I've owned this car for 4 months now. I don't have one bad thing to say about it. I commute 40 miles each day and I have driven the car to Colorado. The ride is very comfortable, handling is great and I enjoy all the technology. Yes you pay more for the hybrid but with an average of 41 mpg (combo highway and city driving commute), it's worth it. We got an average of 36 mpg when we went to Colorado (a little over 650 miles one way). I was pleasantly surprised by the acceleration when passing trucks on the two lane highways. The only issue I have is with the remote start. It works great but I am not used to or understand why the engineer dies when you open the car door. But at least my car is cooled off or warmed up before I get in it. It's been 2 years now and I'm still in love with car. No issues or problems... Just praises!
Wonderful car. Hybrid/Gas transition smooth as can be. Exceeds EPA mpg rating especially in highway driving where we typically get over 50 mpg. Getting 38 mpg overall since owning. All controls and instrumentation are intuitive and simple to use. Only problem we had was a persistent rattle from the rear seat belt connector which the dealer diagnosed and fixed under warranty. We added Weathertech floormats to protect the car because we live in a climate with harsh winters.
This hybrid has great mileage in a very safe and responsive car. I love the acceleration! It also is totally trouble free!! The trunk is spacious and the car is very comfortable. I'm 6' 3" tall and I find the car roomy. I love the backup camera (how did I live without it)! The adaptive cruise conrol makes longer trips stress free.
Predawn Gray Mica, Entune Premium Audio With Navigation ($1,300 -- includes 7-inch touchscreen AM/FM/HD radio and single-CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability; navigation system; Sirius/XM All Access Radio including NavTraffic, NavWeather, Fuel, sports and stocks with 90-day trial subscription; iTunes tagging; auxiliary audio jack and USB port with iPod connectivity; vehicle information display; Hands-free phone capability; phonebook access; advanced voice recognition; text-to-speech with programmed and customizable text responses; music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology; Entune Apps Suite), Power Tilt/Slide Moonroof ($915 -- includes power tilt-and-slide moonroof with one-touch open/close feature; dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors; rear-seat reading lamps), Carpet Floor and Trunk Mat Set ($225-- 5 pieces), Wireless Charging ($75)
Naturally aspirated, port-injected, inline-4, gasoline with auto stop-start
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
156 @ 5,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
156 @ 4,500
Electronically controlled continuously variable
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
The different drive modes available (default hybrid, EV, Eco) don't make a difference in acceleration times when the throttle is pressed all the way to the floor. All runs were within 0.02 second across three passes. I managed to eke out one quicker pass by ensuring the engine was running prior to leaving the starting line. The acceleration rate feels more or less constant as the continuously variable transmission (CVT) manages the gear "ratio" as speed increases. The telltale CVT thrum is evident; however, it isn't very loud or objectionable in this case. Perhaps this Camry has more sound-attenuating material than other cars. Healthy acceleration for a midsize hybrid sedan (comparable to its direct competitors) and it does not feel underpowered or labored in any way.
While there is definitely some strange response from the brake pedal at low, parking-lot speeds, it behaves typically in these simulated panic stops from 60 mph: medium-firm pedal, modest dive, essentially straight (one slight wiggle on the last/shortest stop of five total) and consistently average distances.
There's nothing strange here that would indicate that this car is carrying more weight than a non-hybrid Camry, but the results would indicate otherwise. Both the slalom and skid pad numbers are less sporty than a previous Camry SE, but still admirable. The steering feels a bit heavier than is necessary, but its response and precision are both good and promote confidence. At the limit, the entire car begins to slide all four tires, showing how "neutral' it is. This causes the electronic stability control (ESC) system to quickly and effectively grab individual brakes to put it back on course, then recede into the background. On the skid pad, the ESC gently takes the throttle away to keep the car within the limit of the tires' grip, avoiding any skidding. Still, this is an admirable amount of grip and a minimal amount of electronic intrusion.