2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Starting MSRP: $26,790 - $29,980

Estimated MPG: 43 city / 39 hwy

2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

Heavily updated for 2015, the Toyota Camry Hybrid shows a lot of improvement, including a new mid-level package.

By Aaron Turpen
Last Updated 05/03/2016

The Toyota Camry sees a number of exterior and interior styling updates for the 2015 model year and the Camry Hybrid sees several new additions, including a lower trim level option for added affordability.

The Camry is the most popular midsize sedan in the United States and the best-selling single model of vehicle on the road today. The Camry Hybrid makes up between 10 and 12 percent of total Camry sales, Toyota says, and with the new Camry Hybrid SE, uptake should be even higher.

We drove the 2015 Camry Hybrid in both its traditional top-shelf (XLE) trim and in its new SE option and assessed it for family use, everyday driving and cost-effectiveness. Here’s why we’re naming this one of our top choices for new car buyers.

Exterior

Exterior
9

The exterior of the 2015 Camry Hybrid is a huge upgrade from the styling of the 2014 model. A larger, more aggressive grille stylistically comes in line with the Avalon, Toyota’s full-size sedan. The body panels and hood receive striking character lines and a sportier look while retaining the generally contemporary appearance that the Camry has been popular for.

The flat panels and boring beltline of the outgoing model have been replaced with a more sculpted look that subtly lines up on a forward trajectory. The head- and taillights are more cohesive to the Camry Hybrid’s overall appearance as well. 

Sport models include small rear spoiler and various trim levels bring chrome accents as well. Tires and wheels are more aggressive too, being pushed out slightly toward the edge of the fenders with higher trim levels (XSE and XLE) having wider tires for more road-hugging curb appeal.

Interior

Interior
9

The 2015 Camry Hybrid continues to offer a large trunk and the same spacious cabin that boasts good leg and shoulder room, even in the second row. The rear seats do not fold down, but there is a pass-through on the passenger’s side to allow long objects such as skis to fit.

The dashboard is a more flowing, upscale design in line with what Toyota has done in other vehicles such as the Avalon and RAV4. Even the mid-level trim’s dash has a much more elegant appeal with three-tone coloring.

Driver visibility is excellent and family ergonomics are very good in the Camry Hybrid. Big, easy-to-use buttons and a well-tuned instrument cluster make driving a simple task.

Performance

Performance
10

Toyota did not change any of the engine or transmission options in the Camry lineup for 2015, and change was not required. The 2015 Camry Hybrid utilizes the 2.5-liter four-cylinder Hybrid Synergy Drive system to great effect. The engine pairs with an electric motor and a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The engine can power the vehicle and recharge the on-board battery pack simultaneously, and the Camry Hybrid can operate in electric-only mode without the engine. This is Toyota’s proven system for their hybrids and it’s highly efficient. Together, the powertrain has a total of 200 horsepower.

The 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid receives an EPA rating of 41 mpg combined, with 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. These numbers drop somewhat for the XLE trim level, which has larger tires and thus more rolling resistance to overcome. Our Camry Hybrid SE has an EPA rating of 40 mpg combined (40/38 mpg city/highway), which matches the XLE model’s ratings.

Technology

Technology
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Technology in the Camry Hybrid focuses on the Entune system for infotainment as well as the added powertrain readouts for the instrument cluster. Entune is standard with a 6.1-inch screen being the base offering. This system is easier to use than it has been in the past and supplies connectivity for your smartphone.

The added functions for the instruments are shown in a small screen between the tachometer and speedometer. This display gives information on the state of charge and energy consumption, current and trip average fuel economy, tire inflation and so forth. It’s a useful information screen that is easily controlled with a simple steering wheel-mounted toggle switch.

Safety

Safety
10

The 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid earned five out of five stars for its overall performance in crash tests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2015 Camry Hybrid top marks and its Top Safety Pick+ award. We expect that NHTSA will give similar results. Safety is a primary concern for Toyota with this car and a host of safety features and options keep it competitive in today’s family sedan market.

Cost-Effectiveness

Cost-Effectiveness
10

The 2015 Camry Hybrid gets top marks for cost-effectiveness. Traditionally, this vehicle has a strong resale and trade-in values, along with a competitive base price and impressive fuel economy. In the new Camry Hybrid, we see improved body styling and a better on-road presence. Strong value from the Toyota name helps as well.

Overall

Overall
9

The 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid is a well-made vehicle with many improvements over the previous generation, and the changes make it a more desirable midsize car. Good fuel efficiency, excellent styling, a better road presence and the addition of lower-cost options for purchase make it the best Camry Hybrid yet.