2008 Toyota Prius vs. 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid Comparison Test

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2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid Sedan

(2.4L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic)
  • 2008 Toyota Prius vs. 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid Comparison Test Video

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  • Comparison Test
  • Second Opinion
  • Top 14 Features
  • Data and Charts
  • Final Rankings and Scoring Explanation
  • 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid Specs and Performance
  • 2008 Toyota Prius Specs and Performance

Guy walks into a Toyota dealer — sounds like a joke so far, right? Not quite.

Guy walks into a Toyota dealer looking for a 2008 Toyota Prius. He's heard about hybrids for awhile now, and the Prius is one he knows by name. He vaguely recalls some celebrity bragging about taking one to the Academy Awards instead of a limo, and then there was that South Park episode, "Smug Alert" a couple of years back. And didn't Al Gore's own son make headlines for getting busted doing 100 mph in his Prius?

Something like that. Beyond the hype, Guy's never really given hybrid cars much thought, much less gone looking for one. And even though he can afford a decent-size car or SUV, the price of gasoline has him looking for fuel economy in a serious way.

And there on the showroom floor, Guy sees a 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid for almost the same amount of money as a Prius. Now what?

Better Late Than Never
A lot of late-adopters like this guy are jumping into the hybrid market, and they're finding that there's more to choose from than just several different colors of Prius. So what's the difference between the dedicated hybrid like the Prius and a more conventional car like the Camry that just happens to be a hybrid? What do you get? And what do you give up?

We know what you're thinking, so let's clear this up. We've decided to pit the 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid and the 2008 Toyota Prius against each other because each has won one of our comparison tests in its own right. The Camry Hybrid beat the Nissan Altima Hybrid and the Saturn Aura Green Line in our 2007 Hybrid Sedan Comparison Test, while the Toyota Prius bested the Honda Civic Hybrid in a 2006 shoot-out.

This shouldn't be a surprise, as Toyota takes this hybrid thing very seriously and is doing its best to own the concept in the mind of consumers. Toyota has made a formal commitment to spread hybrid technology throughout its entire lineup. Its Hybrid Synergy Drive is also a full hybrid system that has sufficient electric motor and battery capacity for extended engine-off running, which enhances both fuel savings and your impression of its magical properties.

The EPA classifies both the Prius and the Camry Hybrid as midsize cars, and the prices aren't that far apart either. This 2008 Toyota Prius is kitted out with the $4,550 No. 6 option package plus floor mats and totals $28,224. This 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid has no options but floor mats and a security system and comes in at $26,418. Sure, the Camry costs almost $2,000 less, but it doesn't have the leather seats, navigation system, Bluetooth and six-CD changer found in the well-equipped Prius.

Hyper Mileage
If we restrict our analysis to EPA fuel economy figures alone, the Prius triumphs before we ever start. Its 48 mpg city and 45 highway fuel economy (46 mpg combined) is the best you can buy from anyone right now.

The Camry Hybrid, on the other hand, is rated at 33 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. While this doesn't look impressive next to a Prius, the Camry Hybrid's 34 mpg combined rating is higher than any popular compact — higher than a 2008 Honda Civic (29 mpg), a 2009 Toyota Corolla (30 mpg) and even a 2008 Toyota Yaris (31 mpg).

But we didn't just take the EPA's word for the fuel economy of the Prius and Camry Hybrid. In two weeks of mixed driving, we rang up an average of 43.8 mpg in the Prius and 32.7 mpg in the Camry Hybrid. At that rate, driving 15,000 miles per year, the Prius uses 9.7 fewer gallons per month — a savings of $40 per month at today's pump prices.

Since hybrids make their best fuel economy in the city, where regenerative braking and low-speed conditions conducive to electric-only operation provide the big benefits, we took these cars on our own loop through the city and suburbs — a two-lap, 190-mile tour of Orange County, California. Our two drivers traded off at the halfway point to cancel out any driving style effects.

Our nominal speeds ranged from 30-55 mph, but a plethora of traffic signals kept the average down to 28 mph. The result: 51.9 mpg for the Prius and an impressive 41.8 mpg for the Camry Hybrid. And we weren't even using "hypermiler" techniques.

Low-Intensity Workout
With fuel-efficiency like this, you'd figure that performance would suffer. And you'd be mostly right.

