Posted Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017 by North Hollywood Toyota

The Toyota Prius has long been the Toyota hybrid and is often credited with making hybrid vehicles commercially viable. That’s changed, as the Prius’ success has encouraged Toyota to launch hybrid versions of its other vehicles, including the popular Camry. How does the hybrid Camry stack up to the Prius? Let’s find out.


Now available at Los Angeles Toyota dealershipsand Toyota dealers nationwide, the 2017 Toyota Prius and the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid share many features, but there are a few things that differentiate the two vehicles. Which one is right for you will depend largely on your lifestyle and budget, as both are mechanically sound, well-designed automobiles.

The biggest difference between the Camry Hybrid and the Prius is size. The Camry Hybrid is a mid-size sedan, while the Prius is a compact. That equates to more head and legroom in the Camry. For families, particularly those with car seats to haul around, the Camry may be the better pick, thanks to the extra space.

One size advantage that the Prius may have is that its back seats fold down, allowing owners to expand the cargo area to 24.6 cubic feet. The Camry Hybrid’s back seats don’t fold down, so owners have just 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space.

The Camry offers a more powerful engine than the Prius, giving it more get-up-and-go. The new Camry Hybrid is equipped with an electric motor and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that cranks out 208 horsepower. The Prius has two electric motors and a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 121 horsepower. Both vehicles are equal in fuel economy.

Both the Camry Hybrid and the Prius offer attractive cabins, but the Camry Hybrid has a slight edge. A moonroof and leather upholstery are options on the Camry Hybrid, while the Prius does not offer these features.

The new Camry Hybrid offers more standard features than the Prius. With the 2018 Camry Hybrid, consumers get a push-button start, a USB port, a 7-inch touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, Siri Eyes Free, and Bluetooth as standard equipment. On the 2017 Prius, consumers get auto climate control, a push-button start, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker audio system standard. Many of the Prius features can be upgraded but, out of the gate, the Camry Hybrid gives its buyers more.


With regard to price, the smaller Prius is the less expensive vehicle. Consumers can pick up a base level 2018 Camry Hybrid LE for $27,800, while a top-tier Camry XLE will set them back about $32,250. The base level Prius One starts at $24,685, and a top-of-the-line Touring Prius will cost about $30,015.

The Camry is great for families or drivers who want to be fuel-frugal but still want a little oomph. The Prius is great for single commuters or smaller families and couples.

To find the best deals on new Camry Hybrids and Priuses, visit North Hollywood Toyota. An established Los Angeles Toyota dealer, North Hollywood Toyota has the inventory and staff to satisfy consumers seeking a fuel-efficient, reliable automobile.