Toyota Camry Hybrid Ranks #3 in Affordable Midsize Cars
Overall Score - 8.7 (Very Good)
Based on U.S. News editors' analysis of 39 leading automotive reviews and test drives, the 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid ranks #3 of 26 in Affordable Midsize Cars and #1 of 6 in Hybrid Cars.
The 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid is a comfortable cruiser with great fuel economy and plenty of interior features, but as a hybrid car it doesn't have the same performance capabilities of conventional sedans. If you're in the market for an affordable midsize car, you should also consider the conventional Toyota Camry. If you're interested in another hybrid model, consider Toyota's Prius.
The 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid nicely balances performance, comfort and fuel economy, according to most automotive writers. Motor Trend says: "This may be the only car on earth able to satisfy performance junkies and ecoconservatives. It's a uniter, not a divider." Similarly, USA Today challenges, "Try to find some other nice car with honest room for five adults that will give you mid-30s real-world mileage."
However, reviewers say to expect anything but normal performance from the car when compared to other hybrid vehicles. When compared to the Toyota Prius, Newsday reports, "The Prius can't match the Camry's quietness and its elegant ride." The Camry Hybrid also provides more room inside than most eco-friendly vehicles. As the Chicago Tribune states, the car is perfect "for folks who put mileage first but need room for more than one munchkin and a diaper bag."
The 2008 Camry Hybrid is also considered a good value over time. CNN lists the car as one of the most-cost effective hybrids sold today, based on a value equation that weighs its premium against its annual fuel savings. IntelliChoice gives the 2008 Camry Hybrid an "Excellent" value rating, based on the total cost of ownership compared to other vehicles in its class. In previous years many have complained about the Camry Hybrid's inflated price, but for 2008 model has a lower manufacturer's suggested retail price.
Toyota considers the Hybrid the top-of-the-line trim for its conventional Camry; therefore, the car comes fully loaded like the Camry XLE.
Performance Review - 7.4 (Good)
The 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid's green technology ups the ante for a competent sedan. New Car Test Drive says, "The Hybrid is a good performer and one of the most fuel-efficient mid-size vehicles anywhere." continue
Exterior Review - 7.6 (Good)
The Camry Hybrid's physical appeal lies in putting a hybrid vehicle in the conventional Camry's outfit. Newsday writes, "Wrapped around the Camry's gasoline-electric powertrain is a car so appealing - a not too big, not too small vehicle that does virtually everything right - that it's not difficult to understand its popularity." continue
Interior Review - 8.0 (Very Good)
Most report the 2008 Camry Hybrid is a comfortable vehicle that's packed with features. The Los Angeles Times describes the car as "loaded to the gills," while Forbes says its proportions "allow the interior to feel quite spacious, with decent space in front, a rather cavernous trunk and a backseat that's comfortable enough to seat two and just wide enough to fit three smaller folks in a pinch." continue
Safety Review - 9.8 (Excellent)
With a competitive list of safety equipment, the 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid does very well in government crash tests. continue
Reliability Review - NA
We are still compiling data for the predicted reliability of the 2008 Camry Hybrid. However, Toyota offers a three-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty for the car. continue
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