The Toyota Camry has always been a consumer favorite, holding the distinction of being the best-selling car in America for the past 15 years. Now, with a hot redesign for 2018, the new Camry has a striking new look, cutting-edge safety, and superior drive characteristics.
The only question that remains is which Camry to buy – a hybrid or a conventional, gasoline-powered model? Here are some factors to consider from Royal Palm Toyota.
The Camry Hybrid is available in three trim levels, while the traditional Camry has seven, including two engine options. In terms of price, the base hybrid will cost more than the base non-hybrid, whereas a top-level hybrid has a lower base price than the high-line XSE V-6 traditional Camry.
Style and Features
Both models have comfortable seats with plenty of room. The top trim levels on the conventional Camry, however, have a wider variety of luxury options, including red leather.
Both offer a full suite of safety systems and the Entune™ infotainment system, but the Hybrid offers some more advanced options like a surround-view camera.
The traditional Camry has two engine options: a 203-horsepower four-cylinder and a 301-horsepower V-6. The hybrid powertrain puts out a combined 208 horsepower, more than most other hybrid sedans. The traditional Camry has sportier handling, but the ride quality is smooth, quiet, and comfortable in equal measures for both models. In terms of acceleration, the conventional V-6 wins out.
While the conventional Camry is one of the most fuel-efficient sedans available, the hybrid is an easy winner here. It is rated at 51 mpg city/53 highway (44/47 in the higher trim). The four-cylinder gets 28 city mpg and 39 highway; the V-6 is rated at 22/32 mpg, city vs. highway.
Ultimately, both Camrys have seen significant upgrades. They are very similar in terms of style and comfort, and the deciding purchase factor will be fuel efficiency and drive character. Come in to Royal Palm Toyota to determine which Camry is the best fit for you.