2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid
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First Camry after 20 years with Honda

by from NY on August 13, 2014

We were in the market for a new car and I wanted a sedan. Our kids are growing up and starting to move out of the house so our second car no longer needs to be a minivan (too). I test drove the Honda ...
We were in the market for a new car and I wanted a sedan. Our kids are growing up and starting to move out of the house so our second car no longer needs to be a minivan (too). I test drove the Honda Accord first, as we are primarily a Honda family. But I was disappointed. The Accord (EX) was loud, handling was so-so, the engine strained when you pushed and the audio system was awful. The Sonata was next. Great zip/pick up. Very comfortable for me. Very nice ride. Lots of great features. But for my husband and three boys that are over 6 feet tall? No. It was too small. Sitting in the drivers seat, their heads rubbed the roof for some (or almost did, for others) The Passat was lovely, but reliability records scared me off. From the moment we ended my test drive, we knew the Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE was the car for us. It's perfect at what it does/is! Zippy. Comfortable. Solid. Great gas mileage. Spacious back seat. Ample head room. Awesome sound on the standard audio system. Loving the bluetooth/xm radio. Nav takes some getting used to but is more up-to-date than the honda system (we have a 2010 Odyssey)....but truthfully I sort of like both for different reasons. I could not be more pleased with our purchase. It is almost embarrassing how much I love this inanimate object. Gas Mileage? We are averaging in the range of 39 mpg.....I have not changed my driving habits. Some days are better than others. Some days we get 47 or even 50 mpg others in the low 30's. Depends on the terrain/length/speed. We'll see what the winter brings but our van gets but right now our average price per month for gas on the hybrid is less than 100 dollars and on the van it is around 250 for approximately the same mileage.
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Camry 14.5 surprises

by from Wallingford, CT on October 14, 2014

My wife and I were car shopping and decided to check out the Camry. Never having owned a Toyota before, I was reluctant to give the "big" car company a shot. But the hybrid was of interest, and review...
My wife and I were car shopping and decided to check out the Camry. Never having owned a Toyota before, I was reluctant to give the "big" car company a shot. But the hybrid was of interest, and reviews listed the reliability as excellent. Well, I have to say, anybody who thinks a Hybrid lacks power or zip owes it to themselves to try the Camry Hybrid. It was amazingly quick and handled passing cars and hills with ease. Very impressive in normal driving mode. The engines switch so quietly you never know they are even doing it. Shifting is seamless, In ECO mode, the car averages 7 mpg more in mixed driving. That has resulted in an easy 47 mpg average going back and forth to work, and running errands on the weekend. The EPA estimates do not take into account ECO mode. There is also an EV mode for electric only, really only good for a short trip and back in slow moving areas. The seats are leather with soft suede middles, very comfortable. Plenty of leg room, comfortable seat adjustments. Just a great example of comfort, economy, and zip.
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EPA Estimate is real.