Neither the Prius nor the Camry Hybrid feels like a slug in town, as the stout nature of torque from an electric motor at low rpm gets each up to 30 mph in about 3.5 seconds. But getting to 60 mph and beyond involves the gas engine, and here the 76-horsepower 1.5-liter inline-4 of the Prius compromises its acceleration. Once you factor in the 33 hp output of the battery pack (which determines the total power available — not the theoretical output of the electric motor), you have 109 hp, so getting to 60 mph eats up 10.4 seconds and makes short-ramp freeway merges more entertaining than you might prefer.

The Camry's Atkinson-cycle engine is also tuned for efficiency, but it makes 147 hp from its 2.4-liter inline-4. Additional boost from the electric motor brings the net total to 187 horses, so the Camry Hybrid trots to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds, which feels normal instead of slow.

But you must (or should) also remember that a hybrid powertrain also affects performance in other ways. Driving with the engine off requires electric power steering, so neither the Prius nor the Camry Hybrid has great steering feel, nor communicates very much about the car's dynamics to the driver.

Meanwhile, both cars needed about 6 feet more than their non-hybrid counterparts to stop from 60 mph, as the Prius used 128 feet and the Camry Hybrid required 134 feet. (We're not sure if heavier weight or low-rolling-resistance tires is the true culprit.) Low-intensity stops around town in both cars were accompanied by a distinctive whine from the regenerative braking system, and the transition from regen braking to mechanical braking also was noticeable, especially in the Prius.

Both these cars have stability control (it comes standard on the Camry Hybrid but is optional on the Prius), and though the threshold of intervention is relatively low for the Camry, it still manages a respectable 0.75g of lateral grip. The intervention of the stability control in the Prius seems erratic — perhaps because the system is modulating through rear drum brakes instead of the Camry's standard rear discs — and the Prius chalks up just 0.71g around the skid pad.

In the real world, neither the Prius nor the Camry Hybrid is very inspiring to drive, but both feel competent and secure in daily use. The Camry Hybrid's ride is definitely the quieter and softer of the two, although perhaps a little too soft and buoyant in the estimation of some of us because of insufficient damping.

Not Really the Same Size Class
Toyota is fond of pointing out that the EPA classifies the 2008 Prius as a midsize car, just like the Camry. But the Prius is much closer in size to a 2008 Toyota Corolla compact than a midsize Camry. Oh sure, the Prius' 106.3-inch wheelbase technically helps maximize interior volume, and its odd peaked roof gives it a slight advantage in front headroom of 0.3 inch over the Camry. But the plain fact is the Prius is 3-4 inches narrower than the Camry, inside and out, and we can feel it the moment we sit in the cars.

Compounding the cramped feel of the Prius is a driving position that's sized for shorter drivers. The steering wheel is set low and far away, and the seat is positioned a little bit high and there's no height adjustment. The net result is a steering wheel that's too far away and too close to the knees of anyone of above-average height.

Meanwhile, the Camry Hybrid comes with a steering wheel with telescopic adjustment plus a four-way power-adjustable driver seat with height adjustment, so we can move things around just how we like and get comfy. We could sit here all day.

Now Featuring...
Besides the standard stability control, telescopic steering wheel and the adjustable driver seat, the Camry Hybrid has other features going for it. It also comes with dual-zone automatic climate control (with easy-to-use adjustment knobs in plain sight) and dedicated vents for the rear-seat passengers. Not so in the Prius. An auxiliary jack for an MP3 player is standard on the Camry but optional on the Prius. And the Camry Hybrid is your only choice if you want an optional sunroof.

And while the Prius is also known for bringing high-tech features like Bluetooth and a smart key to the smaller car world, these items are package options — package options you can get in the Camry Hybrid, too. Still, the Prius is the only small car that offers options such as a back-up camera (not that it needs it) and HID headlights.

Make Your Choice
Here we have two very different choices, despite their apparent similarities. The Prius is a dedicated hybrid, built to sacrifice some comfort and utility for the pure performance of great mpg. Moreover, it looks unique both outside and in, which enhances the thrill of extreme fuel-efficiency. It's the purist's choice when it comes to hybrids. The trouble is, you have to sacrifice some comfort and convenience, just like you would in a sports car.

Meanwhile, the Camry Hybrid is clearly superior as a car, and it offers a kind of high-performance comfort and convenience. The trouble is, its hybrid technology is almost irrelevant to the car's character, and it looks and behaves almost like any other Camry. So what you've got is pure Camry, and that's a little bit boring.

