Toyota is back with its latest version of the Camry Hybrid. The new 2017 model plays off the 2016 body style that made it quite the catch with drivers last year. Toyota has thrown in some fresh tech features and improved engineering that will make the Camry a top contender over the next 12 months.
The New Look
Although the 2017 body style mostly mirrors its predecessor, there are a few updates that drastically improve the look. The most noticeable tweak is the dynamic grille that gives the Camry a bold, aggressive edge and adds to its already natty design. Reshaped LED lights offer an added touch to the front and back while enhancing evening visibility and the overall look of the car.
The cabin has also seen some significant changes. Toyota has upped the ante with a more luxurious interior that may be their most impressive yet. It is also one of the most open interiors you’ll find in a mid-size sedan, offering plenty of space for both the head and the legs across the entire back seat. This is where the Camry outshines its competitors like the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Mazda 6, which have more limited cabin space. Other fringe benefits include a modernized dash design and, of course, a peaceful, noise-insulated interior.
Cool New Gadgets
Car owners love toys, and Toyota delivers. They started by cutting the cord with Qi wireless phone charging. Any Qi-compatible device can be placed on the central panel and instantly charged up. The Entune® multi-functional display comes stacked with one-touch highlights that range from on-the-spot music services to weather updates and movie ticket purchases. Combined with a state-of-the-art JBL audio system, the Camry offers a delightful driving experience on the inside.
The Camry is known for its ability to get up and go, and it’s no different with the hybrid. It boasts a 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter engine matched with a 141-horsepower electric motor for a combined power of 200 hp. That gives it just the kick it needs to go from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. The fuel engine suspends activity when power is no longer required and then reignites as needed. An on-board monitor keeps the driver informed of where the energy is distributed throughout the system while driving.
Toyota has received top props in recent years for its uncompromising safety. Earlier this year the 2017 Camry earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well as distinguished scores from leading consumer magazines, making it one of the safest sedans on the road.
Standard safety gear includes ten airbags, stability and traction control, antilock brakes, and a rearview camera. Additional features include a blind-spot monitor with cross-traffic alert. The add-ons are available with the XLE and XSE models. In case that isn’t enough, there is also a Lane Departure Alert that detects if the car is veering off the road and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) that eyeballs potential tailgating. Driving a Camry Hybrid has never been safer.
Extra Points for Available Trunk Features
Many hybrids suffer from a confined trunk due to engine placement. While the Camry may not compare to the Honda Accord or Hyundai Sonata in the overall trunk area, it’s well above average in rear storage. It also makes up for it with some useful cargo features that come in handy. The first is a folding rear setback that extends the trunk space considerably. The Camry Hybrid also has a small pass-through in the middle of the backseat for long, slender items without disrupting the rear passengers. Accord and Hyundai don’t offer these little extras.