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Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.3
Safety: 10.0
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2019 Toyota Camry Review

The 2019 Toyota Camry finishes near the top of our midsize car rankings. This is one of the most well-rounded cars in the class. It's easy to drive, fuel-efficient, and loaded with technology. It also boasts an impressive predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Lots of standard driver assistance features
  • Good gas mileage
  • Easy to drive
  • Subpar trunk capacity in base model
  • Android Auto unavailable

Is the Toyota Camry a Good Car?

The Toyota Camry is an excellent car. It offers fuel-efficient and energetic engines, it rides comfortably, and it handles well, making it more fun to drive than many rivals. Its interior looks great, provides plenty of passenger room, and comes with a lot of standard features, including an intuitive infotainment system. The Camry’s best-in-class combination of quality and value led us to name it our 2019 Best Midsize Car for the Money. We also named it a finalist for our 2019 Best Midsize Car for Families award because it has one of the best combinations of cargo and passenger space, safety and reliability ratings, positive reviews from automotive journalists, and available family-friendly features.

Should I Buy the Toyota Camry?

If you're looking for a midsize sedan, you can't go wrong with the 2019 Camry. It costs a bit more than most competitors, but it's worth it, as few midsize cars can match the Camry's all-around excellence. That said, it never hurts to comparison shop, so you may also want to look at the Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, and Hyundai Sonata.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota Camry?

The 2019 Camry belongs to a generation that began with the 2018 model year. Aside from standard Apple CarPlay, there are few updates to the 2019 Camry. The 2018 redesign brought a host of updates, though, including more powerful engines, improved fuel economy, better handling, and many more standard driver assistance features.

You can save money by shopping for a used Camry, but you'll miss out on the redesign's updates if you buy a 2017 or older model. If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Camry and 2018 Camry reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Camry generation, which runs from 2018 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Toyota Camry Cost?

With a base price of just under $24,000, the 2019 Camry is more expensive than most other nonhybrid sedans, at least as far as starting prices go. The range-topping Camry XSE starts at around $29,500, which is more in line with the prices of rivals' top trims.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

Toyota Camry Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota Camry or Honda Accord?

The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are both excellent cars that rank among the class leaders in most areas. Both have great-looking interiors with lots of standard safety features, and both handle better than most other midsize sedans. The Camry offers naturally aspirated four-cylinder and V6 engines, while the Accord offers two turbo-fours. You can't go wrong with either car, so let your personal preferences have the final say.

Which Is Better: Toyota Camry or Chevrolet Malibu?

The Chevrolet Malibu provides plenty of passenger space in both rows and has more trunk space than the Camry. However, the Camry wins the day in most other areas. It's more fun to drive, it comes with more driver assistance features, and it gets better gas mileage. This is not much of a contest: Pick the Toyota. 

Which Is Better: Toyota Camry or Hyundai Sonata?

If you're looking for a budget-friendly midsize car, the Hyundai Sonata is a great choice. It costs less than the Camry but still offers a comfortable interior and a long list of standard features. However, if you're looking for a fun-to-drive car, you might want to bypass the Sonata. With its peppy performance and lengthy features list, the Camry is the better vehicle.

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Camry Interior

How Many People Does the Camry Seat?

The Camry seats five people. The front seats are roomy and supportive, though some people may wish they were a bit softer. The rear seats have plenty of legroom, and only the tallest passengers will feel that headroom is lacking.

Camry and Car Seats

The Camry comes with two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, and the system earns the highest possible ease-of-use rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Camry Interior Quality

Though it's a bit noisy at times, the Camry has a great cabin. It uses high-quality materials throughout, and its smart design is both attractive and functional.

Camry Cargo Space

The Camry has about 15 cubic feet of trunk space in all but the base trim, which loses around 1 cubic foot. Either way, many class rivals offer more space. However, the Camry still gives you enough room for roughly a dozen shopping bags.

Camry Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Camry comes standard with the Entune infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Siri Eyes Free, and Apple CarPlay.

Available features include a moonroof, wireless smartphone charging, and an upgraded infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, two additional USB ports, satellite radio, and a nine-speaker JBL audio system.

Entune's touch screen has crisp graphics, making it easy to see, and it responds quickly to inputs. The intuitive menu layout makes the system easy to navigate, and there are redundant physical controls for some functions. Unlike some competitors, the Camry doesn't offer Android Auto, though Apple CarPlay is newly available for 2019.

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Camry Performance

Camry Engine: The V6 Delivers More Kicks

Whether you stick with the Camry's 203-horsepower four-cylinder base engine or opt for the 301-horsepower V6, you'll have a powertrain that moves this car well in most driving situations. The V6 delivers noticeably better acceleration, though it can't match the base engine's fuel economy.

