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  • Writer's pictureCory Fourniquet

Dad-Mode Unlocked: 2023 Toyota Camry Hybrid

There is no doubt that you have seen a modern Toyota Camry on the road. Toyota has sold over 300,000 annually, consistently since 1994. After spending a week in this 2023 Camry XLE Hybrid supplied to us for testing from Toyota, we can see why.

This car is comfortable, well-equipped, and (since it is a hybrid) very efficient. With room for an entire family, it’s no wonder Toyota has sold so many of these. They are the quintessential family car. It is almost a right of passage that you get a Camry when you start a family, right?

We really appreciated the ease of maneuvering this vehicle around in town. The steering was light at low speeds making it a great vehicle for running errands, especially since our hybrid model has an EPA-estimated 46 mpg in combined city/highway driving. Add to that one of the largest opening trunks I have seen in a sedan in quite some time, with 15.1 cubic feet of space at that, this Camry would be an excellent vehicle to take Black Friday shopping this year.

I was also a huge fan of the Reservoir Blue on our tester. Pictures do not do this blue justice as it was hard to truly capture. It really was a unique shade. The best I can describe it would be a dark royal blue. It really made this vehicle look much classier, in my opinion. It paired nicely with our tester's Macadamia perforated leather interior, though I do wish our windows were darkly tinted. That would have to be my first modification to stay cool in the summer here in Texas.

Family review coming Thanksgiving day.

2023 Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid Specs:

  • 2.5L 4-cylinder Engine

  • 176 Horsepower

  • 163 lb-ft of Torque

  • 118 Horsepower Electric Drive Motor

  • 208 Total System Horsepower

  • Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission

  • Front-Wheel Drive

  • Independent MacPherson Strut Front Suspension with Stabilizer Bar

  • Multi-link Rear Suspension with Stabilizer Bar

  • Front Strut Tower Bracing

  • 12-inch Front/11.06-inch Rear Disc Brakes with Integrated Regenerative Braking

  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels

  • Heated & Ventilated Front Leather-Trimmed Seats

  • 9-inch Center Infotainment Screen

  • 7-inch Digital Driver Information Screen

  • 10-inch Color Head-Up Display

  • 9-Speaker JBL Audio System with Subwoofer

  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

  • Proximity Key with Push Button Start

  • 15.1 Cubic Feet of Trunk Space

  • Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+

  • EPA Fuel Economy 44/47/46 (city/hwy/combined)

  • Starting MSRP $28,080

  • Price as tested: $39,479

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