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2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid best value of all says Consumer Reports

Another win for Toyota’s Camry, this time in its new style and hybrid form.

The 2015 Camry Hybrid XLE is the best value among all automobiles according to Consumer Reports’ (CR) most recent rankings. According to CR, the Camry Hybrid has about double the value of the average vehicle in America. Before you dismiss the Camry because a 20-nothing automotive reporter in his mom’s basement with a Lamborghini Poster on the wall called it boring, be aware that the Camry has been redesigned. It ranks well among cars of its type in driving pleasure. CR said “We found that the updated Camry Hybrid has a comfortable and mostly quiet ride with improved handling.” The Camry Hybrid replaces last-year’s winner, the Toyota Prius.

Consumer Reports Values Handling
Unlike other rankings that look only at 5-year cost of ownership, CR includes that as part of its analysis, but also considers its own actual road testing. Of course, Consumer Reports also includes reliability in its analysis. With regard to the Camry Hybrid, Consumer Reports says it is “stone-cold reliable.” At just $29,000 CR found that the Camry Hybrid XLE also had “comfort and all-around functionality.” Its 38 mpg combined fuel economy makes its energy cost per mile close to that of EVs in some US markets.

The Exciting Camry
CR pointed out that the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE is not “exciting.” This is not really a surprise since the Camry hybrid is not even Toyota’s most exciting Camry. Frankly, the XLE it is not even the most exciting Camry Hybrid. That would be the Camry Hybrid SE. Toyota also makes a Camry with a 268 horsepower V6, sporty styling and upgraded wheels and suspension for those that want a Camry with a little pizazz. Or if excitement is a top priority, one could opt for one of the many F Sport versions from the Lexus line.

Lowest Value Mercedes Sedan and Jeep Wrangler
While anointing the 2015 Toyota Camry the best value, CR took a shot at Mercedes singling out its SL sedan as a poor value, and for having less than average reliability. What vehicle is the worst overall value of any automobile? That would be the Jeep Wrangler according to Consumer Reports.

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Brian (not verified)    December 27, 2014 - 4:37PM

Hybrid is cool, but Toyotas just keep getting uglier. Does this not look like an original Cylon Centurion?

John Winters (not verified)    March 25, 2015 - 2:38PM

Rip Off! This car does not even come close to getting the stated MPG. We don't drive fast and have vastly varying results per tank. One tank we got 28, we average between 32-34 which is really far off the stated 38-43. Even when we drive like a 80 year old grandma, we don't come close.It is dangerous to drive so slow like that here in CA and we shouldn't have to baby it so much and still not get close to the stated MPG.

Toyota corporate and the dealer pretty much said oh well, we got your money and we won't do a thing. I feel like i got ripped off by paying thousands more for the hybrid and i didn't get the performance of a hybrid. I will never buy a Toyota or Lexus ever again. Buyer Beware!