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2019 Toyota Camry Review

By Autolist Staff | May 16, 2019

Summary

The 2019 Toyota Camry is the latest version of the trusted and reliable midsize family sedan which has been in production since 1982. Named after the Japanese word kanmuri meaning “crown”, the Camry competes against the Honda Accord, Mazda6, Chevy Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Volkswagen Passat, Nissan Altima and Kia Optima.

As crossovers and SUVs have gained in popularity in recent years, the market for midsize sedans like the trusted Toyota Camry has increased considerably. To maintain its positioning as one of America’s favorite cars, the 2019 edition adds considerable upgrades which help it to pull away from an increasingly crowded pack.

Priced slightly higher than most of its competition, the 2019 Camry wins accolades for its safety, reliability, driving utility and fuel efficiency.

The 2019 version adds Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity; most of the car remains the same since it was redesigned in 2018. This Camry is the eighth generation of the car which features a more powerful engine, improved fuel efficiency, smoother handling, and the addition of many driver safety features.

This car offers a wide range of options across its 5 trim levels, letting buyers pick a variety of safe yet spartan or sporty trim levels. With a more refined and luxurious style language when compared to previous generations, the latest Toyota Camry is a great choice which will satisfy a wide segment of the driving population.

The 2019 Toyota Camry is available at a base price of $23,845.

Exterior

The 2019 Toyota Camry features a wheelbase of 111.2 inches, a length of 192.1 inches, a height of 56.9 inches and a width without including the mirrors of 72.4 inches. This makes it the widest and longest Camry ever released by Japanese automaker Toyota.

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The 2019 Toyota Camry is built on the brand’s Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). This modular unibody platform is all the base for the 2020 Toyota Corolla.

Featuring a midsize sedan style body and more exaggerated styling when compared to previous editions, all trim options of the 2019 Toyota Camry have a renewed exterior appearance. The SE, XSE, and XSE V6 versions of the 2019 Toyota Camry feature a very athletic looking grille design which leads right into the car’s hood. These versions also feature quad exhaust tips creating an emphasized and athletic profile.

All trim levels of the 2019 Toyota Camry feature a variety of creases and exterior swoops which display this car’s renewed design language. A true departure from earlier generations, this year’s Camry offers a sleek and sophisticated exterior appearance that will appeal to wide selection of the driving public.

This car is available in the following colors:

  • Supersonic Red
  • Ruby Flare Pearl
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Super White
  • Wind Chill Pearl
  • Celestial Silver Metallic
  • Predawn Gray Mica
  • Galactic Aqua Mica
  • Brownstone
  • Blue Streak Metallic
  • Blue Streak Metallic / Midnight Black Metallic
  • Celestial Silver Metallic / Midnight Black Metallic
  • Wind Chill Pearl / Midnight Black Metallic

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Interior Quality and Comfort

Overall, the interior quality and comfort of the 2019 Toyota Camry are high points which help to secure this car’s place as one of America’s most trusted cars. There are considerable differences in the interior materials used depending on which trim level is selected. All versions of this year’s edition are comfortable and enjoyable to ride in for most passengers.

The dashboard of the 2019 Toyota Camry features an asymmetrical design emphasized by sweeping lines and curves which help to convey a more upmarket, luxurious feel. Depending on which trim level is selected, the interior design of this year’s Camry.

This 2019 model comfortably seats five people, though taller passengers may feel slightly cramped in the backseat. the interior of the Camry is well designed for its primary purpose as a high-use family-friendly car.

When compared to competitors Honda Accord, Mazda6, and Altima, the Toyota Camry has slightly less headroom in the front seat. In the backseat, this year’s model has more headroom. Compared to the Accord, Mazda6 and Altima, the Camry has less legroom in the backseat, though most reviewers affirm that the riding difference is negligible.

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The Toyota Camry is one of America’s best selling cars in great part due to the comfort and space previous generations have offered. The latest version is in no way a departure from this tradition and is likely to feel just right for a great number of drivers.

The Camry is outfitted with 2 sets of LATCH car seat connectors and has earned the highest possible rating for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Some reviewers have found the interior of the 2019 Camry to be noisy when compared to other models in the midsize family sedan category.

This Camry features clear and easy to understand gauges, buttons and screens, making the car simple and intuitive to drive or ride in as a passenger.

In keeping with past generations, the 2019 Toyota Camry has a generous trunk cargo capacity of 15.1 cubic feet of space. This matches up higher than the Mazda6's 14.7 cubic feet, though less than the Accord or Altima which have 16.7 cubic feet and 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space respectively.

This car offers ample legroom for passengers taller than six feet. Much taller riders may find the Toyota Camry does not offer the headspace necessary for a comfortable ride.

Utility & Practicality

Designed to carry more than 12 filled shopping bags in its 15 feet of cubic storage space, the 2019 Toyota Camry is well suited for practical, everyday use by busy professionals and families.

With an above-average reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars from J.D. Power and Associates, the Camry was designed to offer considerable utility.

