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The verdict: Fresh off its 2018-version-yr redesign, the Toyota Camry adds incremental enhancements for 2019 to abide a strong best amidst mid-length sedans — in case you’re accommodating to absorb sufficient.
Versus the opposition: The Camry sticks out as a incredible quality that holds its own adjoin redesigned competitors, abnormally if you pony up for a properly-geared up version.
Consumers’ approximately-face adjoin SUVs has blunted the Camry’s longstanding recognition, but it charcoal Toyota’s 2d-exceptional agent abaft deserted the RAV4 SUV. For 2019, Toyota offers the Camry auto in bristles trim ranges and two engines; examine the 2019 and 2018 Camry right here. The satisfactory wonderful change for 2019 is the accession of Apple CarPlay, which you may now get retrofitted on a 2018 Camry. Android users, lamentably, will acquisition the Camry still lacking Android Auto.
Cars.Com covers the Camry Hybrid on a abstracted web page; this analysis covers the non-hybrid 2019 Camry. We activated a properly-prepared V-6 XSE this time round, but I’ll draw from a superior ambit of configurations we’ve activated over the achieved two archetypal years — none introduced allegorical than a 2018 Camry we collection as allotment of a three-automobile allegory with the redesigned Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.
Rather than interest the street of the abundantly turbocharged mid-size class, Toyota angled bottomward on rapid-unfastened engines with the Camry’s remodel. Its engines abide a 2.Five-liter four-cylinder and a 3.Five-liter V-6, admitting both accumulate cogent abstruse enhancements. The 203-horsepower 4-cylinder is a chunk noisy, but it provides clean, energetic revving off the road, and it’s amidst the high-quality almighty abject engines on this class. Unfortunately, admiration suffers already you’re in movement. Floor the pedal in a casual lane, and the Camry’s eight-pace automated guide delays too persevered afore downshifting. We aren’t the deserted ones to be aware: Our accompany at “MotorWeek” empiric the aforementioned averseness of their abiding 2018 Camry, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s internet site has dozens of consumer lawsuits on drivetrain lag in the 2018-2019 Camry.
Optional at the carried out trim degrees, Toyota’s 301-hp, 3.Five-liter V-6 is a beast. It’s available to circuit the superior tires from a prevent, and the fierce, short revving will accomplish you urge for food to do it throughout afresh at the abutting stoplight. The V-6 Camry evenly ranks amidst the fastest sedans in its elegant in settlement of raw power. Drivetrain lag whilst in motion persists — the V-6 moreover pairs with a opposite eight-velocity car — but the introduced billow afterwards downshift helps accomplish up for it.
Overall experience abundance with 18-inch automobile — the aboriginal bore on any archetypal we’ve apprenticed — is a blow less assailable than Camry affectionate capability like, but surprise assimilation and anatomy ascendancy appearance a whole lot of polish. Lower trim stages action sixteen- or 17-inch auto and higher-profile tires, which may accomplish matters added comfy. SE and XSE fashions acquire a sport-tuned abeyance with 18- or 19-inch wheels, however alike with the 19s the trip in no way beats you up; it’s abutting but controlled. Toyota were given this proper.
The Camry’s council is better-attempt than a few competitors however some distance from a exercising, and it reorients the car with absolute precision. I doubtable aught Camry drivers will bandy their vehicle approximately ambit turns or autocross guides, however its dynamics are boss staggering. Camry buyers, allow me on this: Up adjoin the Accord and Altima, the Camry well-knownshows under understeer lower back driven tough; its adenoids tucks accurately in band through all varieties of corners. At abiding speeds on throughout-the-board curves, the appendage can alike boost up approximately a little bit — a amount of neutrality that’s attenuate amidst front-force vehicles.
The Camry’s dashboard look a aerial shelf with plenty of intertwining layers — a attending abounding rivals accumulate jettisoned in want of decrease dashboards and high-installed touchscreens. The Camry’s awning — 7 or eight inches relying on trim akin — sits amidst a collection of generic buttons that abridgement plentiful agency, however delivered controls are aboveboard sufficient. Apple CarPlay is now preferred, but the abridgement of Android Auto capability be a deal-breaker for consumers on the added ancillary of the smartphone divide.
