2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review, Price, Release Date
High fuel economy is the main reason for choosing a hybrid vehicle, and the redesigned Camry Hybrid this year makes it more efficient than ever. The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid get the latest version of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with an electric motor. Various tweaks bring improvements in fuel economy and increased power. The base LE model now gets 52 mpg combined, which is just as impressive as you get from the Toyota Prius. The sporty SE and XLE models are rated at 46 mpg combined.
There’s a new stylish exterior look and some tech updates. The new 7-inch touchscreen from the Entune Toyota interface and advanced driver safety aids, such as forward collision mitigation and adaptive cruise control, which are now standard features. Furthermore, the 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid also gets a new suspension, which means a smoother ride on city streets, a plus for the city-friendly sedan.
- New standard Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility
All the 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid are powered by a new direct and port-injected 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor to generates a total of 208 horsepower. Front wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard. The base LE trim uses a lighter and more energy-efficient lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack, while the SE and XLE hybrids use a nickel metal hydride battery.
In track testing, the 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE recorded 0-60 mph time in 7.5 seconds, which is a tad quicker than a regular four-cylinder Camry. EPA fuel economy ratings for the base LE is impressive with 51 mpg combined (51 city/53 highway). The sportier SE and luxury XLE models rated at 44 mpg combined (44 city/47 highway).
The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid has a modern interior with a boldly designed dash composed of asymmetrical swoops and curves, a set of nicely bolstered front bucket seats and a spacious rear seat. Controls are straightforward and easy to use, backlit at night in a soothing blue light with overhead white LEDs. Redundant controls on the steering wheel mean you’ll rarely have to use your hands to control the audio, and the big 7- and 8-inch touch-screen infotainment systems are bright and easy to operate. Base models get one USB port, while more expensive versions get three. Options like a huge 10-inch head-up display further distance the Camry Hybrid from its competition.
Front and rear passengers have ample space around them. Taller drivers won’t impinge on rear passenger legroom, and headroom for the rear seat is ample for average-size adults. The front of the cabin is airy and spacious. Thanks to large windows and slim roof pillars, visibility in every direction are quite good. Mirrors, both inside and out, are nicely sized, and blind spots are kept to a minimum. An optional top-view camera system provides a clear and comprehensive depiction of the surroundings.
Thanks to clever packaging, the 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid retains a full-size trunk with no intrusion of a battery pack whatsoever. Standing with the trunk open, you can’t tell it from a standard Camry.
The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid is a ford-door midsize sedan offered in three trim levels: base LE, SE and XLE.
The base LE standard features include keyless entry and ignition, 16-inch steel wheels, automatic LED headlights, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar adjustment, Toyota’s Entune Audio interface with a 7-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity, voice controls, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. Also standard is the Toyota Safety Sense, a suite of driving aids features including automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and lane departure alert with steering assistance.
The SE adds sport-themed styling details, 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with shift paddles and simulated leather upholstery. The XLE gets all of the LE equipment plus unique 18-inch alloy wheels, heated exterior mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a head-up driver display, a power-adjustable passenger seat, leather upholstery, wireless smartphone charging, two extra USB ports and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
Entune Audio Plus is optional on all trim and adds Toyota Safety Connect, wireless smartphone charging, a smartphone-based navigation app, an 8-inch touchscreen, a 4G LTE connection with a Wi-Fi hotspot and a nine-speaker audio system with HD radio and satellite radio.
The LE and SE can be equipped with the blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert, while the XLE is eligible to a top-down parking camera system and automatic high-beam headlights. All trim can be had with a sunroof.
RELEASE DATE & PRICE
The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid is on sale now. Official price for the base LE start at $29,070 (all prices include the $920 destination fee). The Camry Hybrid SE retails for $30,770, while the range-topping XLE trim starts at $33,645. In this price range, key competitors include the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Honda Accord Hybrid and the Kia Optima Hybrid.