Our 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE sedan came in the Silver Metallic trim featuring a simple black interior. It’s elegant and practical, from front to back. The design is essentially the previous year’s, with arguably the most significant leap coming in what’s on the dashboard. The Apple CarPlay integration is a welcome and expected sight, considering how odd it was for Toyota to debut the 2018 redesigned Camry without it. There is no Android compatibility quite yet, unfortunately.
Everything about the Camry comes down to substance, but it’s not lacking style either. It may cede the fancy details to a rival like the Honda Accord, but even at base model trim, the Camry offers a nice flair. The sedan’s best seating is up in the front, with comfortable, cloth upholstery. Top trims offer leather, as well. In the back, taller passengers may feel a bit tight in the back due to the cabin’s design, and the rear seat space in general could use more space.
The Camry Hybrid XLE carries a different, heavier battery from the Hybrid LE. This translates to a fuel economy of 44 mpg city and 47 mpg highway, or 46 mpg average.
The Camry Hybrid base model is powered by a 176-hp 2.5-liter inline-4 engine that pairs to a two-motor hybrid system. The combined power output is 208 hp and the car is equipped with an electronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) that shuttles power forward.
In our experience, the hybrid powertrain generated a performance similar to the base engine. The acceleration for highway passing isn’t as swift, but the engine and CVT aren’t lackluster either. The sedan can move around on fully electric motor at urban and suburban speeds with ease, and the gas engine switches effortlessly.
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