2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid PhotoThe 2008 hybrid Toyota Camry makes sense for a lot of reasons.  While it couldn’t have been easy improving upon the passenger vehicle that’s been number one in U.S. sales for nearly a decade, adding a hybrid drive to the Camry in 2007 was all it took.  Who doesn’t want a car that’s affordable, dependable, safe and fuel efficient?  And although the Prius fits that description, I think a lot of people will find the size of the Camry to be a better option for their larger families.

Powered by a 147 HP, 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder gas engine combined with a 45 horse power electric motor, the hybrid Camry’s 192 horses are substantially more than the 158 you get in the standard version.  At the same time, you’ll enjoy driving an extra 8 miles on every gallon behind the wheel of the hybrid Camry, which boasts an mpg rating of 33 verses only 25 for the standard model.  As an added bonus, many experts who drove and reviewed the 2007 and 2008 hybrid Camry noted that it’s power was nearly the same as what you’d get with the V6 engine.


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The ‘08 hybrid Camry comes with Toyota’s Smart Key System (unlocks doors as you near your vehicle; allows you to start your Camry with the push of a button).  It’s also packed with standard safety features including ABS, vehicle stability control (with traction control) and 7 airbags (including a driver knee airbag).  It also has a few features that you won’t find on non-hybrid Camry’s, including LED tail lights and an “ECO” button to limit energy consumption for heating a cooling.  So, what can you expect to pay for your new Camry hybrid?  Without adding any options, the MSRP is $25,350.  Expect to pay $30,000 or more if you decide to add leather, navigation, heated seats, and the upgraded JBL audio system.

We expect to see more information about upcoming changes for the 2009 Toyota Camry hybrid, so check back for updates or Subscribe to Hybrid Cars! to get all the recent news and reviews.  Also, if you’re set on buying a hybrid Toyota - don’t miss our coverage of the 2008 Hybrid Highlander.

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  1. […] 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review […]

  2. […] in several trim levels ranging from about $20,000 for the LE version to more than $25,000 for the hybrid Camry.  The 2008 Honda Civic starts at $15,000 (DX) while the hybrid version will set you back at least […]

  3. The 2007 Camry is a fine handling car getting about 38mpg on a trip. It has two major problems. When parking in the vicinity of strong radio frequency fields,(near communications towers) you can be totally locked out of being able to start the car. It says key not found! Also the traction control makes it likely to get stuck (undrivable in 2 inches of snow. The traction control applies brake and shuts down power to the point of it being a hazard.

  4. […] many reasons not to give this one a strong consideration.  On the other hand, the hybrid Prius and hybrid Camry also provide Toyota’s hybrid synergy drive at about half the […]

  5. […] or better mileage, potential buyers might also consider a Nissan Altima hybrid ($25,000) or a Toyota Camry hybrid ($25,200).  If you are looking to stretch your dollar further as gas prices around the country […]

  6. […] in several trim levels ranging from about $20,000 for the LE version to more than $25,000 for the hybrid Camry.  The 2008 Honda Civic starts at $15,000 (DX) while the hybrid version will set you back at least […]

  7. We have a 2007 Camry Hybrid. We live outside Seattle and don’t get much snow. Last winter we had about 3 inches. In trying to go up our driveway (very slight grade and short length, one of the tires started to spin and the whole car shut off - lights incl. We have talked to our dealer and to Toyota Customer Service. They profess no knowledge of this problem and offer no help. Has anyone else a solution?

  8. […] more buyers? Unfortunately, I have my doubts. For about $1,000 more, you can get better mpg in a full hybrid Toyota Camry and most likely better resale value down the […]

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