Regardless of what number of occasions I’ve pushed all through California, it’s all the time an journey. Whether or not it’s alongside the coast, to the desert or excessive within the mountains, it by no means will get previous. The terrain and surroundings change over time, with the sunshine and seasons affecting the various panorama of the 31st state.
Lately Toyota handed me the keys to a 2019 Camry Hybrid XLE for what would turn into an 1,100-mile journey via the Golden State. Departing Southern Orange County and headed to the Sonoma Wine Area, anticipation was excessive, as a result of, not solely is the Camry Hybrid properly considered within the automotive business, however getting one with solely 250 miles on it was an sudden deal with.
Hitting the Open Road
The very first thing you’ll discover when sliding into the Camry Hybrid is how nicely laid out every little thing is. It took just a few brief minutes to pair the telephone and modify the eight-way energy, heated leather-based driver seat (which included lumbar adjustment). The entrance passenger, which on this case was my spouse, had six-way energy changes. As I settled in for the journey, I centered the leather-trimmed steering wheel (with controls for audio, hands-free phone operation, and cruise management) by means of its tilt and telescopic options.
Subsequent, was turning into accustomed to the JBL Premium infotainment (info and leisure) system that got here with Toyota’s Entune and its App Suite. The eight.Zero-inch excessive decision touch-screen, housed the voice command navigation together with SiriusXM/FM/CD/HDAM with MP3 playback functionality. The AM/FM is a cache radio, which is a pleasant function, and the SiriusXM service is included for 90 days. There’s an auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod connectivity, music streaming by way of Bluetooth wi-fi know-how, Siri Eyes Free, and Apple CarPlay. The system got here with a subwoofer amplifier to drive the 9 audio system.
The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid is powered by Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system of a 2.5-liter, 16-valve double overhead cam (DOHC) gasoline-powered, four-cylinder engine. When mixed with the 88-kilowatt electrical motor, it has a complete system 208 horsepower operating by way of a constantly variable automated transmission (CVT), which had paddle shifters.
Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive mechanically switches between the electrical drive mode, mixed electrical motor and gasoline engine, and gasoline-only engine energy. The unnoticeable transitions might be monitored by viewing the sprint gauges. Gasoline financial system for the 2019 Camry Hybrid is rated at 44 mpg metropolis/47 freeway/mixed 46. Operating on common unleaded, our California street journey coated 1,145 miles, with the bulk being on highways touring no quicker than 75 mph. The typical gasoline financial system for the entire journey was 46.three mpg, however on three separate events of both being in cease and go, rush hour visitors or in a metropolis, we averaged 52.2 mpg. The upper quantity demonstrates the great thing about hybrid know-how for commuting and in-town driving.
The nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery is charged when making use of the brakes or coasting. The regenerative charging system converts kinetic power into electrical power and shops it within the battery. This course of can also be seen on a touch gauge the place you’ll be able to watch the facility move into and out of the battery and engine.
Out Exploring the Golden State
The primary leg of our journey was 255 miles, to San Luis Obispo in Central California. Understanding our final vacation spot is the Sonoma wine nation, we have been tempted, however resisted stopping on the many effective wineries in Santa Barbara, Los Olivos and Paso Robles. Whereas in San Luis Obispo we picked-up a passenger, which offered the chance for a first-hand account of the rear seat consolation. It was not shocking to listen to the rear seat was supportive and alluring. This was nice information, as a result of when testing automobiles, I by no means get the prospect to journey within the again seat.
The second leg was to our last vacation spot of Sonoma, with a quick cease in San Francisco so as to add one other rear seat passenger. In case you have not pushed in The Metropolis (as locals wish to name it), then it may be fairly an expertise. Having spent a few years within the San Francisco Bay Space, I’m conversant in the hills, valleys, tight areas and the myriad of a method and “no left turn” streets that criss-cross the 47-square-mile Metropolis by the Bay. The town driving was a great check for the Camry Hybrid’s electrical acceleration and regenerative brakes. Suffice it to say that the automotive labored flawlessly as we zipped round Noe Valley, via Golden Gate Park and the Presidio, after which throughout the Golden Gate Bridge and on to Sonoma.
The third and remaining leg of our journey was on Interstate 5 via the Central Valley. I5 is understood for lengthy, lengthy stretches of near-flat driving, with few curves. Then comes the Tejon Cross, the place the Grapevine cuts by way of the mountains, for a 5.5-mile climb rising from 1,400-feet to an elevation of four,144-feet. The Camry Hybrid dealt with the ascent with ease, by no means even noticing the upper altitude, in contrast to our ears.
What made this journey so pleasurable was how straightforward the Camry Hybrid is to drive; its clean journey was unaffected by passing semi-trucks or street imperfections. Whereas the electrical energy steering was a bit on the sunshine aspect, there was a constructive connection to the street. Acceleration was swift, if not quick, even within the driver-selectable Regular and Eco drive modes. Go for the Sport mode and the acceleration improves with the help of the electrical motor kicking in.
The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE got here with 18-inch silver machine-finished alloy wheels. These engaging wheels have been mounted with 235/45R, Hankook Kinergy GT all-season tires that offered good traction and restricted tire slippage when beneath arduous cornering stress. Redesigned for 2018, the Camry Hybrid batteries have been positioned beneath the seats, making for flat, low-lean cornering, and restricted understeer.
The CVT didn’t produce the widespread droning when launching or beneath arduous accretion. When positioned in Sport mode, there have been convincing gear-like upshifts to fulfill people who don’t like a CVT as a result of they’re too clean. By no means understood this grievance, however Toyota added them, so there they’re!
