2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    40-41 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    156-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    2-speed CVT w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Visibility
  • Quiet cabin
  • Mileage gain over conventional Camry
  • Comfortable ride
  • Backseat headroom

The Bad

  • Some interior materials look cheap
  • Spongy brakes
  • Mileage is middle-of-the-pack
  • Trunk storage limited by hybrid hardware
  • Rear seat low to floor

Notable Features of the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid

  • New aggressive exterior styling
  • Wireless charging for some mobile phones
  • Eco mode to maximize mileage
  • Standard backup camera

2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid Road Test

Bill Jackson

Competence can be a curse. Both the truly great and the truly awful stick out in one's memory. But the competent — neither good nor bad — can fail to make an impression.

The 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid competently and unobtrusively pounds out the miles as a commuter, but it doesn't stir one's passion to drive and its mileage doesn't top the class.

Toyota updated the Camry Hybrid for 2015 with changes to the exterior, interior and feature set. You can compare it with the 2014 model here.

The model we tested came with Toyota's Entune Premium Audio system with navigation and a collection of apps that let you check things such as weather and stock prices, among other functions, plus a three-month trial subscription of SiriusXM radio. We also had optional remote start ($499), wireless mobile phone charging ($75) and a power moonroof ($915).

Several automakers sell a hybrid midsize sedan, so the Camry Hybrid is up against a crowded and competitive field. Compare the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid with the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid, 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid and 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid here.

Exterior & Styling
The 
Toyota Camry Hybrid gets new headlights and taillights, but the biggest change is the new larger front grille. I'm not in love with the new grille, but I don't have the same level of distaste that others do.

The Camry Hybrid looks fairly conservative from the side and rear, with a lot of angular surfaces. I think its profile view is its best.

In fact, overall I was ...

Competence can be a curse. Both the truly great and the truly awful stick out in one's memory. But the competent — neither good nor bad — can fail to make an impression.

The 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid competently and unobtrusively pounds out the miles as a commuter, but it doesn't stir one's passion to drive and its mileage doesn't top the class.

Toyota updated the Camry Hybrid for 2015 with changes to the exterior, interior and feature set. You can compare it with the 2014 model here.

The model we tested came with Toyota's Entune Premium Audio system with navigation and a collection of apps that let you check things such as weather and stock prices, among other functions, plus a three-month trial subscription of SiriusXM radio. We also had optional remote start ($499), wireless mobile phone charging ($75) and a power moonroof ($915).

Several automakers sell a hybrid midsize sedan, so the Camry Hybrid is up against a crowded and competitive field. Compare the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid with the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid, 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid and 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid here.

Exterior & Styling
The 
Toyota Camry Hybrid gets new headlights and taillights, but the biggest change is the new larger front grille. I'm not in love with the new grille, but I don't have the same level of distaste that others do.

The Camry Hybrid looks fairly conservative from the side and rear, with a lot of angular surfaces. I think its profile view is its best.

In fact, overall I was a fan of how the Camry Hybrid looked, especially in our test model's Blue Crush Metallic paint. I do, however, think the grille is an area where Toyota would be better served by trying not to be memorable.

How It Drives
Better mileage over conventional equivalents has long been the hybrid calling card, though to varying degrees. Here, the Camry Hybrid's mileage looks good when compared with its conventional sibling, but it doesn't wow in the broader hybrid market.

The Camry Hybrid is fuel economy is EPA-rated 40/38/40 mpg city/highway/combined, compared with a four-cylinder Camry's rating of 25/35/28 mpg and a six-cylinder Camry's rating of 21/31/25 mpg. Shoppers intent on buying a Camry who are most concerned with mileage are compelled to choose the hybrid and its 12-15 mpg combined bump.

In the broader market, against the Fusion Hybrid and Accord Hybrid, the Camry Hybrid trails in combined mpg fuel economy estimates by 2 mpg and 7 mpg, respectively. It fares better against the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid, where the Camry Hybrid's combined mpg estimates are 2 mpg better. The Sonata has been redesigned for 2016, though, and EPA estimates show it just beating the Camry Hybrid in the EPA's combined ratings. As of this writing, 2016 Sonata Hybrids haven't hit dealer lots.

