With a few exceptions, reviewers praise the 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid's performance not just in comparison to other hybrids, but gas-powered sedans.
Road & Track notes that the Camry Hybrid "maximizes use of the available electric propulsion and minimizes inefficient modes of the gasoline powerplant" and also gives kudos to "Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive system" for being "seamless."
The Toyota Camry Hybrid offers a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine with a continuously variable transmission. The engine provides 147 hp, but Edmunds.com notes that the "electric motor adds another 40 hp." The Camry Hybrid's electric motor can run the vehicle independently, but only at speeds below 30 mph.
Edmunds.com also states that while Toyota was not looking to create a high-performance hybrid, the 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid goes from 0-60 mph "in a very respectable 8.4 seconds." Road & Track sums it up by saying they would be "more than happy to give up a couple of seconds to 60 mph if that meant a 50-mpg Camry."
Toyota's premier hybrid car is the Prius, and Popular Mechanics wonders if people "are willing to pay about the same for the larger Camry Hybrid as they will for the slick but smaller Prius."