by from Northeast Tennessee on June 17, 2014

Cons: disco-era upholstery pattern, no tachometer. Plastic wheel covers, I did not think anyone still made these things. Firestones instead of tires. Pros: everything else. Everything. The ride is s...
Cons: disco-era upholstery pattern, no tachometer. Plastic wheel covers, I did not think anyone still made these things. Firestones instead of tires. Pros: everything else. Everything. The ride is smooth and surprisingly quiet. I prefer a firm ride over soft handling. The Camry strikes just the right balance. Compared to the minivans and SUVs I?ve been driving, the Camry is a go-cart. Acceleration is good. The car moves quickly with no apparent effort. My old minivan was quick and well-powered with a V6, but it protested noisily when pushed. Ditto for the old Cherokee with its I-6. I never know how hard the Camry is working, as there is no tachometer. There are multiple fuel economy gauges, but no tachometer. How many ways do I need to read fuel economy? A tach would have been nice. I was apprehensive about the CVT, thinking it might transition to a lower drive ratio (downshift) at the slightest touch of the gas pedal; but my worries were unfounded. Now I think I like it better than any automatic transmission I?ve driven. Apparently, I have an early model 2014, as there is no rearview camera. There is no urgent need for one; visibility is good. The disco-era upholstery looks odd, but it I am fat enough to hide it when I sit down. And I expect the pattern will disguise a few inevitable spots and minor stains. Exterior looks good. Toyota calls the color ?Creme Brulee Mica?. When they asked at the DMV, I told them ?tan?. A couple of dealer-specified extras are nice to have, particularly the fog lights, which are not standard on this LE trim. Also, there are clear plastic overlays to protect the paint on door edges and on the top of the rear bumper where careless loading and unloading of the trunk might scratch unprotected paint. Similar protection is applied under the door handles, but that may not be as necessary as in the old days when you opened the doors with a keyring in your hand, and the keys occasionally scratched the paint under the door handles. That brings up one of the nice advantages of this car ? the smart key system. Locked doors, the trunk lid, and the ?start? button all respond to your touch while the proximity key remains in your pocket. Phone pairing was exceptionally easy. After that, Bluetooth pairing with the music app on my phone was a non-event; music started as soon as I selected ?Bluetooth? mode on the Camry?s audio system. Of course, the i-phone prioritizes GPS audible directions over music. If you get a phone call, hit the button on the steering wheel to pick up; all other phone functions such as Pandora and GPS are muted. If you are talking on the phone while the car is turned off, be prepared for the call to go hands-free as soon as you press the ?Start? button. This is my first car with a MP3 player, so I tried it 2 or 3 times before it made sense. It is sufficiently intuitive that I did not resort to the owner?s manual. Digital MPG readings are nice, but I am skeptical, so I did the `rithmetic when I filled the tank. My second tank averaged 38.6 MPG. EPA reports whole numbers, so I am rounding up to 39, which matches the EPA highway estimate. I have never before matched any EPA estimate. This was a mixture of highway and local driving. In the hilly terrain where I live, I will not expect to see 43 MPG for local driving. And maybe the plastic wheel covers on my basic LE model are not so bad. EPA estimates are about 1 mpg lower for the XLE model with its 17? alloy wheels. And Toyota?s web site warns: ?17-in. performance tires are expected to experience greater tire wear than conventional tires. Tire life may be substantially less than 24,000 miles depending upon the tire used and driving conditions.? Anyone know if this is typical for series 55 low profile tires? Steel rims (and plastic wheel covers) come with tires sized 205/65/16. The alternative tire size for alloy rims is 215/55/17. Maybe the best alternative would be 16? alloy rims instead of steel. I will admit these plastic wheel covers
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my third camry - best ever

by from SHERIDAN, OREGON on June 13, 2014

IN MY LIFE TIME I HAVE BOUGHT OR LEASED 8 TOYOTA'S. EVEN MY DAUGHTER BOUGHT A CAMRY. I HAVE INFLUENCED SOME OF MY PERSONAL FRIENDS TO BUY A TOYOTA. FOUR OF MY TOYOTA PURCHASES HAVE BEEN FROM THE SAME ...
IN MY LIFE TIME I HAVE BOUGHT OR LEASED 8 TOYOTA'S. EVEN MY DAUGHTER BOUGHT A CAMRY. I HAVE INFLUENCED SOME OF MY PERSONAL FRIENDS TO BUY A TOYOTA. FOUR OF MY TOYOTA PURCHASES HAVE BEEN FROM THE SAME DEALER. THAT SPEAKS VOLUMES FOR THEM. MY FIRST CAMRY I HAD FOR NEARLY 20 YRS. I SOLD IT WITHIN FOUR HOURS & IT HAS OVER 245,000 MILES. TOYOTA MAKES THE MOST RELIABLE CARS ON THE MARKET. MR. DARWIN GRIMM
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Toyota is hands down best value midsized hybrid.