Sure, it is possible to outfit a 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid so it costs more than a loaded 2008 Toyota Prius, or you can leave options off the Prius and undercut the base Camry Hybrid price. And the Prius' better fuel economy might tip the scales in the favor of the 2008 Toyota Prius for many people.

But not for us. At the end of the day, the 2008 Toyota Prius might deliver stellar fuel economy, but like a lot of highly focused cars, it imposes compromises we're unwilling to make.

We'll take the 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid, and we're not joking. The extra $40 monthly fuel savings the Prius provides isn't enough to lure us away from a more spacious, well-equipped true midsize sedan with normal styling and a familiar interior layout.

The manufacturer provided Edmunds these vehicles for the purposes of evaluation.

Senior Road Test Editor Josh Jacquot says:
How, sir, will you take your hybrid? Will it be bouncy, blue and boring, or would you prefer slathered-in-stigma silver? That is the question.

The answer, for my part, is neither. Nope, I don't mind paying a little more for fuel so I don't have to tolerate the nuances of a hybrid. Mostly, I just don't like the way they drive. Continuously variable transmissions hooked to wimpy engines have never been my thing, and when they're installed in a chassis filled with batteries, the compromise is even greater.

Surprisingly, this seems particularly true in the Camry Hybrid, which has a suspension tuned by Barcalounger engineers. Seriously, the thing is like driving a couch. And I'm not so into that. Plus, this one swathed in Sky Blue Pearl looks like an Easter egg.

And the Prius, well, it's just not my style. Here in Los Angeles it's fashionable to outfit your Prius with foot-tall letters that spell out H-Y-B-R-I-D across the rear window. Owners do this, apparently, in case the car's obtuse proportions and dangerously slow acceleration didn't already give that away. Like pushrods and live axles, the Prius is just a state of mind — one which I'd prefer to avoid.

Here's the thing: Anyone can get a fully loaded 2.0-liter Mazda 3 for about $18,000. It's about 10,000 times more enjoyable to drive than either the Prius or the Camry Hybrid and comes with just as many features. And the eight to nine thousand bucks it saves will buy a lot of fuel.

The manufacturers provided Edmunds these vehicles for the purposes of evaluation.

Toyota's Prius and Camry Hybrid might share powertrain technology, yet each chassis package is quite different. The Camry is based on a family car that has been designed with North America in mind and is sold in a variety of configurations with numerous options. The Prius, on the other hand, is based on a smaller chassis originally designed for Japan. It gained midsize status after the wheelbase was substantially lengthened.

Features

Features
2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid 2008 Toyota Prius
Aux jack for MP3/iPod input S O
Bluetooth O* O
Dual-zone automatic climate control S N/A
DVD navigation O* O
Electronic stability control S O
Four-wheel disc brakes S N/A
HID headlights N/A O
Leather seats O* O
Power seat with height adjustment S N/A
Rear A/C vents S N/A
Rearview camera N/A O
Smart key O* O
Sunroof O* N/A
Telescoping steering wheel S N/A

   *option available but not present on test car


Key:
S: Standard
O: Optional
N/A: Not Available

Auxiliary input jack for MP3 players and iPods: Despite the Prius' high-tech reputation, this is part of a package option. (Our test car was so equipped.) The jack is standard on the Camry Hybrid. It should be noted that neither has the kind of full iPod integration that other cars have — these have only a simple, universal mini-plug input.

Bluetooth: Both cars can be equipped with optional Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity for hands-free, voice-activated dialing. Our Prius had the option; the Camry did not.

Dual-zone automatic climate control: In the Camry Hybrid, the driver and passenger have separate control knobs to set their own comfort level, and they are easy to find and operate. The Prius has automatic temperature control that is most easily adjusted by the driver.

DVD navigation: A Prius has a large central screen, but a navigation system is still an option. You can get a nav system in the Camry Hybrid, but the screen is only present when the car is equipped with the DVD navigation system. Once again, the Prius had the optional system installed, but the Camry did not. But the absence of navigation in the Camry has one advantage — the standard radio and climate controls are excellent.

Electronic stability control: ESC helps maintain stability while turning and is a standard safety feature on the Camry Hybrid. You have to pay extra for ESC in the Prius, although it should be noted that traction control is standard on both because of the initial launch characteristics of their high-torque electric motors.

