In-depth Reviews

Toyota Camry Hybrid saloon - Engines, drive & performance

The Toyota Camry has a good chassis, but the CVT powertrain means it's happiest at a leisurely pace

Carbuyer Rating

3.9 out of 5

Owners Rating

5.0 out of 5

Read owner reviews
Engines, drive & performance Rating

3.5 out of 5

Like the smaller Toyota Prius, the Camry is based on Toyota's new TNGA underpinnings, and like the Prius, it's better to drive than you might expect. No, it's not quite a BMW 3 Series rival, but the Camry does handle well, with precise steering and plenty of grip in corners.

Its standard suspension is also compliant enough to soak up bumps, so paired with the laid-back hybrid powertrain, the Camry is a relaxing car to drive that acquits itself well against rivals like the Volkswagen Passat and Vauxhall Insignia.

Toyota Camry Hybrid engines

A 2.5-litre petrol engine might seem an odd choice for a car focused on economical motoring, but when combined with a powerful electric motor, it allows for decent progress without too much fuss. This is especially good news considering the Camry is fitted with a CVT automatic gearbox, because they have a bad reputation with many drivers for seeing revs - and engine noise - spike every time you accelerate.

Happily this only really happens in the Camry during overtakes and when powering onto the motorway, and even then it remains quite civilised. The rest of the time, the 215bhp combined output of its petrol engine and electric motor will be enough to satisfy most drivers. You can also select a 'manual' mode that's promised to provide the feel of a more conventional gearbox, but the Camry feels happiest when driven in a more relaxed way.

Recommended

Revised 2021 Toyota Camry starts from £32,260
2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid
Toyota Camry Hybrid saloon
15 Apr 2021

Revised 2021 Toyota Camry starts from £32,260

Most Popular

Electric Citroen Ami to launch in the UK next year
2022 Citroen Ami
Citroen Ami
21 Sep 2021

Electric Citroen Ami to launch in the UK next year

New 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure revealed
Toyota RAV4 Adventure
Toyota RAV4
14 Sep 2021

New 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure revealed

Top 10 best small estates 2021
Skoda Octavia Estate
Skoda Octavia Estate
22 Sep 2021

Top 10 best small estates 2021

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
3 Jun 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
15 Jun 2021

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2021
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021
Volkswagen ID.3
Best cars
12 Aug 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
10 Jun 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Mercedes AMG A45 - rear
Hot hatches
25 Jun 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks