2019 Toyota Camry Review for Peoria, AZ

The new 2019 Toyota Camry brings new goodies to the economy segment

Did you know that Toyota has sold more than 10,000,000 Camry cars since the nameplate first rolled out back in the early 1980s? On average, Toyota sells a few hundred thousand new models every year--and that doesn't account for the pre-owned models that are finding their way onto and off of dealership lots and driveways. That means that this popular nameplate has made it into every corner, nook, and cranny of the country.

For 2019, gas-powered Camry models include seven distinct trim levels (L, LE, XLE, XLE V6, SE, XSE, and XSE V6) while hybrid-electric Camry models offer three well-equipped configurations (Hybrid LE, Hybrid SE, and Hybrid XLE). Prices range from $23,845 for a base model L, up to nearly $33,000 for a top-of-the-line Hybrid XLE with all the fixings.

And speaking of fixings, let's see what's new for 2019.

On the second year of the generation, the 2019 Camry gave to me....

  • Updated Entune 3.0 multimedia infotainment
  • Apple CarPlay

It shouldn't be too shocking that the 2019 Camry--only the second model-year in an all-new and heavily redesigned generation--isn't all that different from its predecessor. The 2018 Camry was about as new as any modern car could be, improved in every inch, button, and piston. Most of the changes that you will find in the 2019 model are largely based in software, and the addition of standard Apple CarPlay to the Entune system represents a new initiative by Toyota include this popular smartphone integration system to more of its models in 2019 and moving forward.

Standard safety for the modern driver

There may be a correlation with the rise of distracting tech and features, and the rise of more standard driver-assistance features--but, it's always better to play it safe. That seems to be Toyota's mindset, at least, since it added its competitive Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) suite of features standard on the new generation of Camry cars.

The Toyota Safety Sense suite is actually made up of four different systems that can give you extra "eyes" and a little help with reaction time. A Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Automatic High Beams help you out in the front, by alerting you to fast-approaching objects (a car stopping suddenly or a person stepping out into the street) and shedding more light on your path. Dynamic Radar Cruise Control can help regulate the boring commute by integrating minor autonomous driving technology into conventional cruise control. And Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist helps to make sure that you'll only ever merge lanes when you intend to.

The new design: polarizing, or a practical evolution?

It made sense for Toyota to take a more aggressive route in their design of the Camry. The day of the calm, mature, rounded-edge family sedan is over, and committing to the older style of the Camry would only mean that Toyota could lose business to the redesigned Honda Accord or the steely-eyed Ford Fusion.

It was time to make a change; and while there may be a few fans calling for a return to flat grilles and forgettable side views, there are plenty of midsize sedan shoppers who can appreciate--and flock to--the new gullwing grille design on the front end, the sharp angles, the quad chrome exhaust tips, and the custom styling of the new XSE.

Engine options and MPG ratings

2019 Camry L, LE, and SE models come standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, good for 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque; mpg ratings for city/highway/combined are an impressive 29/41/34. XSE and XLE trims come standard with that same 2.5-liter four, but power is slightly boosted up to 206 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque; mpg ratings for city/highway/combined are slightly lowered, at 28/39/32. This same engine is also seen in part in new Hybrid LE, Hybrid SE, and Hybrid XLE trims, which pair the 2.5-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor, for a combined system output of 176 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque; mpg ratings for city/highway/combined are a whopping 44/47/46.

2019 Camry XSE V6 and XLE V6 models offer an impressive 3.5-liter V6 engine, good for 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque; mpg ratings for city/highway/combined are understandably the lowest in this lineup but still excellent for commuters, at 22/32/26.

Let the Camry convince you itself

Great resale value; a ton of trim level options; surprisingly premium interiors; lots of new standard tech and safety features. The 2019 Toyota Camry is the kind of unsurprising midsize sedan that might still surprise you, in the end.

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