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2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid Sedan | First Drive | Review |

2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid

2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid Overview

There are advantages of being the pioneer of technology.  In the case of the hybrid powertrain first developed back in 2000, Toyota had the lead in the game by solidifying its performance and reliability before competition even surfaced.  During that time, the hybrid powertrain was only available in the Toyota Prius.  The box-like four door semi-hatchback  wasn’t exactly eye catching; but rather, pleased by its practicality and low maintenance costs.

Toyota’s approach was to start small and go big.  The Toyota Prius had been the test bed for its hybrid powertrain for six years until they began porting the design over to its siblings.  But enough about the history, let’s fast forward about a decade and talk about the 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid.

When it comes to the Toyota Camry, there isn’t much not to like.  The 2014 Toyota Camry features contemporary styling with great visibility and a plethora of room in both the front and rear seats.  It’s also an ideal all-around package with a well balanced dose of handling, acceleration, comfort and quietness in the cabin space.  The lower stock LE and XLE trim models do suffer from lowered quality material.  Fortunately, buyers have the option to upgrade to the Hybrid XLE leather and premium audio package equipped with a moonroof, UltraSuede Seat Surfaces, heated front seats, enlarged 7″ touch panel display audio with navigation, SiriusXM, 10-speaker audio system, blind spot monitor (BSM) and a rear cross-traffic alert system.