Toyota Camry Hybrid SL sedan 2023 Review

Is the Camry Hybrid any good

Camry Hybrid SL – With the continued surge in SUV sales one vehicle stands out against the trend. That’s the Toyota Camry Hybrid sedan.

Toyota Camry Hybrid SL front quarter 1

I drove the SL model last week, and even though I also like my SUV’s I have to say I really enjoyed the Camry.

The current model has been around for a while now and is starting to show its age a bit. However, it’s one of those cars that make you feel at home as soon as you sit in it.

Camry Hybrid is quiet and smooth to drive, comfortable to sit in and easy to live with.

Of course, the SL models comes well equipped with little luxuries like heated and cooled front seats, panoramic view monitor and roof and a heads-up display.

The main reason for the Camry popularity is the 2.5L petrol hybrid engine and its stunning fuel economy. It comes with front wheel drive and a simple 6 step CVT.

I had a mix of lots of city driving and motorway cruising and my overall economy figure was 5.5L/100k.  I could easily see myself getting over a thousand kilometres out of a tank of fuel.

So, it has reduced driving emissions and zero range anxiety.

The problem is that the Camry Hybrid is so popular that there currently is a pause on orders. This is due to global supply issues for little things like semi-conductors.

Funny how the little things can cause such big delays.

Overall, the Camry Hybrid stands firm against the continued swing to SUV’s.

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More Camry Hybrid SL Thoughts

  • Even though the design has been around for a while it still looks good.
  • The Camry SL comes packed with a heap of features for the price.
  • Inside the front seats are comfortable and supportive
  • Heated and cooled for comfort.
  • Central screen is small by today’s standards.
  • Apple CarPlay is great, but the screen functionality needs some work.
  • Rear seats are a little flat and tight for leg room.
  • Boot is long, not very deep and has a small opening.
  • Engine is smooth and economical.
  • It really doesn’t matter how you drive it; it never seems to get above 5.5l/100k.
  • No inconvenience waiting for a charger when on a trip, no range anxiet
  • Its easy to drive but the front wheel drive can be a but slippery in the wet.
  • One thing that caught me by surprise is how low the front is. IT scraped over driveways and speed bumps. They required a level of caution that would prove annoying over a longer time.
  • If I was brand conscious, I would feel like I was driving a taxi.
  • Can’t order one now. Have to wait for the new model.

Toyota Camry Hybrid SL drivers steering wheel and feature controls compilation

What is good?

  • Awesome fuel economy
  • Interior comfort and driving position.
  • Value for money

What is not so good?

Toyota Camry Hybrid SL front wheel and tyre

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Toyota Camry Hybrid SL final thoughts

Camry is really starting to show its age, but its aged well in some areas not so much in others.

It’s a victim of its own popularity. The demand is so great that supply has been suspended currently because of component parts supply issues.

There is a reason the Camry Hybrid is popular. Its good value, genuinely economical, and comfortable to drive.

Pity it doesn’t come in an AWD wagon version.

Toyota Camry Hybrid SL engine

Toyota Camry

Model

Camry Hybrid SL

Model Price$50,320 MLP*
Engine2.5L 4 Cyl Hybrid Petrol
Drivetrain6 Sp CVT FWD
Battery Capacity / type4AH
Power160Kw @ 5,700 rpm
Torque221Nm @ 3,600 rpm
Fuel ADR4.5L/100km Euro 6
Fuel on Test4.5L/100k
Fuel capacity50L
Range (WLTP) / efficiency1111km Max
Realistic range1000km on test
Fast Charge / Home (240V)N/A
SafetyFive Star ANCAP (Feb 2021)
CO2 Emissions103g/km
0-100kmh/Top SpeedTBC / 180km/h
Servicing12 Mth / 15,000km – Fixed price
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km – Hybrid battery 10 years
Roadside Assist5Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

Toyota Camry Hybrid SL front seats from rear

Overall Rating    

83/100

Behind the Wheel9
Comfort9
Equipment8
Performance7
Ride and Handling8
Practicality8
Fit for Purpose9
Style / appeal8
Technology/connectivity8
Value for Money9

Toyota Camry Hybrid SL interior dimensions compilation

Dimensions

 Camry Hybrid SL

Overall Length4905mm
Wheelbase2825mm
Width1840mm
Height1445mm
Wheels18 X 8.0 Alloy
Tyres235/45 R18
Max ground clearanceUp to 145mm
Wading DepthN/A
ApproachN/A
RampoverN/A
Departure angleN/A
Turning Circle KTK12.4m
Boot Capacity Min524L
Boot capacity Max524L
Battery WeightN/A
Kerb Weight1655kg
Payload (kg)445kg
GVM (kg)2100kg
GCM2500kg
Towing Capacity400kg
Tow Ball rating40kg

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Summary

Toyota Camry Hybrid SL final thoughts

Camry is really starting to show its age, but its aged well in some areas not so much in others.

It’s a victim of its own popularity. The demand is so great that supply has been suspended currently because of component parts supply issues.

There is a reason the Camry Hybrid is popular. Its good value, genuinely economical, and comfortable to drive.

Pity it doesn’t come in an AWD wagon version.

 

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Brianna has been driving a different car every week since she got her learners permit. Now writing and doing videos for us she is also qualified in the Hospitality, Beauty and Child Care industries but still finds time to be our resident gourmet chef. She provides the most magnificent meals when the mood takes her.Her camp oven damper made at Ute weekends and camping trips has to be tasted to be believed.In addition to that, she has a particular affinity with off road driving and has been driving since she was 9 years on the same farm as Rob learned to drive on. Unusually for one so young she is exceptionally competent with off road driving, keeping up with drivers that many more years experience. Brianna is currently compiling her own bush cook book along with her other business interests.