- Hybrid version of the popular Camry sedan
- Maximum fuel economy of 43/39 mpg city/highway
- Lots of standard interior features vs. gas-only versions
The 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid uses the same formula found in the popular Camry sedan (reliability, build quality, and resale value) and adds extra fuel economy that will save you money at the pump.
Unchanged for 2014, the Camry Hybrid looks very similar to the standard Camry, albeit with some aerodynamic adjustments which help the Camry Hybrid cut through the air better and improves fuel efficiency. In addition, the Hybrid gets auto on/off projector-beam halogen headlamps, daytime running lights, power-adjustable wing mirrors, 16-inch steel wheels, and solar-absorbing glass as standard. Exterior options are limited on the Camry Hybrid and include a moon-roof, 17” alloy wheels, heated wing mirrors, and integrated fog lights.
The interior of the 2014 Camry Hybrid well equipped even in base guise, as is true about most hybrid versions of cars. The standard, manually-adjustable seats come lined with cloth, but can be spec’d with power-adjustment and leather by request. In addition, the Camry Hybrid gets dual-zone automatic climate control, a 6.1-inch multi-function touch display, a six-speaker audio system w/ Ipod connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, a multi-function steering wheel, and a tilt/telescoping steering column as standard equipment. On more deluxe versions, the Camry Hybrid adds satellite navigation, a premium 10-speaker sound system, a backup camera, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and Toyota’s Entune system, which connects the car to your smartphone to power in-system apps like Pandora internet radio, or data services including weather and traffic updates.
Both trims of the Camry Hybrid get the same hybrid powertrain, a hybrid system that combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a CVT and an electric motor for a total output of 200-hp. The Camry Hybrid’s fuel economy ratings are predictably high, with the LE trim returning 43/39 mpg city/highway, while the plush XLE trim returns slightly less, at 40/38 mpg city/highway. We attribute the difference to the added weight of electronics and accessories in the upscale version.
With ten airbags, traction/stability control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, whiplash-reducing seats, front and rear crumple zones, and side-impact door beams, the new Camry Hybrid offers plenty of standard safety features. To reduce worry about sudden accelerations, which Toyota has struggled with in the past, the Camry incorporates a system that cuts engine power when both the brake and accelerator are firmly depressed. The 2014 Camry Hybrid was awarded a full five-star overall crash test rating by the NHTSA.