Keep a watch out for fee-cutting in lower trim ranges: Penny-pinching turned into axiomatic inside the aftermost mid-level Camry we activated — a 2018 SE — within the anatomy of inexpensive armrests and brought difficult-plastic aperture trim, abnormally in the rear seats. To a few volume, such trim-stage variances acquire come to be the barometer past abounding mid-size sedans, but few accomplish it as on hand because the Camry.
Pricier trim tiers just like the Camry XSE and XLE footfall it up with added tender-contact surfaces all around. Both additionally add covering upholstery, against the bolt or vinyl (which Toyota calls SofTex) in decrease trims. Added available appearance accommodate a across-the-board moonroof and acrimonious advanced seats with bifold capability modifications, consisting of a acme acclimation for the passenger. You can’t, however, get a acrimonious council wheel, acrimonious rear seats or a anamnesis motive force’s bench — all look reachable amidst assertive competitors. Cooled superior seats are additionally unavailable, but Toyota says it’ll motion them on college trims for 2020.
Taller drivers need to pass the Camry’s opportunity moonroof, which reduces allowance through approximately an inch. As such, my 6-foot anatomy naked a decrease basement position than I desired. Allowance is performed within the backseat, however it comes at the amount of basement function, that is low considerable to depart some passengers’ knees uncomfortably extended. Overall legroom is discreet, admitting not ample to hamper the Camry’s pinnacle array in our appraisal of infant-safety bench lodges, which you could understand about within the 2019 Toyota Camry Car Bench Check.
In-cabin accumulator regions are sufficient, admitting I ambition moonroof-geared up models didn’t annul the contrarily regularly occurring sunglasses holder. Toyota rates 15.1 cubic tension of block amplitude in all but the abject trim degree, the Camry L, which has 14.1 cubic toes. We’ve start such specifications unreliable, even though, and our actual-global abstracts aftermost yr start 14.9 cubic tension in a Camry XLE. That’s a little brought than we abstinent within the Altima (14.6 cubic ft) but conspicuously abbreviate of the Accord (15.8 cubic ft). Accession shortcoming: With the seats bankrupt down, the Camry’s skip-through is both abbreviate and attenuated — a hindrance for large cargo. IKEA consumers, beware.
The 2019 Camry has executed crash-take a look at array from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but the sedan’s appellation as a Top Safety Pick Plus — IIHS’ achieved accolade — applies abandoned to high trim stages of the Camry Hybrid as it has pinnacle-rated headlights. Those lighting fixtures aren’t reachable on the non-hybrid Camry, which has abstracted headlights in two configurations. Both configurations acquire an IIHS appraisement of ok (out of bad, marginal, ok and excellent), which disqualifies the non-hybrid automobile from accolade repute. That stated, abject headlight configurations in abounding competitors acquire bad or bordering rankings; Toyota’s aren’t too shabby.
Standard accessories on the Camry consists of automatic emergency braking with banal detection, lane abandonment admonishing with council help, and automated excessive-beam lighting fixtures. Adaptive cruise ascendancy that works at university speeds is moreover popular; college trim ranges get adaptive cruise that works all the way to a forestall, admitting a few editors begin the arrangement too bourgeois in its afterward distances. Blind-spot admonishing is non-obligatory, however lane-centering council — a affection proliferating in this chic and amidst a few delivered Toyota models — isn’t always.
The Camry’s abject trim level, the L ($25,050 together with vacation spot), is round bare in Cars.Com banker inventory, so the most inexpensive archetype you’ll acceptable acquisition is the LE. Fortunately it’s abandoned accession $505, and it receives admixture wheels, a capability driver’s bench and a few delivered accent improvements. At the brought quit of the spectrum, appraisement on a pinnacle trim with branch alternatives can top out abutting to $forty,000. That’s abiding to arm-twist a few decal shock, as abounding rivals pinnacle out some thousand much less.
Last year’s 0.33-region accomplishment for a 2018 Camry against the Accord and Altima came by the slimmest of margins, and the accession of Apple CarPlay deserted (now available) ability acquire been plentiful to exchange its rank. Alike so, the Camry might perfect accumulate carried out on the belvedere amidst the abounding sublime of mid-size sedans, a accumulation that’s 10 players capable as of 2019. If you’re arcade the elegance, Toyota’s mainstay is a must-pressure.
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