Toyota Camry is America’s best-selling sedan and has been for the last 16 straight years. Camry’s 8th generation 2018 entry thrilled buyers with a nearly 100% complete redesign. So now take this already-popular sedan and sprinkle in a few additions for this year. Here’s why you should be excited about the 2019 models.
Improved Performance and Handling - Fun-to-Drive
When Toyota started redesigning its 2018 Camry, it went to work on improving power, performance and handling. With the introduction of its new 2.5 liter dynamic force 4-cylinder engine, Camry felt a nice boost in horsepower to 203hp (206hp on the XSE trim) from 178hp the prior year.
Also, the 3.5 liter V6 option saw a huge increase, up from 268hp in 2017 to 301hp last year, giving drivers that extra kick they crave.
Whether you choose the better fuel efficiency of the 4-cylinder or go for the adrenaline rush of the V6, 2019 Toyota Camry has got you covered.
Improved handing and ride comfort is the name of the game with Camry’s new rear multi-link suspension. Now you have the best of both worlds – a smooth, quiet ride when driving on straighter paths, and precise solid handling along winding curves.
Technology! Technology! Technology!
In addition to the wealth of technological improvements in the 2018 Camry, the 2019 model offers a few new surprises. Now standard on every trim level is Apple CarPlay. Now you can take advantage of your most useful phone apps on your Camry’s multimedia screen. Easily play your music, make and receive calls and send text messages. And talk about navigation options – with CarPlay you can pick from iPhone Maps, Google Maps, Waze, and even Scout GPS. Isn’t it Paul Simon who sings, “50 Waze to Get Directions”?
Also, 2019 rings in the ability to use Amazon Alexa commands in your Camry. It’s nice to have this feature, although many people haven’t learned quite how to best utilize it. The important thing to know is with Alexa commands in your 2019 Camry, you can give it virtually any command you could give an at-home Alexa device (well, except for banking and financial information…and adjusting radio volume).
Drivers can also capitalize on “standard-on-all-trim-levels” Wi-Fi Connect and Safety Connect. Wi-Fi connect is great for setting up hotspots in your car while driving virtually anywhere. This is available through Verizon. With Safety Connect, drivers have peace of mind that they can receive help if they’re in an accident where the airbags deploy, if they need roadside assistance, and if their vehicle is stolen and needs to be tracked.
What’s next for 2020 Camry? Can you imagine Android Auto anyone? We can only hope!
Lots of Trim Levels for Camry – Lots of Choices!
Exciting times are with us when picking out your 2019 Camry, as you have 7 gasoline trim levels and 3 Hybrids to choose from.
Toyota gives the us L model as its entry trim level. Choose this one as a great budget midsize sedan if you want great gas mileage, and don’t mind not having a power driver’s seat. LE is a great value for luxury, and you can even upgrade this trim with optional blind spot monitor, moonroof, convenience package (smart key push button) and upgraded audio package with CD and wireless charging. LE’s sporty alternative is the SE, and it’s known for softex-lined seating, rear spoiler and sporty alloy wheels.
If you want upgraded versions of the LE and SE, you can go for the XLE and XSE. These have heated leather seats, blind spot monitors, 18” and 19” alloy wheels and lots of classy/sporty extras.
With the larger V6 engine, drivers can select the XLE V6 and XSE V6. In the Hybrids, you get a wide spectrum of choices with the LE, SE and XLE Hybrids.
I am a huge fan of red Camrys, and now you can decide between Ruby Flare Pearl and the all-new-for-2019 Supersonic Red in the SE and XSE.
These are the things I am most excited about 2019 Camry. What features do you like most with the Camry? Write in the comments below.