2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid vs. 2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: Pros and Cons of Fuel-Efficient Cars

Camry Hybrid vs. Sonata Hybrid comparison highlights:

  • The 2022 Camry Hybrid is more powerful than the Sonata Hybrid
  • The 2022 Sonata Hybrid has slightly poorer safety ratings overall compared to the Camry Hybrid
  • The Sonata Hybrid has a more premium interior than the Camry Hybrid
  • The top Sonata Hybrid trim is more expensive than the fully loaded Camry Hybrid

The 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid is one of the most reliable hybrid-electric cars that you can buy these days. Still, the 2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid isn’t far behind. Average prices for these two hybrid sedans are close to $30,000, making them some of the more expensive fuel-efficient economy cars. Which of these models is more worth the cost? Let’s find out.

2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Price Range$27,980-$33,420 $27,350-$35,700
EngineGas-electric 2.5-liter four-cylinderGas-electric 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Horsepower 208 hp192 hp
Torque163 lb-ft151 lb-ft
TransmissionCVT6-speed automatic
MPG Rating51 city / 53 highway (LE)50 city / 54 highway (Blue)
Body styleMidsize sedanMidsize sedan
IIHS Safety RatingTop Safety Pick+Top Safety Pick
NHTSA Safety Rating★★★★★★★★★★

Toyota Camry Hybrid vs. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: similarities and  differences 

These two cars have some striking similarities. The difference in case prices for both the Camry Hybrid and Sonata Hybrid is only a few hundred dollars. These two midsize cars are nearly identical in length, width, and height. Both offer good interior and passenger room, and both offer over 50 mpg combined.

But, the differences between Camry Hybrid vs. Sonata Hybrid are enough to make it a really tough call. The Camry Hybrid’s larger powertrain offers more horsepower and torque, a more powerful driving performance, and better city fuel economy. The Sonata Hybrid offers more standard features, a premium interior, and a more comfortable ride.

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The 2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a classier cabin

U.S. News gives the Sonata Hybrid sedan better marks for its “classy cabin quality.” Premium cloth seating comes standard on all models, with leather seating surfaces offered standard on the top-of-the-line Limited. Heated front seats are standard on the SEL trim and above, while ventilated front seats are standard on the Limited. The Sonata Hybrid’s touchscreen is larger than the Camry Hybrid’s at all levels.

The 2022 Camry Hybrid isn’t exactly low-quality. Its wider variety of trim levels gives shoppers a more extensive selection of interior options, including advanced technology and premium accessories. It loses points from a low-res touchscreen and an excess of hard plastics.

Both hybrid cars scored well in U.S. News’ ratings

The 2022 Sonata Hybrid receives slightly higher overall scores from U.S. News. The 2022 Camry Hybrid scored higher in critics’ ratings, safety, and reliability.

2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Overall8.7 /108.8 /10
Critics’ Rating9.6 /109.5 /10
Performance8.4 /108.4 /10
Interior7.1 /107.9 /10
Safety9.9 /109.5 /10
Reliability84.0 /10083.0 /100

The 2022 Sonata Hybrid boasts an impressive warranty

The 2022 Sonata Hybrid comes standard with a 10-year/100,000-mile hybrid battery warranty and the same coverage for all of its hybrid system components. This sedan is also covered by a 7-year/unlimited-mile anti-perforation warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty.

The 2022 Camry Hybrid does boast a competitive hybrid battery warranty of 10 years and 150,000 miles—models before 2020 were only covered for eight years or 100,000 miles). Toyota’s hybrid system warranty is still at eight years and 100,000 miles. Its anti-perforation warranty only covers five years, and its basic warranty is only three years or 36,000 miles. A 5-year/60,000-mile warranty covers the Camry Hybrid’s non-hybrid-system powertrain.

Hyundai’s warranty has always trumped Toyota, but the Camry Hybrid’s enhanced hybrid battery warranty may mark a future shift.

Camry Hybrid vs. Sonata Hybrid: equally efficient, but the Sonata looks better inside and out

Close up view of the rear of a red 2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid fuel-efficient midsize sedan with the hybrid badge featured prominently
2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid | Hyundai

The 2022 Camry Hybrid has a lot to offer, and Toyota’s excellent reputation is usually enough for its cars to catch buyers. But, the Sonata Hybrid’s premium interior, better tech, and eye-catching exterior give it a slight edge over the Camry Hybrid. 

These fuel-efficient sedans will see about the same gas mileage in the city and on the highway. If you’re shopping for a fully loaded hybrid car, the 2022 Camry Hybrid will be cheaper. But, if you know that you’re going to choose a more budget-friendly option, we’d recommend the 2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

Still not sure? Scroll down to see how the 2022 Sonata Hybrid stacks up to its smaller sibling—the 2022 Elantra Hybrid.

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