Extensively updated last year, the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid has a lot going for it. I’m always impressed with the handling and overall quality of the interior of Toyota models.
The Camry has long been known for its smooth ride and quiet, roomy interior,The XLE Hybrid includes the LE Hybrid’s features along with its own 17-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a four-way power passenger seat and Entune Audio Plus, which adds a 7-inch touchscreen, satellite radio and HD radio.
Entune Audio Plus is optional on the LE and SE. The SE can also be had with a sunroof, a Qi wireless cell phone charger, a navigation system and smartphone app integration.
Safety is a priority (which is good news for families). The XLE offers an optional technology package (automatic high beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning system and lane departure warning), a Safety Connect package and a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.
On the XLE you can also get a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, a lane-departure warning system and a frontal collision warning system.
Additionally, the XLE’s optional Safety Connect telematics system includes an emergency assistance button, stolen-vehicle notification and automatic collision notification.
In Edmunds brake testing, a Camry Hybrid SE stopped from 60 mph in 126 feet, an average showing for a midsize hybrid sedan.
In government crash tests, the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid received the top five-star rating overall, with four stars for total frontal impact protection and five stars for total side impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the standard (non-hybrid) Camry the best possible rating of “Good” in its moderate-overlap and small-overlap frontal-offset impact tests. The Camry also earned a “Good” score in the side-impact, roof strength and head restraint (whiplash protection) tests.
The 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid provides one of the most comfortable and spacious cabins in its class. There’s plenty of headroom and legroom up front and not much less in back (which is important when you carry leggy teenagers and members of the marching band).
All in all, an outstanding family car and gets our thumbs up for long trips with kids of all ages!