The 2019 Toyota Camry XLE has a kind of stop-you-dead-in-your-tracks visual appeal that will make you want to misbehave on the road! The Camry was radically redesigned in 2017 for the better so there was no need to tamper with perfection for this model year. When the sedan was transformed it became nothing like its predecessors.
The Camry is long, low and racy with emphatic lines and angles, flared fenders, sculpted hood, dramatic front grille, sporty deck lid, sleek LED headlamps. The Camry sports an aggressive and energetic design along with a look of total solidity.
Once inside the five-passenger midsizer, you’ll feel it’s a comfortable fit. There is ample room to accommodate large frames. The seating is generously bolstered and extremely lumbar supportive which works for especially long car trips. The overall cabin styling of the Camry is appealing with soft touch trims, neat fit/finish and premium appointments. The Camry’s trunk measures 15.1 cubic feet that is not particularly class leading, but will certainly do for average needs.
The overall dash design layout on the Camry presents well and is very driver-centric. The smartly placed controls and all markings are bright enough for aging eyes. The vehicle’s dash controls are intuitive and ergonomically right. It offers an excellent driver footwell that taller drivers will appreciate. The backseat can comfortably accommodate passengers who hover around 6-feet. The slim pillars add visibility points.
On the tech side, pairing a smartphone via Bluetooth is a cinch. The navigation system was not a finicky exercise to set. The Multi-Information Display gets a size upgrade from 4.2-in. to 7-in. and comes with a 3-mode drive mode switch, featuring ECO mode, Normal mode, and Sport mode. You also have the option to add the 10-in. color Head-Up Display with customizable settings, and the Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan, as well as a host of other package options. The infotainment’s menu structure is simple to navigate and responses to inputs are near-instant.
Safety technology is in abundance in the Camry which has it covered all the way around with the Toyota Safety Sense P, a whole suite of standard safety features that include Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Full Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Every Camry also comes equipped with ten airbags. In addition, all models come with the Star Safety System™, which includes Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop.
Driving the Camry XLE was effortless; it felt poised, sporty, smooth, and was very engaging. The XLE has 203 horsepower, 184 lb-ft of torque, and a 2.5L Dynamic Force 4-cylinder engine. Fuel economy estimates are 28 miles per gallon in the city, 39 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg in combined driving. The Camry is well-mannered damping over dips and bumps that keep head bobbing to a minimum thanks to an independent MacPherson strut front and double-wishbone rear suspensions that help keep the vehicle planted. There is a nice balance between precision and comfort. It also serves up brisk acceleration. There is a nice commanding driving position in the Camry, and wind and road noise are remarkably hushed.
Spending time behind the wheel of the 2019 Toyota Camry XLE really just underlines how well sorted the entire car is for whatever type of driving you like: city, suburb, or highway; the vehicle handles it well! It is efficient, spacious and super easy on the eye to boot. It is a midsizer you’ll definitely want to experience.
Prices start at $23,845 for the L trim base and $28,925 for the XLE. Need more info? www.Toyota.com