Toyota Camry Hybrid vs. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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In a push to offer more electrified vehicles, quite a few automakers with midsize sedans offer hybrid variants. Toyota, a long-time leader for hybrids, has offered a Camry Hybrid since 2007.

With the overhaul in 2018, Toyota came out with an all-new hybrid for the model year. The Camry Hybrid continues to be one of the more popular hybrid sedans on the market and now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

Hyundai came out with an all-new Sonata Hybrid for the 2020 model year. The Sonata Hybrid shares a lot of elements with the regular Sonata, including the handsome design, excellent value, and high-tech features.

While not as popular as the Camry Hybrid, the Sonata Hybrid certainly has what it takes to compete with Toyota’s option. Toyota and Hyundai clearly took different approaches to building their respective hybrid sedans. With a lot of differences and a few similarities, you may be wondering which one of the two is the better option. That’s what we’ll aim to answer in this comparison.

See a side-by-side comparison of the Toyota Camry Hybrid & Hyundai Sonata Hybrid »

What the Camry Hybrid Gets Right

Both the Camry Hybrid and the Sonata Hybrid share the same 52 miles per gallon combined fuel economy rating, according to the EPA, but the Toyota gets slightly better fuel economy in the city. The Camry Hybrid is rated at 51 mpg city, which is one better than the Sonata Hybrid. Of course, that isn’t a drastic difference, but it certainly helps consumers that do a lot of driving in the city.

Hybrids aren’t known for their peppy performance, but the Camry Hybrid is the more powerful choice of the two. The Camry Hybrid comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor for a combined output of 208 horsepower. The powertrain in the Sonata Hybrid is comprised of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired with an electric motor for a total of 192 hp. The extra 16 horsepower gives the Camry Hybrid an edge.

What the Sonata Hybrid Gets Right

While the Camry Hybrid gets better fuel economy in the city, the Sonata Hybrid is more efficient on the highway. The Sonata Hybrid is rated to get 54 mpg highway, with the Camry Hybrid having a rating of 53 mpg.

Keeping true to Hyundai’s excellent run as being a value-forward brand, the Sonata Hybrid is more affordable. Pricing for the Sonata Hybrid starts at $28,725 including destination, while the Camry Hybrid carries a price tag of $29,205. With a $480 advantage, the Sonata Hybrid is the obvious choice for consumers on a budget.

It’s not like the Sonata Hybrid is missing features, as it comes with an 8-inch touchscreen, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display, and LED headlights as standard.

Higher trim levels come with the brand’s Hyundai Digital Key, 64-color ambient lighting, a 12.3-inch instrument cluster display, a head-up display, and a nifty solar roof that can help it get a few miles of charge back every day.

With 120.4 cubic feet of interior space, the Sonata Hybrid offers 20.5 cubic feet of more than the Camry Hybrid. This means the Sonata Hybrid offers more space in nearly every category, except rear leg room, than the Camry Hybrid. The Sonata Hybrid also has a larger trunk, offering 16 cubic feet of total cargo space compared to 15.1 cubic feet of space available in the Camry Hybrid.

Which Hybrid Comes Out on Top?

For a long time, the Toyota Camry Hybrid reigned supreme as the best hybrid midsize sedan on the market. There’s been a disturbance in the force, as the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid now takes the lead.

While the Camry Hybrid has more power and gets better fuel economy in the city, Toyota’s option falls behind when it comes to pricing, interior space, and available features.

Our Verdict: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid takes the victory in this comparison by a solid margin. With similar fuel economy figures to the Camry Hybrid, a more spacious interior, a more affordable price tag, and more high-tech features, the Sonata Hybrid shines as the better option of the two.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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