Despite its Japanese badge, the Camry mid-size auto is as American as angel pie and baseball. Not alone are the majority of Camrys awash in North America congenital at Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky plant, the ancestors auto additionally holds the appellation as the acknowledged car (i.e. a agent that’s neither a barter or crossover SUV) in the United States.
Following a redesign aftermost year, the 2019 Toyota Camry soldiers on abundantly unchanged. That’s no bad thing, as the latest Camry sports a activating bent like no added afore it. No, the Camry won’t fool you into cerebration it’s a action sedan, but its athletic platform, assured controls, composed ride quality, and competent powertrains beggarly the archetypal is no best alike with behind-the-wheel boredom.
While a 301-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 is accessible in the top-of-the-line XLE and XSE models, best Camry models action a 2.5-liter four-cylinder agent that makes 203 hp in the L, LE, SE, and XLE trims, the closing of which we tested. Opt for the sportier, high-end Camry XSE and the four-cylinder produces 206 horses.
Both Camry engines acquaintance to an eight-speed automated manual that sends ability to the car’s avant-garde wheels. Although the added action of the V6 is enticing, the four-cylinder’s reasonable balance and lower amount of access arguably accomplish it the added applied choice. This is a Camry afterwards all, and acumen still reigns supreme.
The Camry’s newfound activating bent doesn’t cede the model’s commonly adequate ride. Our XLE tester blood-soaked up the pits and bumps that mar South Florida’s anchorage after protest. Credit the car’s annealed structure, bendable bounce rates, and 18-inch auto captivated in Hankook all-season tires with analytic alpine sidewalls. Of course, it doesn’t aching that the Camry’s berth is additionally well-insulated from exoteric noises. Combine that with avant-garde brazier seats and a three-across rear bank with bendable cushioning, reasonable support, and aggressive space, and Toyota’s mid-size auto about pampers its disciplinarian and passengers.
Power is relative. While the 203 horses produced by the 2.5-liter inline-four of the Camry XLE may assume miniscule abutting to the accessible V6 engine’s 301 ponies, the Camry’s four-pot is still a about powerhouse. Remember, the 2002 Camry V6 arranged aloof 192 horsepower. Even added impressive, though, is the ammunition ability of the four-cylinder Camry. Rated at 28 afar per gallon in the city, 39 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg accumulated by the Environmental Aegis Agency (EPA), the Camry XLE is amid the best able and ammunition able gas-sipping mid-size sedans available. Sure, the Accord and its turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four manages EPA-rated abstracts of 30 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, and 33 mpg combined, but it’s additionally bottomward 11 ponies to the Toyota.
Whether it’s a $24,095 L or a $29,175 XLE, every Toyota Camry comes able with the Toyota Assurance Sense P apartment of avant-garde assurance features. This includes forward-collision admonishing with banal protection, automated avant-garde braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and automated high-beam headlights. A blind-spot adviser with rear-cross-traffic active is accessible beyond the line, save for the abject L trim. Our XLE tester included the $2,175 Disciplinarian Abetment package, which added a 10.0-inch head-up display, surround-view camera, parking sensors, and automated rear braking to the mix.
Kudos to Toyota for assuredly abacus Angel CarPlay affinity to the 2019 Camry, as Apple’s operating arrangement is above to Toyota’s built-in setup. (Alas, the Camry still isn’t accordant with Android Auto.) Sure, the Camry’s infotainment arrangement is far from the affliction in the segment, but it’s additionally boilerplate abreast the best (we’re fractional to the Nissan Altima and Subaru Legacy, in this case), and the Camry XLE’s 8.0-inch touchscreen suffers from middling and banausic graphics.
Despite an adorable autogenous design, the Camry’s abdomen ache from a cardinal of low-rent materials. Much of the lower dashboard appearance adamantine artificial with middling graining, while the faux copse trim of the XLE looks as counterfeit as a $15 bill. Fortunately, best of the car’s above blow credibility await on college brand materials. Still, the Camry’s berth affection feels a few accomplish abaft chic leaders such as the Honda Accord and Mazda6.
Despite the Camry XLE’s reasonable starting amount of $29,175 (a $5,080 access over the entry-level Camry L’s abject price), the model’s amount bound inflates with options. Along with the above $2,175 Disciplinarian Abetment package, our tester additionally included a $1,760 in-dash aeronautics system, a $1,045 across-the-board sunroof, and $395 account of Ruby Flare Pearl paint. Add in $399 for attic mats and $945 in destination and this four-cylinder Camry’s as-tested amount rings in at $35,644. That’s a ample sum accustomed the top-line 250-hp Mazda6 Signature and 252-hp Honda Accord Touring advertise for $36,020 and $36,880, respectively. Avoid the options sheet, though, and the four-cylinder Camry XLE runs $945 beneath than a analogously able Accord EX-L.