2019 Toyota Camry Review and Comparison in Colorado Springs, CO

The 2019 Toyota Camry Packs Tech and Performance Into an Affordable Package

How many Camry cars have been sold since the first model trundled off the line in 1983? A few hundred thousand? Maybe a million?

How about ten million? It's true--Toyota has put their stamp of approval on a whopping 10,000,000 Camry cars over the last few decades, and by the time the Camry turns 40, it's likely that that number will be closer to, or will have reached, fifteen million. Believe it or not, there are even some original 1984 Camry cars still kicking. That's the mark of a true Toyota.

After its recent major redesign for the 2018 model-year, the Toyota Camry is so much more than just an affordable, reliable, durable-as-the-day-is-long family sedan. It still is all of those things, of course, but it adds some new hats to its collection: good-looking sporty sedan, tech-savvy four-door, fun commuter car.

The likeable, personable, reasonable Toyota Camry is even more impressive for 2019, because it's finally gives the people what they want. What they really want.

Additions and changes for the 2019 MY

What do the people really want? This may not surprise you: it's Apple CarPlay. Ever since this smartphone integration system exploded into popularity a few years ago, it's become more and more commonplace, as more and more connected drivers call for it. What used to be a rare tech option is now a standard feature on many brands.

And, after years of stubbornly sticking to the belief that the admittedly wide range of options and abilities in the Camry's available Entune 3.0 multimedia infotainment system, Toyota has given in an added Apple CarPlay software to its new line of 2019 Camry cars. We'll also be seeing it in other 2019 models, and even more moving forward.

Sorry, Google phone users--no Android Auto just yet.

Trim levels and features

Across the new 2019 Camry lineup, there are ten unique and functional trim levels. Entry-level and efficient L, LE, and SE models offer basic finery like comfortable cloth upholstery and an available dual-zone automatic climate control system, but even these base trims come standard with Entune Audio and a 7.0-inch touchscreen.

Performance-oriented models like the XLE, XLE V6, XSE, and XSE V6 start to bring in some of the more exciting goods: an available panoramic glass roof with a power-retractable sunshade, a leather-trimmed upholstery with available Cockpit Red leather design, and state-of-the-art tech. Top-of-the-line models can be equipped with Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi capabilities, and more.

Hybrid LE, Hybrid SE, and Hybrid XLE models offer many of the same or similar features, either standard or as part of an available package--just with a much greener approach to the drive.

Two engines, four ways to enjoy them

Not every midsize sedan gives you four ways to love your drive. 2019 Camry L, LE, and SE models offer 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque from a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine--that's a 25 HP boost over the previous generation entry-level model, and it still let you see up to 29 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway.

2019 Camry XSE and XLE bump up the sport factor (slightly) with the same four-cylinder engine, tuned up to 206 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. A tiny boost in power translates to a tiny drop in fuel economy, but 28 mpg city and 39 mpg on the highway is still pretty impressive. If you're not too concerned about gas prices or filling your tank more often, you'll want to check out the muscly performance of the 2019 Camry XLE V6 or XSE V6--standard 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque from a 3.5-liter V6 engine, and you'll still see up to 32 mpg on the highway.

For green-guided souls, 2019 Camry Hybrid LE, Hybrid SE, and Hybrid XLE models are surprisingly fun with a big bonus of great fuel economy. The familiar Camry four-cylinder hooks up with an electric motor to deliver 176 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. The 2019 Camry Hybrid is good for up to 44 mpg city and 47 mpg highway, and offers ECO, Normal, Sport and EV drive modes.

The wrap-up

If you're shopping around for a midsize four-door sedan, it can't hurt to check out the competition. The Honda Accord, Subaru Legacy, Ford Fusion, and Chevy Malibu all offer some neat stuff. But, for the biggest bang for your buck, you won't get better than the 2019 Toyota Camry.

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