This is a great car. But the brochure lies about the Heads Up Display. The description is for the display in the V6 not the hybrid. I've told Toyota about this serveral times but no response from them. The Navigation system is junk compared to Google Maps. The voice control functions are pretty brain dead and the Nav system is slow. But other than those two things it's a good car. I'm just very disappointed that Toyota won't fix the marketing of the HUD and they are sticking with a very old technology for their Nav and voice controls.
The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid navigation system is abominable! You must connect your cell phone with a cord to the USB to get the Scout GPS system. The Scout GPS software and maps are OK. Toyota is risking a problem as the cord connecting the cell phone flops onto the floor when unplugged from the phone. The loose cord becomes entangled with the accelerator pedal. You better have unlimited data on your cell phone if you use this system. Why Toyota chose to have a corded interface when the Entune accepts blue tooth is beyond explanation. Buyer Beware.... there are 3 levels of Entune system. The Hybrid owner's manual offers instructions for the Premium system. NOTE: The Premium level is not available on the Hybird Camry. The premium level in GAS Camrys is available... it has a much better navigation. Toyota almost had a perfect car except for this glaring miscalculation when it comes to a GPS system.
This review is most meaningful for Prius drivers looking to switch to the Camry Hybrid. I drove a 2008 Prius for more than 10 years. It averaged about 55 MPG in summer and about 50 MPG in winter in flat Houson roads, driving on 50% city streets, 50% crowded freeways, about 50 miles/day. The speeds range from 35 MPH to about 50MPH in office-day traffic. I also drove about once a month from Houston to Austin, about 300 miles round-trip, with highway speeds between 75-80MPH, and with hilly terrain. On such trips, the 2008 Prius used to average about 46-47 MPG. This past week, I traded it in and got a new 2018 Camry Hybrid LE. Today I made a 342 mile RT from Houston to Austin in the new car, and have a first-hand, real-user report and comparison with the 2008 Prius. (1) Power: The 2008 Prius was a laggard and underpowered when it came to acceleration, and forever being pushed by guzzlers. The 2018 Camry Hybrid with 208HP is such an improvement! I have tested the "Eco", "Normal" and "Sport" mode. The "Eco" mode makes the response of the Camry drag, and you cannot accelerate quickly. Clicking the normal mode zooms up the engine RPM and delivers the extra kick in the torque to accelerate nicely. The "sport" mode seem to go into overdrive even more easily. I drove most of my trip on the "Eco" mode, saving the "normal" only for passing at 75-80 MPH. Verdict- you will love the Camry power. (2) Display: The 2008 Prius has a superior display and information to the user. The 2018 Camry Hybrid splits the information across a small screen on the dashboard and the table on the 7in display. I was disappointed that I could not get the information I wanted easily. The manual promises more metrics on the drive, but I am unable to locate the information in the setup. Verdict - you will hate the analytics offered/promised on the Camry Hybrid LE. (3) Mileage: The 2008 Prius delivers what is promised on the Houston roads. I have not put the Camry to that test yet. But on the RT from Houston to Austin, the 2008 Prius offers 46-47 MPG. I started with a full tank on the 2018 Camry Hybrid, and after 352 miles, refuelled - it took 7.81 gallons. This works out to 45.12 MPG - in the same range as the Prius. Verdict - somewhat disappointing to not hit the EPA rated 53 MPG. (4) Other features: on the 352-mile trip, these are the safety features that the 2018 Camry Hybrid LE alerted me: lane-departure signal several time; when traffic rolled to a sudden halt on the freeway a red alert showed up on the small screen, screaming "BRAKE NOW"; when the sun set, a message on the small screen prompted me to turn on the headlights (was not in the Auto setting). Verdict - Nice! (5) Ride comfort: in the 10+ years I had the 2008 Prius, I had to change the struts once, but never got a smooth enough ride. The 2018 Camry Hybrid LE has excellent shock absorbers. Verdict: you will love the Camry Hybrid. (6) Bluetooth: 2008 Prius easily pairs with my Android phone, but has only rudimentary call answering capability. The 2018 Camry Hybrid LE was not able to find my Bluetooth devices. Neither did it broadcast its Bluetooth name to be discovered by my phone. Verdict - holding off on this for now, till I try again. (7) Storage: The 2008 Prius hatchback has foldable seats and the trunk cover can be removed to have really good storage, constrained by the hatchback cover. The 2018 Camry Hybrid LE also has foldable-rear seats, but the frame of the seat restricts the amount of storage in addition to the trunk size. Verdict: you will be disappointed in the Camry Hybrid LE storage. (8) Dashboard display: The 2008 Prius has fully digital display which is intuitive and rapidly informative. The 2018 Camry Hybrid LE has analog dial-meters for RPM level (divided into EV, ECO, and normal quadrants), speedometer, gas level. Verdict: you will be disappointed in the 2018 Camry Hybrid LE.
This is perhaps the most quiet car in its class and price range. The hybrid was much better than the non-hybrid Camry in many areas, especially the whine from the engine in the non-hybrid Camry. We were unimpressed with the 2017 Camry Hybrid but very happy with the 2018. Much quieter than the Accord or the Kia and Hyundai hybrids. The Camry floats over road bumps like a much more expensive car. Hybrid system runs flawlessly from gas to battery with almost no engine noise. Gas mileage is 50MPG plus ( I am a conservative driver) and seems to be improving. Front seat comfort is very good. Biggest downside are the brakes which severely grab at low speeds such as pulling into the garage or up to the curb when parking. The effect is like bucking as you simply cannot smoothly glide to a stop. Pulling into the garage to the right spot requires 3 or 4 bucking stops and starts no matter how softly one applies the breaks. A trip to the dealer with 2400 miles was disappointing as they acknowledged the breaks were grabbing, they said it was inherent in the design and everything was working as it was designed to work. At regular driving speeds, the brakes worked as one would expect they should, it was only when trying to slowly ease to stop without hitting the curb that they grabbed. The dealer said they would contact Toyota but have not heard anything in a week. There were no service notices or recalls. The Toyota app Entune 3.0 was a joke as a navigation aid. Happily we are OK with using our stand-alone GPS.
Love the car, quality is very good. BUT the Nav system and all apps work off your phone using your data plan. The NAV system will not go into a full screen unless your phone is tethered to the system. Yes, the phone must be plugged into the USB port to view the map on the NAV system. My mistake, I should have noticed it before I bought the car. Probably would have been a deal breaker for me. Hoping Toyota will make modifications to the system if enough people complain.