By G. CHAMBERS WILLIAMS III
The eighth era of Toyota’s top-selling Camry sedan arrived for 2018, and as before, it comes in unchanging gasoline and gasoline-electric hybrid versions, both sporting a thespian new exterior, an all-new framework and copiousness of new and softened reserve and connectivity technology.
This is a depart for a Camry: Toyota went all out to emanate what it says is a best Camry ever built, with a distinguished extraneous styling as a biggest surprise. This new, lower, sleeker Camry is bolder and some-more eye-catching ever, finally doing divided with a customary tedious extraneous that had been a hallmark of a Camry.
Toyota’s California studio gave a Camry a crisp, sculpted demeanour that eliminates a smooth-flowing contours of Camrys of a past. The idea was to give a Camry an irritable new demeanour to assistance it keep a care in a midsize sedan class, and a position as a best-selling automobile altogether in America for some-more than 15 years.
The changes were necessary, as a Camry’s categorical competitor, a Honda Accord, also got a finish makeover for 2018 with constrained new styling. That’s something consumers these days are looking for, generally a millennials who are now a categorical aim marketplace of automakers such as Toyota.
Camry Hybrid models for 2019 start during $28,150 (plus $920 freight) for a entrance LE version, and tip out during $32,725 for a XLE. In between is a SE ($29,850).
Prices for 2019 Camry gasoline models start during $23,845 (plus freight) for a bottom L four-cylinder, and operation as high as $34,600 for a Premium XSE V-6. Other gasoline-only trim levels are a LE four-cylinder ($24,350); SE four-cylinder ($25,550); XLE four-cylinder ($28,925); XSE four-cylinder ($29,475); and XLE V-6 ($34,050).
Our tester for this news was a 2018 SE Hybrid indication ($29,500). There are no vital changes reported for 2019, nonetheless a bottom cost for this trim turn increasing by $350 for 2019.
The exam car came with a Galactic Aqua Mica extraneous paint, that is teal. It had an ash-colored interior with “sport fabric” SofTex upholstery.
Gasoline-only models come with possibly a bottom 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or a discretionary 3.5-liter V-6.
Hybrids get a newest Toyota Hybrid System, including a invariably non-static involuntary transmission, 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine and dual electric motors (only one used in a tangible expostulate system). It has a sum 208 horsepower combined. The variety come with a special electronic CVT with consecutive change mode to copy a fix-gear automatic.
EPA estimates for a hybrid are 51 city/53 highway/52 sum on a LE model, a 30 percent boost for sum mpg; and 44/47/46 on a SE and XLE models, adult 21 percent in sum mpg from a final generation. During a weeklong exam in a SE Hybrid, we averaged about 45 mpg with a brew of about 50/50 city/highway driving.
In a gasoline-only models, a new 2.5-liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine is connected to a direct-shift eight-speed involuntary transmission; a variety have a apart chronicle of this engine. In a gasoline models, this engine is rated during 203 horsepower and 184 foot-pounds of torque in all nonetheless a XSE model, that is 206 horsepower and 186 foot-pounds of torque. EPA fuel-economy ratings are 28 mpg city/39 highway/32 combined.
The discretionary 3.5-liter V-6 for a gasoline models also comes with an eight-speed involuntary transmission. Ratings are 301 horsepower and 267 foot-pounds of torque. EPA mileage estimates are 22 city/33 highway/26 combined.
To emanate some-more load space, a hybrid battery container has been changed from a case area to underneath a back seat, giving it a reduce core of gravity. There is a lithium-ion battery container on a LE grade, and a nickel-metal-hydride battery on SE and XLE versions, that apparently brings a reduce fuel economy for those models.
Drive modes for a hybrid embody Normal, Eco, EV and a new Sport environment that allows for increasing acceleration.
Toyota says this newest era of a Camry is built on a supposed “New Global Architecture.” At a front is a new two-piece grille, built into a somewhat reduce aluminum hood. Overall tallness was reduced one in. from a 2017 model, and there is a reduce roofline, nonetheless no with detriment of any interior space.
The sporty-looking SE and XSE trim levels have somewhat opposite physique styling from that of a entrance turn L and LE, and a reward XLE grades. That includes sculpted rocker panels; new 19-inch black machined-finish amalgamate wheels (standard on XSE and discretionary on SE); a back spoiler; a different, more-aggressive front bumper; and a back fender with a reduce diffuser.
Our SE Hybrid, though, came with customary 18-inch black machine-finish amalgamate wheels with P235/45R18 tires.
Three new extraneous colors are accessible on a redesigned Camry: Wind Chill Pearl, Brownstone and a Galactic Aqua Mica of a tester. Carrying over from a 2017 indication were Super White, Celestial Silver Metallic, Predawn Gray Mica, Midnight Black Metallic, Ruby Flare Pearl, Blue Streak Metallic, and a Blue Crush Metallic.
XSE models also offer a Midnight Black Metallic roof choice with a choice of a Blue Streak Metallic, Celestial Silver, or Wind Chill Pearl physique color. No news has been expelled nonetheless about any new or dropped tone choices for a 2019 Camry.