Stopping comes from Toyota’s electronically managed brake system (ECB) that comes with regenerative management and power-assisted, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and digital brake pressure distribution (EBD). The stops have been straight and constant, and produced a satisfying regenerative whirring.
When driving a hybrid, I like the choice to pick the EV mode, particularly round city, forcing the automotive to run solely on electrical energy. The Camry Hybrid has this feature, however the driving vary in pure electrical mode is brief. Plus, when in EV mode, solely the slightest accelerator pedal strain kicked-in the gasoline engine. With the ability to maintain the automotive in electrical mode for an extended distance and at larger speeds can be a pleasant function so as to add.
The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid carries-over the all-new design of the 2018 mannequin. Toyota says the Camry “achieves a strong harmony between refinement and a sensual athletic image.” What we noticed is an aesthetic design with a low middle of gravity, enhanced by the extensive stance. Our Camry Hybrid, in Predawn Grey Mica, with black B pillars and entrance grille, had physique color-keyed bumpers, door handles, shark fin antenna and exterior mirrors, making for a modern design and profile.
The Camry Hybrid options clean surfaces and a close to absence of chrome, and 0 pointless physique cladding. The LED headlights prolong into the fenders, resulting in a calmly sculpted hood and accent line operating the size of the automotive–from fender-to-fender. The roofline, which is near-flat and had a panoramic energy moonroof, ends with the gentlest of spoilers. Toyota has delicate reminders that this automotive has been electrified with a blue emblem and the phrase “hybrid” on the fenders and decrease proper trunk lid. No cause beating individuals over the top that this trendy automotive can get in extra of 50 mpg.
Clear Fleet Report was driving the 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE that was properly outfitted with commonplace gear. When a couple of packages have been added, it was as absolutely featured as any automotive might be. The significance of ordering a automotive precisely as you prefer it can’t be over burdened, and we have been reminded on our California street journey that the extra contains a automotive has, the extra pleasurable the expertise.
The cockpit design is driver-friendly with the gauges, together with the hybrid administration system, all in straightforward sight and the controls in straightforward attain. The visibility was wonderful with giant home windows and a low belt line. A much-appreciated function was the 10-inch colour head-up show (HUD). The customizable settings to pick the speedometer, navigation, shift place, compass, audio, telephone, outdoors temperature, Hybrid System Indicator and adjustable brightness, made for a safer and extra handy driving expertise. One different setting is the TSS-P indicator, for the Toyota Complete Security Sense system, displaying the driving force help applied sciences of pre-collision, pedestrian detection, lane departure alert and the dynamic radar cruise management on the HUD. Once more, eyes on the street, security first.
Further inside comfort options included the dual-zone automated local weather management, energy home windows with entrance auto up and down, energy door locks, the built-in backup digital camera with dynamic gridlines, solar visors with sliding extensions, map and studying lights, a wi-fi telephone charger, and an auto-dimming Homelink outfitted rearview mirror.
One other very useful function was activated by a dash-mounted button: the Fowl’s Eye View digital camera with Perimeter Scan. By pushing the button, the scan provides a downward 360º take a look at something that could be within the Camry’s surrounding space. You’ll come to depend on this nifty function.
The Camry Hybrid is well-equipped with lively and passive security options together with 10 air luggage, a tire strain monitoring system, collapsible steering column, anti-theft alarm and engine immobilizer, rear view digital camera, blind spot monitor with rear cross visitors alert with sonar clearance, and rear cross visitors emergency braking, which could be very useful. When backing from a blind parking spot, and automobiles or pedestrians all of the sudden seem behind the automotive, the brakes are utilized immediately. The primary time it occurs might be fairly a shock, however when the passing object comes by way of your rearview mirror, you sigh an enormous “Whew!”
In testing by the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) the 2019 Camry Hybrid acquired 5 stars, its highest score, whereas the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS) awarded the 2018 Camry its prime security decide, for general crash safety.
Pricing and Warranties
The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE has a base MSRP of $32,725. Clear Fleet Report’s check automotive had a complete worth, together with $four,570 in choices packages, of $37,295. Pricing excludes the $920 supply and processing payment.
The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid comes with these warranties.
- Hybrid Elements Eight years/100,000 miles
- Powertrain 5 years/60,000 miles
- Primary Three years/36,000 miles
- Upkeep Plan Two years/25,000 miles
- Anti-perforation 5 years/Limitless miles
- Roadside Help Two years/25,000 miles
Observations: 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE
It’s a disgrace extra individuals are not contemplating sedans when looking for their subsequent car. Clear Fleet Report has pushed and reviewed many sedans from a number of totally different producers and may report their high quality and worth have by no means been higher. The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE is a working example.
Inbuilt Georgetown, Kentucky, the 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid has EPA class-leading gasoline financial system for a five-passenger, midsize sedan. This extraordinarily economical car ought to cowl all of your driving wants, whether or not it’s commuting, in-town errands or lengthy street journeys.
The redesign from 2018 that carries-over to 2019 introduced the Camry Hybrid extra in keeping with the fierce midsize sedan competitors. The inside could be very snug, particularly for lengthy journeys and outings, the trunk is very large, so carrying capability for baggage on these lengthy journeys isn’t a priority.
This serene and cozy automotive is quiet inside, has a agency and secure experience, and is a spot you need to spend time in. Deal with your self to an extended check drive at your Toyota dealership, and see for your self.
No matter you find yourself shopping for, Completely happy Driving!
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