Hybrids are best experienced during moderate weather. It was very cold over the weekend and that meant the hybrid took a while to get warm and wasn't able to use the electric assist system quite as much as it might have with temperatures above freezing. The transitions from regular internal combustion power to electric mode and back weren't as smooth as I remember when it was warmer outside. Aside from the shudder I experienced each time the start/stop function was employed, there really wasn't much else to alert you to the hybrid powertrain of the car during normal driving.
The reduced trunk space might be a concern for a family of four looking to go green. Vacations might require a bit more trunk room than this hybrid can offer, though two or three people would probably have more than enough room for luggage.
Of course the few tangible shortcomings are nothing compared to the high-profile recalls going on at Toyota lately. There were several good reasons to buy the Ford Fusion Hybrid before the recalls at Toyota started. Sure, the recalls don't include the Camry Hybrid but I wonder how many shoppers will look for the asterisk explaining why the Camry Hybrid isn't recalled.
Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor