Every Toyota Camry sold, starting with the new 2025 model year, will be a hybrid electric vehicle. The new Camry will also offer the most powerful base vehicle engines in its price segment, boasting 225 or 232 hp. The Camry will be sold in both front and all-wheel drive.
The Camry is the latest Toyota model to be electrified across all trims. The Sienna minivan and Prius hatchback are only available with electrified powertrains. Both offer significantly reduced emissions and lead their segments in fuel efficiency and fuel economy. Nearly every Toyota model sold now offers an electrified version, many models offer multiple electrified trims.
The Camry has been available as a hybrid for quite some time. For the new model year, Toyota has changed the powertrain so the gas engine will work less and the electric motors will provide more propulsion. This is because the new Camry comes standard with the fifth-generation Toyota Hybrid System (THS 5), offering a more controllable and engaging driving experience. The powertrain uses lighter and more compact electric motors to produce more power and enhanced performance than the outgoing hybrid system. The changes to the new Camry result in 232 net combined horsepower. That is a whopping 30 more horsepower than the current generation with a mechanical All-Wheel Drive system. Toyota uses a geared eCVT transmission in its hybrids.
Features of the new Camry include standard wireless Android Auto and Apple Car Play and available next-generation microfiber seating surfaces.
Toyota has not yet released fuel efficiency numbers for the new Camry, but we suspect the Camry will have a Combined MPG rating of around 50 MPG for the all-wheel drive car, and around 55 MPG for the front-wheel drive trims. These efficiency numbers mean that in many American markets, the Camry will have a cost per mile for fuel (energy) better than battery-electric vehicles. Combined with the Camry’s legendary reliability and its two years of included maintenance, we expect the Camry to have the best five-year cost of ownership numbers of any vehicle its size sold in America - including battery-electrics.
In 1997, years before Tesla was founded, Toyota was the first brand to offer a battery-electric crossover SUV in America, has the most electrified models for sale, and is expected to have the highest electrified vehicle deliveries of any manufacturer in America. Toyota offers electrified trucks, minivans, sedans, hatchbacks, and even electrified sports coupes. Among Toyota’s electrified powertrains are hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles, and fuel cell electric vehicles. No brand offers more electrified vehicle choices in America than does Toyota.
The Camry was American-designed in Newport Beach, California, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is American-built from primarily North American-sourced components. Toyota motor Corp. is a public company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TM.”
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