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Hybrid cars use a traditional gasoline engine backed by a battery bank and electric drive motor system. Toyota pioneered hybrid technology with the Toyota Prius, but the little hybrid’s styling doesn’t appeal to everyone. The Toyota Camry, however, already enjoyed popularity as a thrifty midsize model, so incorporating a fuel-efficient hybrid drivetrain for the 2007 model year was a win-win scenario. So, for interested shoppers, here’s a look at the reliable and affordable Toyota Camry Hybrid models for under $15,000.

The best used Camry Hybrid model years

Six used Toyota Camry Hybrid model years ranging from 2009 to 2014 placed in the top third of the U.S. News ranking of the “Best Used Hybrid Cars under $15K for 2023.” The 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid ranked the highest, finishing at No. 6. The 2012 and 2014 model years tied at No. 7 with four Toyota Prius models and a Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, and the 2009 and 2013 model years finished in a five-way tie at No. 14, and the 2010 model rounds out the list of used Camry Hybrids at No. 28 of 92 vehicles. 

2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid

A silver-gray 2010-2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid midsize sedan production model
2010-2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid | Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

The 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid ranks at No. 6 on the U.S. News list, with used models carrying an average price below $10,500 depending on the options and condition of the car. In 2011, a new Camry Hybrid started at $27,050, and 2023 model MSRPs began at $28,355. 

In addition to the sub-$15K Hybrid ranking, U.S. News called the 2011 Camry Hybrid the most affordable midsize car for 2011 based on its low price, spacious cabin, and robust performance. Other accolades include its highly-rated predicted reliability, four-star NHTSA safety rating, and good IIHS front and side impact crash ratings. 

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Tied for No. 7 with six other hybrids, including four Prius models and another Camry, the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid has an average used price of around $11,600. In 2012, the Camry Hybrid enjoyed a complete redesign and an MSRP starting at under $26,000. 

Like the 2011 Camry Hybrid, the 2012 Camry Hybrid earned U.S. News’ top sport for affordable midsize cars for 2012. The 2012 Camry Hybrid’s impressive fuel economy, responsive regenerative braking system, and lively powertrain added to its appeal along with the high predicted reliability common among Toyotas. The 2012 Camry also earned a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA and an IIHS Top Safety Pick despite its poor performance in the “small overlap front: driver-side” crash test.

2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid

The 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid is also in that seven-way tie for No. 7. With an average price of around $17K, depending on options and vehicle condition, it’s still significantly lower than its original MSRP, starting at over $26K. 

Like the other two Camry Hybrid models listed here, U.S. News named the 2014 Camry Hybrid the most affordable midsize car in 2014. Reviewers noted the 2014 Camry Hybrid’s fuel economy, acceleration, and reliability as positive factors in addition to its “quiet, spacious cabin.” For the 2014 model year, the Camry received a five-star NHTSA safety rating. Additionally, 2014 Camrys built after December 2013 have an IIHS Top Safety Pick award with an improved acceptable rating for the “small overlap front: driver-side” crash test. 

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