Toyota Camry vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid: More Than Just Fuel Economy

Posted Monday, Dec 18, 2017 by North Hollywood Toyota

The 2018 Toyota Camry isn’t just a sedan, and the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid isn’t just a Camry with a hybrid engine. There is a variety of small, but important differences between the two vehicles that consumers need to consider when purchasing a new vehicle.

Of course, the biggest difference between the Camry and the Camry Hybrid is fuel economy. The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid, now available at Los Angeles Toyota dealerships, gets 51 miles per gallon in the city and 53 miles per gallon on the highway. The Camry Hybrid is powered by a combined electric/gasoline motor that produces 208 horsepower.


The gasoline-powered Toyota Camry gets 28 miles per gallon in the city and 39 miles per gallon on the highway. Those are still pretty good numbers for a mid-size sedan. The Camry is powered by a four-cylinder engine. Camry buyers can also opt for a V6 that gets just 22 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway.

The 2018 Camry Hybrid also outshines the traditional Camry in terms of features offered. One neat feature offered by the hybrid but not by the traditional Camry is a surround view camera, which provides drivers with a better view of driving conditions around the vehicle.

The new Camry and the Camry Hybrid have the same amount of cargo space, which can be seen as a victory for the hybrid version. Hybrids often sacrifice trunk space in order to accommodate the large batteries they must incorporate into their design. Toyota managed to find other space for the batteries and left the Hybrid Camry with the same amount of space as its sibling,

One area where the traditional Toyota Camry outshines the Camry Hybrid is handling. The Camry was redesigned for 2018, and the redesign gave the Camry improved steering and braking. The end result is a car that takes corners better than its hybrid version, which sacrifices sharp handling for fuel economy.

Toyota has been the leader in hybrid automobiles, scoring early success with the Prius. The Japanese automaker has been developing hybrid versions of its other vehicles, introducing a hybrid version of the Camry in 2007. The automaker has continuously tweaked and upgraded the hybrid Camry with each successive model year, refining the hybrid technology and introducing features to make the vehicle more appealing to consumers.


While there are some differences between the vehicles, there are a lot more similarities. Both Camrys have excellent safety ratings and both share Toyota’s excellent track record for reliability. Consumers’ choice between the 2018 Camry and the new Camry Hybrid will boil down to their personal preferences regarding fuel economy and environmental stewardship, while factors such as tech features and driving experience may have a small impact on their decisions.

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