Consumers continue to shift their purchase decisions away from cars to crossovers and SUVs. The 2019 Toyota Camry is a mid-size, front-wheel-drive sedan that makes a compelling reason to consider a car. One year removed from a major overhaul that gave this sedan sportier looks and more standard features, the 2019 Toyota Camry remains a crowd favorite in a shrinking segment.

Best Value

The 2019 Toyota Camry occupies a competitive segment that has seen a steady decline in recent years as consumers opt for higher-profile vehicles. That said, Toyota gave the Camry a major overhaul in 2018, a move that made it one of the freshest sedans in the segment. For 2019, the Camry returns with light changes.

Toyota offers the standard Camry in five trims: L, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE. Most models come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The two top trims have an optional 3.5-liter V6. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard across the lineup.

The base trim has such features as LED daytime running lights, steel wheels, keyless entry, a backup camera with guidelines, an Entune audio system, and Bluetooth wireless technology. All models come with Toyota Safety Sense P. This suite includes automatic high beams, forward collision warning with safety detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Our recommended Camry XLE model builds on the three trims below it, adding numerous features. These include full LED headlights, heated side mirrors with embedded turn signals, alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, leather-trimmed seats, wireless smartphone charging, three USB ports, and an electronic parking brake.

  • Model: 2019 Toyota Camry XLE
  • Engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Output: 203 hp / 184 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • MPG: 28 City / 39 Hwy
  • Options: None
  • Base Price:$29,845 (including the $920 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$29,845

Performance

Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry offers two very different power choices. We went with the thrifty and economical 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, mostly for its price and efficiency. This engine does what most Camry owners expect: take them from point to point in the most efficient way possible. Toyota marries this engine to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This combination enables the 2019 Camry to achieve a laudable EPA-estimated 29 miles per gallon city, 41 mpg highway, and 34 combined, though these figures drop slightly as you move up the trim range.

The Camry’s base engine delivers sufficient power, although at low speeds the output isn’t as strong as we’d like. The XLE supplies a soft ride and light, but accurate steering. You’ll notice some lean as you turn corners, and if you’re looking for enthusiastic driving, then the V6 is the better choice.

Style

Bland is no longer associated with the Toyota Camry. The current-generation model is sleek, sporty, and handsome. The styling is evocative, even provocative, especially at certain angles where the lines intersect haphazardly. Regardless, the overall look is a clean and an effective departure from earlier versions.

Toyota went all out with the Camry’s interior, delivering a class-above look, which is especially apparent on its top trims with leather seating. The XLE goes with the eight-inch color display, which delivers a crisp look and is positioned up high on the center stack. The center stack itself is a focal point, highlighted by intersecting lines that cleanly separate the passenger compartment. The cabin is roomy, the rear seat surprisingly so.

The Best and Worst Things

Toyota’s reliability, particularly with the Camry, is noteworthy. Buyers may not expect a fancy car, but they can rely on one that'll serve them well for many years. Toyota has gotten smartphone compatibility partly right with the 2019 Camry. Apple CarPlay is now standard, but if you have an Android phone, you still won’t find Android Auto.

Right For? Wrong For?

Toyota Camry

If a sedan appeals to you, you won’t go wrong with the Camry. In most areas, it meets or exceeds expectations and does so at an attractive price point. The consumer who wouldn’t be interested in a sedan wouldn't want the Camry, but that’s where the Toyota RAV4 and Highlander close that gap.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Toyota Camry does everything it has to do to appeal to mid-size sedan buyers. Where manufacturers such as Ford and Chrysler are abandoning the segment, Toyota doubles down by delivering a model that's second to none.