by from Altamonte Springs, FL on December 28, 2013

After doing my research I was considering the 2013 Fusion, Optima/Sonata for a while, and i wanted a Lexus 300H but my budget wouldn't allow it, even used... So the fusion was the front runner, althou...
After doing my research I was considering the 2013 Fusion, Optima/Sonata for a while, and i wanted a Lexus 300H but my budget wouldn't allow it, even used... So the fusion was the front runner, although as an owner of the 2011 non hybrid Sonata I decided that while ford and Hyundai are very "kewl looking" up and coming autos. If going hybrid, I decided really wanted to stick with the company that had by far the most experience and best track record. Learning the 300H was essentially the same car as the Avalon I began watching the reviews and waiting to buy a used Avalon. Well then I realized that the Camry (while not nearly as "kewl looking" as the Hyundai, Fusion, or even their own Avalon) had the exact same engine (that can do 0-60 in about 7 seconds!!!) I decided to take a trip to my local Toyota dealer and see what they had. I ended up with an XLE Leather, Grey mica metallic for about 10k less than the Avalon XLE, 15K less than the lexus, even less than a comparably equipped Fusion. By now Honda's 2014 had also just come out and got onto my radar, but even that was running about 5K more, didn't seem to offer any real advantages, and toyota has outsold all other hybrids combined in the USA by almost 3 - 1 (75% see wiki hybrid synergy drive). To note planned new mazda/nissan's are going to purchase the toyota's technology (not honda's or ford's #2 and 3 selling manufacturers of hybrids) So the real world now that i own the XLE I have to say this car drives amazing, the 0-60 is very close to my wifes Volkswagen CC, and will torch my old Hyundai. The interior is huge, the hybrid system runs very effectively, and mileage for me has been between 30 and 56 mpg. Now for the most part I'm and extremely aggressive driver and usually I get less average mpg on vehicles than the city rating unless driving 100% on the highway. The look of the car is growing on me, but I don't think it really has anywhere near the kewlness factor of the fusion, Hyundai, or even it's own avalon, and the new Honda even looks a little better IMO. Everything abut this car feels solid, and combined with knowing Toyota's reputation i feel like I have the most reliable midsized hybrid made. The handling while not quite as good as Hyundai, or ford is still very good and certainly adequate. The ride and quiet factor seems much closer to the Lexus/avalon than any of the other mentioned vehicles. I read some reviews that complained of road noise, I have no idea why. Others complained about the seats and while they don't grab you like the regular camry SE, they are still comfortable (unless you're cornering like a maniac then you slide around a bit), and super easy to get in and out from unlike something sporty like my wifes CC. What I don't like is the XLE doesn't have enough standard options, (probably why their prices are so low) but this does allow you to get the options you want without paying a monster price. The trunk while very large really would be a ton better of toyota could have found a way to allow both seats down instead of just a small passthrough. The glovebox is flat instead of downward so things tend to slide out when opening it, there may be a few other small things I can recall right now. Bonus of getting a hybrid is all the feedback about my driving is actually turning me into a better driver, and I'm learning just how inefficient my aggressive driving is, and seem to be motivated to hit even higher mileage highs for each trip (my overall average was 31, and now up to about 38 per week) I love driving this car, the bluetooth and USB integration are great allowing me to use my pandora, and other music apps on my phone, as well as voice activated droid navigation system (which IMO destroys all auto systems that cost 1000's because it's always going to be updated to the latest and greatest). Everyone can actually hear me when using the hands free bluetooth (droid also gives voice activation here as well) I would have liked the JBL upgrade but for t
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Toyota Camry

by from Atlanta, GA on June 4, 2014

The car runs great you cant even hear the engine, it great on gas (40 mpg), Its very comfortable, I get a lot of compliments about my Camry Hybrid, I'm a proud owner.
The car runs great you cant even hear the engine, it great on gas (40 mpg), Its very comfortable, I get a lot of compliments about my Camry Hybrid, I'm a proud owner.
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Great Car so I bought another one!

by from Fair Grove, MO on October 8, 2017

The Toyota Camry Hybrid is everything I want in a car: Reliable, quiet ride and great gas mileage. The first one I bought was a 2008 model that I bought in 2007. I gave it to my son when I bought m...
The Toyota Camry Hybrid is everything I want in a car: Reliable, quiet ride and great gas mileage. The first one I bought was a 2008 model that I bought in 2007. I gave it to my son when I bought my 2nd Toyota Camry Hybrid and it had 216,000 miles on it at the time. He is still driving it and it now has 250,000+ miles on it and still has the original hybrid battery and runs like new. I bought a 2014 model and the hybrid engine is even better - easily getting 40 mpg on each tank with an all time high of 46.5 mpg on a full tank. I love the quiet ride as I am hearing impaired and can still carry on a conversation in this car and of course Toyota reliability is unsurpassed. Great value for this fantastic car!
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Found my car!

by from Frisco, TX on June 24, 2014

I researched best options for my wife and me and this 2014 Camry XLE Hybrid is spot on. It looks great, drives great, and gets super good gas mileage without sacrificing performance. We couldn't be mo...
I researched best options for my wife and me and this 2014 Camry XLE Hybrid is spot on. It looks great, drives great, and gets super good gas mileage without sacrificing performance. We couldn't be more satisfied with a car purchase unless it was given to us.
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LOVE this car

by from LA, CA on March 4, 2014

I purchased a slightly used 2012 with 7000 miles on it. It drives like a dream. Technologically amazing. Smooth, quiet, reliable. Great sound system. 35 mpg. Comfortable for big guys like me (6'3). No...
I purchased a slightly used 2012 with 7000 miles on it. It drives like a dream. Technologically amazing. Smooth, quiet, reliable. Great sound system. 35 mpg. Comfortable for big guys like me (6'3). No complaints.
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Great gas mileage with a plus interior

by from Des Moines,Iowa on May 15, 2014

After driving a Prius for the last 4 years, I wanted some upgrades in styling and interior features. I got that in the Camry Hybrid. The leather upholstery is a step up from the Prius but I had to sac...
After driving a Prius for the last 4 years, I wanted some upgrades in styling and interior features. I got that in the Camry Hybrid. The leather upholstery is a step up from the Prius but I had to sacrifice some gas mileage for a bit more lux. I also preferred a female salesperson and Toyota has a jewel in Becky Grissom.
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