2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE Essentials: Point A to indicate B, economically

What is it: The Camry Hybrid is a midsize sedan with gas/electric hybrid record to make it some-more fuel-efficient, from a association famous for its green travel cred. The XLE indication is a tip trim turn available, above LE and SE, and shows a standing with 18-inch chrome aluminum wheels, a lead front grille, and full LED conduct and taillights. However, a LE, both lighter and with narrower tires, achieves improved fuel economy.

Key Competitors: Ford Fusion Hybrid, Honda Accord Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Base Price: $33,145 As Tested Price: $37,363

Full Review: 2018 Toyota Camry initial drive

Highlights: New for 2018, a Camry is built on Toyota’s plan of singular platforms opposite a world. They call it TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture); a Camry’s is a GA-K platform. Styling is new too, permitting a Camry to step out of a pristine vanilla shell. The Hybrid LE achieves 52 mpg combined, though this heavier XLE trim turn manages only 44 city, 47 highway, 46 combined.

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Our Opinion: The Camry really looks new. Some find it overwrought, generally a front grille, though we privately consider it’s a good depart from a tasteless styling used in a past. Sedans opposite a house are struggling as SUVs arise in prominence, so even a best-selling one needs to be a bit some-more confidant and try new things.

Powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four with assistance from a permanent magnet electric engine and nickel-metal-hydride battery container (LE embellished models use a lithium-ion battery), sum energy is an adequate 208 hp. Power transfers by a invariably non-static delivery and on to a front wheels. Requests for energy from your right feet are met in a reasonable time — not as gratifying as a improved automatics these days, notwithstanding sanctimonious to be a six-speed involuntary with a console-mounted shifter.

I could go on about a miss of motorist engagement, though truthfully, in a context of a midsize sedan hybrid, it’s damn decent. Actually, we found it better than a nonhybrid Camry. Perhaps a battery container obscure a core of sobriety a tad creates a difference. It’s atmospheric and gentle inside, and a switchgear is easy to find and operate. As an A-to-B commuter, it creates a lot of sense.  

Robin Warner

Robin Warner

– Robin Warner is Editorial Manager during Autoweek. He once attempted and unsuccessful to turn a veteran competition automobile driver, though succeeded in training about debt government and carrying a story to tell. A former engineer, Warner loves cars for their record and capability.

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On Sale: Now

Base Price: $33,145

As Tested Price: $37,363

Powertrain: 2.5-liter inline-4, electric motor, CVT, FWD

Output: 208 hp

Fuel Economy: 44/47/46 mpg(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)

Pros: Fuel economy and styling that veers off a tasteless trail

Cons: A lot of people cite a tasteless trail

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