2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid - why change a good thing?

2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Toyota re-vamped the Camry Hybrid last year to great effect. The whole of the Camry line was redone and for this year, the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid remains largely the same. Which is a good thing. As the nation’s best-selling hybrid option for a car, the midsize Camry Hybrid continues to deliver everything consumers seem to want.

The manufacturer says

Demands respect at every corner.

Specs:

  • Manufacturer: Toyota
  • Year, Model: 2016 Camry Hybrid XLE
  • Class, Type: Midsize hybrid sedan
  • Propulsion system: Gasoline-electric
  • Base Price: $27,995
  • MSRP as tested: $35,405
  • Availability: Now

Overview

The midsize sedan market is very hot with manufacturers bringing their A-game to the field. In hybrid variants, there are a surprising number of good options as well, but the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid seems to always be at the top when it comes to sales figures. It’s hard to argue with that and even harder to find fault with the Camry Hybrid, though the competition is very good.

The reinvigorated styling of the Camry last year certainly put a stop to the sales dips the best-selling car began to experience after the onslaught of new midsize offerings hit. The Camry is more aggressive, faster-paced, much better in driving dynamics, and boasts the same excellent interior and smart ergonomics it’s always had. In the Hybrid variant, a new, lower-priced variation was introduced as the Camry Hybrid SE package. The upper-crust XLE, though, is still a great buy for the package if one prefers the more upper crust amenities.

Inside, quality materials are found and comfort and space are priority. Good ergonomics are also a focus and have always been the Camry’s strong point. Add in much more engaging drive dynamics and extremely do-able fuel economy numbers and you have a winner.

The 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, electric motors and a battery pack in the tried-and-proven Hybrid Synergy Drive system Toyota has perfected. This produces 200 horsepower in all through a continuously variable transmission (CVT) in front-wheel drive. The EPA rates the XLE model at 40 mpg combined, with 40 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. In the real world, we easily achieved those numbers over a week of driving in inclement weather.

Of course, top safety ratings are also the norm for the Camry Hybrid.

What we like

Excellent design inside and out.

Good drive dynamics in all around driving.

What we don't

Some rivals are a bit better on fuel economy.

Sometimes a bit sluggish and spongy in city driving.

Conclusions

The 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid offers an excellent all-around package that’s nicely rounded to include fuel economy, roominess, comfort, and driveability. It’s exactly what Toyota aims for and why the car sells so well.

Test Period Length and Limitations
The Camry Hybrid was a manufacturer’s press loan for about a week. A total of 266 miles were put on the vehicle in varied driving conditions and inclement weather.

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