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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2022 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrisd XSE

Vehicle Type: Midsize Hybrid
 overall score
Category Ranking: 5

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $32,720
Price as Tested: $37,164

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 13.2
EPA City mpg44
EPA Highway mpg47
EPA Combined mpg46

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [O]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [O]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [O]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional
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Overall Observations

The Toyota Camry is perennially America’s best-selling car. Why? Because it’s practical—plenty of room for passengers and their stuff—as well as comfortable, fuel-efficient, and economical both to buy and maintain. The Camry Hybrid, introduced way back in 2007, only improves on those qualities with a fuel-miserly hybrid powertrain good for 208 hp and up to 52 mpg (for the base LE trim) in combined driving. The powertrain’s downside is that the Camry Hybrid is slow off the line, its engine is noisy under load, and it generally feels underpowered. The Camry got a face-lift in 2018 that sharpened the styling of its sheet metal. The interior design feels a bit bland and dated, though, particularly the infotainment system. On the plus side, there is ample space for 4 adults. There’s also a 15-cubic-foot trunk made more useful by split-folding rear seat backs. Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.5+, the automaker’s long list of standard safety features, has been expanded. Additional perks include LED headlights with auto high beams and ToyotaCare no-cost maintenance for 2 years/25,000 miles.
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Ample interior room forpassengers/cargo
  • Excellent fuel economyratings—46 mpg incombined driving
  • Styling is improved overprevious generations
  • Lots of standard advancedsafety features

Weak Points

  • Slow acceleration,underpowered
  • Bland interior styling
  • Outdated graphics andinfotainment system
  • Noisy engine, especiallyduring acceleration

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2021
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 3600.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 192.7 / 72.4 / 56.9
Wheelbase (in): 111.2
Number of air bags: 10
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Michelin Primacy mxm4
Front and rear tire size: 235/40 R19
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Hybrid drive
Drivetrain type: Front wheel
Engine/motor: 2.5L 4-Cyl. VVT-i
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 176 @ 5700
Electric motor horsepower: 118
Combined system horsepower: 208

Test Data

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