Review and Test Drive: 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

By Jonathan Spira on 8 May 2020
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If you think gasoline-electric vehicles are a non-starter, you haven’t driven the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE.  While Toyota has manufactured the Camry since 1982 – that’s almost 40 years if you’re counting – this is decidedly not your father’s Camry.

The eighth generation of the Camry – known internally as the XV70 – was introduced in early 2017 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  It went on sale in its home market and in the United States that July. U.S. Camrys are made in Kentucky although some of the first to be sold in the States were manufactured at the Tsutsumi plant in Japan while the factory was being retrofitted for the Toyota New Global Architecture platform.

Let’s say for a moment you’re a typical family, just like the Banks family.  You have Mr. and Mrs. Banks, their children Jane and Michael, and of course the nanny, oh what was her name, ah yes, Mary Poppins, as well as their faithful companion Old Yeller.  You need the ultimate family hauler and you are probably thinking “crossover.”

You are probably mistaken.

The Predawn Gray Mica  Camry arrived on an equally grey day and its face and two-piece grille stood out as sporty as well as elegant. Toyota calls this a “Keen Look” and who’s to argue.

INSIDE THE 2020 TOYOTA CAMRY HYBRID XLE

Grab the door handle, the car senses the key in my pocket and unlocks, allowing me to board and take a seat. Is this perhaps a new Lexus they sent by mistake?  Perhaps some of the finer details weren’t present but the seats would have done Lexus proud, made of excellent materials, well padded, and supportive in all the right places.

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