In our testing, several editors found 40 mpg easy to obtain, whether they used the mileage-enhancing Eco feature or not; the EPA estimates seem to hold true in the real world, in both optimal and sub-optimal weather.

Acceleration is acceptable, moving away from lights and making passes on the highway easily enough. It's not as crisp and quick as a non-hybrid car, but this generation of the Camry Hybrid feels more like a "real" car than previous generations. The Camry Hybrid's transmission has continuously variable gearing that can provide an odd, almost elastic response on the highway. There was a bit of that, but no worse than a lot of non-hybrid cars with continuously variable automatic transmissions. (The Toyota hybrid system doesn't use that kind of belt-and-pulley design, but it does have continuously variable gear ratios.)

The Camry Hybrid can operate as a purely electric-motor vehicle in certain situations and then seamlessly kick in the 2.5-liter four cylinder engine when it's needed. There's an accompanying change in engine noise, but that's it.

The Camry Hybrid is not designed to be a sports car. It's not dramatic, and that's OK — perhaps preferable in a commuter car. Life, jobs and commuting to work can be hard enough; the last thing we need is a car that gets in on the act and beats us up more. The fact that the Camry Hybrid gets you to work in an unflustered, undramatic manner is forgettable, but it's powertrain is also commendable.

Braking is poor, however, even for a car aimed at commuters. The pedal feels very spongy, and stopping is hard to modulate. Hybrids use regenerative braking, in which the car's inertia is used to generate electricity to charge the batteries, slowing the car. Particularly in early hybrids, there can be an odd, jerking sensation when braking. I could barely detect any such thing when braking in the Camry Hybrid; the overall braking feel is just too mushy and spongy.

The ride is good: Bumps and rough spots are soaked up pretty well; only enormous potholes send a judder up through the car. When pushed, the Camry Hybrid is predictable, tending to plow into turns and not snap around.

Interior
The hybrid 
Toyota Camry is a comfortable car with good room for its class. I'm about 6 feet 2 inches tall and I wasn't cramped in the front seat — even in a version with the optional moonroof (a feature that diminishes headroom by about an inch). Backseat room was also fine for me with the driver's seat set to where I'd positioned it. The seat is a little low to the floor, which results in raised knees, but headroom was roomy enough.

The only complaint I had was that I wished the telescoping steering wheel would extend slightly more, though I've noticed after sharing cars with our other reviewers (including tall ones) that I tend to want the steering wheel closer than others. It's certainly not a deal-breaker for me.

However, the interior materials drew near-universal disdain from our reviewers. A number of surfaces are soft to the touch, but they don't look great. This carried through to the rear seats, where the Camry Hybrid has a particularly uninspired design. This is an area where other models show better attention to detail, and it really hurts the Camry Hybrid in head-to-head comparisons.

Camry Hybrids are available in LE, SE and top-of-the-line XLE trim levels. We tested the SE version, so this is not a base model of the Camry Hybrid that we're picking on. The Camry Hybrid edges toward the front of the class in terms of visibility. Like most cars today, the Camry's front pillars slope back at a very shallow angle, and that design by its nature limits visibility. Fortunately, the pillars aren't extremely thick and the angle is just steep enough, so seeing out the Camry Hybrid is basically fine.

Rear visibility is very good, partially because the trunk isn't as high as those of many competitors. The backup camera is one of the better ones on the market, as it offers a very wide view of what's behind you. It tends to distort a bit at the edges — as a wide-angle lens would do — but I'll take that distortion if it means I have a more panoramic view.

I like to judge visibility by how confident I feel, either when I go for a gap in traffic on the highway or while maneuvering the Camry Hybrid in a tight parking garage after a hard day at work. The Camry Hybrid aced this test.

Lastly, the Camry Hybrid is a quiet car. I found very little road noise intruding into the cabin, and there was practically no wind noise, even when pushed to 70-plus mph on the highway. This, too, is welcome on any commute.

