2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Fuel-Sipping Commuter. Refined, comfortable hybrid sedan.

  • Likes
  • Fuel economy
  • ride
  • quietness
  • features
  • Dislikes
  • Handling and steering
  • turning circle
  • interior materials

The 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid is one of GAYOT's Top 10 Hybrid Cars

For 2015 the Toyota Camry, long the best-selling midsize car in America, gets new sheet metal, a revised interior, and new suspension tuning, plus an ad campaign that markets it as the "Bold New Camry." A roomy, comfortable car — bold or not — the Camry Hybrid serves as the eco-friendly offering in the Toyota mainstream sedan line. It aims to achieve a golden mean of sorts for workaday commuters, and to that end it employs a lot of advanced technology in pursuit of the ideal normal. Compared to hybrids like the Prius or Prius c, the 2015 Camry Hybrid XLE has more of a classic sedan feel. The driving dynamics, dash layout and ergonomics all offer an easy sense of familiarity. Plus, compared to a non-hybrid Camry, our gas/electric test vehicle did return significantly better gas mileage. It is also quicker than the base model 4-cylinder Camry, needing only 7.6 seconds to reach 60 mph, according to manufacturer estimates.

Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive is a well-developed bit of tech by now, and its operation in the Camry Hybrid is very refined. In motion, the switch from electric to gas propulsion is seamless and low-speed passing power is almost always on-hand. The CVT-like planetary gear set keeps the powertrain mostly quiet except for a distant hum under acceleration. The brakes, as in most hybrids, are a little grabby. Stopping power is adequate but there is plenty of nosedive under hard braking.

As far as handling goes, the 2015 Camry Hybrid XLE model we tested was still a softly-sprung, unsporty sedan, though not as floaty as a previous-generation Camry. Steering feel is also much improved, with the helm giving vague but continuous hints of what might be going on with the front tires, instead of saying nothing at all. It must be noted, however, that the Camry Hybrid, especially in the luxe-minded XLE trim, was never designed as a canyon-carving sports car, so a suspension biased toward ride comfort is par for the course. Where this car really shines is in the daily slog. With its spacious cabin, excellent stereo and mobile device interface, and ability to go up to about 27 mph on electric power alone, the Camry Hybrid takes some of the sting out of traffic jams. So, as you cruise along in silent contentment, wasting little gas and listening to music or making hands-free calls, using the dynamic radar cruise control (which came on our tester as part of a $1,490 tech package), spare a moment to contemplate just how much thought and engineering went into this comfortably familiar sedan.

Warranty/Service: 3-year/ 36,000-mile basic warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, 8-year/100,000-mile battery and hybrid components warranty, 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty

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Specs

Base Price: $29,980

As Tested: $29,980

  • 40 / 38 mpg
  • EPA
  • 7.6 sec
  • 0-60
  • 200 hp
  • Horsepower
  • Engine: 2.5-liter inline-4 hybrid
  • Horsepower: 200 hp
  • Torque: 200
  • Transmission: CVT
  • Curb Weight: 3,585 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 109.3 in
  • Length: 190.9 in
  • Width: 71.7 in
  • Height: 57.9 in
  • Turning circle: 36.7 ft
  • Brakes: Front vented disc/rear solid disc, ABS
  • Suspension: MacPherson strut front/multilink rear
  • Traction: Traction and Stability Control standard
  • 0-60 mph: 7.6 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 126 ft.
  • EPA City: 40 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 38 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 40 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: IIHS: G,G,G,G,G

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