All Toyotas come with a three-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, a five-year, 60,000 mile powertrain warranty and a five-year, unlimited-mile corrosion perforation warranty. The brand is consistently ranked one of the world’s most reliable cars and with more than 10 million Camry’s already sold, Toyota clearly has a successful track record.

The 2019 Toyota Camry is built to last and is among the most practical cars available on the market today.

Technology & Infotainment

New for 2019, all Camry’s now come standard with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa in addition to a seven-inch touch screen, USB port, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and a six-speaker audio system.

This car can be upgraded to include features like wireless smartphone charging, a moonroof, two additional USB ports, an updated infotainment system with eight-inch touch screen and a nine-speaker JBL audio system.

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The Camry’s Entune Infotainment system includes an updated touch screen features a bright and highly responsive design that is easy for users of all ages to operate.

The car also offers a well-designed suite of technologies to boost driver assistance and safety as well as entertainment. When compared to other models in the family midsize category, the Camry earns high marks for its innovative use of helpful technologies that improve the driving experience.

Safety & Driving Assistance

The Camry is loaded with safety features such as blind spot monitoring, a rear cross traffic alert system, automatic rearward braking, a heads up display and 360-degree camera. In 2019, this car earned a perfect 5-star highway crash test rating from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Camry the highest possible rating of “good” in six individual crash tests. The car was also named by this organization as a 2019 Top Safety Pick +.

When compared to competitors the Accord, Mazda6, and Altima, the 2019 Toyota Camry is the only one to earn the coveted “+” designation. The main reason for this additional safety accolade is the car’s impressive headlights which are among the absolute best in the category of midsize sedans.

Safety is one of the main selling points of the new Camry. Every model comes with Toyota Safety Sense P as a standard feature. This pre-collision awareness suite offers pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams and a dynamic radar adaptive cruise control system,

Driving Experience

Surprisingly nimble and sporty, the front wheel drive Toyota Camry delivers an impressively responsive driving experience. More agile than its competitors, this car handles sharp turns and intense braking situations with ease.

Both the standard 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine with 203-horsepower and the 301-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 versions handle well and make for an enjoyable car for normal, everyday use. The V6 engine offers 267 pounds of torque which is far higher than competitors such as the Accord, Mazda6 or Altima.

Camrys with the base four-cylinder will do 0-60 miles per hour in 7.9 seconds. While traveling at 60 miles per hour, it is able to come to a complete stop in 122 feet.

When turning at high speed, the Toyota Camry offers firm and agile handling. The SE editions of this car offer a sportier feel without reducing onboard comfort or safety features.

The newest Camry offers a smooth and enjoyable driving experience which is likely to inspire and invigorate drivers who may have written previous generations of this car off. The 2019 Camry performs well and offers an enjoyable driving experience well suited for hectic urban environments or cruising on long distance highway trips.

Fuel efficiency

The 2019 Toyota Camry is one of the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid cars available on the market today. This car will easily deliver 29 miles per gallon in the city and up to 41 on the highway.

Drivers who opt for the 301 horsepower V6 Camry will see quicker acceleration at the expense of reduced fuel economy.

Pricing & Value

The 2019 Toyota Camry is available in five trim levels: L, LE, SE, XLE and XSE. There’s also a Camry Hybrid which has been featured in a separate review.

Each of these trim levels offers considerable value despite being priced on the higher end of the midsize sedan category. Reliability, safety and fuel efficiency are the main driving factors ensuring that any 2019 Toyota Camry purchase is likely to be a smart buy.

Toyota Camry L

The Toyota Camry L starts at $23,845. The car includes a 203-horsepower four-cylinder engine, eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive plus the Entune infotainment system with seven-inch touch screen, USB port, mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay and a six-speaker system.

The L trim also comes standard with safety features like a rearview camera, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control.

Toyota Camry LE

The Camry LE starts at $24,350 and adds an extra cubic foot of trunk space, a folding rear seat and a power-adjusted driver’s seat. This model also offers upgrades like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alerts and a moonroof.

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The Camry SE starts at $25,550 and includes upgrades like climate control and faux leather seats.

This model can also be upgraded with things like blind spot monitoring, wireless phone charging, rear cross traffic alert, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, and an improved Entune infotainment system featuring an eight-inch touch screen, satellite radio and a high definition radio.

Toyota Camry XLE

The Toyota Camry XLE starts at $28,925.

It adds to the lower trims things like leather seats, a dual-zone climate control system, heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, wireless smartphone charging, rear cross traffic alert, two extra USB ports and an updated Entune infotainment system with 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio and a high definition radio.

Buyers can add to this model things like navigation, a heads up display, a 360-degree camera system, panoramic glass roof, automatic rear braking, and a nine-speaker JBL audio system.

The 301-horsepower V6 engine is a $5,125 option; the upgrade also adds features like a panoramic roof, a heads up display and nine-speaker JBL audio system.

Toyota Camry XSE

The Camry XSE starts at $29,475 for the four-cylinder model.

The XSE can also be upgraded to the V6 for $5,125. As with the XSE, models with the V6 also add the panoramic roof, a heads-up display and a nine-speaker JBL audio system.

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