Four-wheel disc brakes: Both cars have electronic regenerative braking that slows the car gently and regulates speed downhill. But when you really need to stop, the standard brakes still play a huge part. The Camry has discs all around, while the Prius has drum brakes in the back.

HID headlights: Both cars come standard with projector-style halogen headlamps, but brighter HID headlights are available as an option in the Prius.

Leather seats: This is optional in both vehicles. Our test Prius had them, but the Camry had the standard cloth seats.

Power seat with height adjustment: Despite having the optional leather seats, the Prius only comes with two-way manual seats that have no height adjustment. This makes it tough for taller drivers to fit comfortably and enjoy good upward visibility. The Camry Hybrid comes with a four-way power seat with a wide range of adjustment, including height and lumbar support.

Rear A/C vents: Rear-seat passengers in the Camry have air vents close at hand, increasing rear-seat comfort. Prius rear-seat passengers have no such vents; they must depend on the dash vents to eventually deliver air past the front seats.

Rearview camera: Since the screen is already present in the Prius, adding a rearview camera is not particularly difficult. It's not essential in this car, however, as the split-pane rear window offers excellent rear visibility low down. You can't get such a camera in the 2008 Camry Hybrid.

Smart key: Toyota's so-called Smart key allows one to lock or unlock the front doors and start the car without taking the key out of your pocket or purse, and it is available as an option on both cars. Our test Prius was so equipped; our test Camry was not.

Sunroof: Neither car in this test had one, but buyers can equip a Camry Hybrid with a nice factory-installed tilt-and-slide sunroof. Prius buyers cannot.

Telescoping steering wheel: The Camry's telescopic (and tilting) steering wheel makes it easy for short and tall alike to find a comfortable driving position. Not so in the Prius, as its steering wheel might tilt, but the lack of telescopic adjustment (and a low, far-off fixed position) make a long reach for taller drivers.

Dimensions
Engine & Transmission Specifications
Warranty Information
Performance Information
Safety Information


Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions & Capacities
2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid 2008 Toyota Prius
Length, in. 189.2 175.0
Width, in. 71.7 67.9
Height, in. 57.5 58.7
Wheelbase, in. 109.3 106.3
Front track, in. 62.0 593
Rear track, in. 61.6 58.6
Manufacturer Curb Weight, lb. 3,680 2,932
Turning Circle, ft. 36.1 34.1
Tire size P215/60R16 P185/65R15
Wheel type 16-inch steel 15-inch alloy
Interior Dimensions
2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid 2008 Toyota Prius
Front headroom, in. 38.8 39.1
Rear headroom, in. 37.8 37.3
Front shoulder room, in. 57.8 55.0
Rear shoulder room, in. 56.7 52.9
Front hip room, in. 54.6 51.0
Rear hip room, in. 53.9 51.6
Front legroom, in. 41.6 41.9
Rear legroom, in. 38.3 38.6
EPA cargo volume, cu-ft 10.6 14.4

Engine & Transmission Specifications

Engine & Transmission
2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid 2008 Toyota Prius
Displacement
(cc / cu-in):
2400 (146) 1500 (92)
Engine Type Inline-4 Inline-4
Horsepower (SAE) @ rpm 147 @ 6,000 76 @ 5,000
Peak Torque, lb-ft @ rpm 138 @ 4,400 82 @ 4,200
Electric motor power output hp @ rpm 141 @ 4,500 67 @ 1,200-1,540
Electric motor peak torque lb-ft @ rpm 199 @ 0-1,500 295 @ 0-1,200
System voltage, maximum 650 500
Battery peak power rating hp 40 33
Maximum blended horsepower 187 109
Transmission Planetary CVT Planetary CVT
EPA Fuel Economy City, mpg 33.0 48.0
EPA Fuel Economy Hwy, mpg 34.0 45.0
Observed fuel economy Suburban test loop mpg 41.8 51.9
Observed Fuel Economy Edmunds combined mpg 32.7 43.8
Estimated Fuel Consumption Gallons per month (based on 15k miles/yr) 38 29
Fuel tank capacity, gal. 17.2 11.9

Warranty

Warranty Information
2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid 2008 Toyota Prius
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Roadside Assistance Not Available Not Available
Corrosion Protection 5 years/Unlimited miles 5 years/Unlimited miles
Hybrid Battery* 8 years/100,000 miles
10 years/150,000 miles (CA)
8 years/100,000 miles
10 years/150,000 miles (CA)
   *tied to mandated emissions warranties, which vary between federal and CA       emissions states <

Performance

Performance Information
2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid 2008 Toyota Prius
0-60 mph acceleration, sec. 8.3 10.4
Quarter-mile acceleration, sec. 16.1 17.5
Quarter-mile speed, mph 87.9 78.7
60-0-mph braking, feet 134 128
Lateral Acceleration, g 0.75* 0.71*
600-ft slalom, mph 61.6* 61.3*
   *electronically limited by ESC

Safety

Safety Information
2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid 2008 Toyota Prius
Front airbags Standard Standard
Side airbags Standard dual front Standard dual front
Head airbags Standard front and rear curtain Standard front and rear curtain
Antilock brakes 4-wheel ABS 4-wheel ABS
Traction control Standard Standard
Stability control Standard Optional
Tire pressure monitoring Direct measurement Direct measurement
NHTSA frontal crash, driver 5 stars 4 stars
NHTSA frontal crash, passenger 5 stars 4 stars
NHTSA side crash, driver 5 stars 5 stars
NHTSA side crash, passenger 5 stars 4 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance 4 stars 4 stars
IIHS offset crash Good Good

Final Rankings

Final Rankings
Item Weight 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid 2008 Toyota Prius
Personal Rating 2.5% 75.0 75.0
Recommended Rating 2.5% 50.0 100.0
Evaluation Score 15% 72.4 69.1
Feature Content 15% 61.9 38.1
Performance 25% 98.0 77.1
Fuel Consumption 30% 64.7 100.0
Price 25% 100.0 92.9
Total Score 100.0% 58.0 50.6
Final Ranking 1 2
$26,418 $28,284


Personal rating (2.5%): Purely subjective. After the test, each participating editor was asked to rank the vehicles in order of preference based on which he or she would buy for his or her own use.

Recommended rating (2.5%): After the test, each participating editor was asked to rank the vehicles in order of preference based on which he or she thought would be best for the average consumer shopping in this segment.

31-point evaluation (15%): Each participating editor ranked both cars using a comprehensive 31-point evaluation process. The evaluation covered everything from exterior design to cupholders. Scoring was calculated on a point system, and the scores listed are averages based on all test participants' evaluations.

Feature content (15%): Editors picked 14 significant distinguishing features they thought would be most beneficial to a consumer shopping in this segment. Each test vehicle was then given a score based on which of those features it possessed. More points were awarded when these features were standard versus optional, and no points were given if the feature was unavailable on a given vehicle. The score given here represents the percentage of points, out of a total possible 42 points.

Performance testing (15%): We subjected these cars to our standard set of performance tests. Scores were calculated by giving the best car in each specific performance category 100 percent. The other car was awarded points based on how close it came to the best performing car's score.

Fuel consumption (30%): Fuel consumption is an important purchase reason, especially in hybrids such as these, so this category was weighted heavily. Using EPA combined fuel economy ratings as the basis for comparison, we awarded a score of 100 percent to the most fuel-efficient vehicle. The less efficient vehicle was scored proportionally based on how close it came to the best-performing vehicle's fuel consumption.

Price (20%): The numbers listed were the result of a simple percentage calculation based on the less expensive vehicle in the comparison test. Using the as-tested prices of the actual evaluation vehicles, the less expensive vehicle received a score of 100, with the remaining vehicle receiving a lesser score based on how much it costs.

