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2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid

$28,400 - $32,975
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Toyota Camry Hybrid

2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

by Roger Biermann

The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid carries on its third-generation gas/electric lineage with the same determination and purpose-built demeanor as last year's model, with small changes in standard trim drawing a fine line between the old and new. Power is drawn from a 2.5-liter inline-four working in harmony with a 650V electric motor, resulting in a 208 net horsepower. An electronically controlled continuously variable transmission is responsible for delivering power to the front wheels, putting the mid-size hybrid sedan in motion. The Camry doesn't have to look far for competition either, with Honda's Accord Hybrid, Ford's Fusion Hybrid, and even Toyota's own Prius offering good reasons to consider other options. Still, class-leading fuel efficiency, excellent comfort, and a good driving experience keep the Camry near the top of the list of larger Hybrid sedans.

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2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Changes: What’s the difference vs 2018 Camry Hybrid?

2018 saw a complete redesign for the Toyota Camry, introducing new styling and features all around, with 2019 only expanding on standard features for the range. All three hybrids now natively support Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa, with a Wi-Fi hotspot joining the mix, too. There's no support for Android Auto yet though, but it's a step in the right direction. Battery placement has also moved from the trunk to under the rear seats, to allow a more practical trunk space for the range.

Pros and Cons

  • Impressive handling and comfort
  • Exceptional fuel economy
  • Good list of standard features
  • Sporty trim available
  • Great trunk space
  • No Android Auto Support
  • Top-end trims sacrifice excellent fuel economy
  • Inconsistent powertrain performance
  • Less affordable than some rivals

Camry Hybrid Exterior

Based on the latest, and arguably most attractive Camry, the hybrid looks the part. Sporting either 16-inch steel wheels or two 18-inch machined-finish alloy wheel designs, the exterior offers you three aesthetic choices, one for each trim respectively. The base model features a dark gray front grille and shark-fin antenna, whereas the mid-range SE makes use of a sporty bumper, mesh-insert black grille, side sills, and rear spoiler. At the top-end of the range, the XLE takes a more conservative - but modern - stance: LED headlights with integrated daytime running lights and a horizontally slanted bright metallic front grille, as well as color-keyed outside mirrors with integrated turn signals and blind-spot warning indicators.

2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Front View
2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Rear Angle View
2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Front Angle View
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Dimensions

The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid easily passes for a mid-size sedan with an overall length of 192.1 inches distributed over a 111.2-inch wheelbase. It's also 72.4 inches wide with 5.7 inches of ground clearance, dimensions that are well-suited for urban use and generally similar to other vehicles in this segment. While the Honda Accord Hybrid is slightly longer and has more inches in wheelbase, the Prius is a smaller vehicle overall. Depending on the trim level, curb weight ranges from 3,472 lbs to 3,572, which is heavier than the Honda Accord

2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Exterior Colors

  • Super White
  • Predawn Gray Mica
  • Celestial Silver Metallic
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Brownstone
  • Galactic Aqua Mica
  • Blue Streak Metallic
  • Ruby Flare Pearl
  • Supersonic Red
  • Wind Chill Pearl

Camry Hybrid Performance

2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Front View Driving
2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Side View Driving
2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Engine

Engine and Transmission

All three Camry Hybrid variants utilize a 2.5-liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine, working in harmony with an electric motor to produce 208 hp combined. Power is delivered to the front wheels via an ECVT automatic with sequential shift modes, allowing for fairly rapid acceleration and overall power delivery. Beyond the initial grunt, the motor tends to lag occasionally and results in the engine sounding labored. That said, it's perfectly adequate getting up to speed and for overtaking maneuvers, but can feel removed from its element when asked for more. Still, a 0-60 mph time of 7.5 seconds is not bad, improving even on the non-hybrid Camry's acceleration times.

  • Engine
    2.5-liter Inline-4 Hybrid
  • Transmission
    Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Despite its mid-size sedan exterior and hybrid powerplant, the Camry offers surprisingly sporty driving dynamics without compromising on ride quality. Comfort in the Camry is also rather good, coming quite close to being the best in its class. As standard, all three hybrid models benefit from four selectable driving modes, Eco, Normal, Sport, and EV. The first three driving modes offer either superior fuel efficiency, a balanced drive, or a more taut and responsive driving dynamic. The EV mode is unique to the hybrid range, offering an all-electric mode over its non-hybrid counterparts. Although not designed for long-distance trips, it does well in saving that extra bit on gas on the thirstiest parts of your commute.

