakes and economy-focused tires spoil the party." -- Edmunds (2019)

Acceleration and Power

The Toyota Camry Hybrid comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combine to produce 208 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard.

Acceleration is generally swift and strong, and the powertrain operates smoothly and quietly. The Camry Hybrid LE gets an EPA-estimated 51 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway, which are decent figures for the hybrid and electric car class. Other Camry Hybrid trims return 44 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway.

  • "The hybrid model has a quieter powertrain than the conventional version whose engine has a pronounced groan at high rpms. The electric motor is nearly transparent in the hybrid and complements the engine well." -- Consumer Reports
  • "In most situations, you'd be hard-pressed to tell this Camry is a hybrid. The gasoline engine is quiet and quick to rev, and the CVT automatic blends electric and gasoline power with ease and efficiency." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • A brief drive in a Hybrid showed it to be a little less energetic in a full-throttle start than either of its gas brothers, but it responded well to throttle inputs at speed-though the results didn't always come seamlessly." -- Consumer Guide (2018)

Handling and Braking

The Camry Hybrid delivers a comfortable, pampering ride, and its steering is light and easy. However, there's little feedback from the road, keeping the car from feeling very sporty. Additionally, this hybrid's regenerative brakes can take some getting used to.

  • The Camry feels taut, but doesn’t compromise the comfortable manners for which it’s known. Compared to the Honda Accord, the Camry still isn’t quite as nimble, but it’s close. And as it’s long been, we think the Camry is slightly more comfortable and compliant than its Honda archrival." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The hybrid … took longer to stop and had a slightly grabby brake feel at low speeds." -- Consumer Reports
  • The steering is accurate, and the ratio is quick enough to make low-speed maneuvers a breeze. But there's an overabundance of power assist, so the steering is light and gives you little feel of the road." -- Edmunds (2019)
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