Ergonomics & Electronics
Toyota's Entune Premium Audio system works well, as all the connected apps are displayed on the center infotainment system screen with large, easy-to-read, easy-to-touch buttons.

The steering wheel is crowded with buttons to the point that, at first glance, it appears a bit overwhelming. With more use, though, they became very familiar. They were also large enough that I could use them fairly easily while wearing gloves.

There are also large buttons flanking the screen to swap between apps, and that's the source of my biggest beef with the system: If you want to swap to the navigation view, you have to first hit the "App" button and then select "Navigation" from the touch-screen. It'd be better if there were just a button that said "Nav," rather than this two-step process.

Our test model also came with a wireless phone charging pad, a $75 option. Buyers should check if their phone is Qi-compatible (no Apple iPhones are as of this writing). If it is, a case that's too thick can prevent charging.

Overall, Toyota deserves commendation for how well-laid-out the cabin is. It's easy and intuitive to adjust everything from the headlights to the intermittent windshield wipers to the climate controls.

Cargo & Storage
The Camry Hybrid's cabin has a lot of well-designed storage provisions, chief of which is a cavernous center console. For all the things that are federally mandated in cars these days, it's the Camry Hybrid's center console storage that most makes me think, "They should have to make all cars like this."

The cupholders and bottleholders are also of a decent size, holding everything except my 32-ounce, wide-mouth Nalgene bottle (though few cars can do that).

The trunk is also large, but buyers should be aware that the rear seats do not fold in the same way conventional Camry seats do. Instead of a standard 60/40-split folding backseat, the hybrid makes do with a single folding segment. The cabin opening it creates when folded is roughly 40 percent of the seat's width, but unfortunately it's also elevated from the trunk floor and only about a foot tall. Sadly, this limitation is common among hybrid sedans.

Safety
The 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid has been designated a Top Safety Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This means it scored the institute's highest rating of good (from possible scores of good, acceptable, marginal and poor) in its various dynamic tests and offers an optional forward collision prevention system that's rated advanced (from a possible basic, advanced or superior).

In the class of affordable midsize sedans, the Camry is one of four rated a Top Safety Pick Plus. Even the lower-rated sedans are strong performers in this very competitive class.

All Camry Hybrids have a standard backup camera. A blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert is optional on the highest, XLE trim. Likewise, as part of an option package XLE buyers can get a precollision system that can slow the car before a collision, as well as a lane departure warning system.

To browse a complete list of safety features, click here.

Value in Its Class
Prices for most of the midsize hybrids are close, with only the Accord Hybrid costing significantly more (and providing significantly better mileage).

If mileage is the sole basis for your decision, others turn in higher figures. But, here again, the Camry Hybrid is close to most of its competitors and enough higher than its conventional sibling to justify the hybrid's existence.

By no means is it a perfect car, though. The brakes and general dynamics prevent any driving exuberance, and the Camry Hybrid's interior appearance really lags the competition.

Where the Camry excels is in quietly getting you where you're going without loudly announcing its presence. An attraction to that kind of quiet competence, more than a need for the nicest interior and absolute peak mileage, is what will likely draw buyers to the Camry Hybrid.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Amazing engineering, great performance & economy

by Richard D from Surprise, Arizona on August 19, 2018

The Camry Hybrid is a great commuter car, that's also terrific on long trips. Comfortable to drive, great entertainment system, incredible economy. What's not to like? Read full review

(5.0)

Enjoying the increased size and comfort

by Cynthia on July 11, 2018

Enjoying the size and comfort. Enjoying the fuel economy. Very comfortable. Quiet ride. Very nice interior and sharp looking vehicle. Hope to drive it for several years. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Restraints and dummy kinematics
good
Small overlap front
good
Structure and safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Toyota

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, Carfax vehicle history report, travel protection and toll-free assistance line

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year / 12,000 miles

    Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase. Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date ($50 deductible) Note: In AL, FL, GA, NC and SC, 7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty coverage begins Jan. 1 of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles. Hybrid: 8-year/100,000 mile warranty on Factory HV Battery for Toyota Hybrid Vehicles.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 160 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Camry Hybrid received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker