For more than a decade, Toyota has given car shoppers who want more than just a typical gas-guzzling sedan the option of purchasing a hybrid version of one of the most popular and best-selling vehicles in the history of the automotive industry. This option has resonated with the market long enough to warrant new model years, new upgrades, and new features, leading up to the 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid in all its technologically-savvy glory. The latest model year makes a few well-warranted changes while retaining all of the highlights and features that car shoppers love about the brand.
New for the 2022 model year is the SE Hybrid Nightshade Edition. This special outing for the hybrid Camry gives drivers a beautiful looking rendition of America's favorite midsize, starting with 18-inch black-colored wheels, a matching black antenna fin, black window trims, black badging, and matching black door handles and mirrors. Every trim has also been given the option of 7-inch or 9-inch floating multimedia screens and an all-new Ice Edge exterior color for select trims.
Speaking of trims and colors, the 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid is available in five different trim formats, starting with the LE, the SE, the XLE, and finally, the XSE. As mentioned, you can get the SE trim in the special Nightshade Edition. The Camry Hybrid is also available in 12 different colors, which include three special two-tone colors. You can get the Camry Hybrid in Predawn Gray Mica, the all-new Ice Edge, White, Celestial Silver Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Blueprint, Wind Chill Pearl, Ruby Flare Pearl, and Supersonic Red. The three special two-tone colors include Wind Chill Pearl with a Midnight Black Metallic roof, Celestial Silver Metallic with a Midnight Black Metallic roof, and Supersonic Red with a Midnight Black Metallic Roof.
The 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid is outfitted with a single powertrain: a Dynamic Force 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder hybrid that outputs a total combined 208 horsepower. The Dynamic Force 4-cylinder combines an internal combustion-based engine with an electric motor. The gas engine operates at a high compression ratio of 14:1 in order to generate 176 horsepower on its own. The electric motor manages to output 118 horsepower, and when working in unison, the two are capable of netting 208 horsepower.
The electric motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack that receives much of its power from the gas engine. This also enables the Camry Hybrid to use multiple drive modes, including the Normal, Eco, Sport, and EV modes. Each mode gives drivers something a little different to look forward to while on the road, with Eco mode focusing on conserving as much fuel as possible to get the highest amount of fuel economy out of the Camry Hybrid. Sport mode gives you more responsive power and immediate performance for those who want it, and the EV mode is a great way to drive, relying on the electric motor and battery.
What's more is that the Camry Hybrid makes use of Auto Glide Control, which is a feature that helps with reducing the cost of fuel expenditure while operating in Eco mode. If you activate the Auto Glide Control, it will determine how to best conserve fuel by utilizing engine braking and reducing how much fuel is utilized while driving. It's an added feature to get the most out of the Camry's ability to save as much as possible during long-distance travels and extend the overall fuel economy.
The 2.5-liter Dynamic Force engine is paired with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission. This transmission dynamically shifts based on the Sequential Shiftmatic technology, based on the vehicle's engine revolutions and speed. It's designed to imitate a fast-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission. However, for those of you who feel like you would prefer to control the way the vehicle shifts on the road, there are paddle-shifters mounted to the steering wheel, ensuring that drivers can maintain complete control of the way the vehicle performs on the road.
Performance may be a big factor in how appealing the 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid is for some enthusiasts, but it's the design that wins over the hearts and eyes of others. Marked by an exquisite series of relaxed curves and a unique front fascia for the different trims, featuring a variation of athletic visual cues, the 2022 Camry Hybrid looks like anything but a typical pedestrian sedan. When you add in the mix of the two-tone color scheme and Nightshade Edition, you get a very performance-looking midsize vehicle that brings a very sporty flair to the economical sedan.
The Camry Hybrid is just as compelling inside as it is on the outside. The sporty front and rear diffusers, aerodynamic side vent accents, and eye-catching wheels are offset with a comfortable interior that is shaped around being inviting for those who want to relax as much as they want to burn rubber. Fine-tuned to reduce vibrations, noise, shocks, and jolts, the interior of the Camry Hybrid features sound-absorbing insulation with vibration-damping technology, built to ensure that the driver and passengers have a smooth, steady ride from one destination to the next. Noise-proof material and ride-handling stability control are all cornerstone features that create a synergistic ecosystem between the Camry Hybrid's stylish exterior and the relaxing interior.
Optional interior upholstery ranges from basic fabric seats to SoftTex seats with fabric inserts to black leather-trimmed front seats. Herringbone seating patterns for the material helps give the Camry Hybrid a unique sense of personality within the cabin. Available 8-way power driver-adjustable seats with lumbar support and 6-way power front passenger seat give potential Camry Hybrid owners options when it comes to scaling up the luxury factors for the midsize sedan. With available multi-stage heated and ventilated front seats, an optional 3-spoke telescopic heated steering wheel, and ambient interior lighting, you're certainly not left wanting when it comes to the comfort, convenience, and luxury factors offered by the Camry Hybrid’s trim variations.
The benefit of new model year vehicles is that they come with not only the latest in navigation and infotainment features but safety suites as well. The 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid is outfitted with the highly celebrated Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ (also referred to as the TSS 2.5+). This safety suite comes complete with pre-collision warning systems, pedestrian detection, lane departure alerts with steering assists, road sign assistance, and stability control with electronic-assisted anti-lock brakes. Other serviceable safety features include whiplash-injury lessening seats, available blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and intelligent clearance sonar with rear cross-traffic braking.
On the infotainment front, there's a base 7-inch multimedia floating touchscreen, but you can upgrade to a 9-inch touchscreen, with integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can easily give voice commands via Alexa or stream your favorite media through the connected network services, which include SiriusXM Satellite Radio. You can also take advantage of the available premium nine-speaker JBL audio system for the XSE trim for those who want the best audio experience that the Camry Hybrid has to offer.
Available USB ports can be made use of for charging mobile devices, or you can have the Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging pad installed, which is available across the entire Camry Hybrid trim line-up so you can charge up your smart device without ever having to plug in any cords while in the vehicle. Multi-functional remote keyless entry and remote trunk access are also available, along with full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, for semi-autonomous driving, which pushes the Camry Hybrid to the next level when it comes to technological convenience. With bonus tech such as the 4.2-inch or 7-inch multi-information driver display unit for vehicle telemetry and health, along with the 10-inch heads-up display unit with built-in navigation and weather support, you have access to every bit of information you could need to stay alert and informed during your travels in the 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid.