Toyota has spent considerable amounts of time perfecting their reputation of offering safe, affordable and unarguably reliable automobiles. The byproduct of this equation is that not everything in the lineup has been the most lively. Just a few years ago Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota Motors Corporation made a profound statement about the automakers history with a commitment to “No more boring cars”. That statement continues to the latest iteration of the Camry, which no longer is, nor comes in beige!
The exterior styling is generally pleasant to look at, with limited objections outside of the mildly cartoonesque front grill. Ruby Flare Pearl over Macadamia leather is likely to be our favorite color combination offered on Camry of non-XSE trims. A super high metallic flake content in Ruby Flare provides spectacular highlights of the body lines, and continues to maintain significant depth. Camry XLE exclusive 18″ wheels are bright with a great dynamic of spoke sizes and depth, but I would venture to say the average consumer would have a difficult time keeping these clean long term. The 235/45 Bridgestone Turanza tire selection helped facilitate a comfortable ride while minimizing road noise.
The well executed Macadamia leather interior is broken up by a very dramatic black dash, steering wheel and carpeting. We sincerely appreciate the mixed use of solid and perforated leather patterns to visually break up the surfaces. A Camry added bonus is a beige headliner with the tan upholstery, something we don’t always see. In this application front seats are heated, but for some reason the steering wheel is not, something I would have liked to see at this price point.
While the new vehicle pricing for 2019 has been estimated to have increased nearly 4% with average transaction prices of just over $37k, Toyota has come through with its ability to produce a quality midsize sedan that offers a lot of content and positive driving dynamics beginning at just $24k (Camry L). The entry point four cylinder engine provides 203hp and 184 lb/ft of torque which returns a pleasant EPA estimated 28/39 MPG. We took a road trip from New York City to Rochester, NY for The Human Rights Campaign of Western New York Annual Dinner and managed to returned a staggering 43 miles per gallon. Camry XLE begins at a value packed entry price of $29,175.
Rear seat passenger accommodations are pleasant, with the same level of materials and textures we’ve seen up front and ample leg room. Center console mounted rear vents are an item that were remiss on the previous Camry, and arm rest positioned cup holders are built to accommodate a supersized beverage. The split folding rear seats offer 15.1 cubic feet of storage with the rear seatbacks up, while I’m still unsure of why the folding rear seats add one cubic foot of space. The Camry trunk does accommodate a last minute beach cruiser bicycle with little fuss.
As Toyota continues to up the ante it’s becoming quite clear why some of the competitors are abandoning the mid-sized sedan segment all together. This is without a doubt the best Camry we’ve ever seen offering advanced technology, plentiful creature comforts, and anonymity. This 2019 Camry XLE came to us with an as-tested price of $35,900 – a value packed package.