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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 2024 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.

2023 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE Nightshade

Vehicle Type: Midsize Hybrid
 overall score
Category Ranking: 6

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $30,615
Price as Tested: $32,909

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 13.2
EPA City mpg44
EPA Highway mpg47
EPA Combined mpg46
built after January 2023

Advanced Safety Features

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

The Camry, introduced in 1983, is typically the top-selling sedan in the U.S. It's generally among the 10 best-selling vehicles, as well— and its numerous strengths have helped it earn and maintain its elevated status. Three things that make the Camry not only a desirable car but a very good value (the base nonhybrid's MSRP starts at just over $26,000) are its efficient drivetrain; its smooth, comfortable ride; and its abundance of space for passengers and cargo. The hybrid version, with its fuel-sipping ways (up to 52 mpg) and smooth gas-electric transitions, only increases its appeal. Other positives are nicely improved exterior styling (particularly the refreshed Nightshade edition we tested) and the standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ suite of advanced safety features (blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic warning still costs extra, though). But a few of the Camry's traits could stand some improvement. The engine is noisy at full throttle, the infotainment system isoutdated, and the Camry lacks features found in some competitors (e.g., heated and ventilated seats, backseat climate controls). Rear visibility is compromised by a high rear deck and fixed rear headrests, and the rearview camera image isn’t sharp. Finally, although many Camry owners couldn’t care less— their loss—the Camry lacks any type of excitement or driver engagement. It's just not an interesting or fun car to drive.

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Pros and Cons


  • Good value for the price
  • Excellent fuel-economy ratings, especially the hybrid
  • Smooth, comfortable ride
  • Lots of space for passengers and cargo


  • Outdated infotainment system
  • Lacks tech/convenience features competitors have
  • Lacks excitement, driver engagement

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2023
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 3535.0
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 I4 VVT-I
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 176 @ 5,700
Electric motor horsepower: 118
Combined system horsepower: 208

Test Data

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Handling: 6.27
Quality and Drivability: 7.25

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