2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE Review: Can It Compete With Honda and Hyundai?
Thanks to low gas prices and the growing demand for SUVs, mid-size hybrid sedans are not the most popular vehicles on the market today. However, these cars deserve a second look because they have spacious interiors and excellent fuel economy. The 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE is no exception, offering buyers an alternative to the ubiquitous Prius. But is it worth the money? Check out our thoughts below.
Is it effective?
In a word, yes. The Camry Hybrid is much more efficient than the regular Camry, which is rated at 29/41/34 mpg. On the base LE version, the Camry hybrid comes out on top at 51/53/52 mpg. If you opt for the SE or the XLE, these figures drop slightly to 44/47/46 mpg (the Gasser XLE gets the 27/38/31).
It’s a similar story for the redesigned Hyundai Sonata hybrid, which is rated at 50/54/52 mpg on the base model and 45/51/47 mpg on the other versions. Meanwhile, each Honda Accord hybrid gets 48/47/48 mpg regardless of the configuration.
Is it fun to drive?
If you’re looking for a sport sedan, the Camry Hybrid is probably not your automotive soul mate. It suffers from a lackluster direction compared to its competitors like the Sonata hybrid and the Accord hybrid. Although it accelerates smoothly from a stop, the Camry Hybrid is not particularly fast.
Under the sheet metal, a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor work together to produce 208 horsepower. Most buyers will find this powertrain sufficient for city and highway driving, but the Accord Hybrid is more dynamic and generally more fun to drive.
Braking is even more important than acceleration. Fortunately, the Camry Hybrid does not suffer from the spongy braking feeling that many hybrids have. The brakes bite as hard as expected with firm pressure on the pedal.
We appreciate the laid back handling of the Camry Hybrid, which testifies to its comfort oriented personality. The suspension of our XLE tester eliminates bumps and potholes on the road so they are never too sharp and disturbing. That said, competitors like the Accord Hybrid are buttery sweet. The Sonata Hybrid is also calm and quiet. Both are more engaging than the Camry.
How is the interior?
With leather seats, brown stitching and a unique wooden trim, our XLE tester has a pleasant interior. Although Toyota did not use the softest materials, it avoided cheap-looking plastics. If we had to sum up the interior in one word, we would say “logical”. In the center of the cabin is a touch screen that integrates with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Simple menus make the screen easy to use and the surrounding buttons are arranged in an organized fashion. Likewise, the lower center console area remains free of additional buttons, and the shift lever and cup holders are positioned so that the driver can easily access them.
Options such as ventilated front seats and a 360-degree camera make the interior more comfortable. But even on a high-end model like our tester, the interior is not luxurious. If you’re looking for a high-tech cabin, the Sonata Hybrid can be a good choice as it offers a larger touchscreen and a huge group of 12.3-inch digital instruments.
Most people will find that there is plenty of room inside the cabin. The rear passengers have 38.0 inches of legroom, which is more than what is offered in the Sonata Hybrid (34.8 inches) but less than in the Accord Hybrid (40.4 inches). The Camry Hybrid follows the two competitors in terms of cargo space. It has 15.1 cubic feet, compared to 16.0 cubic feet for the Sonata hybrid and 16.7 for the Accord hybrid.
Is it safe?
Like its main competitors, the Toyota Camry Hybrid has obtained excellent safety ratings. It received five stars in all areas in government crash tests, which include front, side and rollover tests. During this time, the Camry range performed well in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, obtaining “good” scores in all accident categories. The available adaptive headlights from the Camry Hybrid XLE were rated “good” during the difficult headlight test.
How much does it cost?
The 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid starts at $ 29,385, which makes it more expensive than its rivals in its basic configuration. The 2020 Accord Hybrid starts at $ 26,575, while the Sonata Hybrid costs $ 28,725.
The SE version, with a “sport” suspension and other improvements, costs $ 31,085. At the top of the spectrum is the XLE, which costs $ 33,685. When fully loaded with options like our tester, the Camry Hybrid XLE costs more than $ 39,000.
Should you buy one?
There’s a lot to like about the Camry Hybrid. With a comfortable interior, it offers excellent safety scores, and especially if you opt for the base model, first-class fuel economy. However, we cannot say that this sedan is our first choice. The rivals offer similar functionality but are more engaging to drive.
|2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE|
|STARTING PRICE||$ 33,685|
|DISPOSITION||Front engine, front wheel drive, 5 passages, 4-door sedan|
|ENGINE||2.5 L / 176 hp / 163 lb-ft electric motors plus 118 hp / 149 lb-ft; 208 hp combined|
|TRANSMISSION||Cont variable auto|
|EDGE WEIGHT||3700 lb (MT is)|
|L x W x H||192.1 x 72.4 x 56.9 inches|
|0-60 MPH||7.5 s (MT is)|
|EPA FUEL ECON||44/47/46 mpg|
|ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY / HIGHWAY||77/72 kW-h / 100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.43 lb / mile|
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