Toyota Camry Hybrid - Drive Car of the Year!
The Toyota Camry Ascent Sport Hybrid has been named Drive Car of the Year in the annual consumer-focused motoring awards.
The Camry hybrid beat 49 other finalists across 14 categories to take out the top award, having already been named Best Family Car in the prestigious awards' 13th year.
The Camry hybrid won the top accolade after an exhaustive week-long evaluation that included testing on urban and rural roads as well as a series of exercises on a closed circuit to test vehicle safety in a controlled environment.
In making the award, the Drive Network judges praised the Camry hybrid for its spacious cabin, efficient powertrain and engaging yet comfortable on-road manners, and most importantly, its outstanding value for money.
The Drive judges - comprising seven expert road testers - assessed the 49 finalists on criteria including value, space, features, cost of ownership, economy and quality.
Drive Network editor-in-chief Andrew Maclean said Toyota had completely transformed the new-generation Camry with five of the seven judges giving it the vote for the Drive Car of the Year.
"The Camry Ascent Sport Hybrid is a car that impresses on so many levels; it's spacious, comfortable and convenient and loaded with cutting-edge safety," Mr Maclean said.
"And yet it offers peerless value for money in its class, is affordable to maintain and its seamless petrol-electric powertrain is amazingly economical.
"What surprised the Drive judging panel the most was just how engaging it is to drive. It is an extremely accomplished machine that asks the question: Why you would need anything else? - and is a deserving winner of the 2018 Drive Car of the Year," he said.
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