High fuel economy is the main reason for choosing a hybrid vehicle, and the redesigned Camry Hybrid this year makes it more efficient than ever. All Camry Hybrids get the latest version of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with an electric motor. Various tweaks bring improvements in fuel economy and increased power. The base LE model now gets 52 mpg combined, which is just as impressive as you get from the Toyota Prius. The sporty SE and XLE models are rated at 46 mpg combined.
There’s a new stylish exterior look and some tech updates. The new 7-inch touchscreen from the Entune Toyota interface and advanced driver safety aids, such as forward collision mitigation and adaptive cruise control, which are now standard features. Furthermore, the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid also gets a new suspension, which means a smoother ride on city streets, a plus for the city-friendly sedan.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid is a ford-door midsize sedan offered in three trim levels: base LE, SE and XLE.
The base LE standard features include keyless entry and ignition, 16-inch steel wheels, automatic LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, lane departure warning and mitigation, forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar adjustment, Toyota’s Entune Audio interface with a 7-inch touchscreen display, voice controls, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.
The SE adds sport-themed styling details, 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with shift paddles and simulated leather upholstery.
The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE gets all of the LE equipment plus unique 18-inch alloy wheels, heated exterior mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a head-up driver display, a power-adjustable passenger seat, leather upholstery, wireless smartphone charging, two extra USB ports and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
Entune Audio Plus is optional on all trim and adds Toyota Safety Connect, wireless smartphone charging, a smartphone-based navigation app, an 8-inch touchscreen, a 4G LTE connection with a Wi-Fi hotspot and a nine-speaker audio system with HD radio and satellite radio.
The 2018 Toyota Camry LE and SE can be equipped with the blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert, while the XLE is eligible to a top-down parking camera system and automatic high-beam headlights. All trim can be had with a sunroof.
All the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid are powered by a new direct and port-injected 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor to generates a total of 208 horsepower. Front wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard. The base LE trim uses a lighter and more energy-efficient lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack, while the SE and XLE hybrids use a nickel metal hydride battery.
EPA fuel economy ratings for the base LE is impressive with 51 mpg combined (51 city/53 highway). The sportier SE and luxury XLE models rated at 44 mpg combined (44 city/47 highway).
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid is on sale now. Official price starts at $28,685 for the LE, $30,385 for SE and $31,135 for the XLE model. In this price range, key competitors include the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Honda Accord Hybrid and the Kia Optima Hybrid.