Experts Prefer the Same 2023 Toyota Camry Powertrain

For years now, the Toyota Camry has set the standard for all other family sedans to follow in performance, comfort, and reliability. As the automotive marketplace continues to modernize year after year, we see many cars being released with very few options, keeping the blueprint of a car simple without many powertrain or performance options to confuse customers. Toyota is fully embracing the notion of continuing to offer a lineup of engine options for their Camry sedan.

With all of these powertrain options for the 2023 Camry in mind, experts have come to a consensus on which engine is the best-performing engine for everyday use. This is what you need to know about the powertrain options for the 2023 Toyota Camry, as well as which powertrain experts prefer across the board.

The full Toyota Camry engine lineup

The 2023 Toyota Camry comes with three main engine options. The main powertrain for the 2023 Camry is a 2.5L four-cylinder engine making between 203 and 206 horsepower depending on the trim level. If you get a Toyota Camry with a hybrid powertrain, you will be getting a similar 2.5L four-cylinder hybrid engine making around 208 horsepower. For the sportier trims of the Toyota Camry, there is also an impressive 3.5L V6 engine making 301 horsepower.

For the fully gas-powered Camry models, the four-cylinder and six-cylinder engine options are paired to an 8-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. The lone four-cylinder hybrid engine paired with a CVT transmission maximizes fuel economy.

The experts prefer the same engine 

According to multiple media outlets, the 2.5L four-cylinder hybrid engine gets the most praise for its reliability, performance, and fuel economy. MotorTrend applauded the hybrid engine’s fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 51 mpg city/53 mpg highway.

Car and Driver also applauded the hybrid powertrain, and despite having a large list of trim levels to choose from, picked the hybrid XLE model as the best Toyota Camry; it offers Lexus-like luxuries at a fraction of the price with some of the best fuel economy. 

2023 Toyota Camry engine options by trim level

A rear view of one of the 2023 Toyota Camry sedans, which has three engine options
2023 Toyota Camry | Toyota

The Toyota Camry has one of the most extensive lists of trim levels available on the market today. In total, the 2023 Toyota Camry trim levels amount to 13. These are the base LE, LE Hybrid, SE, SE Nightshade, SE Hybrid, SE Hybrid Nightshade. 

The remaining six trims are:

  • XLE
  • XLE Hybrid
  • XSE
  • XSE Hybrid
  • TRD
  • XLE V6
  • XSE V6

The LE, XLE, SE, SE Nightshade, and XSE models all share the same 2.5L four-cylinder engine; they are both available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Every hybrid model shares the same hybrid four-cylinder engine. The remaining TRD, XLE V6, and XSE V6 all come standard with the V6 engine.

With so many options and trim levels to choose from, you are bound to find a solid Toyota Camry that fits your needs with the award-winning hybrid drivetrain.

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