The Toyota Camry is one of the most steadfast sedans in the history of automobiles. Since its inception in 1983, it is now in its 8th generation. It received a big upgrade last year so not much has been added to the 2019 version other than a key piece of technology that most manufacturers are including in their models.
Toyota has been the lone holdout amongst major car companies when it comes to using infotainment software from Apple and Google (Android operating system). The Japanese automaker has utilized its proprietary Entune system as the brains for its navigation, music and app controls.
Just this year we have finally seen Toyota integrate Apple CarPlay into some of its vehicles and that is the newest addition to the 2019 Camry.
Though CarPlay is a welcome feature to this car, Toyota still has yet to integrate Android Auto into its vehicles despite the larger market share that Google has over Apple’s operating system. We can only hope the 2020 models will bring Toyota truly into the 21st century.
The XSE model I drove for a few days still had the features I look for with infotainment systems including physical buttons and knobs. As quickly as touchscreens are taking over our lives I still prefer the old school input tools to change the volume and other settings.
The 8” screen was easy to see the colorful map and icons and the 9 speakers provided a booming beat for satellite radio and songs on my phone via Bluetooth. This top-level Camry has an option for WiFi, 2 USB charge ports and Toyota’s signature Safety P features.
Pre-collision with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert, blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert are all here.
The 2019 Camry comes in 7 flavors starting with the L model escalating upwards to the XSE with a V-6 engine. The XSE is the sportier version of the lineup and features a more aggressive look and a sport-tuned suspension. It gets good fuel economy and it’s impressively easy to drive. The V-6 can roll up to 301 hp and feels super strong when hitting the accelerator.
Inside there is ample room for 5 passengers and the driver’s seat fits a broad range of sizes and shapes. The cabin is spacious and has 60/40 split rear seats with access to the trunk.
Speaking of the trunk, the Camry has just over 15 cubic feet of space back here – not the best in its category but ample enough for a typical sedan.
The XSE starts at $34,600 but as you go down the line to the L model you’ll find prices beginning just under $24,000. It’s a competitively priced car and you should do your research on all 7 trims, including the mid-level SE which is just as sporty but doesn’t have all of the tech and safety features.
2019 Toyota Camry XSE
- What I liked most: The sporty look and the addition of Apple CarPlay.
- What I would change: Android Auto (please!).
- MSRP: Base price $34,600 as equipped $38,420.
- Fuel Economy: 22 city/32 highway/26 combined.
- Official Color: Wind Chill Pearl.
- Odometer reading when tested: 18 miles.
- Weight: 3572 pounds.
- Spare Tire: Temporary.
- Length-Width-Height: 192.7” long/72.4” wide/56.9” high.
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 16 gallons.
- 2019 Camry in a few words: Similar to the sleek and sporty 2018 model that is spacious and comfortable.
- Warranty: 3-years/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, 5-year/60,000 mile power train warranty.
- Final Assembly Location: Georgetown, Kentucky.
- Manufacturers website: www.toyota.com