2016 Toyota Camry SE Hybrid Review

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] America’s favorite sedan and the brands highest take Hybrid in SE trim.

    [​IMG]Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 13, 2016

    2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE - $27,995 to start, $30,045 as driven with mats ($225), Qi charger ($75), Powered roof ($915) and $835 D&H charge. It like its XLE trimmed sibling are rated at 40/38 mpgUS city/highway.

    After the Camry lineup refresh in 2015, to keep up with the Joneses, Toyota upgraded its multimedia systems.

    Through the first 6-months of the year, the Camry in the U.S. is leading its next closest rival in the sales race, the Accord, by some 30,000 vehicles. 199,760 vs 169,354 to be exact. Considering the Camry Hybrid on its own (10,280 sold YTD), it falls just short of another midsize rival in the hybrid space, the Ford Fusion Hybrid (11,487 sold YTD), by just 1,207 vehicles.

    2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE Exterior

    According to Toyota, the Camry SE accounts for 45 percent of sales. With a more pronounced front fascia including the piano-black mesh grille, projector halogens with black trimmed bezels, sport tuned suspension including a unique stabilizer bar, absorber valve structure, and control arm bushing components, plus 17” alloys, the SE is drawing consumers up to 12 years younger than other Camry trim buyers.

    2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE Interior

    Inside the Hybrid SE adds front seats with larger side bolsters – I like the Base LE seats lesser bolstering better – and a leather wrapped wheel.

    Standard Bluetooth, steering wheel audio and phone controls, USB port is all standard.

    Soft-touch materials abound although there is a lack of satin chrome trim around some key controls. Window controls and center air vents. Red thick single french-stitching across the passenger dash along with a satin chrome trim piece provides an upscale appearance.

    The Camry’s console tray offers good storage and the enclosed bin in front of the shifter offers a 12V power port, USB port and in this SE, the optional Qi charger that works pretty good. For $75, add it to the option list!

    The 4.2-inch TFT driver information screen provides a 0 to 60 mpg range iFCD bar and alphanumeric aFCD to the Trip meters, and large easy to read Optitron speedometer and power meter to the right and left respectively.

    2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE Drivetrain

    The very efficient but low torque output 156 hp Atkinsonized 2.5L I4 is helped with a very powerful electric motor within the company’s very efficient Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) two motor system. The combination releases 200 horses making the Camry Hybrid a very quick on-ramp runner. As in a 7.6-second 0 to 60 mph acceleration pace. That is quick.

    Another addition is hill-start assist control helps prevent rolling backward when starting off on an incline when the brake pedal is released.

    Three drive modes are also a touch away. ECO mode dampens throttle response and A/C output to maximize efficiency. EV mode can operate the Camry Hybrid for a very short period.

    2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE Safety

    The Camry arrives with the STAR Safety System, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. It also features the Smart Stop Technology brake-override system.

    10 airbags including front, side, side curtains, outboard rear side airbags, knee airbags. A standout for sure. While the 2016 MY Camry has earned am IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, this SE does not come with the advanced forward collision warning and Auto stop functionality so it does not have that rating under its belt.

    A lot more to come but I have to go pick up my family from the airport and will not be back to my PC until the weekend…

    It can be picked up for a little more than $4k off too. ;)

    July 14, 2016 TrueCar Price Report - 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE

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  2. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    The woman I'm seeing now has a 2008 Camry Hybrid. Too bad she has a binary driving style. So I say .......... nothing. I think she notices I drive "differently" but she doesn't comment on it.

    Any Toyota hybrid is a winner.
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  3. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    Last year I test drove the Camry hybrid, Sonata hybrid, and Accord hybrid. I liked them all. In my short drive, it was the instruments that stood out to me as superior in the Toyota. The Camry has a very intuitive, easy-to-read panel that showed the stuff I wanted to see without any configuration or fuss.
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  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Following the review writeup above, this weeks ride is the 40/38 mpg rated 2016 #Toyota #Camry #Hybrid SE.

    While it will not win a beauty contest and is not the most efficient midsize hybrid available, it will still be running long after the rest have been recycled via the shredder...

    A pia trying and snap that display for some reason? First drive from Midway Airport to the IL/WI border ended up at 57.1 mpg displayed with the A/C running wide open over 60+ miles.


    Calibration drive next...

    #Efficient #long #distance #traveler - #CleanMPG
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  5. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Let the automotive press criticize Toyota for it's "bland" or "beige" or "vanilla" product. The real winner is the consumer who enjoys world-class fuel efficiency AND very low TCO.

