2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid vs. Its Competition

2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Altima Hybrid, which also has a full-hybrid system, has mileage and overall performance that's very similar to those of the Camry Hybrid, but the Camry's interior is a little roomier.

The luxurious, diesel-powered Mercedes E320 Bluetec seems like an unlikely competitor, but it also attracts buyers who want to decrease their petroleum use, and it gets 32 mpg on the highway.

To its credit, the E320 Bluetec rides, handles, and accelerates just about as well as the gasoline E350, but it's more than twice the price of the Camry Hybrid.

Or if you'd like a full-hybrid powertrain in a compact SUV, there's the Ford Escape Hybrid, which is rated at 34 mpg city, 30 mpg highway.

Finally, if you don't need all the space of the Camry and don't mind a hatchback, you might as well go for the much more fuel-efficient Prius, which gets 48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid melds the automaker's proven, hybrid system into America's bread-and-butter sedan. What's not to like?
The 2008 Ford Escape looks better inside and out, but the curtain airbags, higher-output V-6 and Sync audio system in the upcoming 2009 model year version are worth the wait.
If you appreciate luxury and complex engineering solutions, then you'll love the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
The 2008 Toyota Prius isn’t that entertaining a car to drive, but it delivers exceptional fuel economy and a roomy interior.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
33 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy48 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric I4Gas I4Gas V6Gas I4Gas/Electric I4
EPA Class    
Midsize2WD Sport Utility VehiclesMid-SizeMidsizeMid-size
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan (SE)FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS4-Door Sedan Sport 3.5L RWD4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.55-Door HB Base (SE)
Front wheel driveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan5 Door Liftback
Continuously VariableManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODCVT
Detailed Spec Comparison
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