Interior choices embody Ash, Macadamia and Black, along with Cockpit Red accessible usually on a XSE.
The cabin was redesigned for comfort and functionality, including an all-new dashboard, and all interior surfaces use high-grade soft-touch reward materials. There is a brew of tones and hues via a cockpit to assistance equivocate a monotone look.
Five people can float in comfort, and all seats have softened ergonomics. For aesthetics, there is stitching on a front and back seats.
All Camry models have a customary Toyota Safety Sense apartment of systems and technologies assisting to make swell towards Toyota’s idea of “zero casualties from accidents.”
Included on each indication are a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Automatic High Beams.
Toyota has changed over a small journey control petiole that sticks out from a reduce right side of a steering mainstay on many Toyota and Lexus vehicles for a past decade or longer. On a new Camry, a controls for a radar journey complement are on a reduce right front of a steering wheel.
Included on a SE Hybrid was a discretionary Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert ($600). Optional is Intelligent Clearance Sonar with a new Rear Cross Traffic Braking system.
Also available, nonetheless not enclosed on a vehicle, is a Driver Assist Package ($1,675), that brings a 10-inch head-up display, a rearview camera and a bird’s-eye perspective camera complement that shows side by side with a back perspective on a core lurch audio screen.
We did have a energy tilt-and-slide moon roof ($900) and a Entune Audio Package ($1,800), that total a Entune 3.0 Audio Plus with JBL sound, Clari-Fi, connected navigation and App Suite, and Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging.
The usually other choice on a tester was a Convenience Package ($325), that total a concept garage/gate opener and self-dimming rearview counterpart with compass.
Camry four-cylinder and hybrid models come with a Connected Navigation Scout GPS Link with Moving Maps.
V-6 models offer a new Dynamic Navigation complement with softened map accuracy. Wireless map updates yield over-the-air map downloads of recently total roads and points of seductiveness not enclosed in a existent conduct unit.
Available is a JBL reward audio complement that facilities Sound Staging, that positions speakers directly in front of a listener to furnish sound like that of a live concert.
The case is a ample 15.1 cubic feet in a hybrid and in all gasoline models nonetheless a entrance L model, that has 14.1 cubic feet. There is copiousness of space for luggage, groceries and gear, and a case opening is vast and unobstructed.
The float was gentle and comparatively still during highway speeds, nonetheless not as still as some competing sedans I’ve tested recently. Our hybrid expostulate complement supposing copiousness of power, generally on startup, interjection to a additional torque from a electric expostulate motor.
The dual-zone involuntary meridian control hold a cabin heat right where we set it, and it exhilarated adult fast on some cold mornings.
Total plaque cost for a 2018 SE Hybrid was $33,300, including $895 burden and options. For 2019, a price, as equipped, would be $33,675.
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2019 Toyota Camry/Camry Hybrid
The package: Midsize, four-door, five-passenger, front-wheel-drive, four-cylinder or V-6 gasoline-only or four-cylinder/electric engine (hybrid) powered sedan.
Highlights: The Camry was totally redesigned for 2018, both a gasoline-only and hybrid versions. The makeover gave a Camry a stylish new extraneous appearance. There is also lots of new customary record in a Camry, including radar journey control on all models.
Negatives: Cabin is noisier than expected.
Engine: 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder (gasoline); 3.5-liter V-6 (gasoline); 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline with electric engine (hybrid).
Transmission: 8-speed involuntary (gasoline models); invariably non-static involuntary (hybrid).
Power/torque: 203 HP./184 foot-pounds (LE, SE, XLE 2.5 gas); 206 HP./186 foot-pounds (XSE 2.5); 301 HP./267 foot-pounds (V-6); 176 HP./163 foot-pounds (gasoline engine), and electric motor, for sum 208 HP. (hybrid).
Length: 192.1 inches (L, LE, XLE); 192.7 inches (SE, XSE).
Curb weight range: 3,241-3,571 pounds.
Brakes, front/rear: Disc/disc, antilock.
Electronic fortitude control: Standard.
Side atmosphere bags: Front seat-mounted; side-curtain for both rows.
Trunk capacity: 15.1 cubic feet all models; solely 14.1 cubic feet (L).
EPA fuel economy: 29 mpg city/41 highway/34 sum (L 2.5/gasoline); 28/39/32 (LE, SE, XLE, XSE 2.5/gasoline); 22/33/26 (XLE V-6); 22/32/26 (XSE V-6); 51/53/52 (LE hybrid); 44/47/46 (SE, XLE hybrid).
Fuel capacity/type: 16 gallons/regular unleaded (all gasoline models nonetheless L); 14.5 gallons/regular unleaded (L); 13 gallons/regular unleaded (hybrid).
Major competitors: Honda Accord, Mazda6, Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Ford Fusion, Volkswagen Passat.
Base cost operation (2019): $23,845-$34,600, and $920 burden (gasoline models); $28,150-$32,725 (hybrids).
Price as tested: $33,300, including burden and options (2018 SE Hybrid; 2019 price: $33,675).
On a Road rating: 9.3 (of a probable 10).
Prices shown are manufacturer’s suggested retail; tangible offered cost might vary.