    And the previous generation Camry was handsome. I don't know why they had to mess with a winning look. Hyundai went the other direction with the Sonata ; now it's less gimmicky and more elegant.
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  6. KenSoren

    KenSoren Member

    I just bought an Avalon XLE Premium hybrid and love it. It has an identical power train to the Camry XLE, same GVW but the Avalon is little longer and a little wider, so it's safe to say it is comparable to the Camry XLE hybrid.
    This is the third Toyota hybrid we have bought - first a '09 Camry and then my wife's '15 Prius three, so I guess you could say I like them a lot, and I trust them to not give me problems.
    Our Avalon just turned in a little over 39 calculated mpg on a trip from Yucaipa (next to San Bernardino) to Sacramento, to Novato, then back to Yucaipa - close to 1,000 miles. This had only 300 miles on it when we started so I'm sure there is a little "breaking in" left to make things work a little better.
    My wife loves her Prius and gets a little over 44 mpg average but she just drives the thing hard so I am happy with that.
    The '09 Camry was still running well and had an overall calculated 32 mpg for the 82,000 miles we put on it. I keep a log of gas purchased and miles driven so this is an accurate figure. Now it is our grand daughters and it should get her thru college plus some.
    Can you tell I am sold on Toyota hybrids? I don't think you can beat them due to their overall efficiency and reliability.
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  7. nash

    nash Well-Known Member

    xcel said it well: it will still be running long after the rest have been recycled via the shredder...

    I'm still driving my 2007 Camry Hybrid with over 200,000 miles on it. It still drives like new, and my average commute mpg is in the low 40's even after 10 years of driving it (purchased in May 2006). Got to love the mild San Diego weather and smooth freeways, that really helps keep the mpg up. Even driving in Arizona in the 115F heat and 70 MPH freeways I still get 38 mpg. The Camry still has the OEM brake pads after all those miles. It is no wonder it still sells well, especially now that it drives even better and gets better mileage!
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  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    An homage to last week's 2016 #Toyota #Camry #Hybrid SE.

    Somewhat comfortable - lower seat cushions and telescopic wheel need to be lengthened for us taller drivers, reasonable pricing as the $29.9k retail price car can be picked up for just over $25k, and the efficiency can still hold its own against any non-hybrid. The central display and frontal interior needs an update as well.

    Safety shows it is a 2016 IIHS TSP+ and NHTSA 5-star earner while those 10 airbags are what impressed me.

    Its efficiency numbers were at the top of the game from 2012 through 2014, it now sits on the bottom of the midsize hybrid list and there does not appear to be any relief in sight until at least the 2018 MY. Resting on your laurels for 6-years in this business is an eternity and a huge risk to the models continuing appeal. The non-hybrid Camry continues to outsell every other midsize thanks in part to the strength of the brand's super dealer network but for the first time, the hybrid sits in second place on the midsize hybrid sales charts and other competitors breathing down the aging platforms neck.

    For the next gen, expect all of the 4th gen Prius' drivetrain designs to reach it. Meaning close to a 40 percent TD engine, separated and much more powerful and efficient MG1 and MG2, lower output gearing, Li-ion traction battery, and a number of aerodynamic tweaks to bring it back up to best in class levels. Not complaining much about a 54.4 mpg 95 mile calibration drive and a 48.0+ mpg result over the 460 mile week with A/C running the entire time but these efficiency results notoriety have come and gone with the advent of competitors offerings reaching the road throughout 2016.

    Great addition to an efficiency enthusiasts drive. Not such a great one for the driving enthusiast however. Expect that to change with the next gen arriving in 2018 as well.

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    #Efficient #long #distance #traveler - #CleanMPG
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  9. Dorean Clarke

    Dorean Clarke Well-Known Member

    Thanks for sharing. Now I'm having a second thought. I really want to get a Prius but after reading this, I'm taking it into consideration. :rolleyes:
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  10. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Are you sure about that, Dorean ? The above review was for a 2016 or 17 Camry , far inferior to
    today's Camry. Also , it's an apples-to-oranges comparison , IMHO. I think most people buying a Camry
    don't seriously consider a Prius and vice versa.
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  11. thunderstruck

    thunderstruck Super Moderator

    Consumer Reports got 20 city, 49 highway (!) and 32 overall with the non hybrid version. They got 47 overall with the hybrid version, and the LE hybrid is the one they recommend. The LE gets the lithium battery, others get nickel. Toyota needs to sell the battery company and nickel mines and get on the lithium bandwagon.
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  12. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    49! That's insane! I'm not a CR member so I can't see their methodology...
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