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Why Buy a 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

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Why Buy a 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

Should You Buy a 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid? Here are the Pros and Cons

For two decades, the Toyota Camry has held the lead in the mid-sized sedan category for car-buyers the world over. With the addition of the Toyota Camry Hybrid in 2006, Toyota became the first to offer a hybrid-powered family sedan, and it has become a popular choice. Since then, many competitors have entered this hot market, but Toyota continues to produce a quality product with appeal to the masses, not the least of which is its offering of the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid.

What's new for 2016

With major updates happening for the Camry in 2015, few changes were made to the 2016 models. A solely gas-powered Special Edition model is new for 2016, but the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid remains unchanged from its 2015 refresh.

Top 10 Reasons to Buy a 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid – The Pros

1) Competitive Fuel Economy

Although some hybrids on the market boast a slightly more efficient fuel economy, the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid's fuel economy is definitely not lackluster. Town and highway driving together average 40-41 mpg, making this vehicle a great choice in the green (both earth-friendly and wallet-friendly!) category.

2) Traditional Camry Reliability and Quality

For decades, the Camry has been a bastion of reliability but has also gained a reputation for being a bit stodgy. Recent updates lend a modern flair to this dependable model without sacrificing its strong history of reliability.

3) Latest Safety Technology

The 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid receives a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration not only due to its standard head and body air bags but also to its safety technology features. Back-up camera, Lane Departure Alert and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control are features second only to the Pre-Collision system that works through radar-based Cruise Control. Seats have been specially designed to reduce whiplash and neck/back injuries if an accident does occur.

4) Surprising Affordability

New car buyers will likely be surprised at the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid's affordability. Starting at just $26,790 (with options taking the price to $30,140), the price is easy on the wallet. Add to that the traditionally low maintenance costs and low fuel costs due to its hybrid nature and most consumers will appreciate its low cost for years to come.

5) Exceptional Ride

The 2016 Camry Hybrid ensures a solid ride with better body control due to chassis improvements. Thick carpet padding and door inserts minimize road noise for a quiet driving experience.

6) Updated Exterior Styling

Smooth curves add to the appeal of the refreshed exterior, and a five-bar chrome grill adds to the somewhat aggressive look of the vehicle. A few sharp lines along the headlights are softened by a smoother design around the fog lamp while large taillights increase visibility and lend an air of sophistication to the overall design.

7) Consumer-friendly Infotainment System

Reviewers are quick to note the sensible layout, big buttons and large lettering of the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid's console area. Easy-to-learn features and a large (6.1 inch or 7 inch) touchscreen delight today's tech-savvy users. Voice-activated calling, Bluetooth music streaming through a smartphone and iPod connectivity also contribute to the car's user-friendliness without being overwhelming.

8) Upscale Interiors

Refined red stitching and faux-suede elements lend an air of excitement to this model. Even with this, the interior retains a utilitarian feel, ideal for the majority of today's buyers.

9) Seamless Transition from Electric to Gas Power

When in full speed, experienced road testers noticed little to no difference when the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid transitioned from electric to gas power. However, after being stopped for a while, the vehicle may have a slight shuddering when the gas motor starts.

10) Quicker performance than the traditional Camry

Surprisingly, reviewers report that compared to the 4-cylinder, gas-powered 2016 Camry, the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid boasts a little more power when needed, up to a half second quicker in acceleration according to reviewers.

Reasons Not to Buy a 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid – The Cons

1) Sensitive brakes

More than a few test-drivers admit that the brakes can be "grabby" and have a "spongy pedal feel," factors that may take some adjustment and inhibit the smoothest possible ride.

2) Safe, not sporty

Also, many top reviewers agree that the improvements to the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid are positive but fall short of being innovative and sporty. Interiors have a more traditional, practical feel than an innovative one. Exteriors have been improved as well but still lack the edge a modern buyer may desire. If a buyer is looking to impress with a fast ride, he or she may want to keep shopping.

3) Average Powertrain performance

Buyers typically look at the Toyota Camry because of its stellar history as a top-value, reliable sedan instead of as a high-performance sports car. Although available with a higher-powered V-6 engine, most car shoppers will choose to purchase the model that includes a standard 178-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This model serves to do the job but does not overly impress with powerful performance.

How the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid Stacks Up to the Competition

Although an early favorite in the hybrid sedan category, the Toyota Camry Hybrid is now part of an extremely competitive and growing market. The 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, the 2016 Honda Accord Hybrid and more offer sporty, performance-based options. As far as price and fuel economy, these options compare very closely. However, the 2016 Toyota Camry still stands out as a leader in affordability, user-friendliness and ride comfort. This latest model is sure not to disappoint the discerning buyer who is looking for a long-lasting, high-quality and exceptional vehicle.
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