Camry Hybrid Gas Mileage

The 2019 Toyota Camry is a segment leader for fuel economy, but only in its base LE trim. Offering a staggering 51/53/52 for the city/highway/combined cycles, it is the unmatched option for mid-size sedan hybrids the world over. With its 13-gallon fuel tank, you can expect to do 676 miles before your next stop. The SE and XLE trim take a rather big hit, however, with 44/47/46 mpg bumping them down to second place compared to the Honda Accord Hybrid's 48/48/48 mpg. The SE and XLE models will see you go 598 miles before refueling.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    13.0 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 51/53 mpg
* 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE CVT

Camry Hybrid Interior

2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Dashboard
2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Dashboard
2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Front Seats
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Seating and Interior Space

The Camry has been a go-to car for generations as a result of its practical and versatile nature. The 2019 Camry Hybrid is no exception, seating five comfortably, with both front and rear occupants accommodated generously. Headroom at the front is a generous 38.3 inches, losing only 0.8 inches with the inclusion of an optional moonroof, while 37.6 inches at the rear remains unaffected regardless. 54.6 inches of hip room and 38 inches of legroom make the rear seats perfectly habitable for adults too. Although not the largest in this segment (with both the Honda Accord Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid offering a marginal increase in shoulder and legroom throughout), it is proficient as a family car.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Camry Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

It feels as though the designers of the Camry had a very specific plan for practicality and versatility in mind, and took this into account from the very first step; with design features that include pushed-aside wheel arches that allow for a 15.1 cubic feet cargo space, low lift-over height, and suspendable cargo floor for easy access to the spare wheel, the Camry has achieved what it set out to do. The rear seats, strangely, don't fold down all the way leaving a prominent hump due to the fact that the batteries were relocated out of the trunk and placed under the rear seats. Still, it leaves plenty of room for longer items and can fit two medium-sized suitcases without too much hassle.

Interior cargo space is modest but reasonable, with two bottle holders in the front and back doors, seat-back pockets, rear seat armrest cupholders, two center console cupholders, and a small storage compartment under the armrest.

2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Rear Passenger Seats
2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Rear Passenger Seats
2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Maximum Cargo Space
  • Trunk Volume
    15.1 ft³

Camry Hybrid Infotainment and Features

Features

All three hybrids are equipped with Toyota Safety Sense as standard, with features across trims scaled accordingly. The entry-level LE and mid-range SE include dual-zone climate control, an integrated backup camera, a 4.2-inch multi-information display, heated front seats, four selectable driving modes, a Smart Key System on the front doors and trunk, push-button start, power windows and door locks, an electronic parking brake, and hill start assist. The XLE adds a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, wireless charging, a ten-inch head-up display, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and three USB charging ports. On this trim, the 4.2-inch multi-information display is replaced with a seven-inch unit. All three trims also benefit from an optional power tilt/slide moonroof at a $2,690 (LE & SE) or $2,605 premium.

Infotainment

The 2019 Toyota Camry utilizes the Entune 3.0 infotainment system available as either a seven-inch or eight-inch touch-screen display, featuring rich colors, a responsive user interface, as well as physical buttons for ease of use. Audio is sent through the cabin via a six-speaker setup, with a nine-speaker JBL audio system only available as part of the $2,690 Moonroof/Convenience Package (LE & SE) and $2,605 Navigation Package (XLE). Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa come as standard, with no support for Android Auto available. Bluetooth, USB, and an Auxiliary port take care of connectivity, while the optional navigation system gets you where you need to go.

Camry Hybrid Problems and Reliability

There have been two recalls for the 2019 Camry Hybrid at the time of writing, with the first pertaining to non-permanent text on the load capacity label and the second relating to a fuel filler pipe that may leak as a result of not being connected properly during a post-assembly inspection. Toyota's warranty covers hybrid-related components for an eight-year/100,000 mile period, as well as a five-year/60,000 mile powertrain and three-year/36,000 basic period. A two-year/unlimited mile roadside assistance plan is also included at purchase.

Camry Hybrid Safety

The NHTSA awarded the Camry Hybrid a perfect five stars in its overall safety rating. Similarly, the IIHS named the Camry Hybrid as its Top Safety Pick Plus for 2019. Extensive safety equipment includes a class-leading ten airbags including dual front knee airbags, and Toyota Safety Sense P pre-collision avoidance systems including pedestrian detection. Also included are lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control, while blind-spot monitoring is an optional extra.

