The 2019 Toyota Camry lineup comprises a staggering 10 trim levels, most of which offer additional option packages. Starting with a point for good standard equipment in the base Camry L, we add another point for the breadth of the range and wind up at a 7 out of 10 score. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
The 2019 Camry L costs about $24,800 and includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay compatibility (but no Android Auto), active safety tech, adaptive cruise control, power features, LED headlights, and Bluetooth.
The Camry LE’s power driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, overhead console, alarm system, and split-folding rear seat seem like worthwhile upgrades for about $500 more. Keyless ignition, a garage door opener, blind-spot monitors, and rear cross-traffic alerts are bundled together in a $1,200 option package.
From there, the Camry lineup goes in two directions: SE and XSE have a firmer suspension and different steering tuning, while the XLE retains the softer setup of the L and LE.
The SE mostly builds on the LE but adds synthetic leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a 4.2-inch TFT display in the instrument cluster.
XLE and XSE largely mirror one another in terms of features: leather seats that are heated and power-adjustable up front, an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment, keyless ignition, head-up display, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The V-6 engine is optional only on the XLE and XSE trims.
Our choice here is either a modestly optioned LE for about $26,500 or a well-equipped, $35,000 XLE with the V-6 that does a convincing luxury sedan impression.
Toyota’s strategy with the Camry Hybrid is similar to the standard models but is limited to LE, SE, and XLE trims. The Hybrid LE is equipped like the regular LE model, except with smaller 16-inch wheels with low rolling resistance tires. A $2,700 package adds blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, a power moonroof, an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment, and a wireless charging pad.
Camry Hybrid SE and XLE use a different battery that’s heavier and doesn’t provide the same stellar fuel economy as the Hybrid LE. Because of that, we’d stick with the Hybrid LE. For around $28,000, it’s a compelling commuter car.
The 2019 Camry’s two available touchscreens for infotainment are bright and respond quickly to inputs, although they aren’t perfect. We applaud the arrival of Apple CarPlay compatibility this year. Android Auto is likely to come in the future, but Toyota hasn’t announced timing yet.
The screens can wash out with polarized sunglasses and they are more reflective than some rivals’ displays.
Additionally, Toyota dropped the useful Pandora app from its infotainment. Built-in navigation is newly available on XSE and XLE trim levels, however.
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