Camry Test Drive – Camry Hybrid vs. Gasoline

How do you shake up a test-drive in the Toyota Camry, America’s best-selling car? By weighing the traditional Camry XLE against the 2016 Camry Hybrid to see how the two compare.

The gas-only XLE was fun, sporty, and a pleasure to drive. The interior was sporty and easy on the eyes, handling smooth, and breaking sharp. The Camry Hybrid, on the other hand, was a bit more stiff side to drive, braking clumsier, and got none of the funky interior stylings of its “regular” counterpart.

In terms of build the two are nearly identical, and the same holds true with the controls, which are large and user-friendly. The breaks are the biggest difference in terms of driving feel – the XLE definitely feels more responsive when stopping. Another differentiator, as expected, is in mileage.  The Hybrid get an estimated 40 mpg/ 38 mpg in city/ highway driving, whereas the XLE comes in at roughly 31 mpg/ 21 mpg city/highway.

If trunk space is a major concern, buyers should be aware that the Hybrid components limit trunk space to 13.1 cubic feet. Even in the gas-only Camry, there is no option for split-folding rear seats, which limits its practicality.

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