Verdict: Is 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid a good car?

With consistent improvements made with each generation of Camry Hybrid, Toyota has shown a strong progression of the model. All three models offer attractive packages at different price points in the market, though there are more affordable entries to the segment such the Honda Accord Hybrid. That said, the Toyota Camry Hybrid is an excellent car to any prospective buyer, offering good build quality, exceptional reliability, and class-leading economy. Both recalls prove to be isolated incidents, and with class-leading safety scores, speaks volumes about the ability of the Camry to remain consistent. Safety, features, and practicality are still undeniably personified in Toyota's Camry, and it is no wonder that it has become a household name, even with electricity in its veins.

What's the Price of 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The 2019 Toyota Camry hybrids span across three different price points, almost equally divided by price margin. Starting with the entry-level trim, the Camry Hybrid LE carries an MSRP of $28,400, excluding tax, licensing, registration, and a $930 destination charge. Not far off its heels is the mid-range Hybrid SE with a $30,100 price tag, with sportier looks and a more luxurious interior finish. Coming in at the top of the range is the Hybrid XLE: with an MSRP of $32,975, it replaces the sporty looks in favor of a more executive finish.

2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Models

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Hybrid LE
2.5-liter Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$28,400
Hybrid SE
2.5-liter Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$30,100
Hybrid XLE
2.5-liter Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$32,975
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What Toyota Camry Hybrid Model Should I Buy?

With all three trims generally well equipped, choosing a Camry Hybrid model boils down to what you need, and what you want. The entry-level LE and mid-range SE share the majority of available features, with the main difference being aesthetics. The SE has a sportier stance, with a sports front and rear bumper, side sills, a rear spoiler, and a like-minded interior trim. It also offers alloy wheels over the LE's steel wheels, which all things considered, hampers the LE's astonishing fuel economy. The XLE is more in line with those seeking premium travel and creature comforts, with a price tag to back that up. As a result, there isn't a single model of choice to go for, but rather all three depending on the buyer. For exceptional hybrid economy, the LE is a clear choice. For a sporty look and feel, the SE is ideal for you. If you double as a suit and tie family man, the XLE is a perfect fit.

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2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid vs Toyota Prius

Toyota's own Prius is another option to consider when looking for a hybrid vehicle, although the Prius is marketed as a Hatchback and not a sedan. The Prius is cheaper across all five trims when matched with the Camry's three, but you'd more than likely find the Camry much more enjoyable to drive. The trade-offs between the Prius and Camry make sense when you consider where they fit into the hybrid segment. The Prius has a much larger cargo area at the expense of spacious back seats, where the Camry has a more powerful motor and superior build quality. Styling also favors the Camry, featuring a more modern and civilized design as opposed to the Prius with its blue reindeer nose. At $4,630 cheaper at a base level, the Prius might be worth considering if you can give up the additional comforts.

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2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid vs Ford Fusion Hybrid

More in line with its mid-size sedan rivals, the Ford Fusion Hybrid base model comes in at around $800 cheaper than the entry-level Camry and also features a comfortable and high-end interior, a quiet cabin and a brilliant infotainment system. The Ford Hybrid offers a less powerful 2.0-liter engine that makes 188 horsepower in comparison to the 208 hp produced by the Camry. Additionally, the Ford manages less impressive fuel economy statistics, with 43/41/42 mpg in city/highway/combined cycles - the Camry LE outperforms this substantially at 51/53/52 mpg. With an aging exterior on the Ford sealing the deal, the Camry leads this comparison on sheer efficiency and available power from the Hybrid engine.

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2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid vs Honda Accord Hybrid

The two Japanese giants both offer exceptional hybrid vehicles to choose from, looking remarkably similar after their 2018 redesigns. The Accord proves to be the more consistently economical vehicle between the two, suffering no penalty to gas mileage across trims, unlike the Camry. The Accord also offers a larger cargo volume and a lower base price, yet the Camry feels like the more refined and the classier vehicle of the two. The Camry also has a more responsive powertrain and offers better performance, while driving dynamics are largely the same as the Accord. Interior build quality is equally matched between the two, which leaves the decision down to personal taste. The Accord offers a more practical and conventional interior design, while the Camry does well to utilize sweeping curves to modernize its look and feel.

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