2019 Toyota Camry Review and Comparison in Corona, CA

Toyota pushes the 2019 Camry into a new comfort zone

The Toyota Camry has always been the king of the comfort zone. The sultan of simple. The lord of laid-back. But, last year, things got a major shakeup. The new 2018 Toyota Camry came out swinging, with a new platform, fully redesigned body, dramatic new look, and a new lineup of engines. For 2019, Toyota didn't need to make too many changes--most features, specs, and trim levels roll over into the new MY.

  • Gas-powered Camry trim levels include the L, LE, XLE, XLE V6, SE, XSE, and XSE V6
  • Hybrid-electric Camry trim levels include the Hybrid LE, Hybrid SE, and Hybrid XLE

There's one big addition, though, that you'll want to know about if you're considering a midsize sedan.

What's new for 2019?

Very little is actually new for the 2019 Camry--which is common for the second year in a brand-new generational cycle. When so much work has gone into re-creating a legend, you don't typically need to update it within a year. But that doesn't mean that the new Camry comes without any tempting goodies.

Brand-new for 2019, along with Toyota's Entune 3.0 multimedia infotainment options, Apple CarPlay will be offered as a standard option. Apple CarPlay. Standard equipment. You don't have to pinch yourself--it's real. This state-of-the-art smartphone integration system works seamlessly with the Camry's standard 7.0-inch touchscreen or available 8.0-inch touchscreen display to show your music, calls, texts, podcasts, maps and directions, and contacts without needing to even touch your phone.

Exterior styling

The Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), a recent addition to the lineup, makes a big difference for the new generation of Camry cars. Moving to a new global lineup means that Toyota can spend less on general building and production, and can put more money toward design, features, and the aforementioned goodies.

Some trims, like the Toyota Camry XSE, stand out more than others. The formerly mild-mannered Camry now features an integrated rear spoiler--for those days when you're tearing down the highway and dreaming you were on the track... in your Camry--and sport side rocker panels, a color-contrasting black roof, and a new aggressive grille with a black mesh insert. This is the Camry like you've never seen it.

Standard exterior features on the new 2019 Camry include Bi-LED combination headlights, and dual exhaust outlets with quad chrome tips. It wasn't time to go home--so Camry went big.

Interior features and sporty comfort

The interior of the new 2019 Camry has prioritized a feeling of space and open-air comforts: the available panoramic glass roof is larger than the previous generation, and a power-retractable sunshade lets you customize exactly how much natural light you want to bring in for your drive. Standard cloth upholstery is soft, supportive, and feels plush for the price, but leather-trimmed upholstery--including a new "Cockpit Red" leather cabin theme--is an available option on the new model.

The base model comes well-equipped with the interior basics--power windows, adjustable seats, and soft-touch windows--but upper trim levels quickly build up to a premium interior experience, with three different types of dual-zone automatic climate control systems, device charging features, built-in WiFi, and a lot more.

Toyota's economical family sedans are closer to luxury status than ever before.

Engine options and surprising power

The new front-wheel-drive 2019 Toyota Camry (nope--no all-wheel-drive Camry yet) no longer offers a manual transmission in its lineup, opting for a slick eight-speed automatic transmission on most of its models. Certain trims can get an electronically controlled CVT on board, with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters--you know, for those track-dreaming days.

2019 Camry L, LE, and SE models comes standard with a 2.5-Liter four-cylinder, good for 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. That's pretty darn good for a sedan of this size, when top competitors only see about 175 HP (Legacy and Fusion) up to around 192 HP (Accord). Sportier Camry XSE and XLE trims  see the same inline four, but tuned for 206 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. Reigning at the top of the weight class, Camry XSE V6 and XLE V6 trims offer a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine good for 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque.

For eco-minded drivers, the 2019 Camry Hybrid still delivers a nice little boost of power, with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid system good for 176 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. This green machine can see up to 51 mpg in the city, 53 mpg on the highway, and a whopping 52 combined mpg. That's inching in on Prius territory, in a body that's a lot sleeker, slinkier, and smoother.

Can't go wrong with Camry

There's a reason that the Camry nameplate has sold millions of vehicles over the last few decades. It's a solid option for just about anyone, whether a sedan was on your list or not. Lots of features? Check. Affordable price? Check. Surprising engine power? Check. Equally surprising fuel economy? Check. Nice, modern styling? Check.

A vehicle you can run into the ground after 20 years of just basic maintenance? It's a Toyota--so, check.

If you're considering anything in the midsize passenger car class, you really can't go wrong with a Camry.

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