Vehicle
Model year2008
MakeToyota
ModelCamry Hybrid
StyleHybrid 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Base MSRP$25,860
Options on test vehicleCarpet Floor/Trunk Mat Set, VIP RS3200 Plus Security System
As-tested MSRP$26,418
Drivetrain
Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4, Atkinson cycle
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,362cc (144 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
Valvetrain16 valves, double overhead camshafts, variable intake valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)12.5:1
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)147 @ 6,000 (gasoline engine); 187 maximum when blended with the electric motor
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)138 @ 4,400 (gasoline engine); 199 @ 0-1,500 (electric motor)
Transmission typeElectronically controlled continuously variable
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)N/A
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson struts, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, MacPherson struts, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.6:1
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelEnergy MXM4 S8
Tire typeAll season
Tire size, frontP215/60R16 94V
Tire size, rearP215/60R16 94V
Wheel size16-by-6.5 front and rear
Wheel materialSteel
Brakes, frontVentilated disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rearSolid disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)5.5
0-60 mph (sec.)8.3
0-75 mph (sec.)12
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.1 @ 87.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)34
60-0 mph (ft.)134
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)61.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.75
Sound level @ idle (dB)46.8 (engine on); 42.4 (engine off)
@ Full throttle (dB)73.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.7
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsFaster than a Prius, but still not quick. The Camry Hybrid is hard to love if anything but fuel economy matters.
Braking ratingPoor
Braking commentsDisturbing bushing wind-up at full-ABS application makes the chassis jerk and causes steering to pull over anything but pool-table smooth surfaces. Irregular stopping distance.
Handling ratingPoor
Handling commentsSkid pad: Average grip (better than Prius), but lots of body roll and little steering feedback make it awkward here. Slalom: Very little damping makes Camry susceptible to ANY road irregularity at speed or during transistions. (Note: Non-defeat stability control is always on.)
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)64.9
Wind (mph, direction)4.5
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)33 city/34 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)32.7 overall, 41.8 in a 190-mile suburban city test loop
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.2
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,680
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,586
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)58 / 42
Length (in.)189.2
Width (in.)71.7
Height (in.)57.5
Wheelbase (in.)109.3
Track, front (in.)62
Track, rear (in.)61.6
Turning circle (ft.)36.1
Legroom, front (in.)41.6
Legroom, rear (in.)38.3
Headroom, front (in.)38.8
Headroom, rear (in.)37.8
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.8
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.7
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)10.6
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)N/A
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / Unlimited miles
Roadside assistanceNot available
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsDriver only
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemDirect tire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars
Vehicle
Model year2008
MakeToyota
ModelPrius
Style4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Base MSRP$23,535
Options on test vehicleCarpet Floor/Cargo Mats, Package #6
As-tested MSRP$28,284
Drivetrain
Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4, Atkinson cycle
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,497cc (91 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
Valvetrain16 valves, double overhead camshafts, variable intake valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)13
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)75 @ 5,000 (gasoline engine); 109 maximum when blended with the electric motor
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)82 @ 4,200 (gasoline); 295 @ 0-1,200 (electric motor)
Transmission typeElectronically controlled continuously variable
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson struts, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, MacPherson struts, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.6:1
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelEnergy MXM4 S8
Tire typeAll season
Tire size, frontP215/60R16 94V
Tire size, rearP215/60R16 94V
Wheel size16-by-6.5 front and rear
Wheel materialSteel
Brakes, frontVentilated disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rearSolid disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)5.5
0-60 mph (sec.)8.3
0-75 mph (sec.)12
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.1 @ 87.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)34
60-0 mph (ft.)134
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)61.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.75
Sound level @ idle (dB)46.8 (engine on); 42.4 (engine off)
@ Full throttle (dB)73.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.7
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsFaster than a Prius, but still not quick. The Camry Hybrid is hard to love if anything but fuel economy matters.
Braking ratingPoor
Braking commentsDisturbing bushing wind-up at full-ABS application makes the chassis jerk and causes steering to pull over anything but pool-table smooth surfaces. Irregular stopping distance.
Handling ratingPoor
Handling commentsSkid pad: Average grip (better than Prius), but lots of body roll and little steering feedback make it awkward here. Slalom: Very little damping makes Camry susceptible to ANY road irregularity at speed or during transistions. (Note: Non-defeat stability control is always on.)
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)64.9
Wind (mph, direction)4.5
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)33 city/34 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)32.7 overall, 41.8 in a 190-mile suburban city test loop
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.2
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,680
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,586
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)58 / 42
Length (in.)189.2
Width (in.)71.7
Height (in.)57.5
Wheelbase (in.)109.3
Track, front (in.)62
Track, rear (in.)61.6
Turning circle (ft.)36.1
Legroom, front (in.)41.6
Legroom, rear (in.)38.3
Headroom, front (in.)38.8
Headroom, rear (in.)37.8
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.8
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.7
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)10.6
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)N/A
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / Unlimited miles
Roadside assistanceNot available
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsDriver only
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemDirect tire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars
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