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heycar review

      Launch year
      2019
      Body type
      Large family car
      Fuel type
      Hybrid
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Capable, hybrid large family saloon

Best bits

  • Excellent standard equipment
  • Good economy and tax efficient if you’re buying with company money 
  • Toyota reliability and dealer service 

Not so great

  • The interior design is a bit fussy
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto yet 
  • Depreciation is likely to be pretty hefty 

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Overall verdict

"The Toyota Camry was re-introduced in 2019 in the UK to fill the gap left by the Avensis saloon, the fact that the Avensis itself wasn’t replaced underlining the shift in the marketplace from saloons to SUVs and crossovers. T"

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here are always a few dissenters, though, and for the hardcore saloon buyer, Toyota has drafted in the bigger Camry to sate their appetite for a big, uncomplicated saloon. It will never, ever, sell in big numbers here meaning you’re unlikely ever to see one, but that alone is appealing to many, as is the Camry’s unfussy, non-premium badge and promise of certain reliability. 


Its obscurity in the UK is in complete contrast to its ubiquity in the USA, where the Camry isn’t just locked into the top ten selling car charts, but raced in NASCAR - the Camry winning not just races, but championships in America’s most emblematic race series. The huge sales volumes there mean you can walk into a Toyota dealer and drive out in a Camry in anything from L specification, to a range-topping TRD (Toyota Racing Development) model, powered by either a 2.5-litre hybrid, or a 3.5-litre V6 driving the front, or all four wheels. 


Unsurprisingly, given Toyota UK’s annual Camry sales aren’t likely to match that of a single US dealership’s, that breadth of choice is a good deal more limited here. 


There’s one engine choice, a 2.5-litre four-cylinder hybrid petrol, and a pair of trim levels. That hybrid system is, like that of the Prius and Corolla hybrids, ‘self-charging,’ using the car’s motor and regenerative braking to keep the small onboard battery pack primed to take over and assist whenever possible. All that conspires to deliver a mix of decent economy and performance, without the hassle of plugging in. 


Tapping into the current zeitgeist that’s seeing buyers move away from diesels, and a small, but growing number of buyers taking backward glance at the sensibilities of conventional saloons, the Camry’s return to the UK couldn’t have been better timed.


 For the canny customer it makes a lot of sense, not least because it’s a good deal bigger than its key mainstream saloon car rivals, and comes very well specified as standard. It is resolutely not a car that can hope to compete against the sporting image, driver appeal and premium badges of the cars that dominate the saloon car arena in the UK. 


Nor is it meant to, the Camry’s qualities lie elsewhere, appealing to buyers utterly unconcerned about thrusting premium badges and instead wanting a lot of space, equipment and decent economy for their money. If that’s you, then read on, if not, you can read about the BMW 3 Series here (INSERT LINK here).  


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Toyota Camry

2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 4dr CVT

  • 2020
  • 1,761 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Listers Toyota Nuneaton
  • Warwickshire, CV107RF
Price:£26,950
PCP: £412.13/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £412.13, Customer Deposit: £4,042.00, Total Deposit: £4,042.50, Optional Final Payment: £12,016.00, Total Charge For Credit: £3,533.05, Total Amount Payable: £30,483.05, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.67%, Excess Mileage Charge: 8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Toyota Camry

2.5 VVT-i Hybrid Excel 4dr CVT

  • 2020
  • 9,042 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Listers Toyota Coventry
  • Warwickshire, CV34FJ
Price:£25,991
PCP: £398.58/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £398.58, Customer Deposit: £3,898.00, Total Deposit: £3,898.65, Optional Final Payment: £11,545.00, Total Charge For Credit: £3,402.95, Total Amount Payable: £29,393.95, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.67%, Excess Mileage Charge: 8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Toyota Camry right for you?

The Camry is right for over 300,000 people a year in the USA, and while we recognise that it’s a different marketplace over there a lot of the Camry’s sensibilities do translate well to the UK marketplace. Not least the space it offers, it easily accommodating both your family and their luggage without being a squeeze. 


It’s also well built and comes well equipped - with leather upholstery standard in both of the available trim levels. It offers the possibility of circa 50mpg if you’re driving it sensibly, as you’re almost certainly likely to be doing so, because, unlike virtually all its rivals, the Camry isn’t weighed down by aspirations of sportiness, it a car that works well as an easy cruiser.  


Throw in Toyota’s excellent reputation for reliability and dealer service, and the Camry might be exactly the car for you, and the Toyota dealer will be only too happy to sell one to you. 

What's the best Toyota Camry model/engine to choose?

There is only one engine on offer here, and it’s an eminently sensible 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder mated to an electric motor driving the front wheels through a standard automatic transmission. 


The trim choices are similarly uncomplicated, with either Design or Excel, both coming with good levels of standard equipment, each including alloy wheels, leather powered and heated seats, dual-zone climate control and plenty more.


The parity of the pricing has us recommend the range-topping Excel, because it gains a few additional safety items, notably Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, as well as ups the convenience with a wireless charging pad for your smartphone and a power adjustable (rather than manual of the Design) steering column, for just £1,200 extra.  

What other cars are similar to the Toyota Camry?

The Camry might once have been able to list a number of large family saloons from mainstream rivals, but they’re all largely gone now, or at least not available in all marketplaces now. Think Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Insignia, Mazda 6, Volvo S60 and Volkswagen Passat as its main rivals, then, it more likely buyers will be coming from these volume brands rather than the premium ones so dominated by the German trio of BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. 

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