Toyota Camry

Overview

The Toyota Camry midsize sedan has been on sale in the US since 1983 and in those 35 years, the automaker has sold more than 10 million examples in America. A complete redesign for the 2018 model year spun the Camry into its eighth generation. With its recent redesign, not much is new for 2019, except for one important addition: standard Apple CarPlay.

2019 Toyota Camry

Powertrain and specs

Toyota offers the Camry with a choice of two engines. There's a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, although in XSE trim, that same engine makes 206 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque.

For those who like some extra shove, Toyota offers a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Both engines' power outputs lie on the healthier end of the segment. All Camrys pair their powerplants with an eight-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels.

The most economical four-cylinder Camry can achieve an EPA-estimated 29 miles per gallon in the city and 41 mpg highway, which is pretty miserly for the class. For comparison, the best a non-hybrid Ford Fusion can do is 21/34 mpg, but the base Honda Accord is more competitive with its 30/38 mpg rating.

2019 Toyota Camry Interior

Interior

There's ample room for up to five passengers in the Toyota Camry, but trunk space falls on the lower end of the segment at 15.1 cubic feet. The Chevrolet Malibu does a little better with 15.8 cubic feet while the Ford Fusion bests the Chevy with its 16 cubic feet. The Hyundai Sonata and Honda Accord offer even more cargo space at 16.3 and 16.7 cubic feet. All Camrys but the base model feature a 60/40 split-folding rear seat.

Technology

Camrys come standard with a six-speaker audio system and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment setup that can support Apple CarPlay, but not Android Auto. Also standard is a complimentary six-month or 2GB (whichever comes first) Verizon 4G LTE data trial to power a Wi-Fi hotspot that can support up to five devices. There's even standard Amazon Alexa integration.

When it comes to standard driver-assistance goodies, the Toyota Camry is pretty much top of the class. Adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, lane-keep assist and automatic high beams are all part of the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) suite of features.

Options and pricing

For the lower end of the segment, the $23,845 Camry L is competitively priced, but the top-tier, $34,600 XSE V6 sits on the pricey side of the well-optioned competition. The Camry L comes standard with LED high- and low-beam headlights, 16-inch steel wheels, an acoustic windshield, TSS-P, a 4.2-inch TFT instrument-cluster display, a 7-inch touchscreen and auto up/down for all four power windows.

The $24,350 Camry LE adds a power driver's seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat and an anti-theft alarm. Next up in price is the $25,550 Camry SE, which features a sportier appearance thanks in part to a more aggressive fascia, rear spoiler and 18-inch black machined-finish wheels. The SE also boasts auto climate control, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and sport suspension.

Moving up, the $28,925 Camry XLE builds off the LE's touring-oriented appearance, but gets you a lot more stuff, some of which includes a larger 8-inch touchscreen, 18-inch silver machined-finish wheels, LED daytime running lights and heated mirrors with blind-spot monitoring.

2019 Toyota Camry

The XLE also includes keyless access, dual-zone climate control, HVAC vents for the rear seats, wireless charging for your smartphone, 7-inch TFT instrument-cluster display, leather seats with heating for the front row and power adjustment for the front passenger, autodimming rearview mirror and rear cross-traffic alert.

The $29,475 XSE adds 19-inch black machined-finish wheels, dual exhaust, plus an extra 3 horsepower and 2 pound-feet of torque from the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Jumping up to the $34,050 XLE V6 adds (as the name implies) the 3.5-liter V6 engine, nine-speaker JBL premium audio, a panoramic sunroof and a 10-inch head-up display.

Finally, we arrive at the $34,600 XSE V6. This top trim offers the same features as the XLE V6, but with the sportier appearance and suspension. Options for higher trims include embedded navigation, surround-view monitor and rear cross-traffic braking. All pricing excludes a $920 destination charge.

Availability

The 2019 Toyota Camry is on sale nationwide now.

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Editors' First Take

The new Toyota Camry learns an old trick with the addition of an all-wheel drive option for 2020. It bears mentioning that it's been nearly 30 years since Toyota offered the 1991 Camry All-Trac -- the last Camry model with all-wheel drive -- but with more and more buyers gravitating toward SUVs for their increased all-weather capability, the best-selling sedan in the US has to adapt to remain relevant.

The new Camry is not alone. The 2021 model year Avalon sedan will also be offered with AWD on certain trim levels. To gauge how well these more surefooted models perform, I headed to wintry Utah and hopped behind the wheels of both models on a slippery, snowy handling course.

Dynamic Torque Control AWD

Mechanically similar to one another, the all-wheel drive Camry and Avalon sedans are powered by the automaker's 2.5-liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine, making 202 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque for most trims, or 205 hp and 185 lb-ft in the XSE models. The Dynamic Torque Control AWD system -- inherited from Toyota's RAV4 -- features a single-speed front transfer case that can send power to the rear axle via a driveshaft. A coupler just before the rear differential can be disconnected, allowing the back axle to spin freely under most conditions (such as dry pavement or at highway speeds) when front-wheel drive is sufficient.

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