Camry Gas Mileage: Tough to Beat

The Camry is one of the most fuel-efficient nonhybrid midsize cars, earning 29 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. Compared to rivals like the Chevrolet Malibu and Honda Accord, you'll save at least $100 per year on gas by driving the Camry.

Camry Ride and Handling: Shockingly Sporty

The front-wheel-drive Camry rides smoothly over most road surfaces and displays a surprising amount of athleticism. The sharp steering and strong brakes, combined with its overall agility, make this sedan more fun to drive than most of its peers.

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Camry Reliability

Is the Toyota Camry Reliable?

The 2019 Camry earns an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out five from J.D. Power.

Toyota Camry Warranty

The Toyota Camry comes with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Camry Safety

Camry Crash Test Results

The 2019 Camry earned a perfect five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Camry the highest rating of Good in all six individual crash tests. Top scores for the car's front crash prevention features and headlight performance led the IIHS to name the Camry a 2019 Top Safety Pick+.

Camry Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams. Some of these features are part of the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assistance technology.

Available features include a head-up display, a 360-degree camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic rearward braking.

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Which Toyota Camry Model Is Right for Me?

The Camry comes in five trims: L, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE. There's also a Camry Hybrid, which we cover in a separate review. Any trim makes a good buying choice; even the base Camry comes with plenty of tech and active safety features.

That said, most buyers will want to step up to the SE trim. Its starting price is about $1,700 more than the base trim's, but the SE comes with more features, and it offers a lot of tech you can't get in the lower trims, like wireless phone charging and satellite radio.

The XLE makes a great choice as well. It offers nearly every feature you can get in a Camry, and it's the lowest trim to offer the lively V6 engine, though that's a pricey upgrade, costing more than $5,000.

Toyota Camry L

The Camry L sports a base price of $23,845. It comes with a 203-horsepower four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Standard features include the Entune infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Siri Eyes Free, and Apple CarPlay.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams. Some of these features are part of Toyota's Safety Sense.

Toyota Camry LE

The Camry LE has a starting price of $24,350. In addition to the base trim's features, the LE comes with an extra cubic foot of trunk space, a split-folding rear seat, and a power-adjustable driver's seat.

The big difference with this trim is that it offers features the base trim doesn't, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a moonroof.

Toyota Camry SE

The Camry SE starts at $25,550. The SE comes standard with single-zone automatic climate control and synthetic leather upholstery.

Notable options in the SE trim include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless phone charging, and an upgraded Entune system with an 8-inch screen, satellite radio, and HD Radio.

Toyota Camry XLE

The Camry XLE has a starting price of $28,925. In addition to the lower trims' standard features, the XLE comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless smartphone charging, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and an upgraded infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, two additional USB ports, satellite radio, and HD Radio.

Noteworthy options include navigation, a head-up display, a panoramic glass roof, a 360-degree camera, automatic rearward braking, and a nine-speaker JBL audio system.

For $5,125, you can upgrade to a 301-horsepower V6 engine. Models equipped with the V6 come with a panoramic glass roof, a head-up display, and a nine-speaker JBL audio system.

Toyota Camry XSE

The Camry XSE starts at $29,475. Its features list closely resembles the XLE's, though the XSE's four-cylinder engine produces an extra 3 horsepower.

For $5,125, you can upgrade to the 301-horsepower V6 engine. Like the XLE, models equipped with the V6 come with a panoramic glass roof, a head-up display, and a nine-speaker JBL audio system.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Toyota Camry doesn't look much different from the 2018 model, but that's because last year's redesign was so good that it didn't leave much room for improvement. This is one of the finest midsize sedans on the market, and any car buyer should give it a look.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The new Camry is unquestionably improved across the board, offers more versatility than ever, and is even a little fun now. Not so beige anymore, more like Macadamia." -- Automobile Magazine (2018)
  • "[The Camry] now looks sleek and distinctive, it's one of the more involving midsize sedans to drive, and although it'll certainly remain a best-seller, there'll be a lot more people who buy a new Camry because they really want one rather than because it's simply the smart thing to do." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "The new Camry continues to provide practicality, durability, and safety in equal measure. In addition to these hallmark traits, though, the Camry exhibits a sense of style and is genuinely enjoyable to drive." -- New York Daily News (2018)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: June 13, 2019

Class-Leading Sales: The Toyota Camry is dominating the midsize car sales race, even though Camry sales have remained constant this year compared to the same period in 2018. The Camry is outselling its nearest competitor, the Honda Accord, by about 37%, and is the single best selling non-crossover vehicle in the United States market.

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